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It's not exactly clear whether HBO ever intended to create a comedy brand wrapped around super creative, not very popular niche shows. It's probably more likely that it wanted two or four other shows in the vein of Sex and the City -- or even Entourage. Hell, at this point, it might even go for another Curb Your Enthusiasm (or, barring that, just a firm commitment from Larry David to make another season of Curb). But reputations firm up over time by repetition and expectations. HBO is no stranger to shows like Bored to Death, Family Tree, Flight of the Conchords,
- Tim Goodman
Below, you’ll find a list of HBO, Cinemax, Starz, and Showtime’s recent/current/upcoming scripted TV shows and their current status. To see a series’ ratings and how many episodes have aired (if any), click the links in the middle column (where available).
Shows covered include: Black Sails, Da Vinci's Demons, Magic City, Marco Polo, Outlander, Power, Spartacus, The White Queen, The Big C, The Borgias, Californication, Dexter, Episodes, Homeland, House of Lies, Masters of Sex, Next Stop for Charlie, Nurse Jackie, Penny Dreadful, Ray Donovan, Shameless, Web Therapy, Ballers, The Brink, Boardwalk Empire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Eastbound & Down, Enlightened, Family Tree, Game of Thrones, Getting On, Girls, Hello Ladies, Ja'mie: Private School Girl, Life's Too Short, Looking, The Newsroom, Treme, True Blood, True Detective, Veep, Banshee, The Knick, Strike Back, Transporter »
Hoult will star as Stephen Stelfox, a 27 year old A&R man carving out a career in the London music industry, trying to find the next massive hit powered by cocaine, alcohol and prostitutes.
The book has an American Psycho-esque tone to it and if Hoult can bring the ferocious vulgarity of the character, we are in for a treat.
- Gary Collinson
Hoult will star as an A&R man called Stelfox working at the height of the Britpop music craze who goes to extreme lengths in order to find his next hit.
Deadline Hollywood first broke the news of Piddock’s attachment, which has subsequently been confirmed by the production.
Additional cast is due to be announced next week.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
We’ve clearly reached the point where the 1990s’ Britpop scene can be properly treated as a period piece, with many cinemagoers too young to remember its heyday, what with their Bieber fever and their 1Direction cults. Still, Nicholas Hoult and Jim Piddock will be looking to stir up some nostalgia with Kill Your Friends.Adapted by John Niven from his own 2008 book, Kill Your Friends finds 27-year-old A&R man Steven Stelfox (Hoult) carving out quite the career for himself in the London music industry. Zigzagging around the world in search of the next massive hit (powered by greed and huge snorts of Colombian marching powder), Stelfox will do anything for that elusive new sensation. Even if it means getting a little more cut-throat than the competition… Literally.With Holy Flying Circus and Black Mirror director Owen Harris stepping up to direct his first film, he also has regular »
Latest additions: Stevie TV (VH1), Family Tree (HBO) Tia & Tamera (E!), Necessary Roughness (USA), The Jeselnik Offensive (Comedy Central), The Client List (Lifetime), Figure It Out (Nickelodeon), The Cleveland Show (Fox), Hoarders (A&Amp;E), Army Wives (Lifetime), King & Maxwell (TNT), and Copper (BBC America).
The networks will keep cancelling TV shows just as surely as they'll keep introducing new ones. Below is the list of TV series that will or have ended during the 2012-13 season. In short, they won't be back for 2013-14.
This list will be updated as the season progresses so feel free to bookmark and check back.
If you believe a show has been cancelled and don't see it here, you can check the 2011-12 and 2010-11 lists.
Update: You can now check out the 2013-14 list!
30 Rock (NBC) »
On Wednesday, Feb. 26, ABC premieres "Mixology," a comedy set in one night in one bar -- high-end Manhattan watering hole Mix -- as 10 single people try to find love, or at least lust.
