Arrow producer Marc Guggenheim has shared some insight into why spin-off Green Arrow and The Canaries didn’t move forward at The CW.
The news that Green Arrow and The Canaries wasn’t ordered to series left fans of the Arrowverse heartbroken. Not only were they looking forward to catching up with some of their favorite Arrow characters once again, they were excited for a brand new chapter in the story – completely removed from what was happening in the other shows.
One thing that also left fans feeling upset and confused was the fact that the network waited almost a whole year to make the announcement. Now, however, it turns out that the decision was actually made sometime ago.
Why was Green Arrow and The Canaries cancelled?
Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim revealed on Twitter that the decision not to move forward with Green Arrow and The Canaries was made back during the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic and that it was ultimately the deciding factor in that decision.
As for why it was only announced now, that remains a mystery but it probably has something to do with the fact that The CW will be setting in motion its plans for its 2021 – 2022 schedule, ordering new pilots in the process.
Pitched as a backdoor pilot in Arrow‘s final season, the episode saw Katherine McNamara’s Mia Queen remember what her life was like before Crisis On Infinite Earths when Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) and Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy) showed up in 2040, informing her that they need to save the once crime-free Star City from reverting to its old ways.
It received a positive reception from fans and drew the highest viewing figures for Arrow‘s final season (outside of the Crisis crossover), so naturally it seemed like a shoo-in for a pick-up. Unfortunately, it seems as if the pandemic threw a monkey wrench in the plans.
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