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Development: Travelers not getting a fourth season; Dragon Prince getting second season; more

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Feb 1, 2019

Netflix cancels one show while it renews another. Meanwhile AMC continues a legal battle over its Walking Dead spinoff.

Bad news, Travelers fans. The team of time-traveling body snatchers led by Eric McCormack will be traveling no more. McCormack took to social media to confirm that Netflix has canceled Travelers, and that his team will no longer be accepting any more missions from The Director to save the world.

“Hey, my fellow Travelers. A lot of you have been asking about the possibility of a Season Four,” said McCormack in a video message he posted on Twitter. “But many of you have been saying, ‘Look, if this is it, what a moving and surprising and profound ending it is.’ Well, I’m afraid it is.”

The star and producer of the sci-fi series added: “Who knows what the future holds? But Travelers Program One, as we call it, is complete.”

 

In Travelers, humans from the future send their consciousnesses back in time, directly into people in the 21st century, to save humanity from a terrible future. Netflix picked up the sci-fi time-travel series from Stargate SG-1 producer Brad Wright in 2016.

McCormack wasn’t the only person from the show to say thank you and goodbye. Showrunner Wright posted his own message of gratitude and farewell on Twitter: “Thanks to the greatest cast, crew, directors, writers, artists and producing partners a guy could ask for. Love to you all. And to @Netflix for stepping up so we could make season 3!”

 

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” tweeted MacKenzie Porter, who played Marcy on the show. “You guys have changed my world. Marcy will forever be a part of me. 3569, signing out.”

 

McCormack reminded fans that the first three seasons are currently available to stream on Netflix, and added: “For now, Protocol Five.” (Which means: “In the absence of direction, maintain your host’s life.”)


While Netflix has denied Travelers a fourth season, the streaming service has granted The Dragon Prince a sophomore season—and it’s got the trailer to prove it!

Created by Aaron Ehasz, the man behind Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Dragon Prince follows princes Callum (Jack De Sena) and Ezran (Sasha Rojen), along with elven assassin Rayla (Paula Burrows), on an epic quest to bring peace to their warring lands. It’s definitely got a Last Airbender meets How to Train Your Dragon vibe. Check out the trailer below:

The second season arrives on Netflix February 15. The first season is available to watch on the streaming service now.


And finally, the folks at AMC just can’t seem to kill this copyright infringement lawsuit filed against them. In addition being sued multiple times by former The Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont, a federal judge denied AMC’s motion to dismiss another suit filed against the network.

A suit filed by plaintiff Melvin William Smith is accusing AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead of ripping off his comic book Dead Ahead. Per The Hollywood Reporter, which also posted the judge’s decision, AMC argued that there weren't enough substantial similarities between Smith’s comic and Fear the Walking Dead once they discounted generic elements from the zombie genre. 

But in her decision to deny AMC’s motion to dismiss, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh wrote: “The Court finds AMC Defendants’ argument unpersuasive.”

She elaborated: "Here, what Defendants essentially seek is summary judgment because they stray beyond the four corners of the complaint and into factual disputes over the similarities and differences between Dead Ahead and Fear the Walking Dead, including whether certain elements of Dead Ahead are protectable under copyright law.”

“Moreover,” Koh added, “AMC Defendants’ request for judicial notice that certain concepts are generic further demonstrates that Defendants’ motions are essentially motions for summary judgment."

Smith filed suit against AMC, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Kirkman's company Skybound Entertainment, executive producer David Alpert and Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment in June of last year.

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