News CW4Kids Takes Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight off Schedule
posted on 2009-12-12 22:50 EST
Stephen Lunsford, the actor who portrays the titular character in Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight, confirmed on his Twitter account on Friday that 4Kids Entertainment and The CW have canceled the show as of December 26. Episode 38 out of 40 of the series will air on that Saturday. It is not yet known whether the last two episodes will be posted on the 4kidstv.com website. Co-executive producer Steve Wang noted on his Facebook page, "that's not to say it won't pop up on a different network in the future."
This live-action special-effects series is the latest reincarnation of Shotaro Ishinomori's Kamen Rider action manga about super-powered heroes who protect humanity. The series originated as Kamen Rider Ryuki, which ran in Japan from 2002 to 2003. The regular series of the English-language version, which is being refilmed and produced in the United States, launched on January 3 of this year.
D3Publisher just released a Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight video game for the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS consoles on November 17.
The only other U.S. adaptation of the Kamen Rider series was Saban's Masked Rider, which was loosely based on the Kamen Rider Black RX series. It aired in 1995 but was also canceled after only one season.