Here's The Real Reason Why 'Shadowhunters' Was Cancelled

Here's The Real Reason Why 'Shadowhunters' Was Cancelled

The cancellation of Shadowhunters shocked a lot of people – the cast, fans, us, and many more – and if you’re still confused as to why the show was axed, we have an explanation.

Karey Burke, EVP, Programming and Development at Freeform explained to Deadline that it was “purely economic.”

The decision to cancel the fantasy series had a lot to do with ordering shows in smaller batches, and that ultimately lead to the end of the valuable Netflix output deal with the network’s co-production partner, Germany-based Constantin Film.

“We went back and forth with them but ultimately we just couldn’t make the economics work,” she said. “We were very happy creatively with it.”

While the network once thought the show could be their Supernatural, they still stand behind the decision.

Shadowhunters will return for the backend of its’ third season in 2019, with 12 episodes.

The third season is based on the fourth and fifth books in the series and its’ two-hour finale will be based on the sixth and final installment.

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