‘Walker’ canceled by CW after 4 seasons; Jared Padalecki reacts

It’s official: Walker CW will not renew for a fifth season.

“We want to thank the entire cast, crew, writers, directors and producers of Walker for their hard work and dedication over four incredible seasons,” the network said in a statement. “We also want to give a special thanks to star and executive producer Jared Padalecki, who has been a member of The CW family for more than 20 years and was an integral part of some of the network’s biggest hits.”

As Deadline reported yesterday, preparations for Walker They were being dismantled and their prospects for renewal were slim. Star and executive producer Padalecki, who starred on the long-running WB/CW hit Supernatural for 15 seasons before moving on to Walkershared the news of the official cancellation with fans.

“It’s tough news, for sure, but we are SO grateful for the #WalkerFamily that has been built, both on and off set,” she wrote on IG. “I will always smile for the years I spent with the cast, crew, studio, network and fandom that made this all possible. Until we ride again.” (You can see his post below).

Under normal circumstances, a season 5 renewal for Walker It should have been a no-brainer: It’s the CW’s most-watched series. However, a pickup had to be priced right for producer CBS Studios to get the show back.

As Deadline reported last month, Walker could not continue without a significant increase in its licensing fee, which is currently believed to be between $500k and $550k per episode, the lowest among the three remaining CW legacy dramas, which also include the All American duo, and a fraction of what it costs to produce an average television drama.

Seeking profitability while spending big on sports, the CW has been cutting costs on entertainment programming, relying largely on low-cost acquisitions and co-productions. In the end, they did not step forward to maintain Walkerformer co-owner CBS Studios’ last series on the network, in which CBS and Warner Bros. remain minority owners.

Decisions about both All American Warner Bros. TV series are pending, with a branch Homecoming it seems more unlikely to continue.

WalkerThe next original episode will air on May 22, and the season and series finale on June 26.

A reinvention of the popular CBS drama Walker, Texas Ranger, Hiker centers on Cordell Walker (Padalecki), a widower and father of two with his own moral code who returns home to Austin after going undercover for two years, only to discover that there is harder work to do at home.

In addition to Padalecki, the cast also includes Ashley Reyes, Keegan Allen, Violet Brinson, Molly Hagan, Kale Culley, Coby Bell, Jeff Pierre, Mitch Pileggi and Odette Annable.

Walker is written and produced by Anna Fricke and produced by Dan Lin, Lindsey Liberatore, Padalecki, Steve Robin and Russel Friend. The series is from CBS Studios in association with Rideback.