HBO Cancels HELLO LADIES and FAMILY TREE; Considering GETTING ON Renewal

     January 23, 2014


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 season of Aaron Sorkin‘s polarizing drama series The Newsroom.  Though it seems like the pay cable network is losing quite a few of its regular shows, it still has ratings juggernaut Game of Thrones and there is a slew of impressive new programming in the works.  HBO just debuted the new half-hour dramedy series Looking and the anthology drama True Detective, and Mike Judge’s new series Silicon Valley will premiere this spring.  Damon Lindelof’s drama series The Leftovers premieres this summer, and HBO has also ordered to series the Duplass Brothers comedy Togetherness.  As for pilots that hope to become fully fledged shows, there’s Ryan Murphy’s sex drama Open, Dwayne Johnson’s comedy Ballers, and the Jack Black/Tim Robbins potential series The Brink.  In short, there’s still plenty of HBO to go around.



  • Jan

    ‘Hello Ladies’ is one of the most uncomfortable shows I’ve ever watched; yet I would’ve tuned in for a second season.

    • Christian

      Well put. It was cringe-worthy, particularly coupled with the Kenny Powers train wreck.

      I’m super bummed about ‘Family Tree’ though.

    • Christian

      Well put. It was cringe-worthy, particularly coupled with the Kenny Powers train wreck.

      I’m super bummed about ‘Family Tree’ though.

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    • grapes9h5

      me to. Im glad its at least getting a special, kind of making it fit the British model.

  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    Which one is “Hello Ladies” is that the one with the English guy?

    • Jan

      Yeah, Stephen Merchant’s show.

      • Daniel Ronczkowski

        Took me a few episodes to get into it, but I did end up kind of liking it. Wasn’t exactly “Funny” just interesting.

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  • bydavidrosen

    Christopher Guest will never find his missing wife… :-(

  • doc

    I didn’t even know these shows existed.

  • LEM

    “Hello Ladies” is a good show, HBO should reconsider the cancellation.

  • grapes9h5

    I really liked both of these shows actually, but I knew very early on they’d probably weren’t getting much viewers or enough critical praise for HBO to keep them around.

  • hector

    “Hello Ladies” is a TERRIFIC show. It can’t have cost HBO much to shoot these episodes, so damn ‘em for not renewing.

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  • Taylor Stern

    Why does HBO do this. Heck, why do all Networks do this. The show ‘Hello Ladies’ was a charming, funny, & endearing to which there are to few of. Stephen Merchant was so perfect & lovable in the series. He made me not only love the show but I never noticed him before ‘Hello Ladies’ as he made me forget he was acting due to his suburb performance. Figures HBO has no gratitude…. what else is new. Not everything has to be over the top sex, heavy, violent, non-creative or trashy humor. I don’t get it. It always comes down to the same thing with these networks.
    I have canceled my HBO subscription. This isn’t the first good show they canceled & it won’t be the last. Typical.