HBO has canceled the shows "Hung," "Bored to Death" and "How to Make It In America," while renewing "Enlightened," a new series that premiered in October and stars Laura Dern as a woman who undergoes a personal awakening after suffering a breakdown.
"Hung," a sex comedy, featured Thomas Jane as a substitute teacher who becomes a male prostitute. Jane Adams played his pimp, while Anne Heche portrayed his ex-wife. The show's season 3 finale on December 4 earned a 0.4 rating among adults aged 18 to 49 and was watched by about 930,000 people, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jane recently earned his second Golden Globe nomination for his role.
"Bored To Death" starred Jason Schwartzman as a New York writer who moonlights as an unlicensed private detective. Ted Danson and "The Hangover" actor Zach Galifianakis played his friends. The show also ran for three seasons and ended on November 28.
"How To Make It In America" debuted in 2010 and stars Bryan Greenberg, Victor Rasuk and Lake Bell as a group of young adults living in New York. About 560,000 people watched its season 2 finale on November 20.
"Genuine thanks for the #howtomakeitinamerica support..." Bell Tweeted on Wednesday, December 21. "Guess I'm actually gonna need that dollar, dollar. Dollar is what I need, heh-hey."
"Enlightened" premiered on October 20 to relatively low ratings - The Hollywood Reporter said it was watched by 210,000 viewers. Its most recent December 12 episode drew relatively low ratings - it averaged a 0.1 rating among adults aged 18 to 49 and was watched by about 263,000 viewers.
The show is nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Comedy Or Musical, while Dern received a nod for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for her role. The 2012 Golden Globes ceremony takes place on January 15.
HBO's most successful shows include "True Blood," "Boardwalk Empire" and "Game of Thrones." The cable network plans to debut six new programs next year:
1. "Luck" - Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte star in this new drama that centers around a horse-racing track.
2. "Veep" - Julia Louis-Dreyfus of "Seinfeld" fame plays a female senator becomes Vice President of the United States.
3. "Girls" - Judd Apatow is a co-executive producer of this comedy that tells of the experiences of a group of girls in their early 20's. NBC personality Brian Williams' daughter Allison stars.
4. "Life's Too Short" - Ricky Gervais' comedy series about the life of Warwick Davis, the man who played Willow in a 1988 fantasy film by the same name.
5. "Angry Boys" - Australian comedian and actor Chris Lilley's mockumentary series about issues young men face, which sees himself playing several characters, including an American rapper and a Japanese mother.
6. An untitled project by "The Social Network" writer Aaron Sorkin.