( 4UMF NEWS ) ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Cancelled:
The runway is being shut down after more than 12 years.
“America’s Next Top Model” was not renewed for a 23rd season by The CW, effectively ending the network’s longest-running and most-recognizable series.
The cancellation, which was reported by Deadline, means the show’s final episode will take place on Dec. 4, when the current season is scheduled to end.
The program, which was created by supermodel Tyra Banks, premiered in 2003 on the now-defunct UPN network, which became The CW in 2006.
The show employs a panel of judges, who evaluate budding young models each week based on their appearances, performances in challenges and their best photo from their weekly shoot. The show has been extremely popular throughout its tenure, especially from 2007 to 2010, when it was the network’s highest-rated show.
“America’s Next Top Model was a successful franchise for two networks, first at UPN and then The CW, and it became not just a ratings hit, but a global pop culture phenomenon,” The CW President Mark Pedowitz said in a statement to the Daily News.
“I want to thank Tyra and (producer Ken Mok) for all their years of success in establishing a show that was not just popular in the U.S., but all across the world,” he added.
Banks, who also serves as the show’s host, said Wednesday that she agrees with the network’s decision to end the show.
“Thinking #ANTM #cycle22 should be our last cycle,” she wrote on Instagram. “Yeah, I truly believe it’s time.”