According to report Wednesday morning by the Hollywood Reporter, sources tell the trade that Marvel’s half-hour scripted comedy New Warriors will not air on Freeform, Disney’s younger-skewing cable network.
Instead, THR reports the 10-episode show could land on Disney’s forthcoming subscription streaming service, but that option remains a longshot according to “insiders.”
The show’s pilot, which reportedly “tested through the roof and caught the attention of high-level Disney executives” will be shopped to other outlets.
The show was picked up straight to series at Freeform in April, but the network, “which is expanding original programming to four nights a week in 2018 (including Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger drama series) - could not find a slot for the show next year as it had originally intended. Marvel then asked for New Warriors back as the comic book powerhouse wants it to premiere in the new year. Freeform obliged,” reports THR.
"We are extremely excited about Marvel’s New Warriors and look forward to finding the perfect partner to launch the series with in 2018,” said Dan Buckley, president of Marvel Entertainment.
THR’s sources suggest Disney/Marvel is limited to where they can shop the show, which may put their own upcoming SVOD service in the game, although the service is being eyed to launch until late 2019, so unless the platform’s launch can be moved up, that option is problematic.
Milana Vayntrub will headline New Warriors as Doreen Green/Squirrel Girl, joining Derek Theeler as Mr. Immortal, Jeremy Tardy as Night Thrasher, Calum Worthy as Speedball, Matthew Moy as Microbe, and Kate Comer as Debrii.