The CW finally gets around to saving that The 100 prequel

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It’s been a little over a year already the 100 went off the air on The CW, ending its sprawling seven seasons exploration of post-apocalyptic life on a teen-heavy version of Earth. But while the story of Clarke et al. was clearly over, the 100 fans still had some hopes of holding onto storytelling: a long-running prequel series, a spin-off of one of the show’s final episodes, which The CW was developing.

Well you know how hope tends to come in 100 Land: The series, which never got a formal title, is now completely dead, per Deadline, before it even had a chance to get off the ground. The show in question would have taken place 97 years before the start of the original series, which plays the immediate aftermath of the nuclear apocalypse that forced humanity into the extreme conditions under which it operates when the flagship series begins.

The prequel show – which supposedly would have been running jointly on The CW and HBO Max – was given the green light in October 2019, shortly after the closing of the 100the sixth season. The show wasn’t pre-ordered for series in May 2020 (which was a pretty, er, eventful month anyway in terms of efforts to keep the TV production alive), but it wasn’t canceled either; CW President Mark Pedowitz went so far as to reassure fans in May of this year the show was”not done in any way, shape or form.”

Well, a suitable shape or form seems to have been found, because the series is now apparently if dead as a love interest on, well, the 100. That comes after a more unofficial point of failure last year, when The CW allowed his options Iola Evans, Adain Bradley, and Leo Howard, who all appeared in the backdoor pilot for the series, lapse.

The prequel, like the 100 itself, was developed by Jason Rothenberg.


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