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HBO Cancels ‘Enlightened’: ‘It was a very difficult decision’

HBO Cancels 'Enlightened': 'It was a very difficult decision'

Last night, Buzzfeed’s Kate Aurthur broke the news that “Enlightened” will not be back for a third season. HBO confirmed this soon after, releasing the following statement:

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.

It’s a sad outcome for a series that had, in its second season, found something exceptional and rare in its funny, melancholy portrait of Amy Jellicoe (a terrific Laura Dern), a woman in search of a grander and more meaningful life. But it also wasn’t unexpected — “Enlightened,” which had its season one order of 10 episodes knocked down to eight in season two, was living on borrowed time, its ratings low enough in its first year that the fact that it received a renewal at all was a pleasant surprise.

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Paired with “Girls” this year on Sunday nights, “Enlightened” didn’t seem to get any boost from Lena Dunham’s buzzier series despite the pair of shows sharing complicated and sometimes challenging heroines, with “Enlightened” averaging less than half the viewership of “Girls.” It’s certain that awareness of that precarious position led to season two’s graceful ending, which serves presciently well as a series finale. Here’s co-creator/writer/showrunner/star Mike White talking about that last episode:

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What a pity! La serie más bonita que he he visto este año y van y la cancelan. Estoy harta de series de policias, médicos niñatos y niñatas!! Siempre las series que se alejan de la temática de las demás series, las cancelan como el caso de Carnivale. Ánimo a los creadores de "Enlightened" saludos desde Spain!


This is sad news…..Mike White's writing coupled with Laura Dern and the other fabulous Actors made this show one of the most original and best shows on TV!

Delores Dee

Very sad to see this show ending. It was unique, non-violent and had a great take on greedy corporate America and the corrupt white men who run it and the world. Great job, Laura! Hope to see more of your ideas in the future.




Darn, I really liked that show – seems Girls is slipping too, give them another season each to come back……please!


Please cancel Girls as well.

oh no

That's shame. It was an excellent show.

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