Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Is the Legend of Korra Really Being Cancelled?

The internet was set ablaze today when rumors of cancellation circulated the web for the hit show “The Legend of Korra” on Nickelodeon. The show is currently in the middle of its third season, and is a sequel to the groundbreaking “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” which ran from 2005 to 2008. As of this writing, there has been no official statement or press release by the studio itself, although the creators of the show have made remarks regarding the show’s future.

Michael DiMartino, who created the Avatar series with Bryan Konietzko, posted on his Facebook community page “There is 1 new episode this Friday at 8, then the rest of the season will be available from various sites online.” Konietzko also posted an image to his personal Tumblr blog assuring fans that the series was not cancelled, but was simply “moving to digital.”

Speculation for the move has ranged from ratings concerns to demographics issues, but until an official statement is released, speculation is all we have. Korra was shown a great deal of support by the studio when it debuted in 2012, signing on for more content before the first season even finished. However, that support seems to have waned in the last two years, despite being contracted through a fourth season. Some have suggested that the rapid broadcasting over the last month was due to a leak of the first episodes earlier in the summer.

Regardless of Nickelodeon’s reasons, the DiMartino’s Facebook post indicates that at least one new episode will still broadcast this Friday (as opposed to the two new episodes everyone was expecting). Fans of the show eagerly await further news at this weekend’s San Diego Comic Con.

UPDATE: The Korra Nation Fan Page has come down with an official word. Korra is NOT cancelled, it's moving to digital as we already knew. Here's the full release:

"Hey Korra Nation! Phew. Some of you may have heard versions of this news elsewhere, but here’s the official word. After this Friday’s on-air premiere of Episode 8 “The Terror Within” at 8/7c, all remaining Book 3 episodes will move to a digital rollout. That means two things: 1) Korra is NOT cancelled, 2) the remaining episodes will roll out weekly on and the Nick app beginning August 1, as well as on platforms like Amazon, Google Play, Xbox and Hulu.

Thousands of you have been asking to watch this incredible show online, so hopefully this news works in your favor. Mike and Bryan created a breath-taking season for us all…so get ready to watch it all go down!!!

Thanks for being the BEST fans in the industry and see you at Comic-Con."

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