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Bored To Death and Hung cancelled, Enlightened renewed by HBO

Bored to Death

Story by Jack Foley

BORED To Death and Hung have been cancelled by HBO, while new comedy Enlightened has been renewed for a second season.

How to Make It In America has also been axed by the cable network. All four programmes are currently being shown on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the decision not to renew the three series was influenced not only by dwindling figures but also because of the slate of new series that HBO is seeking to get behind.

These include Luck, Veep, Girls and Life’s Too Short, which has yet to air in the States.

Bored to Death, starring Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson, lasted for three seasons but suffered a catastrophic ratings dip from its second to third run.

Hung, which saw Thomas Jane playing a down-on-his-luck suburban high school basketball coach who resorts to male prostitution, also suffered a similar drop in viewer figures between its second and third runs.

And How to Make It In America – featuring Bryan Greenberg and billed as an Entourage for the East Village set – continually struggled to find the right kind of viewer support across its two seasons.

Ironically, Enlightened posts similarly low viewer figures but was deemed worth saving by virtue of the fact that it picked two Golden Globe nominations in both the comedy and best actress category last week.

But it will have to pull out some viewers from somewhere to ensure it avoids facing the chop after a second season.

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