Jared Padalecki Is Trying to Save Walker: Independence

Katherine McNamara and Matt Barr in Old West clothes for Walker: Independece

The CW may have canceled Walker: Independence but the team behind the Old West drama isn’t giving up just yet.

Per TVLine, after the Walker spinoff’s abrupt termination after a single season, executive producer Jared Padalecki, who also stars in the mothership show, revealed that he’s actively searching for a new network to adopt Independence. “We are aggressively looking for a place that Walker: Independence can land,” Padalecki said. The fan-favorite actor continued on to say that he’s hopeful about the series’ future, noting that the terms being used to describe its fate may not be accurate. “I think canceled is maybe the most common word used, but I think a better way to look at it is that Walker: Independence will not be on The CW next year,” he said.


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“I’m so proud of Walker Independence,” Padalecki continued. “It’s such a great show. I think it’s a show that’s needed. We absolutely are thrilled about the show, proud of the show, and we all feel like it belongs somewhere people can see it. We love the cast. We love the writing. We love the setting. We love the storylines that it’s telling. It’s storylines unlike any other ‘Western’ show on TV or streaming right now.”

The CW Drops the Axe

The CW announced on May 9 that while Walker, a reboot of the classic Walker, Texas Ranger show, would continue on with a shortened fourth season while Independence would return for another chapter. The termination of the series is the latest in a long string of cancelations as the network moves to axe many of its scripted shows.

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With a cast led by Katherine McNamara and Matt Barr, Walker: Independence managed to impress both fans and critics alike with its diverse characters and varied storylines focused on a small Texan town in the 1800s. Speaking on why he thinks the series resonated so deeply with audiences, executive producer Seamus Fahey admits that he believes the Western genre is currently experiencing a renaissance. “My dad loved Westerns, so I watched Westerns with him,” Fahey said when asked about the renewed interest in the time period. “It was more interesting [thinking] of which ones did my mom like, and to come at it with more than just the ones my dad liked. So, instead of just Butch Cassidy [and the Sundance Kid], what’s McCabe and Mrs. Miller? What is the little Western that is a little off? So, I always loved them… the popular ones and the obscure ones.”

Walker: Independence is available to stream on HBO Max.

Source: TVLine


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