Earlier this year, Disney’s ABC Signature Studios released a brand new drama series called “Rebel” on ABC & Hulu in the United States and on Disney+ internationally as a Star Original.
The series is about Annie “Rebel” Bello, who is a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree. She is a funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost.
Unfortunately, ABC cancelled the series after just 5 episodes had aired in the US and before the series had even been released internationally on Disney+, which still has two more episodes to release.
The cancellation caused the show’s star, Katey Segal to take to her Instagram to share this message:
“The abrupt announcement that there would be no season 2 based on the response from our airings came a shock and a heartbreak. Things take time to catch on. Rebel tells the story of a woman who speaks up for what is right, the show has heart and purpose, funny and tears, and we, the cast, are all scratching our heads at the reversal of support from ABC.”
This past week, the entire first season of “Rebel” was released on Amazon’s IMDbTV for anyone to watch for free in the United States and according to Deadline, ABC Signature includes an option for a second-season order, should the series be popular.
IMDb TV has also recently made a similar arrangement with Sony Pictures TV for another cancelled ABC drama, “For Life”. Who are looking at the viewing figures for July to make a decision on if “For Life” will return for a third season.
“Rebel” is produced by Disney’s ABC Signature, in association with Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment. The series is distributed by Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution.
It’s unclear if “Rebel” was to continue for a second season, if it would still be released internationally on Disney+, but it does give a chance for the show to continue, depending on if IMDbTV decides to utilise its powers of optioning a second season.
Would you like to see “Rebel” return for a second season?