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Showtime pulls the plug on two fan-favorite shows in network’s latest cancelation shuffle

Showtime pulls the plug on two fan-favorite shows in network’s latest cancelation shuffle

SHOWTIME has cancelled a fan-favorite show and a pilot episode of another.

This comes as the cable network has been ending many shows.

YouTube/ShowtimeZiwe, the Showtime talk show, was canceled[/caption]

GettyVince Staples was set to lead the canceled show, The Woods[/caption]

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the late night talk show Ziwe will not be returning for a season three.

The talk show was hosted and executive produced by comedian Ziwe Fumudoh.

Showtime also decided to not pick up the pilot for the comedy The Wood.

However, the premium network did give the go-ahead for the Mandy Patinkin family comedy, Seasoned.

The outlet reported: “The changes come as [Chris] McCarthy has identified three different programming groups for his vision of Showtime, which is being rebranded as Paramount+ With Showtime in a bid to better align the streamer and linear network: franchises, diverse cultures and anti-heroes.”

With the cancelation of Ziwe, Showtime does not have any late-night shows left on the network.

THR reported that Seasoned was ordered to have a pilot episode before Chris took over.

“The series is inspired by the life and relationship of former Homeland star Patinkin and his wife, Kathryn Grody, and co-created by the couple’s son, Gideon Grody-Patinkin, and Ewen Wright,” wrote the outlet.

The decision for The Wood was also decided before Chris arrived.

It followed a group of Black friends in Inglewood, California.

However, Deadline reported that Paramount Television Studios, which produces the canceled pilot, are looking to air it elsewhere.

SHOWTIME SHOCKER

Earlier this week, the network canceled a highly-anticipated new series.

The network axed what would have been their latest series, King Shaka, though the first season was practically completed.

The Antoine Fuqua production, director of the Oscar-winning film Training Day, was one of the most recent shows to be discarded at Showtime amid the network’s latest business merger.

Showtime and Paramount + are fusing together, soon to be renamed Paramount + with Showtime.

Between the TV station’s shakeup and executives backing upcoming projects from creators like The Chi showrunner Justin Hillian and Fresh Off the Boat’s Eddie Huang, King Shaka being chopped may not come as a surprise to some.

King Shaka was permanently shut down over the weekend as production finished in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) South Africa province, according to Deadline.

Actor Charles Babalola was set to headline the series about the founder of the Zulu nation of Africa, Shaka Zulu.

Mostly all of the show’s first season was done, including the final episode, albeit there were still 12 days left of shooting, according to the publication.

Supporters of the show expressed online that they were disappointed that it didn’t materialize.

“This is so deeply disappointing. I read the pilot and was really looking forward to it!,” one fan exclaimed.

Another declared: “New network head comes in and kills showtime’s biggest forthcoming show which conveniently happens to be about the most important cultural figure in our history.

“Not a good look.”

THE CRACKDOWN

Not only has Showtime booted King Shaka, but they’ve also axed the station’s long-running drama Billions.

Dan Soder revealed his popular Showtime series Billions would be ending with its upcoming seventh season.

The star also confessed he likely wasn’t supposed to share the shocking info.

Dan, who plays Dudley Mafee on the long-running drama, stopped by for an appearance on NBC Sports Chicago’s Football Night in Chicago.

After chit-chatting with host Mike Berman about his favorite sports teams and moments, the time has come for Dan to plug his show.

After Mike mentioned the series, Dan spurted out: “Season seven, the final season, is on its way.”

Suddenly, after realizing his reveal, Dan’s face turned white, and he stumbled over his words.

“Am I not supposed to say that?” he continued. “I don’t know if I was supposed to say that. I think (the news) is out.”

It wasn’t.

Sports anchor Mike flatly replied: “It doesn’t matter, you just said it.”

All Dan could do was double down on his shared secret.

“Season seven, the final season of Billions, on its way,” he dutifully teased.

Billions told the tale of New York hedge-fund manager Bobby Axelrod, played by Damian Lewis, who engages in a high-stakes push for power against Paul Giamatti’s shrewd U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades.

GettyZiwe was the last talk show remaining on Showtime[/caption]

The Woods TV show was set to be based on the 1999 film

GettyKaren Obilom was also set to star in the canceled pilot[/caption]

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