Blake Lee stars as Tom, a man recently dumped by his fiancee, whose friends -- confident Cal (Craig Frank) and fast-talking Bruce (Andrew Santino) -- are tossing him into the singles pool after a decade off the market. First, he meets beautiful but brutal attorney Maya (Ginger Gonzaga), which leaves him in tears. It gets worse after that.
"Cal is the more levelheaded, clear-thinking man," Santino tells Zap2it, "and Tom is very impulsive and nervous and riddled with anxiety, and Bruce is the devil on his shoulder, if you will. I'm trying to get Tom to do something he's not used to. Instead of putting his feet in the water, I tell him to jump all »
“Looking” is no one-season stand for HBO. The pay cabler has renewed the dramedy about three gay friends in San Francisco for a sophomore year.
“Looking” premiered last month to a small audience, but has grown its audience with each of its last three episodes. The pickup comes as HBO sorts out its comedy slate with a renewal last week for “Getting On,” and cancellations after maiden seasons for comedies “Hello Ladies” and “Family Tree.”
Production on the next batch of episodes is slated to begin later this year in San Francisco.
- Cynthia Littleton
In news that should surprise no one who’s been paying attention to HBO’s rapidly depleting comedy line-up, the network has decided to go ahead with a second season of its successful and offbeat medical comedy Getting On.
The show, an adaptation of a popular BBC series, proved a modest ratings success for HBO, particularly in light of the fact that the network barely promoted it. Instead, extremely positive word of mouth and strong reviews drew viewers to the first season. HBO’s order is for an additional six episodes, but that’s no cause for alarm considering that the first season also only ran six episodes.
Starring Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash and Mel Rodriguez, Getting On centers on the troubled staffers working in a female-geriatric wing of an embattled California hospital. Its blend of over-the-top humor and emotionally charged storylines made it a hit with audiences and critics alike. »
- Isaac Feldberg
One of the most consistently bankable stars in Hollywood, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has dabbled in everything from high-octane action (the Fast & Furious franchise) to family fare (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) to reality television (TNT’s The Hero). Now, premium cable channel HBO is getting in on the action by ordering a half-hour comedy called Ballers, which Johnson will both star in and executive-produce.
Ballers will follow the lives of a diverse assortment of current and former football players. Johnson stars as Spencer Strasmore, a retired athlete. The show will also star Omar Benson Miller as “affable” former athlete Charles; John David Washington as “highly competitive and highly spiritual” pro athlete Ricky; Rob Corddry as financial advisor Joe; Troy Garity as a top-of-the-line sports agent named Jason, Donovan Carter as Vernon, a pro athlete struggling to keep the focus on his family; Jazmyn Simon as Julie, the wife of »
- Isaac Feldberg
Though HBO recently opted not to pick up the comedy series Family Tree and Hello Ladies for second seasons, the network has now added a new comedy offering to its upcoming schedule. THR reports that HBO has ordered to series the comedy The Brink, which stars Jack Black and Tim Robbins as a foreign service officer and the U.S. Secretary of State, respectively. Executive produced by Jay Roach (Recount, Austin Powers) and Jerry Weintraub (Behind the Candelabra), the show focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men. Weeds alum Roberto Benabib wrote the pilot script alongside his brother Ken Benabib and will act as showrunner, while Roach will helm the pilot. The Brink will join HBO’s current comedy lineup, which includes Girls, the recently premiered Looking, and Mike Judge’s upcoming series Silicon Valley. Production begins later this year, so the show »
- Adam Chitwood
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- Justin Vactor
This story first appeared in the Feb. 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Quick, name three comedies on HBO. Girls … Veep … and …? Years after ratings hits Sex and the City and Entourage, three of the premium cable network's four most recent comedic efforts -- the recently canceled Christopher Guest serial Family Tree and Stephen Merchant's Hello Ladies, as well as Getting On, which likely will win a renewal -- have been ratings and buzz disappointments. Its newest entry, the gay-themed Looking, debuted Jan. 19 to only 338,000 viewers in live-plus same day measurement, losing more than half
- Lesley Goldberg
HBO has decided to cancel Family Tree after one low-rated season. The eighth and final episode aired in July.
