‘Daredevil’ Star Says Cancellation Was ‘Purely a Netflix Decision,’ Marvel Execs Were ‘Very Surprised’

The story of who is to blame for the cancellation of Netflix’s “Daredevil” continues, as actress Amy Rutberg, who played Marci Stahl on the superhero series, says the Charlie Cox-led show’s blood is on the streamer’s hands — not Marvel’s.

“My contacts at Marvel were very surprised,” Rutberg (pictured above right) told Inverse, in an interview published last week. “Any of the rumors that it was a Marvel decision are wrong, I think it was purely a Netflix decision. That comes from personal conversations with people high up at Marvel. They were surprised … We had heard rumors we would start production as early as February 2019. It’s a little unusual to be that far ahead in the planning and cancel the show, which makes me think Netflix was laboring over whether or not to cancel it. My guess was it was not an easy decision.”

Rutberg told Inverse “everyone [working on ‘Daredevil’] sort of thought the show would run a solid five seasons in total.”

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The series was the first to premiere back in 2015 under the much-ballyhooed (at the time) pact between Netflix and Marvel, when the streamer was just getting into original programming. But as Netflix is becoming more focused on original programming they produce themselves, the streamer gave the Marvel TV series the axe, just over a month after the show’s well-received third season premiered.

The decision came shortly after Netflix moved to cancel two other Marvel series in its lineup, “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage.” However, the streamer seemed to hint that it wasn’t quite done with The Man Without Fear: “While the series on Netflix has ended, the three existing seasons will remain on the service for years to come, while the Daredevil character will live on in future projects for Marvel,” a Netflix spokesperson said.

The only Marvel series remaining on Netflix are “The Punisher” and “Jessica Jones,” which have already been renewed for their second and third seasons, respectively. “The Punisher’s” next installment is expected to launch in January, with no date set yet for a “Jessica Jones” return.

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The move to cancel three of its Marvel TV shows comes as Marvel’s parent company Disney is set to launch a competing streaming service, Disney+, which will feature Marvel-branded TV shows of its own using characters from the big screen Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Netflix declined TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Seth Meyers Pleads to Save Canceled Comedy Central Series ‘Detroiters’: ‘It Was Brilliantly Stupid’

Count Seth Meyers among those lamenting the demise of “Detroiters.”

In an op-ed for Vulture on Friday, the “Late Night” host professed his love for the sitcom, which was canceled earlier this week by Comedy Central after two seasons. “I am sad that, for now, ‘Detroiters’ will not have a third season,” he wrote. “I am hopeful that a network looking for a new jewel to fill its schedule will rescue it.”

Meyers specifically called out the episode “Hark Motors,” as something that should’ve been lauded by critics the same way that the “Teddy Perkins” episode of FX’s “Atlanta” was.

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“Not only does it also include a trip to a strange man’s mansion (this time, it’s the great Kevin Dorff), but you will also see my favorite special effect in a decade,” he wrote. “It’s a car that s—-. In fact, I would urge everyone to watch the cold open of this episode, which includes a full-throated defense of the superhero the Flash, a child slapping a grown man, a woman being told to hold onto a rope so she doesn’t slide around in the back of a van, and five other great jokes all in under two minutes. It was brilliantly stupid.”

Meyers isn’t the only one who is hopeful the show will find a new home. Creator and star Sam Richardson (“Veep”) is also holding out hope that his comedy “will find a home elsewhere.”

“Sadly, @Detroiters won’t be picked up for a season 3 at Comedy Central,” Richardson wrote Tuesday on Twitter. “I want to thank everyone who watched and supported the show. It was a dream to make and I’m proud that those who did see it enjoyed it. Maybe it will find a home elsewhere, who knows? But truly, thank you.”

“Detroiters,” which co-starred “SNL” alum Tim Robinson, is a single-camera buddy comedy that centers on two local ad men (Richardson and Robinson) who make low-budget commercials in Detroit, Michigan.

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‘Detroiters’ Canceled by Comedy Central After 2 Seasons

Comedy Central has canceled “Detroiters” after two seasons, the cable channel has confirmed for TheWrap.

Creator and star Sam Richardson (“Veep”) is holding out hope that his comedy “will find a home elsewhere.”

“Sadly, @Detroiters won’t be picked up for a season 3 at Comedy Central,” Richardson wrote Tuesday on Twitter. “I want to thank everyone who watched and supported the show. It was a dream to make and I’m proud that those who did see it enjoyed it. Maybe it will find a home elsewhere, who knows? But truly, thank you.”

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“Detroiters,” which co-starred “SNL” alum Tim Robinson, is a single-camera buddy comedy that centers on two local ad men (Richardson and Robinson) who make low-budget commercials in Detroit, Michigan. The two aspired for much more.

Right now, Richardson is aspiring for more “Detroiters.”

Sadly, @Detroiters won’t be picked up for a season 3 at Comedy Central. I want to thank everyone who watched and supported the show. It was a dream to make and I’m proud that those who did see it enjoyed it. Maybe it will find a home elsewhere, who knows? But truly, thank you.

— Sam Richardson (@SamRichardson) December 11, 2018

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‘Hit the Floor’ Canceled by BET After 4 Seasons

“Hit the Floor” just hit a brick wall: BET has canceled the pro-basketball-dancer show after four seasons.

“At this time, BET Networks will not be moving forward with a fifth season of ‘Hit The Floor,’” a BET spokeswoman told TheWrap. “We are grateful to the most passionate fans ever who helped to bring one more season of the #DevilsNation to the screen, and the incredible cast and dancers.”

