Season 4 of The Bold Type may have only just concluded on Freeform, but fans are already wondering if and when the series will return for season 5.
The Bold Type has been one of the staple shows on Freeform since its debut in 2017.
Since then, the show has constantly delivered laughs and feels across each of its four seasons, telling the story of a trio of woman as they navigate the complications of work and personal relationships.
However, now that the most recent instalment has come to a premature close, fans are wondering if and when the series will resume with a fifth instalment.
The Bold Type season 5: Renewal status
- At the time of writing, The Bold Type has not been renewed for a fifth season, nor has it been cancelled by Freeform.
Whilst it is becoming normal for networks to wait a little while after a season finale before announcing an official renewal, there is a chance that the series may never return.
Season 4 of The Bold Type has been averaging a 0.06 rating and 160,000 viewership, that’s down 37% and 33% respectively. No network will want to see numbers like this for a prime slot show like The Bold Type and with the production issues, there is a possibility the series could be axed.
What’s more, there has been quite a lot of backlash from fans who are angered at the writing on season 4. Many have taken to social media to voice their frustration at writers changing the character development and arcs they had been building for the previous seasons.
Unfortunately, the global coronavirus pandemic has also caused this recent season to be cut short by two episodes. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, lead actress Katie Stevens said: “We won’t really see the resolve or whatever the end is gonna be for all of these people like we would’ve if we had those two episodes.”
On the other hand, the production team seem fairly optimistic on the future of The Bold Type. One of the writers, Wendy Straker Hauser revealed to TV Guide that they see the shortened season as an oppotunity.
“When we first ended and got cut short I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, we have so many unfinished stories.’ And then I took a moment and continued to go back to those scripts and I thought to myself, ‘Wow, you know, maybe we have an opportunity to do something different here. And oh, we could explore this here.” – Wendy Straker Hauser.
We are expecting a formal announcement on the future of The Bold Type within the next few weeks, so keep an eye on this page for official updates on season 5.
The Bold Type season 5: Release date
- With The Bold Type not being officially confirmed by Freeform, there is no information as to when fans could expect a fifth season to be released.
However, we can make a prediction for a season 5 premiere based on the release schedule of previous instalments. If The Bold Type is renewed for a fifth season, we could expect a spring-2021 release date.
Although, there will most likely be some delays with production associated with the coronavirus pandemic following the interruptions to season 4. Therefore, a more realistic prediction would be summer-2021.
The Bold Type season 5: Cast
With no official information on the future of The Bold Type, we don’t have any idea for casting changes. However, we can expect most of the season 4 cast to make a return for the fifth instalment.
- Katie Stevens as Jane Sloan
- Aisha Dee as Kat Edison
- Meghann Fahy as Sutton Brady-Hunter
- Sam Page as Richard Hunter
- Nikohl Boosheri as Adena El-Amin
- Melora Hardin as Jacqueline Carlyle
- Stephen Conrad Moore as Oliver Grayson
As always, we will bring you updates on The Bold Type season 5 as information is officially confirmed by either Freeform or the production team.