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Reaper renewed!

by Brad Trechak, posted May 12th 2008 10:51PM
ReaperReaper fans rejoice! The Hollywood Reporter (with its new, ugly design) states that the CW has renewed the show for a second season.

The show has been on the bubble for a little while, and I can postulate the CW's motives for renewal. First, it gives the opportunity to build a name for the show (which is a nice Buffy the Vampire Slayer combination of fantasy and humor). Second, it cuts some slack for the show with regard to any possible developmental interference the writer's strike may have had on it.

The show will return for 13 episodes in the mid-season and will likely run alongside the CW's other fantasy suspense series Supernatural after Smallville finishes its run.

The show has made great strides since its Kevin Smith-directed premiere and really shows promise. The still-struggling CW could use as many hits as possible. It's a good thing that the network is pursuing shows with some degree of sophistication and not abandoning them for mindless drivel (coughcoughrealityTVcoughcough) in the pursuit of cheap ratings.

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bamboo

YYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My wife and I really love this show and look forward to it every week We were so bummed to hear it might be canceled. This is awesome news, that it will return.

May 15 2008 at 3:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nhex

Wow, I totally didn't believe this show was coming back. Hooray!

May 13 2008 at 8:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vacelts

I really like this show so I've very glad that it's been renewed. It's not often you find a full hour comedy these days.

I still think that Sam is the Devil's spawn, but I guess I'll have to wait until next season to find out.

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However, I'm not sure that the show is a good pairing with Supernatural -- one is a comedy and the other a thriller. Just because they both deal with demons doesn't mean they are a match.

May 13 2008 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Liz

Yay! I haven't had much faith in the networks lately with all the cancellations so this is good news.

May 13 2008 at 3:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott Schrantz

I think Reaper is damn lucky. It followed the pattern that so many new shows do: the pilot is great, but then the quality dips while the show struggles to find its groove. People start tuning out. Then, by the time the show starts to get better, nobody's watching it and the ratings are crap. This has happened so many times before, and usually the show gets canceled, leaving all the people who stuck with it screaming.

Reaper hit that same bad patch last fall, where the show wasn't living up to the promise of the pilot. But then they really hit their stride, and all the episodes this year have gotten better and better. I don't think the strike hurt them at all; if anything, it reenergized the writing staff to get them out of their slump. And it also might have given the show a second chance among viewers, with people who tuned out last fall deciding to give it another shot after the long break. Now they've got just barely enough momentum to carry them into the second season. They need to make sure those first few episodes are just fantastic, because that will be their third chance to bring viewers in, and that's something that many shows don't get. Reaper is good enough to last five or six seasons; let's just hope the audience tunes back in after eight months off the air.

May 13 2008 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordon Werner

13 more episodes is great!
more would be even better

May 13 2008 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ras Thavas

Excellent news!

May 13 2008 at 8:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Oreo

It does really well when it's on after Smallville so maybe it taking Smallville spot will be a good thing.

May 13 2008 at 1:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lucyfan62

YAY! CRAP! YAY! CRAP! YAY RENEWAL! CRAP 13 EPISODE MID-SEASON ORDER. The fans will stick around that long but will those just joining the show stick around after another long momentum killing break? JERICHO, anyone??

May 13 2008 at 12:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MERVE-THE-PERVE

Only 13 eps and have to wait til mid-season? I guess its better than no Reaper at all.

May 12 2008 at 11:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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erroneous_nick

Yeah, it's definitely a good-news, bad-news situation, but I'll revel in the good-news half of that. Maybe something the CW has for next season will tank early and we'll get an early start for Reaper with an order for extra episodes.

Hey, a guy can dream, can't he?

May 13 2008 at 12:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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