Could Revenge Get A Spinoff? Here's What ABC Says

Revenge as a series may be over, but in an era where long-cancelled series can be brought back from the dead, is any series ever truly over? While the most recent attempt to bring a quasi-spinoff to TV has been shot down, it looks like ABC is anything but pessimistic.

At the Television Critics Association summer press tour, ABC president Paul Lee was asked about the decision to not pick up The Kingmakers. And according to TV Line, he left Revenge fans the possibility of something happening down the road.

”We didn’t land that pilot but … it’s a wonderful brand; it’s known around the world. That doesn’t preclude us from doing it again.

When a businessman is complimentary about the strength of a brand, you can be sure he’s making plans with it. Originally, The Kingmakers was meant to be a show separate from Revenge that took place in the same universe. Think of it like Arrow and The Flash, but with less spandex and more high fashion. When Revenge met its end, however, that left Kingmakers all by itself, but there had always been plans that Revenge cast members would appear on the new show, so suddenly the spinoff became a last gasp for life for fans of those characters. Unfortunately, ABC decided to pass on the show for the upcoming season.

Revenge was a breakout hit when it first came to air but the ratings went into a steady decline after that, which eventually led to the cancellation after four seasons. That certainly didn’t help Kingmakers' chances for life. If the viewership wasn’t there in the end for the first show, it’s hard to believe it would have been there for the second show.

All hope is not lost however. While ABC decided not to go with this pilot it doesn’t sound like they are soured on the entire “brand.” If it is truly “known around the world” (you’ll have to ask the rest of the world about that), then it certainly has value to ABC. It's a Disney brand after all, and Disney knows the value of the rest of the planet when it comes to media. If it turns out China is a big fan of Revenge that could make it worth it for ABC to keep it all going right there.

It looks a spinoff series may be considered down the line, so are you excited by the prospect of seeing the world of Revenge again in some form, or will it all be too little and too late by the time they figure out what they're doing?

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.