‘The Originals’ Season 4 Air Date, News & Updates: Season 4 Is The End? CW Addressed Rumors
"The Originals" Season 4 was announced on March 2016. However, just a few months later, CW announced the lineup for the fall TV 2016 schedule, and it did not include the vampire program. Fans were disappointed to hear that "The Originals" would not air until January 2017 at the earliest.
According to Pedowski, the network wanted to strengthen their mid-season programming and keep the fall programming powerful. There were three new shows added to the fall network, including the former CBS DC Comics show, "Supergirl." Pedowski explained that there are only 10 hours of programming, and the network needed to do what was best for itself. That meant removing The Originals Season 4 from the lineup.
According to Inquisitr, "The Vampire Diaries" and "The Originals" creator Julie Plec and executive producer Michael Narducci expressed their delight at the decision. The two shows are running on different timelines now and having them run during different periods on the network will help to keep the two storylines separate.
After that, cancellation rumors swelled when there was an announcement that "The Originals" would see Season 4 cut from 22 episodes to 13 episodes. Pedowski has spoken up about the possibility of canceling the vampire spinoff. He says that the network hopes that it is not the end. There is still a lot of faith in the show. According to Mobile & Apps, he also said that there has not been a decision made one way or another by the CW about "The Originals" ending as the network is going to wait to see how The fourth season performs in the mid-season lineup.
As For now, "The Originals" Season 4 is indeed safe and expected to be aired. It is unclear just how it will perform, and that is the integral in deciding whether to cancel a show. The reduced episode order could simply be due to the mid-season lineup since there are fewer weeks available for the show to tell its story.
"The Originals" Season 4 premieres on the CW sometime in January 2017 on the CW.