“Backpackers” and “Seed” were effectively pulled out of The CW’s programming schedule after two weeks of airing. Read further to find out why the network decided to scrap both series.
It was supposed to be an experiment, as The CW was testing out different strategies for their summer slate. The network commissioned the web series, “Backpackers,” and imported the Canadian series, “Seed,” for their summer programming schedule. The shows debuted last Monday, July 14, 2014. But because their ratings haven’t improved by the second week, The CW decided to pull the plug on these experimental series. Both comedies only rated 600,000 viewers or fewer in its two-week run.
According to Zap2it, in place of “Backpackers” and “Seed,” The CW will be moving the premiere of “America’s Next Top Model” earlier. The long-running reality modelling competition will begin its newest season on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. before finally settling in its original Friday time slot after six weeks. The CW will also air the “Young Hollywood Awards” in place of the canceled show’s slots for Monday, July 28, 2014, with repeats of “Arrow” filling in the days before the premiere of “American’s Next Top Model.”
“Backpackers” follows the adventure of two young travelers, Ryan and Brandon, around Europe with the initial quest of finding Ryan’s girlfriend. When his journal got stolen and ended up being posted online, Ryan becomes an internet sensation. Their travel plans then turn into the search for the person who has stolen the journal, bringing them to Thailand and Canada. The show stars Noah Reid (“Titanic”) and Dillon Casey (“Nikita”).
“Seed” revolves around a sperm donor, Harry, who meets and reluctantly forges a relationship with his “children.” There are apparently three recipients to his sperm: a lesbian couple with a nine-year-old boy, a single mom-to-be and a rich but uptight family with a rebellious teenager. All the kids in these families share Harry’s DNA. The series stars Adam Korson. Despite the cancellation on American TV, “Seed” has earned a second season in Canada, where it originally airs.
And that’s the news on The CW’s latest cancellations, pulling “Backpackers” and “Seed” off their programming schedule. Is this the first time you’re hearing about the shows or did you catch them during their brief run? Check out the videos below for one last look at these two shows. Follow more news about television shows, movies and celebrities only here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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