The CW has decided not to renew “Kung Fu,” its reboot of Ed Spielman’s 1972 TV series, after three seasons.
“Kung Fu” follows a young Chinese American woman named Nicky Shen (played by Olivia Liang) who embarks on a life-changing journey to a secluded monastery in China after experiencing a quarter-life crisis. Upon her return to San Francisco, Nicky becomes a protector of her hometown, which has become a breeding ground for criminal activity and corruption.
The show’s other cast members include Tzi Ma, Kheng Hua Tan, Shannon Dang, Yvonne Chapman, Ludi Lin, Tony Chung, Jon Prasida, Gavin Stenhouse, Eddie Liu, Ben Levin, Vanessa Kai, and JB Tadena, among others.
Christina M. Kim wrote the show’s pilot episode and served as executive producer and co-showrunner with Robert Berens. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Martin Gero and David Madden also served as executive producers.
This marks the latest cancellation of a scripted program on the CW.
According to Deadline, the network is shifting its business model while under new ownership to focus on scripted originals mainly from the United Kingdom and Canada.
Other cancellations from the network include “The Winchesters” and “Walker Independence.”
On Thursday, Liang expressed her disappointment about her show’s cancellation on Instagram.
It has been the honor of my f*cking life to work with this group of humans. we made a historic three seasons of a show. first predominantly Asian cast in a one hour network drama. first Asian American female showrunner. i don’t have enough words (or room in this carousel) to express my gratitude to my show-runners, my writers, my cast, my stunt team, my f*cking crew… i love you all. I truly won the lottery. they are all the kindest, smartest, funniest, most hard working people in the biz. i am so so so proud of the work we did. thank you to everyone who invited us into your homes and watched our little show that could. cheers to Kung Fu, the show that changed my life forever 🤍 i love you Nicky Shen.