A docu-style comedy, Family Tree was created and written by Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock. The story follows Tom Chadwick (Chris O'Dowd), a young man who feels lost in his life until he inherits a box family heirlooms. The contents send him searching for his roots. Nina Conti and Tom Bennett co-star.
A co-production of the BBC and NBC-Universal, the eight episodes ended up averaging just 540,000viewers.
What do you think? Did you enjoy Family Tree? Would you like to see it continue somehow? Perhaps in another form? »
Though HBO will be losing both True Blood and Boardwalk Empire after the shows air their final seasons this year, the network is clearing a couple of other programs off its schedule. HBO has decided not to renew the comedies Hello Ladies and Family Tree for second seasons, per THR. The network will be giving Hello Ladies a wrap-up comedy special from star Stephen Merchant, but it appears that we’ve reached the end of the road for Christopher Guest’s Family Tree, which was an endearing if ultimately minor show from the brilliant mind behind Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman. THR also adds that talks are underway for a second season of the dark comedy Getting On, starring Alex Borstein. Hit the jump for more on HBO's current slate. In addition to announcing 2014 end-dates for True Blood and Boardwalk Empire, HBO recently ordered a third and final »
- Adam Chitwood
HBO's "Family Tree" has been cut down. The freshman comedy series created by Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock and starring Chris O'Dowd will not be getting a second season, according to various published reports the network has confirmed to HitFix. Complications surrounding HBO's co-producing deal with the BBC on the series reportedly contributed to the network's decision not to move forward. Also ending its run after a single season will be "Hello Ladies" starring Stephen Merchant, though HBO has agreed to air a special for that comedy series to wrap things up, similar to the send-off they gave to Ricky Gervais' »
- Chris Eggertsen
HBO has decided not to go forward with second seasons of its comedies “Family Tree” (pictured) and “Hello Ladies,” a representative for the network told TheWrap on Thursday. “Family Tree,” from Christopher Guest, stars Chris O’Dowd as a 30-year-old man who loses his job and his girlfriend and begins investigating his family’s unusual past after inheriting a mysterious box of belongings from a great aunt he’d never met. The series premiered in spring 2013. Also read: HBO’s Gay-Themed Drama ‘Looking’ Has Limp Debut “Hello Ladies,” which stars Stephen Merchant (“The Office”) as an Englishman looking for love in Los Angeles while chronicling. »
- Tim Kenneally
- Lynette Rice
“Getting On,” another comedy that bowed in late November, is expected to return for a sophomore season.
“Family Tree,” starring Chris O’Dowd, hailed from writer-director Christopher Guest and was a co-production with the BBC and NBCUniversal Intl. TV. The show’s eight episodes aired concurrently in the U.S. and the U.K. starting last May.
“Hello Ladies” (pictured) was created by and starred Stephen Merchant. It had an eight- episode run that ended in November. HBO said the show will conclude with a “wrap-up” special, though it’s unclear when it will air.
- Variety Staff
HBO is making decisions on the three new comedy series that premiered last year. The pay cable network has opted not to order a second season of Family Tree. Also not going to second season is Hello Ladies, which will wrap the story of Stuart Pritchard (Stephen Merchant) and his group of friends with a special — similar to the way HBO ended Ricky Gervais’ Life’s Too Short. There is no final decision on medical comedy Getting On but it is expected to get a second-season renewal pending the sorting out of budget issues. Unlike HBO’s dramas, which in many cases are big crowd-pleasers like True Blood and Game Of Thrones, its comedies, by design, have been very specific. None of the three freshman 2013 series – all with strong British pedigrees — have been as noisy as Girls for example, but they have been relatively well received (especially Getting On), and »
- ERIK PEDERSEN
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