‘Naomi’ Cancelled After One Season

Naomi’s (Kaci Walfall) season-ending flight from her adoptive parents may also serve as her last moment on television.

TVLine reports Naomi, The CW series from Ava DuVernay and Jill Blankenship has been cancelled along with fellow stablemates Dynasty, 4400Charmed, Roswell New Mexico, and In The Dark as part of sweeping change to the network schedule on Thursday. in Naomi, Walfall starred as a 16-year-old girl who discovers she is not only extraterrestrial, but an inter-dimensional refugee with tremendous superpowers. The program was based on the DC Comics title by Brian Micheal Bendis, David F. Walker and Jamal Campbell and also featured Cranston Johnson, Mary-Charles Jones, and Barry Watson among others.

As the site notes, Naomi tied for fifth place among all The CW dramas, but a 40% drop in audience from its January premiere seemed to cause a very skittish network to end its run after one year. It is also the third superhero show dropped by The CW with both Batwoman and Legends of Tomorrow getting their walking papers last month.

Meanwhile, Deadline claims Naomi may be shopped to a cable or streaming outlet.

In terms of DC Entertainment content on the network, both The Flash and Superman & Lois received early renewals back in March. They will remain on the 2022-2023 schedule. A third season of Stargirl has been produced, but not yet scheduled. It may serve to fill a gap in the late summer or Fall lineup. Two DC-related pilots are also in the works: Gotham Knights and Justice U. The latter sees John Diggle (David Ramsey) return to teach the next generation of heroes while the former centers on an adoptive son of Batman who must ally with the next generation of Gotham villains when they are all blamed for the Dark Knight’s death. Despite sharing a number of producers from Batwoman, it does not appear to be an Arrowverse show.

The CW typically announces its Fall schedule and mid-season pickups toward the end of May, so there may be a chance for one or both shows to go to series. At the same time, the network is for sale and many assume the mass cancellations, a very unusual move for The CW, are in preparation for a new owner with very different goals.

And though we had a few criticisms of Naomi, we hoped it would return. But as the nature of television shifts again, there just may not be a lot of room for superheroes on broadcast TV anymore.

Naomi’s (Kaci Walfall) season-ending flight from her adoptive parents may also serve as her last moment on television. TVLine reportsCOMICONRead More

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