‘Survivor’s Remorse’ first premiered on October 4, 2014 on Starz (earlier pronounced “Stars”). The basketball comedy has been created by ‘Shameless’ co-writer Mike O’Malley and produced by NBA player LeBron James.
It is an American sitcom that chronicles the daily lives of a young basketball star Cam Calloway and his family, after he signs a pro-basketball contract that catapults him into the limelight. ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ is more like a sports version of ‘Entourage,’ only better.
‘Survivor’s Remorse’ features ‘The Boys’ star Jessie T. Usher as Cam Calloway, the young basketball player who gets famous overnight. ‘Sister Sister’ fame RonReaco Lee essays the role of Reggie Vaughn, who is Cam’s cousin. Erica Ash plays Cam’s half sister, M-Chuck Calloway. Teyonah Parris, known for her roles in ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Dear White People’ plays Reggie’s wife Missy Vaughn, ‘Martin’ fame Tichina Arnold essays the role of Cam’s mother Cassie Calloway, and Mike Epps plays Uncle Julius.
‘Survivor’s Remorse’ has managed to share the stories of rape, poverty, child abuse, female genital mutilation rituals, and other bold subjects. It has mastered the art of balancing silly and severe, which is why it’s been a steady hit among the critics and audiences over the last four seasons.
The show has also received GLAAD Media Awards nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series in the year 2017 and 2018. Despite that, Starz decided to abruptly end the show after four successful seasons.
Now you must be wondering what caused them to take such a step and if there ever will be a ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ season 5? Don’t worry, we have got you covered!
Survivor’s Remorse Season 5 Release Date: Will it Happen?
The show was renewed for a fourth season on August 24, 2016. ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ season 4 first aired on August 20, 2017, and the 10-episode season ended its run on October 15, 2017.
As far as ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ season 5 is concerned, Starz announced on October 10, 2017, that the fourth season of the scripted comedy would be its last.
In conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, the creator of the show, Mike O’Malley revealed that he had the material for continuing the show for another two seasons. “I had a longer-term plan for the next two seasons. I thought it was gonna go about six seasons,” O’Malley said.
He further talked about how he is as disappointed by the cancellation as any other fan of the show. O’Malley added, “The journey for me is that I wrote it open-ended, thinking that the show was coming back for a fifth season. The actors were under contract for a fifth season. People were like, ‘What kind of series finale is that?’ because it was being promoted as a series finale and it’s only a series finale because they canceled it. It’s not like we wrote this well-crafted ending to this thing. I think I wrote something today like, ‘Yeah, it was written as a cliffhanger. And then guess what? We got thrown off the cliff.'”
However, he thanked Starz for granting him the opportunity to guide the show without any creative hindrance.
Starz CEO and president Chris Albrecht spoke to Deadline about the show’s abrupt ending, which couldn’t manage to give the fans a proper closure.
Albrecht said, “While this may be the end of the Calloways’ story, we do believe that the themes Survivor’s Remorse confronted over the seasons, through a unique mix of humor and sober observation, will be appreciated for the insightful, heartfelt way they were addressed. I think there was some closure. It’s pretty competitive out there, and I think the show spoke to a lot of really important issues and I’m not sure there was a lot more to say. We gave the show a real shot to kind of break out in the way you want a show to break out after the fourth season.”
So, for now, it’s the end of the road for ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ and there is NOT going to be a ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ season 5. However, the show might get picked up sometime in the future, by another network or streaming service. You never know what the future holds, so all you do is be positive.
If it’s any consolation, here’s where you can re-watch your favorite show: All four seasons of Survivor’s Remorse are available On Demand if you’re a Starz subscriber, whereas individual episodes can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon, etc.