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19 TV Shows That Have Been Delayed Or Straight-Up Canceled Because Of The Hollywood Strikes

Hollywood has several problems, much like every other industry in the US. Aside from general corporate greed — like how streaming services pay actors and writers on hit shows mere pennies in residuals, forcing many of them to get second and third day jobs — studios also want to use AI technology to replace actors and imitate their likeness on screen.

Fran Drescher, the president of SAG-AFTRA, saying that 86% of SAG members can't meet the threshold to receive medical benefits

Now, as production has stopped altogether, studios are delaying (and straight-up canceling) upcoming shows and movies. Below are a bunch of new releases that have been affected.

Screenshots of main characters from "Abbott Elementary," "Loot," "Stranger Things," and "A League of Their Own"
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1.Agatha: Darkhold Diaries, aka the WandaVision spinoff centered around Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness, has been delayed an entire year. The new release date is set for early fall of 2024.

Agatha being trapped in "WandaVision"

2.Season 5 of Stranger Things has been delayed until 2025, but that date is expected to be pushed back even more. By that point, all of the “child” actors will be in their 20s.

The "child" actors in the series

3.A League of Their Own has been canceled altogether, which came as a huge shock to its stars and creators, because the show had already been renewed for a shortened second season.

The women playing baseball on the field

4.Euphoria has been delayed all the way until 2025. Creator Sam Levinson said he sees the third season as a “film noir" and he intends on exploring "what it means to be an individual with principles in a corrupt world" through Zendaya's character, Rue.

The women on "Euphoria"

5.IronHeart, the six-episode spinoff of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, was removed from Disney’s schedule entirely. It was originally going to be released this fall, but there's no word on if the miniseries will premiere in 2024 or 2025.

Dominique Thorne as IronHeart in "Black Panther 2"

All six episodes have already been filmed, and it'll follow Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne) as the genius inventor who created her own Iron Man–like suit. Alden Ehrenreich, Anthony Ramos, and Lyric Ross will also star in the miniseries.

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6.Season 49 of Saturday Night Live would have begun this month, but that’s obviously been postponed until an agreement with the studios is made. They actually ended the last season three episodes early because of the writers strike, and those three hosts would have been Pete Davidson, Kieran Culkin, and Jennifer Coolidge.

Pete, Kieran, and Jennifer on TV

By now, we'd typically have a list of the full cast (i.e. who's not returning and who's joining as a featured player), but we still haven't heard any news.

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7.There’s no release date for Season 2 of Severance yet because production paused early in the writers strike. They’re expecting an early 2024 release, but that’ll probably be delayed again.

The cast of "Severance"

8.Season 3 of Yellowjackets has been delayed as well. It was renewed in December of 2022, but the writers only had one day in the writers room before the WGA strike began, so production was immediately put on hold.

The cast of "Yellowjackets," both young and old

9.The Daredevil: Born Again series will be a continuation of the 2015 series. It was originally going to be released this coming spring, but production had to stop because of the strikes, and there’s no new release date in sight.

Kingpin and Daredevil in the Netflix series during Season 3 of "Daredevil"

The first season of the show will have 18 episodes, and it will star Charlie Cox, Jon Bernthal, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Sandrine Holt.

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10.Jodie Foster will be leading Season 4 of True Detective, which was intended to release this year. The season has now been pushed back to January 2024.

Jodie Foster in the trailer for Season 4 of "True Detective"

This new season of the anthology crime drama will also star Kali Reis, John Hawkes, and Fiona Shaw.

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11.Metropolis, a TV series based on the 1927 silent movie with the same name, was canceled entirely due to the writers strike and "ongoing costs."

The transformation scene from 1927's "Metropolis"

12.Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is set to star in Marvel's new Wonder Man miniseries, but production stopped in May, and we still haven’t been given a release date. Oscar winner Ben Kingsley also joins the cast, and there will be 10 episodes total, which will resume production when the strikes are over.

According to the series' synopsis, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will play Simon Williams, a Hollywood actor who's

13.Marvel's Echo series was delayed from November of this year until January 2024. The first season will have only five episodes, follow the events of Hawkeye, and include a bunch of the Daredevil cast (after all, Echo is Kingpin's adoptive daughter in the comics).

Alaqua Cox as Echo in "Hawkeye"

14.X-Men ‘97 was originally meant to be released this fall, but it's now been pushed back to January 3, 2024. This will be a continuation of the original 1990s animated series.

The X-Men characters being attacked in the animated series

A lot of the original voice actors will be returning in new roles, and there will be 10 episodes in the first season.

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15.Season 2 of Loot would have been released back in June, but production stopped because star and co-producer Maya Rudolph refused to return to set when the writers strike began, in solidarity. There’s no new release date yet.

The cast of Loot

The series also stars Michaela Rodriguez, Joel Kim Booster, and Adam Scott.

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16.Season 3 of Abbott Elementary was originally going to be released during the fall lineup this month, but production stopped during the writers strike. There’s still no word on a new release date, but it's extremely doubtful that we'll get any new episodes until 2024 at the earliest.

The cast of "Abbott" in the teacher's lounge

17.The Peripheral was originally renewed for a second season, but the ongoing strikes "heavily influenced" Amazon's decision to cancel it.

Chloë wearing a futuristic headband that transports her into London in the future

The series starred Chloë Grace Moretz, Jack Reynor, and T'Nia Miller, and it was based on the William Gibson novel with the same name.

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18.The Boys finished filming Season 4 back in April, but the premiere has been delayed indefinitely. Some are speculating that it'll return in mid-2024, but the studio has yet to release an actual date.

Homelander using his heat vision to slice a person in half

19.And, of course, every late-night talk show has been suspended until the strikes are over. In late August, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel teamed up to create the Strike Force Five podcast, in which proceeds will go to their late-night staffers and writers. Their respective shows will return when an agreement occurs between the guilds and studios.

Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, and John Oliver giving monologues during their shows