From the jump, we knew “Frequency” wasn’t likely to get a full season on The CW, considering the absolute deluge of shows the network had saved on its lineup for spring premieres. Still, we’re bummed the show has completed its first-season run so soon.
After a long and tiring chase for the Nightingale Killer, Frank (Riley Smith) and Raimy (Peyton List) thought they’d finally caught the man and put him away. Unfortunately, his stepson was the real perpetrator, which led to some pretty explosive consequences in the final moments of Wednesday’s (Jan. 25) finale.
Luckily for fans, with renewal still up in the air for “Frequency,” the Season 1 finale could serve as either the end to a pretty awesome series… Or a launching point for a new chapter.
With Robbie (David Lipper) still on the loose — and stalking Raimy’s engagement party from afar — and the radio that connects her with her father in 1996 now broken, there are quite a few balls left up in the air. On the other hand, she did manage to save her mother and win back her fiancé, so Raimy’s life isn’t quite the disaster it used to be — thanks to her decision to meddle with the past.
Screener decided to go straight to the source, executive producer Jeremy Carver, to ask about the show’s chances of renewal and what a Season 2 might look like if that days comes.
“We leave things open, and we close some loops as well,” Carver says of writing a season finale that might have to be a series finale. “Every good show is still going to leave open danglers and cliffhangers when it comes to the next season, and we’re no different.”
As far as a potential Season 2 goes, there’s no confirmation of renewal yet, but that doesn’t mean the writers aren’t tossing around ideas about where Raimy and Frank will go next, and what’s on tap for future storylines.
“I think over the course of Season 1 there’s a lot of things that we discussed that we sort of left on the shelf, so I think we as a staff are really excited to push Raimy and Frank into maybe some new season-long mysteries that they might work on together… There’s a couple things that happen in the finale that actually have pretty significant consequences to the overall arc of the show as a series. That’s me being very vague and not wanting to spoil anything.”
Spoilers aside, it does sound like there are a few solid plans on the books for a potential Season 2. The crux of the show is the time-travel aspect and the father-daughter relationship it allows, which should and probably will always be part of the show.
“I think we had them engage in some other mystery, while the events and people from Season 1 never quite go away. One of the things that we really loved about the season was this idea of ‘What is science and what is fate?’ We continue to ask those questions into Season 2 and beyond. A little bit like ‘Supernatural,’ you might have a new sort of season-long mystery in Season 2, but the old enemies and relationships never quite go away.”
Personally, we’d love to see Raimy set out on a new mission to find a way to save her father. After all, in the original movie, John (Jim Caviezel) — the character Raimy is based on — ultimately finds a way to keep his mother and his father alive while stopping the Nightingale killer for good.
The only way we’ll get that inevitable storyline though, is if people turn up to watch the show while its renewal is hanging in the balance. Luckily, Netflix will come to our rescue yet again.
In an pretty unprecedented move, The CW and Netflix have made a deal to release “Frequency” Season 1 for streaming one week after its finale episode.
“It’s so important to our show because I think the network, while they’ve done nothing but be incredibly supportive of the show, they would like to see — as would we — some significant viewership on Netflix, which we think the show is perfectly primed to deliver,” Carver explains. “It’s not everything, but to be frank about it, it’s very important that folks who enjoy the show recommend the show to their friends and family and let them take a look at it on Netflix … That can only help towards giving us a second season.”
“Frequency” is available for streaming on Netflix starting the morning of Thursday, Feb. 2.