Jared Padalecki's Walker season 5 delay explained

jared padalecki in walker season 4
Jared Padalecki's Walker season 5 delay explainedThe CW

Jared Padalecki's Walker is facing a delay before any decision on season 5 is made.

The Supernatural star's Western drama was missing when The CW unveiled its schedule for the autumn, drawing questions over whether its current fourth season would be its last.

Deadline spoke to The CW bosses Dennis Miller and Brad Schwartz about Walker's status and it was revealed the network is hoping to lower the licensing fee with the show's producers.

As Walker is more expensive to produce than much of The CW's content, Miller and Schwartz have decided to wait for season four to conclude before renewing or cancelling the show.

jared padalecki in walker season 4
The CW

Related: Best streaming services 2024 — including Disney Plus, Netflix, iPlayer and Apple TV+

"Walker is about [seven] episodes in. We don’t need to make a decision on those anytime soon, unless except for some artificial Upfront deadline," Schwartz said. "I feel like we have really gotten to a 12-month-a-year development and greenlight cycle. You’ll hear some pickups in the next few weeks.”

The CW executive confirmed that negotiations are on-going between the two sides on whether a compromise can bring Walker back next season.

"On Walker, we’ve had many conversations, Dennis has had some conversations recently as well, many conversations with CBS [Studios] about continuing or not continuing that show," he said.

the walker independence
The CW

Another popular show missing from The CW's autumn schedule was sports drama All American, though Schwartz has promised an announcement on its future "soon".

Walker — which was adapted from the 90s series Walker, Texas Ranger — marked Jared Padalecki's return to TV following the end of Supernatural.

A prequel spinoff, Walker: Independence, followed with Katherine McNamara in the leading role but was cancelled last year after a single season.

Elsewhere, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki have both recently hinted at bringing back Supernatural, though it's not clear yet in what form.

Walker continues with new episodes on Wednesdays on The CW in the US. The show doesn't have a UK broadcaster.

You Might Also Like