News of cancelled shows comes at the same time as a glimmer of hope for HBO favourites
When it comes to cancelling series, TV networks are in full spring cleaning mode as they create place for new programming. A mixed bag of news has emerged recently, with some positive news for HBO Max members overshadowing Netflix’s decision to cancel The Baby-Sitters Club.
A long-running medical drama has been cancelled, yet it will show its fifth and final season despite that fact. As if that weren’t enough, HBO has now given us one more reason to hold out hope for Season 2 of Mare Of Easttown.
As a starting point, let’s look at the positive news first:
Some of our favourite shows seem to be on the upswing at HBO.
Curb Your Enthusiasm season 11 wasn’t our favourite season, but it seems like we’ll be getting more. “If [Larry] has an area that he is enthused about, we’ll do more,” HBO Max Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys told Deadline. In my opinion, he’ll do so.”
Bloys seems to be implying in an unobtrusive manner that he knows more about the chances of Curb season 12 than we do.
Season 2 of Mare of Easttown is the less-obvious (but still hopeful) subject of Bloys’ less-obvious assertion. One of the show’s executives said the cast and crew had “such a great mix of talent.” Kate, Brad, and Craig all have a lot on their plates. Brad and Craig are both working on films, while Brad is also working on other projects. For the most part, I don’t know whether they’ll go off and undertake another job, then return when the timing is right. It’s all up in the air at this point, and ultimately in their hands. Working with them is always a pleasure for us, and I thought the concert was fantastic. We’ll have to wait and see how time goes with that one.”
That sounds a lot like HBO’s comment about Curb, in that they obviously want another round. Bloys, on the other hand, is less sure of himself and is attempting to temper his expectations. Unless, of course, he believed there was zero chance? We’d have heard about it.
As for a True Detective comeback, Bloys said that there is indeed something “in the True Detective area, there are things we’re feeling pleased about,” albeit this isn’t a “cancellation” announcement. The best advice I can give you is to keep an eye out for it.”
This is terrible news for New Amsterdam supporters, according to NBC
In the NBC medical drama New Amsterdam, played by Ryan Eggold as Dr. Max Goodwin, who strives to modernise treatment at one of the country’s oldest public hospitals, the show’s writers and executive producers were also quoted by Deadline.
Unfortunately, supporters will have to say farewell sooner rather than later. As of right now, Season 4 is on the air, and Season 5 will premiere in the winter of 2022–2023.
That’s the only drawback. Season five is the series’ smallest ever, with only 13 episodes.
As my feelings swing from grief to pride, I’d want to share New Amsterdam’s acknowledgment by the World Health Organization, which makes us more proud than any award or non-linear 30-day ratings curve ever could, founder and producer of New Amsterdam, David Schulner. “How much many of us here at WHO admire your work and your show,” said Christopher Bailey, WHO’s Arts and Health head, in a letter he received last year.