It looks as though the grim reaper himself has come for several shows on Disney+ as the entertainment giant has just given them the final axe.
Many of the shows on the Disney+ platform have been given the green light–renewed for an additional season. These include High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, The Santa Clauses, and The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder. Other series on Disney+, however, have not been so lucky, and fans of those shows are not going to be happy.
Big Shot, National Treasure: Edge of History, and Willow have all received the final ax by the network, and fans are, in a word, “shocked”—and speculating that the streamer “can’t get anything Disney-branded past one or two seasons.”
Big Shot has been canceled, and that’s after just two seasons on the Disney+ streaming platform. The so-called “sports dramedy” starred John Stamos (Full House, Fuller House), who plays a men’s basketball coach who gets the boot from the NCAA and decides instead to coach girls’ basketball at an upscale private high school. The series, created by David E. Kelley, Dean Lorey, and Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), though enjoyed by many Disney+ fans, has been canceled.
“It was reported last June that Disney’s decision to renew the show for a second season despite low viewership may have played a role in the departure of longtime Disney exec Peter Rice,” reads a report at Yahoo!. “Though Big Shot scored higher ratings in its second season, it wasn’t enough to keep the series from being taken out of the streaming game.”
Another fan-favorite show that got the axe at Disney is National Treasure: Edge of History. In response to the news, at least one viewer pointed out the fact that “Disney+ can’t get anything Disney-branded past one or two seasons.”
Not enough people discussing that Disney+ can't get anything Disney-branded past one or two seasons (besides HSMTMTS). https://t.co/JS0hmfZu0s
— Zach (@TripleZ_87) April 21, 2023
“Despite being one of only two Disney+ original series not related to Marvel or Star Wars to make the Nielsen’s streaming rankings with an episode,” reads the Yahoo post, “it seems the viewership was not up to Disney’s standards, and the treasure hunt was officially called off by the streamer just last month.”
The final series to get the axe at Disney+ is one that “told the story of a group of unlikely heroes who set out to save the world 20 years after the defeat of Queen Bavmorda, shown in the original film.” The series, of course, is Willow. “The Willow television show starred Warwick Davis, reprising his role from the film as Willow Ufgood, alongside Ellie Bamber, Ruby Cruz, Erin Kellyman, Amer Chadha-Patel, and Tony Revolori. The series was produced by Lucasfilm and Imagine Entertainment, which had produced the original film.”
But despite its following, Disney+ has also given the Willow series the axe in the streaming world.