“Chasing Life” has officially taken its last breath. On Wednesday, Patrick Sean Smith, executive producer of the hit ABC family drama, revealed that there’s no way the beloved series will be resurrected – even after hopeful fans attempted to resuscitate the show through a campaign on Change.org following the drama’s surprising cancellation on Oct. 2.
Smith explained to TVLine that because “Chasing Life” wasn’t granted a third season (or a two-hour movie to wrap up Season 2’s deadly cliffhanger), he wanted to give closure to the show’s faithful fans. And part of that involved revealing April’s (Italia Ricci) fate.
The series ended with April deciding to end her cancer treatments – a decision that teased a potential death for the show’s main character. Ricci explained to TVLine in September that April’s desire for control is what bolstered her character’s decision.
“She wants to be in control of however much of the rest of her life she has left, which I thought was really interesting,” she divulged, teasing a grim ending for April. Although some fans didn’t agree with April’s choice, the showrunner explained during an interview with the Hollywood Reporter that he wanted the series to “hit every emotional aspect of what it’s like to live with cancer and battle cancer.”
“Those moment of weakness are real. I hope the fans are understanding of that,” Smith said.
However, the EP unveiled to TVLine that he was never going to let April die – even though in “Terminales,” a 2008 show that “Chasing Life” is based on, the main character meets her fate after getting struck my a bus.
“We always knew that someone would come to Italy and talk some sense into April,” he dished, revealing that it would have either been Sara (Mary Page Keller) or an apparition of Leo (Scott Michael Foster). “Either way, she would get back to Boston and go through with the transplant. We’d probably have to do a time jump from that, and we would see that it’s successful.”
However, just because Smith planned on April surviving the Season 2 finale cliffhanger didn’t mean she was out of the woods just yet.
“I don’t know if we were really all on the same page about how the series would end,” he began. “I don’t think we knew whether it would end with her living or dying, but we all knew she would die — whether that’s in a year or in 50 years. We’re all going to die, so we should push ourselves to live like that, and that’s what we really wanted to say with the series.”
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