Out of all stories related to TV ratings that we post, these are always the ones that truly make us sad: when a critically-acclaimed series that is trying to do something different ends up getting canceled before its time.
This time around, the show is on a network in HBO that usually does its best to embrace quality and creativity, and that show is “Enlightened.” Laura Dern and Mike White received rave reviews for their roles, and you can say that it is hard to say goodbye to something that made such a devoted fan following. However, you really have to think that the network already gave the show more chances than many other networks would: the series received a second-season renewal despite very low ratings the first time around, and they also gave it a pretty prime timeslot following new episodes of their hit “Girls” in order to boost its numbers. Unfortunately, it just didn’t end up happening.
In a statement, the network had the following to say about this decision:
“It was a very difficult decision. We’ve decided not to continue Enlightened for a third season. We’re proud of the show and we look forward to working with Mike White and Laura Dern in the future.”
Ultimately, it has not been a very good year for the network’s comedies overall. When it comes to live viewing “Girls” was actually down from both the end of season 1 and the season 2 premiere, though it did at the same time draw higher DVR figures as more and more people opt to watch TV on their own time.
What do you think about this decision, and are you going to miss “Enlightened”? Be sure to share some more of your thoughts below!