Axed: Walker

US broadcaster walks away from crime drama starring Jared Padalecki after four seasons.

US crime drama, Walker, starring Jared Padalecki, is ending after four seasons.

“We want to thank the entire cast, crew, writers, directors and producers of Walker for their hard work and dedication over four incredible seasons,” US broadcaster CW said in a statement. “We also want to give a special thanks to star and executive producer Jared Padalecki, who has been a member of The CW family for over 20 years and was integral to some of the biggest hits on the network.”

Padalecki plays Cordell Walker, in the reboot of Walker, Texas Ranger which starred Chuck Norris in the original series from 1993-2001.

The cast also included Ashley Reyes, Keegan Allen, Mitch Pileggi, Molly Hagan, Violet Brinson, Kale Culley, Coby Bell, Jeff Pierre, and Odette Annable.

Variety reports the news was not unexpected after CW’s new owners had largely done away with original scripted series, opting instead to focus on low-cost foreign imports and co-productions as well as sports and unscripted series.

It screened in Australia on Stan.

Prequel series Walker: Independence, featuring Katherine McNamara and Justin Johnson Cortez, was also axed by The CW after just one season.

5 Responses

  1. I had to check and NBC’s ‘Law & Order Special Victims Unit’ is the longest running currently-running scripted non-animated U.S. prime-time television series; longest running television spinoff. It’s still in production with 25 seasons and 551 episodes so far. (Source: Wikipedia).

  2. Initial contracts are for development, pilot and 5 seasons with scheduled increases. Nobody plans for 7 seasons anymore, that’s two contract renegotiations away. Most shows don’t look like they’ve been planned past a 13 ep pick up.

  3. For me Walker is just a typical prosaic U.S. time slot filler. These type of studio serial shows are usually greenlit with a contracted multi-season deal included. I would think the showrunners would have planned for a seven season run, so they will be disappointed.

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