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HBO has recently disappointed many viewers by canceling a series of programmes. “Westworld” fans are now among them. The network announced today that it has cancelled the science-fiction drama after four seasons. The show aired its season four finale just last month.
It’s over for the time being,” the network said in a prepared statement. “Lisa and Jonah have taken viewers on a mind-boggling odyssey over the past four seasons, always raising the bar. We are incredibly grateful to them, as well as their incredible cast, producers, and crew, as well as Kilter Films, Bad Robot, and Warner Bros.
Television. It has been an honour to join them on this journey.” The series, which was created by Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, had the potential to become HBO’s next “Game of Thrones”. Initially, at least. “Westworld” earned nine Emmy Awards and featured Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Thandiwe Newton, Luke Hemsworth, and Aaron Paul. Sadly, “Westworld” won’t ever get the fifth season Nolan desired.
The network most likely decided to cancel the series after watching its viewership ratings drop and drop over the years. As reported by The Wrap, the third season finale drew 1.8 million viewers across multiple platforms, down 18% from the season 2 finale. Fans and critics alike anticipated its failure.
One Twitter user said, “I won’t pretend like I didn’t see this coming.” Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav has been on a cost-cutting crusade for several months, shelving the highly anticipated DC movie “Batgirl” and canceling several shows deemed unsuccessful.
“We are quantifying how well the shows are doing,” Zaslav said yesterday in his earnings call. “Let me be very clear, we did not get rid of any show that is assisting us. It is a business of failure, but we would rather take that money and reinvest it so that we may have a show that will captivate and delight our viewers.” Sadly, “Westworld” won't get a fifth season, as Nolan had wished for.
In all likelihood, the network chose to cancel “Westworld” after seeing its viewership ratings plummet year after year. For example, 1.8 million viewers across multiple platforms tuned in to the third season finale, a 18% drop from the season 2 finale, according to The Wrap.
Fans and critics alike anticipated the failure. One Twitter user said, “I won't pretend like I didn't see this coming.” Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav has been cutting costs for months, which led to the shelving of the highly anticipated DC movie “Batgirl” and the cancellation of several programmes that were deemed unsuccessful.
Zaslav stated in yesterday's earnings call that “We are being deliberate about how well our shows are performing.” “Let me be very clear,” he said. “We did not get rid of any show that helps us. It's a business of failure, but we prefer to invest that money again and have a shot at making a show that people will enjoy.”