Squirrel Girl and her evil-fighting friends in the “New Warriors” are looking for a new headquarters. The show, which Freeform ordered straight to series in the spring, now won’t air on the channel.
The decision, first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, sounds like it has more to do with Freeform’s current inventory of programming than any issues with “New Warriors.”
Although Freeform is expanding original programming from two to four nights a week in 2018, it has also stocked up on originals and reportedly had trouble finding a place for “New Warriors” on the schedule. Marvel, which produces the show, wants it airing next year and asked to have the show back to shop it around.
Freeform (which like Marvel is owned by Disney) agreed, but that means “New Warriors” is now in limbo as Marvel looks for another buyer. THR’s story says Marvel is hoping to get a two-season order for the show from another outlet, with streaming services the most likely landing place.
“We are extremely excited about Marvel’s ‘New Warriors’ and look forward to finding the perfect partner to launch the series with in 2018,” Dan Buckley, president of Marvel Entertainment, tells the Reporter.
“New Warriors” is set to star Milana Vayntrub (“This Is Us”) as Squirrel Girl, whose comics have a cult following. The cast also includes Derek Theler (“Baby Daddy”), Jeremy Tardy, Calum Worthy, Matthew Moy and Kate Comer.
Kevin Biegel (“Enlisted,” “Cougar Town”) created the series and is serving as showrunner. Should Marvel find a home for “New Warriors,” production is likely to resume early next year.