Freeform’s EVP of Programming and Development Karey Burke said today at a media luncheon that while they were “very happy creatively” with Shadowhunters, the decision to cancel the show was “purely economic.”
Deadline reports that one key element in the cancellation was Freeform’s strategic shift toward ordering shows in smaller batches, which triggered the end of a valuable Netflix output deal that Freeform’s co-production partner Constantin Film had going. “We went back and forth with them but ultimately we just couldn’t make the economics work,” she said.
Shadowhunters will end on Freeform with Shadowhunters: The Final Hunt in 2019. Originally “Season 3B,” Freeform has commissioned an extra two episodes to wrap up the story, which stars Katherine McNamara as Clary.
The show has been a huge hit on social media and fans are calling on various outlets to #SaveShadowhunters. Freeform is and was at least aware of the huge fan following the show has.
“They delivered what the fans wanted,” Burke said. “I remember being at Comic-Con and seeing the excitement for the show and thinking, ‘This could be our Supernatural,‘” referring to the CW show that was just renewed for Season 14.