Almost two decades later, Xena: Warrior Princess is all set for a renewal, with talks for a season going at full swing. The new season can be expected to have more action packed adventures in store for our warrior princess. Read on to find out more.
American fantasy show Xena: Warrior Princess was a people pleaser for the most part of the ‘90s. About two decades after it ended in 2001, Xena: Warrior Princess will see a comeback on TV with a season 7. The show had been a staple for the millennial audience for six years. The news of the show’s revival has definitely stirred up the right pot and we are excited.
- Xena: Warrior Princess was TV’s Wonder Woman
- The Xena reboot that was cancelled
- Season 7 of is en route
Xena: Warrior Princess was the TV’s Wonder Woman
Shot and filmed in New Zealand, Xena: Warrior Princess was the most popular fantasy adventure show for the American millennial audience. The show was a spin-off of the television series, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
Xena’s character was a recurring one in the Hercules series and its popularity led to Xena having her own spin-off. As it turned out, the spin-off, Xena: Warrior Princess gained an even bigger fan following than the original TV show and soon crossed its viewership score. It ran for six successful seasons widely across the globe.
The show follows the adventures of Xena, a warrior who sets off in a quest for emancipation from her previous sins against innocents. Xena protects and defends the weak using her impeccable fighting skills. The Amazon warrior, Gabrielle, serves as Xena’s partner and comrade through her journey in pursuit of salvation.
The show gathered a huge fandom owing to a strong female lead, which was a groundbreaking concept in the ‘90s. The show later went on to inspire many video games, comic books and other shows. Xena: Warrior Princess received a spot in “TV Guide’s Top Cult Shows Ever” twice.
In 2015, this iconic show was picked up for a reboot, which was later taken off the table in 2017. Xena: Warrior Princess still holds to its fame and season 7 might be right around the corner.
The Xena Reboot that was cancelled
Back in 2015, the chairperson of NBC Entertainment, Bob Greenblatt had announced that a reboot of Xena: Warrior Princess was in the works. Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert were set to return as the executive producers of the reboot with Javier Grillo-Marxuach as the both writer and the producer.
The reboot was to be released sometime in 2016. However, creative differences led Javier Grillo-Marxuach to drop out of the project. In 2017, NBC officially announced a cancellation of the reboot.
Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, called the reboot “dead”. She told “The Hollywood Reporter”, “Nothing is happening on that right now. We looked at some material; we decided at that point that it didn’t warrant the reboot. I’d never say never on that one because it’s such a beloved title, but the current incarnation of it is dead.” According to “The Hollywood Reporter”, writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach wanted to experiment with Xena’s sexuality by playing at a romantic angle between Xena and Gabrielle. He said, “There is no reason to bring back Xena if it is not there for the purpose of fully exploring a relationship that could only be shown sub-textually in first-run syndication in the 1990s.”
Lucy Lawless, the actor who played Xena was on board with Javier Grillo-Marxuach’s idea. She said, “It wasn’t just that Xena was bisexual and kinda liked her gal pal and they kind of fooled around sometimes, it was, ‘Nope, they’re married, man’.” For all we know, season 7 of Xena: Warrior Princess might be open to exploring the romantic angle between Xena and Gabrielle.
Season 7 of Xena: Warrior Princess is En-Route
Although the 2015 reboot of Xena: Warior Princess ended up being cancelled, NBC president, Jennifer Salke confirmed that the network’s open to a revival of the show in the future. She told “The Hollywood Reporter”, “I need someone to come in with a point of view about what they want to do.”
The reboot of the show was supposed to have an entirely new cast, which meant replacing Lucy Lawless as Xena. If season 7 of Xena: Warrior Princess were to be picked up, it would probably have a new cast with new adventures in store for the princess warrior. However, the show has not been renewed yet and some fans feel that it should be kept that way.
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