When Batwoman and Legends of Tomorrow were canceled by The CW in April, many assumed that the decision to end both shows was largely due to the potential sale of the network. A new report, however, revealed that both TV series got the ax because of a very unique reason.
Why did The CW cancel Batwoman and Legends of Tomorrow?
Citing unnamed sources, The Hollywood Reporter claimed that The CW CEO Mark Pedowitz really wanted to bring back Batwoman and Legends of Tomorrow for additional seasons, but one of the network’s owners, Warner Bros. Discovery, “no longer wanted to pay the leases on the studio space, which expired May 1st,” prompting the April cancellations of both shows.
Aside from Warner Bros. Discovery, The CW is also owned by Paramount Global. As first revealed in January, Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount Global are exploring a sale of The CW, with local TV station giant Nexstar considered a possible buyer.
Warner Bros. Discovery’s cost-cutting efforts
The $43 billion merger of WarnerMedia and Discovery left Warner Bros. Discovery owing about $55 billion. So, the decision to cancel Batwoman and Legends of Tomorrow because Warner Bros. Discovery no longer wanted to pay the leases on the studio space is apparently one of the many efforts of the company to cut expenses. To pay its debt, Warner Bros. Discovery also ceased the operation of CNN+ and is cutting back on scripted programming at its TNT and TBS cable channels.