SUPERMAN & LOIS Canceled After Fourth Season

SUPERMAN & LOIS Canceled After Fourth Season

By Movieguide® Contributor

The CW’s SUPERMAN & LOIS is coming to an end after its fourth season. 

“Over the last three seasons, SUPERMAN & LOIS redefined both the superhero genre and family drama as Tyler [Hoechlin], Elizabeth [Tulloch] and the entire cast effortlessly portrayed these classic characters with new layers of depth and complexity that had never before been explored in the Superman universe,” said Brad Schwartz, president of entertainment at the CW Network. 

He added that the network is “grateful” for the hard work of the show’s cast and crew, adding, “As Superman embarks on his final flight, the team is leaving us with an absolutely epic 10-episode must-watch-every-minute farewell to one of the most legendary CW families ever.”

Deadline hypothesized that the show’s cancellation is down to budget cuts that had to be made during the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. 

“Those cuts impacted the writers room, which underwent downsizing for the upcoming season, going from eight writers down to five,” they noted, adding, “SUPERMAN & LOIS also is more expensive than other CW original dramas due to extensive special effects, so the cuts on the show were deeper. Only four of the 12 Season 3 series regulars, Tyler Hoechlin, Elizabeth Tulloch, Michael Bishop and Alex Garfin, are coming back for Season 4.”

It’s also thought that the end of SUPERMAN & LOIS might have something to do with DC Studios’ efforts to unify their content. It was the last show produced by Greg Berlanti for DC, but new studio heads James Gunn and Peter Safran are streamlining things. 

The Hollywood Reporter added, “Gunn and Safran are readying a SUPERMAN movie that the former will direct with David Corenswet as Clark Kent and Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane.”

SUPERMAN & LOIS won the Movieguide® Faith and Freedom Award for Television. A portion of the review for the show’s first episode reads:

The first episode of SUPERMAN AND LOIS tells a gripping, engaging story. It also has a strong moral, redemptive worldview told through a compelling family narrative. The episode extols family, marriage, humility, truth, forgiveness, and knowing the difference between good and evil. The Kents listen to prayer and Scripture reading. Also, Clark tells his son how important church was to his father. There is, however, some action violence, as well as some light foul language and brief scenes of drinking. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children.

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