Since East New York debuted, fans have been keen to know the future of the series. But, CBS has recently made a jolting announcement after having words with Warner Bros. Television to renew East New York Season 2. Well, fans of this police procedural drama are urging to learn how things will move in their favorite characters’ lives after the massive cliffhanger. However, it seems like their questions will be unanswered as CBS has already made its decision. But guess what? The studio behind the show and the creator have recently revealed there’s more to come in East New York Season 2. So, is it happening? Keep reading to find it.
East New York is a gripping police procedural drama that follows the lives of the officers and detectives of the NYPD’s 74th precinct. It revolves around their professional and personal struggle. While the series revolves around the front-line officers, it primarily focuses on the Black community and their growing struggle. The NYPD is led by Deputy Inspector Regina Haywood, the newly promoted officer with a strong vision. Apart from serving her city, she also wants her community to become a part of it.
East New York Season 2: Latest Update
The police procedural drama aired in October 2022 and soon hit the records on CBS. Shortly after its debut, the series became the most-viewed debut show on the network, giving fans hope for East New York Season 2. While fans are curious to know whether the show will return with a second season, CBS made a heartbreaking announcement, leaving the series’ fate in limbo. So, is the show on the cards? Let’s see!
East New York Season 2: Renewal Status
While fans loved the drama, CBS axed the show just after one season. The decision comes after CBS reversed its decision to cancel S.W.A.T., resurrecting the veteran drama for its seventh and final season. Initially, CBS renewed East New York Season 2 after its incredible performance. The show was the most-watched series on CBS, breaking all the viewership records on the network. It also gained an 88% positive approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Thus, the network was ready to explore Amanda Warren’s starrer series. Unfortunately, the show was fighting for the same slot as S.W.A.T.
Thus, CBS decided to cancel S.W.A.T. to make things better for East New York. However, their decision led to backlash as the avid fans of the veteran drama took to social media to revive their favorite series. After facing such criticism and backlash, CBS decided to renew S.W.A.T. for another season. But it led to East New York Season 2 cancelation. Well, both the shows revolve around a Black lead. So it makes them stand out from the other shows. Despite that, it became difficult for East New York to make it to the second season.
Reason Behind Season 2 Cancelation
While the primary reason behind East New York Season 2 cancelation is it shares the slot with S.W.A.T., per reports, the cancelation also follows lengthy renewal negotiations. Deadline reported that there was a long negotiation between CBS and Warner Bros. Television, the studio behind East New York. They were in talks about the second season, and the budget played a crucial part in the series’ cancellation. Apart from this, an additional business issue messed up everything. According to the outlet, CBS planned to stream the show on its digital platforms.
CBS had requested to go beyond the now-standard stacking. So, they were in the talks for the additional streaming rights. Initially, everything was up in the air. But progress had been made, and the series renewal led to the surprising cancelation of the long-running drama S.W.A.T. This was because both were competing for one slot (as mentioned above). Well, both were rare broadcast dramas with Black leads, making things more complicated for CBS. But S.W.A.T. has established an incredible fan base, and solid rating performance led to its revival. Sadly, it led East New York to say goodbye to the network.
But Will East New York Season 2 Ever Return?
In the wake of East New York Season 2 cancelation, Warner Bros is searching for a new home for their beloved drama. While CBS has canceled the show after one season, Warner Bros is still working on reviving the freshman police drama. However, a spokesperson from the studio has declined to comment on this news, leaving its fate up in the air. But the series co-creator Mike Flynn has recently announced their plans for the second season. He told his fans to keep their spirits high as the show is mighty and strong, and their journey doesn’t end there. Mike also asked his followers to stay tuned. Thus, it implies that the chances of East New York Season 2 are quite high, and soon, the series will find its new home.
Although there’s no confirmation about finding the potential suitors for the series, there’s hope that HBO Max will step in. Well, the streaming platform shares a parent company with the studio. Thus, it’s likely to pick East New York Season 2. However, if HBO Max resurrects the show, chances are more that it will lead to a few changes. And being on a streaming platform means the story will go darker and even more intense than its pilot season. Further, Warner Bros. Television may have a word with Fox, as the network needs another scripted drama after some recent cancelations.
As of now, it remains unclear whether East New York Season 2 will make it to the new home and which platform will pick it up. But we will update you shortly after hearing an official announcement. Till then, stay with TechRadar247 for more such updates.