"Shadowhunters" is ending after Season 3, Freeform announced, in a "purely economic" decision.
The supernatural drama, based on "The Mortal Instruments," will end with the second half of Season 3 in 2019 and "an epic two-episode special finale." So that's 12 new episodes plus a two-hour series finale event.
Freeform offered a statement on the cancellation:
"We are very proud of Shadowhunters, a series that broke new ground in the genre world and became a fan favorite. However, along with our partners at Constantin, we reached the very difficult decision not to renew the show for a fourth season. But, as big supporters and fans ourselves, Freeform insisted on and championed the filming of a special two-part finale that would give devoted fans a proper ending. The twelve episodes will air in spring of 2019. We want to thank our talented creators, producers, cast and crew along with our colleagues at Constantin for their hard work and dedication and to Cassie Clare for her incredible book series. We look forward to the final chapter of this breakthrough drama."
Karey Burke, Freeform EVP of Programming and Development, said the cancellation decision was "purely economic." Here are more details, from Deadline:
One key element, Burke explained, was the overall strategic shift at Freeform toward ordering shows in smaller batches. That decision triggered the end of the valuable Netflix output deal with the network's co-production partner, Germany-based Constantin Film. "We went back and forth with them but ultimately we just couldn't make the economics work," she said. "We were very happy creatively with it."
According to TVLine, "Shadowhunters" Season 3's first half averaged barely 400,000 total weekly viewers, "down sharply from Season 2 and ranking fifth ranking all current Freeform programs."
Still, it was a shock to the cast and producers, who reacted to the cancellation news.
Katherine McNamara (Clary) posted this note to fans:
Executive producer Matt Hastings also shared his shock:
Shadowfamily- this has come as a complete and utter shock & I am deeply saddened. To make this show for you has been an uncommon privilege. We built this film family together and we couldn't be more proud of all the talent in front of & behind the camera who brought SH to life.— Matt Hastings (@mattdirector) June 5, 2018
What I do know is that the best work we've done has yet to be revealed. 3B fires on all cylinders #feels#action#supersizedheart. It's terribly sad but we're grateful that #FreeForm has given us the 2 hour event to say goodbye properly. #Shadowhunters— Matt Hastings (@mattdirector) June 5, 2018
Being a part of this fandom is simply amazing. Your passion, commitment, interest, heart, creativity is phenomenal. Never seen a show with such committed fans around the globe. It's not just a show, it's a movement. Can not wait for you to see 3B! Just sent my cut of 320.— Matt Hastings (@mattdirector) June 5, 2018
More cast members reacted to the news:
We still have 12 episodes left to finish what we started on @freeform & @netflix. You all have been so supportive and it's been inspiring to read your tweets, comments and letters pouring your hearts out on how much the show means to you. I am honored to be part that.— Harry Shum Jr (@HarryShumJr) June 5, 2018
All good things come to an end. It has been my privelidge to be a part of this world. @ShadowhuntersTV team have been so close to my heart for 3 years. You. The fans. Make us happy and strong and proud. Thank you. For everything. We say goodbye with a heavy heart but our heads...— Dominic Sherwood (@DomSherwood1) June 5, 2018
...held high. We love you. Forever and always. Xx— Dominic Sherwood (@DomSherwood1) June 5, 2018
Toronto in the future, and look out for the great work from @FreeformTV, @Kat_McNamara, @DomSherwood1, @arosende, @EmeraudeToubia, @HarryShumJr, @isaiahmustafa, @mattdirector, @WainwrightAE, @DavidLCastro_, @alanvansprang, @willtudor1 and obviously whoever I'm leaving out— Matthew Daddario (@MatthewDaddario) June 5, 2018
We have a full final season you should all watch that will make you cry, laugh and feel entirely and absolutely emotionally and professionally satiated for eternity... Also pictures of birds! What more could you want! Thanks to you all for your amazing— Matthew Daddario (@MatthewDaddario) June 5, 2018
support. I can't thank you enough for the ride. #akucinta...— Matthew Daddario (@MatthewDaddario) June 5, 2018
"Shadowhunters: The Final Hunt" 12-episode season will air in Spring 2019.
Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook.