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NBC Scraps Plans for ‘Xena’ Reboot

Original Series Aired in First-Run Syndication from 1995 to 2001

NBC has decided not to move forward on its plans for a reboot of action/adventure “Xena, Princess Warrior,” which was a spin-off from “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” and a staple in first-run syndication with Lucy Lawless in the title role from 1995 to 2001. “Nothing is happening on that right now. We looked at some material; we decided at that point that it didn’t warrant the reboot,” said network entertainment president Jennifer Salke. “I’d never say never on that one because it’s such a beloved title but the current incarnation of it is dead.”

Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi, co-creators of the original series, were set to oversee the revival, which had originally signed “Lost” alum Javier Grillo-Marxuach to write. Grillo-Marxuach left the project in April due to creative differences, which was mainly his desire to develop a potential romance between Xena (Lucy Lawless) and her sidekick Gabrielle (Renee O’Connor) in the original series.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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