After suspending Schwahn on Nov. 15, the NBCUniversal-owned cable network and The Royals producers Lionsgate Television and Universal Cable Productions have now opted to fire the showrunner following a wave of sexual harassment allegations from the cast of the series as well as his former drama One Tree Hill.
“We have concluded our investigation and Mark will not be returning to The Royals,” produers Lionsgate TV said in a statement. “The fourth season of the show has already completed production and will air as scheduled on E! in the spring.”
The decision to axe Schwahn means the previously announced fourth season of the Elizabeth Hurley royal drama will air in 2018 as planned.
However, it’s not yet clear whether The Royals Season 4 will be the last, or if a new showrunner will be drafted in for Season 5.
As such, the specter of cancellation still looms for the troubled series.
Will The Royals be cancelled after Season 4 or renewed for Season 5? Stay tuned…