James and Oliver Phelps’s Show “Fantastic Friends” Removed from the CW Schedule

We shared the exciting news back in June that the travel show Fantastic Friends, which is hosted by our very own Weasley twins, James and Oliver Phelps, would be broadcast on the CW. Unfortunately, we now have to share the sad news that the show has been removed from the CW’s regular programming after two episodes.

Due to a reported low viewership since premiering on July 18, the show has been taken off its Tuesday night slot on the network. All episodes of Season 1 are still available to American viewers through the CW’s app and website. There’s also uncertainty about what the CW will do about Season 2 since it does currently hold the rights to show it once it is released. Other streaming services, like Max in the US and Crave in Canada, will continue to stream Season 2 as expected.

The show sees the Phelps twins traveling to glorious destinations, such as Dubai, Saint Lucia, Ireland, and Iceland, while meeting up with a variety of Wizarding World alumni, who then serve as their tour guides. The first season features Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Luke Youngblood (Lee Jordan), and fellow Weasley Bonnie Wright (Ginny). In Season 2, the brothers are set to travel across the world, stopping in Singapore, Australia, Florida, Belize, Chile, Switzerland, and Turkey, with magical guests like Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks), Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas), and their on-screen dad Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley). Each beautiful destination comes with its own set of Hogwarts-style, magic-themed challenges, games, and competitions for the twins and their guests to complete. The trailer for the second season dropped earlier this month.

Did you manage to catch either of the episodes that were shown, or are you planning on catching up on the CW’s website or app? Let us know what you thought if you did manage to catch the series. 

Neave Williamson

I've been a proud Slytherin for as long as I can remember, and love taking inspiration from the Wizarding World for short films.