The Cast Of ‘New Warriors’ Lobbies To Replace ‘Roseanne’


Now that ABC has been forced to scrub ‘Roseanne’ from their fall lineup, another show is jockeying to replace it– ‘The New Warriors’.  The series, based on the Marvel Comics characters, was ordered straight-to-series by Freeform, formerly known as ABC Family.  However, after the pilot was turned in, Freeform opted not to pick it up, leaving the show’s creators to shop it around to another outlet.  Much like the misfit super team at its core, that search has not been successful.  But with the sudden need to fill ‘Roseanne”s primo Tuesday night 8pm time slot, could this be the perfect home for this Marvel sitcom?

Considering the circumstances behind ‘Roseanne”s cancellation, a show featuring a super diverse cast could be the perfect solution.  The cast certainly thinks so and have taken to social media to drum up support… or to at least plant the seed in executives’ heads.

 

Milana Vayntrub was cast to play Squirrel Girl (a.k.a. Doreen Green), while Matthew Moy played Microbe (Zach Smith) and Jeremy Tardy played Night Thrasher (Dwayne Taylor).  Rounding out the cast are Derek Theler as Mister Immortal (Craig Hollis), Calum Worthy as Speedball (Robbie Baldwin) and Kate Comer as Debrii (Deborah Fields).

Kevin Biegel developed the program and was to serve as showrunner.  He also wrote the script for the pilot.  Because ‘New Warriors’ was initially ordered straight-to-series, all ten scripts for the first season were already completed.

ABC, which is owned by Disney, who also owns Marvel Entertainment, has only had moderate success adapting Marvel properties to television.  ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ is going into its sixth and likely final season.  It was never a ratings bonanza and is expensive to produce, so the fact that it has lasted this long is something of a miracle.  Period drama ‘Agent Carter’ attracted a loyal fan base, but fared even worse in ratings than ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’.  And the less said about ‘Inhumans’ the better.

Producer Bryan Fuller suggested a return for his former ABC cult favorite ‘Pushing Daisies’.  But ‘Pushing Daisies’ was an hour-long program, so some finagling would have to be done for it to take ‘Roseanne”s 30-minute time slot.  On the other hand, ‘New Warriors’ was always meant to be a 30-minute sitcom, so it could conceivably slip right in easily.

It’s never been clear why Freeform passed on ‘New Warriors’, but the cable network is throwing a lot of support behind another Marvel-based series, hour-long drama ‘Cloak & Dagger’.

It must be pointed out that in 2015, ABC tried adapting another Marvel property, ‘Damage Control’ as a sitcom that never materialized.  NBC attempted a DC Comics-inspired comedy, ‘Powerless’ last year, but after completely overhauling the premise after a weak pilot, the finished product was a flop and was cancelled before the first season had even aired in its entirety.

But as the saying goes, “If at first you don’t succeed…”

Would you still like to see ‘New Warriors’?

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.




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