Cameron Cuffe

Just months ago, Syfy was planning for a spin-off from its sophomore series ‘Krypton’, so it was a bit of a surprise on Friday, that the network not only scrapped that spin-off, ‘Lobo’, but axed the parent series itself.  Though he didn’t get very deep, ‘Krypton’s star Cameron Cuffe, who played Seg-El, the man who would eventually be the grandfather of Kal-El, a.k.a. Superman, took to Twitter to express his “gratitude” and to declare that he would “always be a proud son of Krypton.”

‘Krypton’ was a rousing success during its first season on Syfy, with its premier being the network’s highest-rated since ‘Ascension’ in 2014, and the first season being the highest-rated since ‘Defiance’ in 2015.  But reportedly its live and same-day views plunged 50% with the second season, and with a show as expensive as this and one that Syfy has to pay a licensing fee for, the drop was too much to justify its continuation.

Warner Horizon Scripted Television who produce the show, is reportedly shopping it around in hopes of finding a new outlet for ‘Krypton’.  One possibility is DC Universe, which already offers Season 1, with plans to add Season 2 in 2020.  Another possibility is WB’s upcoming HBO Max streaming service, which will offer The CW’s new DC Comics-based show ‘Batwoman’ after it airs on the network, and DC Universe’s ‘Doom Patrol’.  HBO Max will offer the first season, which is already available on DC Universe, and will release the second season concurrently with DCU (which raises some question as to how much longer DCU will continue to exist as its own streaming entity, with so much competition).

Syfy had ordered a pilot for ‘Lobo’ featuring DC’s space mercenary, set to star Emmett J. Scanlan, but it had not been filmed.  It’s unknown at this time, whether WB hopes to rescue that show as well.

Are you sad to see ‘Krypton’ go?  Or that ‘Lobo’ doesn’t appear like it will ever happen?