Freeform (formerly ABC Family) has announced that it will not renew their 80’s horror series Dead of Summer. The series was the brain child of Once Upon A Time creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis and ABC series writer Ian Goldberg. It had received a straight-to-series order, but performed modestly in the ratings. It’s the second summer debut series Freeform has not renewed, as Guilt got the ax recently making that three (Recovery Row being the third) new hour-long dramas killed after the first season. The network has only debuted four series since rebranding itself, Shadowhunters is the only one to get a second season.
This puts the network in a rough places as its flagship series, Pretty Little Liars, is entering its final season.
Freeform hopes to tap into the Marvel Studios magic, having signed a series deal for Cloak & Dagger back in April. No word on who will be writing the series or starring at this point.