‘Reign’ Abdicates CW Throne After Four Seasons

By December 8, 2016
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Reign is coming to a close on The CW after four seasons. But fans fear not … producers had an inkling the end was near, and is ready to wrap the fourth season in a way that will give at least most of its viewers closure.

Filming had just begun on the fourth season finale when producers got the news, according to Deadline‘s Nellie Andreeva, intended to give the show just enough time to modify a few story elements and give Mary Queen of Scots a fitting end.

I hear the network and the producers had been having conversations that Season 4 may be the last, so the writers had been crafting this as a final chapter. Word is that they are prepared to shoot a series closer, and the show will be able to give fans a conclusion to the story of Mary Queen of Scots.

That’s far different than how The CW treated 90210, Andreeva added. The CW pulled the plug so late in production on that show in 2013, the writers had to scramble to try and tie up loose ends.

The cancellation, which comes well before its Season 4 fall premiere, really wasn’t much of a surprise anyway. The CW had trimmed the third season by four episodes, and then moved the fourth season as a winter series instead of a fall, trimming two more episodes off the order.

The series was created by Stephanie Sengupta and Laurie McCarthy. Sengupta was known before Reign for her writing work primarily on police procedurals like Hawaii Five-0 and the Law & Order franchise, both in the United States and overseas.

Their account of the real Mary Queen of Scots, played by Adelaide Kane, was highly fictionalized – and controversially, highly sexualized. In fact, the original pilot in 2013 had to be trimmed, and a later episode in the first season had one version of a sex scene for television, and made available a more graphic version online.

The series also starred Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs and Tony Regbo.

The fourth season will debut Feb. 10 with the finale to take place some time in June.

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