Apple TV+ Pulls the Plug on ‘Swagger’ After Two Seasons

Apple TV cancels Swagger after two seasons.

Reggie Rock Bythewood, the creator of the sports drama series “Swagger,” announced on Instagram that the show won’t be returning for a third season on Apple TV+. The series, inspired by NBA star Kevin Durant’s childhood experiences, offered a unique perspective on elite youth basketball clubs, delving into the lives of players, families, and coaches.

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In a reflective Instagram post, Bythewood expressed gratitude for the creative journey, acknowledging the show’s impact in launching careers, disrupting genres, and revolutionizing basketball portrayal on screen. Despite the cancellation, he thanked Apple for allowing him to bring his vision to life during the two seasons.

The cast, writers, and crew also received praise for their contributions to the series. Bythewood’s message extended to the loyal fan base, emphasizing the unforeseen ways in which they lifted the show. He urged the industry to persist in telling diverse stories, even as “Swagger” takes its final bow.

“What an amazing adventure. In our two seasons, we have launched careers, disrupted genre, brought forth humanity through our characters, told stories we care deeply about, revolutionized the way to shoot basketball and had fun, Apple, while you are not ordering a season three, I made the show I wanted to make. Thank you for that. Cast, writers and crew, you have my gratitude. Walk off the set with Swagger. For our FAMbase, you lifted us in ways we could have never imagined. To the industry, don’t take your foot off the gas. Keep telling our stories.”

“Swagger” featured a talented cast, including O’Shea Jackson Jr., Isaiah Hill, Shinelle Azoroh, Quvenzhané Wallis, Caleel Harris, Tristan Mack Wilds, Tessa Ferrer, James Bingham, Solomon Irama, Ozie Nzeribe, and Jason Riveram. The series was a collaboration between Boardroom, Imagine Television Studios, CBS Studios, and Undisputed Cinema, with executive producers including Bythewood, Durant, Brian Grazer, and Rich Kleiman.

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