The end has arrived for Big Shot and Mighty Ducks: Game Changers. Disney+ is canceling both series after their recently released second seasons. Unfortunately, this became possible after senior executive, Peter Rice, was fired last June. The company noted a “culture fit,” but some speculate that it was due to how Rice spent the streaming services’ overall programming budgets.
Data for each show is not available, but it is noteworthy that neither series is in the upper echelon of streaming rankings. Additionally, series leads John Stamos and Yvette Nicole Brown will join other shows on Amazon Freevee and Bounce TV in the near future, which means they were very likely not expecting to return anytime soon anyway.
This might be the first of many cancelations moving forward that’ll reshape the streaming service’s future endeavors. The mentioning of “culture fit” is a bit bizarre, as The Mighty Ducks of all things does seem to fit quite nicely into Disney’s overall niche and the plan to make good use of pre-existing IP.
It’s unclear what exactly their plans are moving forward for the service and if we might see fewer productions rolling out. Though, it’s also possible they go down a reality TV route, which is cheaply made and easy to share on the service for younger audiences. Most shows nowadays are mainly focused on adults. So, there’s a potential market for them to make use of, as they already tested out some projects. For now, Disney+’s future remains a question mark.