Syfy Cancels ‘Krypton’ After 2 Seasons & Not Moving Forward With ‘Lobo’ Spin-Off
US network Syfy is getting a reputation as Kryptonite to sci-fi drama, as it kills yet another show which should be part of its core programming. The broadcaster has announced it has dropped ‘Krypton‘ after 2 seasons, and are also not moving forward with the ‘Lobo’ spin-off. However, that might not be the end of the road…
Warner Horizon Scripted Television, who make the series is currently talking to other potential homes for the story of Superman’s ancestors. DC Universe, which re-runs the drama after the Syfy premiere, would be one very logical choice. The other possibility would be the Warner-owned HBO Max streaming service.
Set two generations before the destruction of Superman’s home planet, ‘Krypton’ follows Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe – ‘The Halcyon’), the legendary Man of Steel’s grandfather, who is faced with a life and death conflict. With Krypton’s leadership in disarray and the House of El ostracised, Seg is prompted into action by the arrival of Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos – ‘The Vampire Diaries’), who’s travelled from present-day Earth to warn Seg of an insidious plot to change the past and prevent the birth of the last son of Krypton – a plot he believes to have been orchestrated by the Super-Villain Brainiac (Blake Ritson – ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’). Fighting to redeem his family’s honour and protect the ones he loves, Seg is also entrusted with protecting the future of his legacy – a destiny that will see the birth of the greatest Super Hero ever known.
It would seem the cancellation is due to similar issues that affected ‘The Expanse’. The ratings had dropped for Season 2, but it is also made by an outside studio, making it less profitable for Syfy. This is due to them only having limited streaming rights to the drama, so they mainly have to rely on the live broadcast to make money… And shows like ‘Krypton’ and ‘The Expanse’ tend to be watched more on streaming and catch up than live.
Hopefully, ‘Krypton’ will get rescued by someone, as happened with ‘The Expanse’, where Amazon steps in and picked up the sci-fi series. Warner are not short of places they could put it, whether that is DC Universe, HBO Max, or The CW, it would fit in rather well.
We’ll let you know if a hero swoops in to save the day, but as of this evening, ‘Krypton‘ is cancelled and ‘Lobo’ is in limbo.
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