Cancellation News Hits CNN!
HBO cancels 'Carnivale'
Wednesday, May 11, 2005 Posted: 8:07 AM EDT (1207 GMT)
LOS ANGELES, California (Hollywood Reporter) -- HBO has pulled up stakes on "Carnivale," opting not to order a third season of the circus-set Dust Bowl drama.
Prospects for a "Carnivale" renewal have appeared bleak since the sophomore season wrapped in March; the show didn't increase its viewership, and series creator/executive producer Daniel Knauf already signed on to produce a series for the rival Showtime cable channel.
"We have decided not to renew 'Carnivale,' " said Carolyn Strauss, president of entertainment at HBO, in a statement. "We feel the two seasons we had on the air told the story very well and we are proud of what everyone associated with the show has accomplished."
Could this be the tack HBO is actually trying to take? Push blame over onto Dan Knauf's shoulders for doing a pilot on Showtime? How unheard of! A series creator with more than one iron in the fire at a time? Guess CBS will be cancelling "Survivor" over Mark Burnett and that whole "The Apprentice" betrayal, right?
Try again, HBO. After that daft statement about "Carnivale" coming to its "natural end", no one in their right mind is going to believe anything you say -- especially if you're trying to make Dan Knauf into a scapegoat.
Bad move, HBO. Just another in a series of bad moves you've demonstrated today. And bad, bad form...