EXCLUSIVE: Ava DuVernay’s superhero drama Naomi will not be returning for a second season on the CW.
Just two days after the Kaci Walfall-led DC series wrapped its oft-anticipated first season with a two-hour finale penned by DuVernay and Jill Blankenship, the CW on sale went offline Thursday. With that, we hear that the show produced by ARRAY Filmworks and Warner Bros. TV is talking to other outlets about continuing Naomi’s story on broadcast or further up the dial.
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The Mark Pedowitz-led CW move wasn’t entirely unexpected.
While it garnered much critical acclaim, including from Deadline, Naomi he was in a constant battle to find an audience, especially online. The show suffered from several appropriations since its debut on January 11, including for the Beijing Olympics and for consecutive weeks in early March. Also keep in mind that since this is Hollywood, the CW’s sales pitch had to play a role in the lack of a Naomi renewal.
Besides, Naomi is the third DC series to be cut by the CW’s once-rich Arrowverse in recent weeks, following the one directed by Javicia Leslie. batwoman Y Legends of tomorrow.
Based on the 2019 comic book series, co-written by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker, and illustrated by noted artist Jamal Campbell, Naomi followed the journey of a Superman-obsessed teenager from her small Northwest town to the heights of the multiverse. When a supernatural event rocked her community, Naomi (Walfall) set out to discover her origins, and what she discovered challenged everything we believed about our heroes, and the people who raise them.
Blankenship and DuVernay wrote and partially produced Naomi, which also starred Alexander Wraith, Cranston Johnson and Camila Moreno. The series was produced by DuVernay’s Array Filmworks in association with Warner Bros Television, with Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes also serving as executive producers.