HBO Cancels ‘Bored To Death,’ ‘Hung’ & ‘How To Make It’; Renews ‘Enlightened’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:47 pm,

With a loaded production schedule and several potential new series in the works, pay-cable network HBO has cleaned house by unceremoniously pulling Bored to Death, Hung and How to Make it in America, while at the same time renewing the Laura Dern-led Enlightened, in the wake of its two Golden Globe nominations.

Sadly, the swift termination of these shows leaves the creators no time to accurately wrap up their respective storylines – which in the case of Hung and Bored to Death, ended with some pretty heavy questions waiting for answers. However, as fans of Deadwood, Carnivale and John from Cincinnati can attest: sometimes that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

Realistically, though, ratings were a problem. Hung, starring Thomas Jane (The Punisher, The Mist), Rebecca Creskoff (Justified) and Anne Heche (Rampart) was the most watched of the three, and yet it suffered a ratings drop of nearly 50 percent from the season prior. And even though Jane landed his second Golden Globe nomination for his role in the series, it clearly wasn’t enough for HBO.

Meanwhile, despite starring Jason Schwartzman (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Ted Danson (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover I&II), Bored to Death was dealt a 25 percent loss of viewership – the same as the Bryan Greenberg (Friends with Benefits) and Lake Bell (No Strings Attached) fashion dramedy, How to Make it in America.

While the lack of ratings might seem to be the culprit in the demise of these programs, the real puzzler here is that Enlightened was the worst performer out of all of them – typically earning less than 250,000 viewers. However, in its favor, Enlightened did manage to snag two Golden Globe nominations, for best comedy and actress. As evidenced by the smaller audiences programs like Mad Men and Breaking Bad garner, accolades and awards typically mean a great deal when it comes to the longevity of a series.

Laura Dern in ‘Enlightened’

Series creator Mike White (School of Rock) 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 may have had more to do with HBO’s incredibly busy production schedule that already features the returning Eastbound and Down; 2012 will also welcome 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, the network will be bringing in the new comedy 40, starring Ed Burns and hailing from Entourage creator Doug Elin, as well as a new program from Sex and the City creator Darren Starr entitled Viagra Diaries, which will star Goldie Hawn.

Whatever the case, it is still unfortunate to see these programs go without so much as a curtain call. However, since it doesn’t look like HBO is planning to move beyond the two nights a week it airs new episodes of its original programming, the solution to the problem of an overcrowded schedule will likely stay the same.


Enlightened will return to HBO sometime in 2012.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Dumb phuck execs. Hung was awesome

  2. It figures that Hbo would cancel two of their best shows How to make it in America & Hung and renew Enlightened which is one hell of a corny show.

  3. I can not believe the ignorance of HBO’S exe. decision making team. It is crazy to jerk your viewers around. I believe if we, as loyal PAYING viewers, should have a say, and for you to at least finish the series. How rude to not consider the viewers. Seems to be an HBO habit, and you kept that dorky show Enlightened, hummm PA-LEEZ!!!!. It seems there are fewer shows to watch these day’s, So I think it only fair, to jerk you around and cancel HBO. Betcha I wont miss your jerk jobs.

    • Hey Dennis, My thoughts exactly Hung was a good comedy.I struggle to pay for HBO which is one of the most expensive to have.If they want to keep there viewers, Please at least give and end to a series.. As of now I have Showtime! and HBO am waiting to see whats in store next for HBO.There programs are one of the best but Please finish your series programs…Thanks Guys

  4. It still sucks that they canceled How To Make It In America and Hung.I thought HBO didn’t care about ratings?

  5. Cancellation of Bored to Death and Hung because they lost viewers? Well those magic boxes must have been reading the future of Hbo…or wired to backwards. So Hbo execs please get “Enlightened” yourself and bring back shows that are interesting and entertaining verses dull and horrendously stupid.

    • I totally agree. Bored to death is absolutely hilarious and for them to just toss it aside because it lost some viewers is absolutely ridiculous. HBO as a now former paying subscriber the reason you wont see any of my money is in part of the execs that work for your company that wont to put shows that are completely sh*T. I’ll take my chances with showtime and starz from now on .

    • Having just discovered Bored to Death on Amazon Prime streaming (I refused to pay HBO’s outlandish monthly fee) – I cannot for the life of me figure out how or why it got cancelled. Refreshingly silly and LOL funny. The characters and plots are hilarious. Jason Schwartzman as a Walter Middy type if priceless. WTF is wrong with HBO?

  6. Can HBO please just finish the series Hung, they left us just hanging on the season finale. Can they at least make an episode to wrap up the series?

    • I agree with the comment, at the very least give an ending to your shows. A shame that shows that are entertaining get axed.

  7. bring bored to death back!

  8. Can you bring back the show hung Ioved that show. Thanks for your time.

  9. We want bored to death payed for one episode watched it bought all three seasons twelve hours later here i am