Despite being ordered to series in April by Freeform, Marvel's New Warriors reportedly won't air on the Disney-owned channel and will instead to shopped to other outlets. It could debut on Disney's upcoming subscription streaming service, although that's considered a "long shot".
Shortly after it was announced, New Warriors was picked up straight-to-series at Freeform, ABC's youth-oriented channel.
Kevin Biegel ("Enlisted", "Cougar Town") created the series and is serving as showrunner. Freeform, which is expanding its original programming to four nights a week next year, couldn't find a slot to air it in 2018 as they wanted.
The pilot - which stars Baby Daddy grad Derek Theler as Mister Immortal and This Is Us' Milana Vayntrub as fan-favorite Squirrel Girl - is said to have tested through the roof and caught the attention of high-level Disney executives.
The website notes that it's possible New Warriors could land at the announced Disney-branded streaming service, but unnamed insiders characterize that scenario as a "longshot". Production is rumored to resume in January should the show find a quick new home.
The news of ABC not going with New Warriors follows the disappointment of Marvel TV's Inhumans series on both IMAX and the ABC network, though it is unclear if the two are related. We won't have to suffer through that long a wait if Marvel Entertainment president Dan Buckley has his way.
Freefrom is expected to debut another Marvel Television project, Cloak & Dagger, early next year. Not quite super, not yet heroes and with powers and abilities on the opposite end of the spectrum of The Avengers, the New Warriors want to make a difference in the world, even if the world isn't ready.
THR's source are also reporting that New Warriors is being developed as a series with the potential to give rise to multiple spinoffs, similar to Marvel's various Netflix TV series.