December 21st, 2011
03:30 PM ET
Three of HBO’s shows got the ax on Tuesday, and heartbroken fans are speaking out. (HBO is owned by the same parent company as CNN.)
The network canceled “Hung,” “How to Make It In America” and “Bored to Death," and to say fans of the canceled series are shocked would be an understatement.
“Bored to Death” creator Jonathan Ames has even offered to console fans with a round of drinks in Brooklyn (at the Brooklyn Inn at 10 p.m. tonight, if you're interested!).
"Fans of @boredtodeath: thank you for watching us these last three years!" Ames wrote Tuesday following the news. "[I] had some beautiful ideas for a new season of @boredtodeath which i can tell you about at the bk inn."
In the case of “How to Make It In America,” the response via Twitter and Facebook has been overwhelming. An update about the cancellation on the show’s Facebook page has accumulated over 1,400 comments.
The short-lived series, which recently concluded its second season, followed the lives of New Yorkers as they tried to pursue their versions of the American dream with varied success. The show, though not a ratings juggernaut, seemed to resonate with younger audiences, hip-hop culture and folks who saw it as one of the more timely stories being told on the tube.
Another fan who has been very vocal about the show’s demise is one of its own stars, Luis Guzman, who portrayed everyone’s favorite ex-con turned entrepreneur, Rene.
The actor is using his Twitter account to engage with upset followers of the series, some of whom have also started a petition to revive the show. While Guzman's not angry about the news, he understands the audience’s reaction.
“Every once in a while a show comes along that people can really relate to because it’s a part of their dreams, and I feel that this show did that for a lot of people,” he said. “I would suspect people would be angry.”
He also admits he got a little ahead of himself when it came to a possible season 3. “I don’t get cocky about anything because I know how my industry works, and this was like, the first time I was telling people ‘We’ll be back for a third season!’ I feel like we had all of the pieces in place. I don’t know if HBO would do a reversal.”
As for the rest of the cast and crew, Guzman says that while there are a few folks feeling blindsided, they're also thankful for the opportunity to work on the show.
“I don’t think it was an easy decision for HBO to let go of this show, because I know there are people there that really loved and believed in [it],” he says. “If we don’t land back on HBO maybe we’ll land back somewhere else.”
What do you guys think of HBO’s cancellations?
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