Over the past several weeks, CarterMatt readers have been voting actively in a competition that’s become an annual tradition — the Bring It Back Tournament! This is a way to look at a number of different shows within the TV world while posing one key question above all else — which one should return following a cancellation/series finale?
There’s been some fantastic competition throughout the tournament, and there was even some great competition within the finale itself. Yet, there really can be only one winner, and for the sake of this year, that winner just so happened to be Shadowhunters. It’s been weeks now since the series concluded with an epic movie event, one that gave you the long-awaited Magnus/Alec wedding and also a showdown like no other with Jonathan at the center of it.
The Shadowhunters finale was absolutely fantastic, no doubt about it, but we can’t help the fact that we still find ourselves craving something a little bit more on the other side of it. If you love the show, you more than likely agree — and clearly, there are plenty of CarterMatt readers who loved the show very much. Shadowhunters ended up winning the tournament with a solid 45% of the vote, a rather nice percentage of the audience and a hefty victory over the likes of Timeless, Whiskey Cavalier, and Santa Clarita Diet.
If there is one thing we’re lamenting right now, it is that major networks/streaming services aren’t really living the Bring It Back mantra right now. Unlike last year where Lucifer, Designated Survivor, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine were all saved following their initial cancellations, there hasn’t been a similar situation this year. Nobody has been saved as of yet following their first cancellation, and we know that some last-minute efforts with both Whiskey Cavalier and STAR have fallen by the wayside. Apparently, Constantin Film, the production company behind Shadowhunters, stopped trying to shop the series around many months ago. With Santa Clarita Diet, there’s a limited pool of possible future homes just because of the show’s mature content.
Even if none of these shows end up coming back, that’s not going to make us any less hopeful about the future for future shows that end up canceled. Of course, we also do think that being canceled now hardly means that you are canceled for good. If Veronica Mars can come back so many years after its original TV death, we do still think that there is hope for a number of other television programs out there as well. It’s all just a matter of the right place, the right time, and the right audience. Shadowhunters certainly has the right fanbase for a revival down the road — and all of the shows in the Bring It Back this year proved themselves rather worthy with their constant passion.
Congrats to Shadowhunters and all of its fans!
What do you think about Shadowhunters being the winner of the Bring It Back Tournament this time around? Be sure to share in the comments. (Photo: Freeform.)