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HBO Cleans House: Getting Rid Of Shows To Make Room For New Ones

by Andrew


Posted on December 21, 2011



With a loaded production schedule and several potential new series in the works, pay-cable TV network HBO has cleaned house, literally, and pulled ‘Bored to Death’, ‘Hung’ and ‘How to Make it in America’ off the air. However they decided to keep ‘Enlightened’ in the wake of its two Golden Globe Nominations. There has been a call for a swift termination of all three of these shows, not leaving enough time for the creators to accurately wrap up their respective storyline—which in the case of ‘Hung’ and ‘Bored to Death’ ended with some pretty heavy questions waiting for answers. While lack of ratings seems to be the culprit for the cancellation, it seems ironic that the show with the worst ratings, ‘Enlightened’ is being renenwed. Earning typically less than 250,000 viewers, 'Enlightened' seems to be renewed because it did snag two Golden Globe nominations for best comedy and actress. ‘School of Rock’ series creator Mike White responded to the news by saying, “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 cancellations probably have very much to do with HBO’s incredibly busy production schedule that already features the returning ‘Eastbound and Down’, and 2012 will  welcome new features shows such as the upcoming Ricky Gervais comedy ‘Life’s Too Short’, ‘Girls’ from Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow and the Julia Louis-Dreyfus political comedy ‘Veep’. Additionally HBO will be bringing in new premieres from ‘Entourage’ creator Doug Elin called ‘40’ as well as the ‘Viagra Diaries’ starring Goldie Hawn. Whatever the case may be for losing some great programming it is very exciting to hear about all the great new shows HBO seems to have in the works. To learn more about your satellite TV programming package, visit us at DISH-Systems or call (866)989-3474.