After looking at "some material", the network decided Xena "didn't warrant the reboot". She suggests that NBC might come back to it eventually, "because it's such a beloved title", but the version that was in the works up until now "is dead". In the original, cult classic show, Lucy Lawless' Xena and her sidekick Gabrielle (played by Renee O'Connor) kicked ass and launched a thousand fan fiction stories with their simmering chemistry. Now NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke has confirmed the revival won't be going ahead at all.
Sadly, it doesn't seem like Xena is one of the shows that the network is so eager to bring back - probably because it didn't quite capture the ratings of those aforementioned shows, despite its ardent fanbase. However, within another year, Lawless confirmed it would be a full-throated reboot and that Lawless would not be returning the part she created.
NBC hasn't ruled out the possibility of a future reboot enitrely, with Salke telling the Hollywood Reporter "never say never". One of them might be that he handled the exploration of Xena and Gabrielle's relationship poorly.
Xena originally debuted in 1995, as a spin-off to the equally mythological TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
That said, Salke does emphasize that she's open to more ideas for a reboot, she needs "someone to come in with a point of view about what they want to do".
He previously said: 'Xena will be a very different show made for very different reasons.
Grillo-Marxuach, who is a producer on the CW's dystopian sci-fi series The 100 and who wrote the episode in which lead character Clarke's female love interest was callously killed off immediately after the pair had consummated their relationship, was at the center of the backlash from that episode and vowed to do better in his depiction of queer characters moving forward.
What do you think the reasoning behind the cancellation is?