The reunion we’ve all been waiting for is here. In a world where 4% of the population are born with abnormal powers and heavily policed by high-tech robotics, an ex-con teams up with the drug lord he despises to protect a young girl from a corrupt police sergeant. Robbie and Stephen Amell star in Code 8 Part II.
The bell has officially rung for the Duffy Wrestling League. After just wrapping up its second season on Starz earlier this month, Variety exclusively reported that the hit wrestling drama Heels has been canceled at the network. Following a small-town independent wrestling promotion trying to take it to the next level professionally, the series starred Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig as brothers Jack and Ace Spade. It’s one of four series Starz scrapped today, including Blindspotting, Run the World, and The Venery of Samantha Bird which had yet to air its first season.
UPDATE: EW – The news was particularly painful for Heels’ small but devoted following of viewers, coming as it did just 10 days after the intense season 2 finale. “High Flying” followed Amell’s Jack Spade and his Duffy Wrestling League promotion as they put on a “Harmageddon” show in the hopes of landing a major deal with a streaming platform called Continuum. In the main event, Jack faced off in a match against the Condamned, a character played by his brother, Ace (Alexander Ludwig). He executed a dangerous flying leap into the ring — and ended up catastrophically injured, with no feeling in his legs.
But Jack and the DWL may not be down for the count just yet. Now that the Hollywood writers’ strike has ended, showrunner Mike O’Malley says he and his team are “actively” shopping the show around to other networks. “I really do think it’s going to have a life someplace else,” says O’Malley, who also appears on the show as Charlie Gully, the flamboyant promoter of the rival Florida Wrestling Dystopia league. “We did not intend, nor do we intend, for [the season 2 finale] to be the last episode of the show.”
Starz has released the first full trailer for “Heels” Season 2. The new season of the pro wrestling drama will drop on July 28 at midnight on the Starz App before its linear debut on Starz at 10 p.m.ET/PT that same day.
In the trailer, Jack Spade (Stephen Amell) is dealing with the fallout from the events of the Season 1 finale, including a complete breakdown of his relationship with his brother Ace (Alexander Ludwig) as well as with his wife Staci (Alison Luff). Meanwhile, Crystal (Kelli Berglund) is itching to defend the DWL championship in the ring, while Charlie Gully (Mike O’Malley) is out for revenge against Jack and the DWL.
Watch the full trailer below.
Interview with Stephen Amell about his Arrowverse return in The Flash episode “It’s My Party And I’ll Die If I Want To.”
FLASHTVNEWS’ CRAIG BYRNE: How important was it to you that if you did return to the Arrowverse, it would be for a major role and not just a cameo?
STEPHEN AMELL: It didn’t need to be a major role, per se, but I was very adamant that I get to do something significant, or say something significant. I just wanted to make sure that if Oliver came back, we would learn something.
Even before he read the script for the episode, Amell was intrigued about the idea of returning to the Arrowverse simply because of the timing. “Everything about the series finale should be in service of The Flash and Barry’s story, so I’m glad we got it out of the way before then,” he says. “The thing that I was most excited about was that it wasn’t the series finale and that we actually have a little bit more time and space to talk about the Barry and Oliver relationship, and what’s been going on with him, and what’s going on with Barry.”
For Amell, who filmed his final Arrow scenes in November 2019, “Honestly, it didn’t feel weird at all” to be back after so long a break, he tells TVLine.
“It was nerve-wracking, getting picked up on the first day and shooting my first scene,” he admits, “but after 15 minutes, it was like, ‘OK. I’m here…. When’s lunch?’”
“Danielle was great. She nailed it,” Amell also attests. “This was the first episode back after [holiday] break, so there were COVID protocols and a bunch of moving pieces, but she was totally in charge and really communicative with great notes. She was like an old pro.”
“It was amazing,” Amell told ET of returning for the episode. “I got a good four or five days on set and to see people. It all felt very familiar and I was very excited to be back.”
However, Amell admitted that he didn’t bother offering Gustin any advice about life after the Arrowverse.
“Nope. I said, ‘What are you going to do?’ He said, ‘I don’t know.’ I said, ‘Well, give me a call if you want to do nothing together,'” he recalled with a laugh.
CBR: Showrunner Eric Wallace called you to pitch Oliver’s return. What about it checked off all the boxes for you?
Stephen Amell: First and foremost, I liked that it wasn’t the series finale. Series finales get to be a little busy, and it becomes expected that you are going to have all these returning appearances and characters. I really liked that it was a random episode. I also appreciated how collaborative he was. I had a pretty particular idea of how I wanted the story to go. Obviously, I am not the one who puts pen to paper or starts typing. But it was just very nice that he was willing to be so collaborative because a couple of the ideas I had that ended up in the episode weren’t in the original pitch.
How was it for you, revisiting the world your show created?
Oh, it was really, really special. You know, there were a lot of people working on Flash that had been a part of Arrow either when we had finished or just through the years. So, going back and seeing everybody was really special.
And revisiting the costume?
They still made me go into a fitting! [Laughs] I’m like, “Guys, come on!” But, no, it was…I just have to say, overall, that Eric Wallace was just such a collaborative person here. And when it came to the suit, he was like, “Well, which one do you want to wear?” And I was just like, “Well, um, I don’t know. The Season 8 one?” And he goes, “Yeah, sure. That makes sense. Let’s do that!” [Laughs]