Rebel season 2 premiere: The showrunner of the canceled ABC series provides a tragic update.
The showrunners of REBEL broke the heartbreaking news that the series would not be renewed for a second season, and fans are devastated.
Rebel, an ABC comedy-drama based on the true story of Erin Brockovich, followed the lives of Annie “Rebel” Bello (Katey Sagal), a legal advocate who aided people who didn’t have a law degree. Unfortunately, after failing to find a home for the next installment, the series will be formally ended after one season.
Even though the show premiered on April 8, ABC announced in May that it will be cancelled.
After the shocking news broke, fans immediately rushed to social media to message network executives in an attempt to find a new home for Rebel for season two.
In an effort to raise awareness and increase exposure, viewers launched the viral hashtag #SaveRebel.
The #SaveRebel petition garnered over 90,000 signatures, describing ABC’s decision as “rash” because the cancellation was announced after only eight episodes had aired.
Despite their efforts, series creator Krista Vernoff recently announced that the series would not be renewed for another season.
A drop in viewership was one of the reasons for Rebel’s cancellation, while some fans believed that it wasn’t the deciding decision because season one hadn’t ended when it was announced.
The series started with 3.8 million viewers, according to TVseriesfinale.com, and has since dropped to 2.5 million viewers.
ABC Chief Craig Erwich defended the network’s decisions in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, saying that after looking at Rebel’s numbers, there’s “simply not a trend there toward continuing to increase the viewership.”
THANK YOU to the #SaveRebel campaign’s supporters. Your enthusiasm was contagious. Although we have discovered that Season 2 will not be produced, we sincerely hope Rebel and the incredible @ErinBrockovich will continue to inspire you to fight the good fight in your communities and in your life.
Krista expressed her disappointment on Twitter, writing, “THANK YOU to the fans supporting the #SaveRebel campaign.” Your enthusiasm was contagious.
“We’ve discovered there won’t be a Season 2, but we sincerely hope Rebel and the incredible @ErinBrockovich continue to inspire you to fight the good fight in your towns and lives,” she added.
Even after her formal season declaration. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”