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  • Scottferguson
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    Just announced – Hung unexpectedly is canceled, Enlightened unexpectedly renewed, How to Make It in America, Bored to Death also canceled.

     

    (didn’t see a thread for two of these shows near the front)

     

    Hung had no chance to wrap things up – I actually saw the final episode without realizing or sensing it was end of season

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    I’m sure HBO will pick up another Bryan Greenberg show really quick LOL

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    24Emmy
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    That’s sad. I liked Bored to Death and also watched How to Make It in America.

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    Huh, I did not expect these at all.

     

    Enlightened was 100% saved by awards nominations/prospects.

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    Atypical
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    HBO’s throwin’ down the axe! Good for “Enlightened” though.

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    No!   I loved Bored to Death.  🙁

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    It looks like they had to start making room for their new slate of comedies.

    Among the new comedy series HBO has arriving in the new year are “Girls,” created by and starring Lena Dunham; “Veep,” with Julia Louis-Dreyfus; “Life’s Too Short,” with Ricky Gervais; and “Angry Boys,” from “Summer Heights High” creator Chris Lilley. Also set to return is the third season of Danny McBride baseball laffer “Eastbound & Down.”

    On the drama side, Jan. 29 marks the debut of the David Milch-Michael Mann horseracing drama “Luck.” The Aaron Sorkin project starring Jeff Daniels, tentatively titled “Newsroom,” is looking like a possible summer entry. Also arriving are the return seasons of “Game of Thrones,” “Treme,” and “Boardwalk Empire.”

    There’s also pick-ups for the new comedy series “The Viagra Diaries” from “Sex and the City” creator Darren Star and a series adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s “The Corrections.”

     

     

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    Eastbound & Down is also ending this season.

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    Scottferguson
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    I doubt the GGs had anything to do with it, except as a sign that HBO already supported the show and pushed for the nominations more vigorously.

    Renewals at HBO have to do with expense of show, long term relationship with producers and other creative people, international sales. GG cable show nominations are way down the list of importance, and other than bragging/ego rights add nothing to a show’s value

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    It looks like they had to start making room for their new slate of comedies.

    [i]Among the new comedy series HBO has arriving in the new year are “Girls,” created by and starring Lena Dunham; “Veep,” with Julia Louis-Dreyfus; “Life’s Too Short,” with Ricky Gervais; and “Angry Boys,” from “Summer Heights High” creator Chris Lilley. Also set to return is the third season of Danny McBride baseball laffer “Eastbound & Down.”[/i]

    [i]On the drama side, Jan. 29 marks the debut of the David Milch-Michael Mann horseracing drama “Luck.” The Aaron Sorkin project starring Jeff Daniels, tentatively titled “Newsroom,” is looking like a possible summer entry. Also arriving are the return seasons of “Game of Thrones,” “Treme,” and “Boardwalk Empire.”[/i]

    [i]There’s also pick-ups for the new comedy series “The Viagra Diaries” from “Sex and the City” creator Darren Star and a series adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s “The Corrections.”[/i]

     

    Thanks Typ.

    Here’s The Wrap’s write up in case anyone wants to read it.

     

    HBO Cancels ‘Hung,’ ‘Make It in America,’ ‘Bored’; Renews ‘Enlightened’

    Published: December 20, 2011 @ 10:16 am

     

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    By Tim Molloy

    HBO has canceled “Hung,” “How to Make It In America,” “Bored to Death” and renewed “Enlightened.”

    “Hung” and “Bored” will end after three seasons and “America” after two, the network said. The shows failed to capture the audience and buzz of acclaimed HBO shows including “Game of Thrones,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

    Also read: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Death — Yep, They Went There

    The cancellations dramatically change the lineup of the network, which will debut six new shows last year: the Dustin Hoffman horseracing drama “Luck,” an untitled Aaron Sorkin series, Ricky Gervais’ “Life’s Too Short,” as well as “Veep,” “Girls,” and “Angry Boys.”

    “Thrones” and “Boardwalk” will return, along with “True Blood” and “Treme.” There is no announcement yet on the future of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” — creator Larry David tends to decide season-by-season whether he wants to continue.

    “Hung” starred Thomas Jane as a male prostitute, and “Bored” followed Ted Danson, Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis. (Danson recently became the lead actor on “CSI,” in addition to frequent appearances on “Curb”; the cancellation slightly cuts down on his heavy workload.)

    “America,” about twentysomethings starting out in New York City, followed an ensemble cast of young actors.

    The next season of “Enlighted” will be its second. The series has earned Golden Globe nominations in the Best Television Series — Comedy or Musical category and in Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical for Laura Dern.

     

     

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    Spenser Davis
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    I don’t know anyone who watches Enlightened, and the episodes I’ve seen weren’t funny. If it hadn’t gotten the Globe nods, you have to wonder if it would be right there beside Hung and the other cancelled shows.

    Looking forward to the Aaron Sorkin project, whatever it’s about.

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    Enlightened unexpectedly renewed

    Absolutely 100% pitiful and pathetic. One of the worst shows pay cable (and quite possibly, any network) has ever produced.

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    Scottferguson
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    I just talked with a producer for one of the canceled shows – they knew about this last week before the GG nominations unofficially, and don’t think they had anything to do with it one way or another, also had heard that Enlightened (because of hoping to nurture a relationship with the very talented Mike White) was likely to be renewed

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    I tried one episode of Enlightened, but couldn’t finish it.

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    Yeah, the GG’s had nothing to do with this. Two of those were on their third season, and one in its second, and their ratings dropped from previous years. Meaning, HBO gave all the three of them a chance to build an audience, but it didn’t happen.

    Enlightened has the smallest ratings of all of them, but it’s still in it’s first season, has pedigree, and could possibly grow or at least establish an audience for itself on season two (if neither of those happen, I doubt will see season 3). 

    I’m not saying it’s fair, but from a network perspective, you can see this decision wasn’t just random.

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