Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Cancellation News Hits CNN!

CNN's Entertainment News division has picked up on HBO's "Carnivale" cancellation.

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...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact that Carolyn Strauss who is supposedly a fan of Carnivale infuriates me. This is the biggest cop out of all. Being on more than one network has always proven the smart way to go. Expanding one's horizons so to speak.

Back in the 70's Quinn Martin dominated all 3 networks with shows such as FBI, Mannix, Streets of SanFrancisco and many others on different networks. To say that Carnivale has had a natural ending after only 2 seasons is ludicrous and a slap in the face to fans of this great story.

Dan Knauf is a great writer and story teller and it just shows that other networks see his worth. HBO evidently bloopered big on this one and this is how they are planning on getting out of it. I guess honesty is not another of HBO's strongpoints.

4:38 PM  

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