“We would especially like to thank and recognize the acclaimed executive producer and creator of the series James LaRosa for his passion and vision,” the cable channel’s statement continued. “We look forward to finding ways to continue in partnership.”

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To be clear for our readers, LaRosa does not have an overall deal with BET — the two parties just have a good relationship (and hopefully still do).

His scripted series debuted in 2013 and ended up tallying 41 total episodes.

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Charlie Cox Addresses ‘Daredevil’ Cancellation: ‘A Lot of Us Really Expected to Keep Going’

After Netflix surprised — and saddened — fans with the cancellation of “Daredevil” last week, The Man Without Fear himself spoke about the decision.

“A lot of us really expected to keep going, and I certainly did,” Charlie Cox told Entertainment Weekly. “The truth is, I felt like we had a lot of stories to tell, and although I understand [the cancellation], I’m very saddened by that.”

The series was the first to premiere back in 2015 under the much-ballyhooed (at the time) pact between Netflix and Marvel, when the streamer was just getting into original programming. But as Netflix is becoming more focused on original programming they produce themselves, the streamer gave the Marvel TV series the axe, just over a month after the show’s well-received third season premiered.

Also Read: ‘Daredevil’ Canceled on Netflix After Three Seasons

The move came shortly after Netflix moved to cancel two other Marvel series in its lineup, “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage.” However, the streamer seemed to hint that it wasn’t quite done with The Man Without Fear: “While the series on Netflix has ended, the three existing seasons will remain on the service for years to come, while the Daredevil character will live on in future projects for Marvel,” a Netflix spokesperson said.

The only Marvel series remaining on Netflix are “The Punisher” and “Jessica Jones,” which have already been renewed for their second and third seasons, respectively. No premiere dates for either show have been announced.

The move to cancel three of its Marvel TV shows comes as Marvel’s parent company Disney is set to launch a competing streaming service, Disney+, which will feature Marvel-branded TV shows of its own using characters from the big screen Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Marvel is hinting that Netflix’s cancellation of “Daredevil” might not be the last of the blind vigilante.

“Marvel is extremely grateful to the huge audience that loved Marvel’s Daredevil,” the company said in a statement. “From the moment of young Matt’s first act of heroism to the birth of Page, Murdock, & Nelson, it has been an unbelievable journey.”

Netflix gave the Marvel Television series the axe late Thursday, just over a month after the show’s third season premiered on the streamer. The move came shortly after the streamer moved to cancel two other Marvel series in its lineup, “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage.”

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“We are incredibly proud of the amazing showrunners and writers starting with Drew Goddard and Steven DeKnight, Marco Ramirez and Doug Petrie and Erik Oleson, Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Vincent D’Onofrio and our casts who brought our characters to life with such excellence, and every one of the fantastic crews in NYC,” Marvel said, adding, “We look forward to more adventures with the Man Without Fear in the future.”

Netflix made a similar insinuation in its own statement that the character could live on in some other capacity, as it did when it dropped the other two shows.

“While the series on Netflix has ended, the three existing seasons will remain on the service for years to come, while the Daredevil character will live on in future projects for Marvel,” a spokesperson for the streaming giant said.

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The only Marvel series remaining on Netflix are “The Punisher” and “Jessica Jones,” which have already been renewed for their second and third seasons, respectively. No premiere dates for either show have been announced.

Erik Oleson served as showrunner and executive producer on “Daredevil.” In addition to Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elden Henson, Deborah Ann Woll, Joanne Whalley, Wilson Bethel and Jay Ali also starred.

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“Daredevil” has been canceled by Netflix after three season, as the streamer continues to cull its Marvel series offerings.

The first of Netflix’s live-action Marvel adaptations, “Daredevil” first premiered in 2015 with Charlie Cox starring as Matt Murdock, the blind lawyer who moonlights as a crime-fighting vigilante. The show’s most-recent third season debuted on the platform last month to largely positive reviews.

Netflix’s move to cancel the series comes just over a month after “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage” — two of the other series in the streamer’s “Marvel’s Defenders” franchise — were both axed from Netflix’s line-up.

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“Marvel’s Daredevil will not return for a fourth season on Netflix,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement on Thursday. “We are tremendously proud of the show’s last and final season and although it’s painful for the fans, we feel it best to close this chapter on a high note. We’re thankful to our partners at Marvel, showrunner Erik Oleson, the show’s writers, stellar crew and incredible cast including Charlie Cox as Daredevil himself, and we’re grateful to the fans who have supported the show over the years.”

As with the cancellations of “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” Netflix hinted that the character of Daredevil could live on in some other capacity: “While the series on Netflix has ended, the three existing seasons will remain on the service for years to come, while the Daredevil character will live on in future projects for Marvel,” the statement continued.

The move to reduce the number of Marvel Television series on Netflix appears to signal the end of the studio’s relationship with the streaming giant at a time when Marvel’s parent company Disney is gearing up to launch a rival streaming service of its own.

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Marvel Studios has already announced plans to create a number of projects for the upcoming Disney+, including at least one limited series spinoff of the Marvel Cinematic Universe film franchise.

The only Marvel series remaining on Netflix are “The Punisher” and “Jessica Jones,” which have already been renewed for their second and third seasons, respectively. No premiere dates for either show have been announced.

Erik Oleson served as showrunner and executive producer on “Daredevil.” In addition to Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elden Henson, Deborah Ann Woll, Joanne Whalley, Wilson Bethel and Jay Ali also starred.

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