Enlightened: Why HBO Cancelled the Laura Dern Series

canceled Enlightened TV showLast week, Laura Dern was nominated for an Emmy for her work on the Enlightened TV series. The nomination is likely bittersweet for Dern since the show was cancelled by HBO earlier this year.

At the TCA summer press tour, HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo was asked about the decision to cancel the show. He noted that the cable channel was disappointed that the show’s low ratings didn’t improve in season two.

Lombardo also believes that Dern’s character had completed her journey in a satisfying way.

He said, “The most important element to us in not going forward is that we felt that creatively that the story of Amy Jellicoe had come to a natural resting place, and we thought it was best to end it where we did, so it wasn’t a financial decision, per se. It was really about choices and a creative decision. It worked beautifully and we felt we should end where we ended it.”

What do you think? Are you satisfied with how Enlightened ended? Should HBO have ended the show differently?

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  1. Melissa Robins says

    I only just discovered Enlightenment. I love the show. I am so sorry that there is no season 3. I discovered the show from some article I read. On Amazon Prime it is not on the general list. I had to enter a search for the program. I would be more interested in HBO if I knew there was this kind of programming..

  2. Antoinette Pierce says

    Cudos to Detn and White. Enlightened was amazing! I don’t understand why these awesome shows get cancelled. Just as one gets invested in a series, the powers to be cancel the shows. It is frustrating!
    Ms Dern and Mr White, don’t give up. I Feel the only thing missing was not enough advertising. I found it by chance scrolling on Premiere Channel on HBO and then series. Loved the entire cast.. Comgratulations to you all. Absolutely loved the show..
    Please bring back Season 3. Let us know what happens to Amy and Levi.

  3. pj brown says

    The only reason I subscribed to hbo was for Bill Maher, newsroom and Laura dern s show. Enlightened. Laura… cancelled…one season left for newsroom..now they are talking about dropping bill maher..looks like I’ll drop hbo soon…!

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