Amidst all the activity at San Diego Comic-Con this last weekend, we received two renewal announcements, for Syfy’s Wynonna Earp and Netflix’s Iron Fist, as well as a final season announcement on The CW’s The Originals.
The Season 3 renewal for Wynonna Earp was definitely not a sure thing because the show’s ratings have remained low in its second season, though not too much lower than its first year. But that show does have a very loyal fanbase that has remained active on the social networks, which was noted by IDW Entertainment president David Ozer (the series is based on one of that company’s comics) when he announced the renewal at Comic-Con:
Syfy recognized that passion and when coupled with superior writing, acting, directing and production values, saw that Wynonna Earp was more than just a distinctly unique television series.
The Space Channel also came onboard as an international partner for that show this year, which helps to keep costs down for Syfy. Wynonna Earp is currently airing its second season on Fridays at 10 PM EST.
The Season 2 renewal of Iron Fist was pretty much expected, it was just a matter of when it would happen. That show debuted back in March and it has been the most binge-watched drama on Netflix so far this year, but it did not receive good reviews from fans or critics. There had been no word on the show since then, but I assumed that they would work in a second season of this Defenders solo entry at some point. Apparently the streaming service decided to go ahead and announce those plans at Comic-Con and they will be bringing in Sleepy’s Hollow‘s Raven Metzner as showrunner for the second year. Expect Season 2 of Iron Fist to arrive late 2018 or early 2019.
As for The CW’s The Originals, that one was previously renewed for a fifth season, and word broke at Comic-Con that it will be the show’s final year. That comes as no surprise and I have been predicting that pretty much since its fourth season began airing in Fall. Even though its ratings were pretty low, The CW rarely outright cancels one of its shows that has made it into the third season or further. I figured that they would give the show the final season to wrap up its storylines and also get past the 88 episode threshold that the syndication market prefers. The Originals will then likely join its parent series Vampire Diaries (which ran for eight seasons) in a combined syndication package. The final season of The Originals will debut in Spring 2018.