Katy Keene, The CW‘s spinoff series to Riverdale, has been cancelled after one season.
The CW has chosen not to renew the Lucy Hale-led series after a 13-episode first season, the last episode of which concluded in May. The cause comes down to ratings, which were reportedly not very high for the network.
Deadline reports that “in Live+Same Day linear ratings, Katy Keene is in the bottom quarter of the CW’s series” and that the show “has seen very little bump in delayed viewing — both via DVR and streaming.”
While it’s certainly bad news for fans, there does remain a chance that Katy Keene could be picked up somewhere else. Warner Bros. Television plans to shop it around, with options on the cast being extended from the original June 30 expiry date until July 31 in the hopes that the show finds a new home. As for where, whispers are that HBO Max, which has a streaming deal for Katy Keene‘s first season, could be where it lands.
“We did not get picked up for a second season,” lead star Lucy Hale told fans in an emotional Instagram video. “It’s happened a few times to me and each time it’s just heartbreaking.” Hale’s previous series with The CW, Life Sentence, was also cancelled after one season. “This is bad. This is a bad one,” Hale said, tearing up. She called her part in the series “a role of a lifetime” and thanked fans for their support.
Katy Keene co-creator and Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa also shared his response to the news, posting a picture from the first table read with the cast. “It seems like a dream,” he captioned it. “So proud of this show and the beautiful souls who came together to make it.”