Over the summer, NBC announced the cancellation of Young Rock, the sitcom centering on a fictionalized version of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s life. While the news undoubtedly disappointed fans of the show, there is hope yet. Former wrestling manager Harvey Wippleman, who inspired a character on Young Rock, also served as an executive consultant on the show and has some news for viewers. During a recent interview with Developmentally Speaking, Wippleman teased the future of the series post-cancellation.
“It’s not over yet,” Wippleman said. “It’s not on NBC [anymore], but … once that actor’s strike resolves, stay tuned. Young Rock will be back. The story ain’t over yet.”
This is the first indication that Young Rock will continue, which shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise considering the ongoing strike. The third season of the show finished airing back in February, with the cancellation announcement coming in June amid the writer’s strike and just a few days before the actors joined them on the picket lines. While the writer’s strike has been resolved, the actor’s strike has not.
Throughout its three seasons, Young Rock covered multiple periods in Johnson’s life, including a hypothetical future that saw the wrestler/actor running for president. Additionally, the show featured Johnson’s early teenage years, later teenage years, and early days working as a professional wrestler in his 20s. With much of his younger years already covered, it seems likely that the show would continue portraying Johnson’s Hollywood career if it returns for another season. Additionally, while the 2032 timeline saw Johnson fail in his bid to become President of the United States, the character vowed to create a new country, likely hinting at the future of that storyline.
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