HBO Cancels Shows
December 21, 2011 by staff
HBO Cancels Shows, HBO have axed TV shows Hung and Bored To Death to make room for six new series, including Ricky Gervais’ Life’s Too Short. The US network announced yesterday that while the two programmes are among those which will not be renewed, along with How To Make It In America, hit series Enlightened will return for a second cycle.
Enlightened, which ended its first season earlier this month, last week earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Comedy or Musical Series, as well as a nomination for its star, Laura Dern.
On the show, Dern plays an unstable career woman who wants to be a social activist. Asked about the news that the programme had been renewed, Enlightened writer Mike White said: ‘I know HBO has had to make some hard decisions. ‘I feel very lucky that they are letting us make more Enlightened. We will do our best to make something cool.’
The shows which will be premiering in 2012 include the Ricky Gervais/Stephen Merchant comedy Life’s Too Short, as well as Luck, an untitled drama series created by Aaron Sorkin, Veep, Girls and Angry Boys which debuts on New Year’s Day.
The news that Life’s Too Short has been picked up by HBO comes as something of a surprise, given the poor critical reaction to the series when it was broadcasted last month.
And it was revealed this morning that due to the reaction to Gervais’ BBC show, he is now set to make a move to Channel 4 for his next vehicle.
His Channel 4 debut will apparently be made with a new series called Derek, set in an elderly people’s retirement home.
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