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Family Tree: Cancel or Renew for Season Two?

Family Tree: season two or cancel?HBO’s new Family Tree TV series recently completed its eight episode first season. There’s been no word yet on the show’s future. Should HBO cancel it or bring it back for a second season instead?

Family Tree is a documentary-style comedy that follows a young man who’s feeling pretty unsure about himself after he loses his job and his girlfriend. That starts to change when a distant aunt dies and leaves him a mysterious box of belongings. This leads him to start investigating his lineage. He uncovers a world of unusual stories and acquires a growing sense of who he and his real family are.

Executive produced by Christopher Guest, the show stars Chris O’Dowd, Nina Conti, and Tom Bennett.

Family Tree may have some devoted fans but there don’t seem to be many of them. It’s HBO’s lowest rated series and first run episodes averaged just 540,000 viewers each week. Though HBO isn’t ratings dependent like the commercial channels, other HBO shows with similar ratings have been cancelled.

On the positive side, Family Tree is a co-production with the BBC so it’s not costing HBO as much as a regular series. On top of that, HBO’s most concerned with image and creating an impression that they have high-quality content. Having a Christopher Guest series fits the bill.

Ultimately, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. Hopefully a decision will be announced soon.

But, what do you think? Would you like to see Family Tree return for a second season or, should it be cancelled to make way for something new?

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KatsMeow July 29, 2013 at 2:30 am

Clever and lovely. I LOVE it! Please renew. We are on a 2nd time thru season 1. HBO- Give it a chance. Quality show-writing and acting! We need our Family Tree!


Rita Matthews July 28, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Please don’t cancel Family Tree – just lovely and brilliant and sweet – what a pleasure


Cindy July 27, 2013 at 6:47 pm

My boyfriend and I love the show. His very intelligent 16 year old son has also become a convert. Thanks to HBO on demand we can watch it over and over again and laugh just as much(if not more) with each new episode. All the acting is superb. We have both been fans of Christopher Guest for many years and enjoy his intelligent humor. Please HBO do not cancel this series. We must find out what happens to Tom and Allie, Bea and Pete, and Monk and any handy Glove. Also why did Victoria come to visit AL toward the end of her life? These questions need to be answered. Thanks !


Kathy July 26, 2013 at 5:57 pm

My husband and I have watched the episodes again and agian, laughing more each time. The characters are funny and Monkey, the most entertaining of all…The show MUST come back…


Eva July 26, 2013 at 7:14 am

Renew! Hilarious series. Keeps you laughing the entire time. Lighthearted quirky humor, crazy family scenes, lovable friends and neighbors…it’s about time we had a series that keeps you laughing without being mean spirited or just plain stupid. I love the characters and belly laughing out loud at the quirky side of human nature.


Mark July 23, 2013 at 1:29 pm

We (American wife, British husband) really enjoyed it and hope it comes back. I can see how it doesn’t take the TV world by storm but for a Sunday night wind-down, it was a fun show and the mix of British and American humor worked well.


CK July 23, 2013 at 11:54 am

A wonderful show – people will find it and become addicted (just like i did). Please don’t cancel!


Sherry July 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Best thing on t.v.! I think the topic may be throwing people off. Genealogy is often thought to be a boring hobby for old people. I believe, if left on the air long enough for word to spread, this program will be a hit. At least give it one more chance!


Jim July 20, 2013 at 9:49 am

HBO should absolutely renew Family tree. It’s one of the freshest, funniest, most original shows on TV and it deserves more time to find and grow an audience.


Eileen July 19, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Absolutely loved Family Tree. Please don’t cancel!


CB July 19, 2013 at 6:35 am

Loved it, different from all else, splendidly HBO


kim July 19, 2013 at 3:55 am

Bring Monk Back!!!! We love Nina Conti!!!!!!


Catherine Lacey dodd July 19, 2013 at 3:15 am

Utterly engaging. A new favourite. As a Brit living in LA it appeals on many levels.


BgESmz July 19, 2013 at 2:06 am

Excellent show; well written, well acted. Don’t cancel, HBO. You blew it by cancelling Enlightened; don’t cancel Family Tree!


Diana July 19, 2013 at 2:05 am

I tell everyone to watch this show.
Please don’t cancel Tom and Monk and Pete!


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