One of the funnier and original concepts on TV today is the CW’s Reaper. Reaper is the story about a slacker working at a home improvement warehouse (The Work Bench) whose parents sold his soul to the Devil who uses him as a bounty hunter who tracks down escaped souls from Hell – a reaper. Reaper is a drama with a heave dose of comedy.
Unfortunately, Reaper could be heading to its own grave. The show’s death is a combination of low ratings and the departure of creators/executive producers Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas who have just signed a two-year deal with 20th Century Fox TV according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Reaper is currently produced by ABC Studios which Fazekas and Butters were a part of. With the departure of this dynamic duo, CW and ABC Studios will need to make a hard decision to keep production running under a new team or end the series. If you look at the current “tea leaves” – the ratings, then one could easily speculate that Reaper will end after its current run.
However, there is a sliver of hope. Smallville’s creates/executive producers – Al Gough and Miles Millar left the show after the 2008 season and the show was still picked up for two additional years. Along with two -ear comment, the story has not missed a beat either.
Let’s hope we don’t see a going out of business sign on the door of the Work Bench!