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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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{ 76 comments… read them below or add one }

Janice August 21, 2013 at 11:31 am

Please don’t cancel – I’m hooked.


Patty August 20, 2013 at 7:53 pm

I got completely hooked on this show. Love it! Please bring it back!


ES August 15, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Great show, please renew!!


s.knight August 13, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Absolutely must have a second season!! One of my fave shows!!!!


Robbie August 12, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Please give us a season 2!!! One of the funniest new shows out there. Classic Christopher Guest humor. Gotta have some intelligent programming out there with all the junk we are bombarded with now days.


Owen August 10, 2013 at 7:29 pm

They simply must renew Fanily Tree!


Gizmo August 6, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I LOVE this show!! Great subtle humor along with the totally overt style. Always a fan of British Humor, I have found a jewel in Family Tree.


James Geisel August 2, 2013 at 7:51 pm

My wife and I were late to the game in watching “Family Tree”. We are great fans of many cable productions. I forget why we did not stick with Family Tree at the time of its
introduction. We watched the first two episodes and laughed but were sidetracked by some other series. We are great fans of Newsroom, and Veep, we watch Girls with some interest, and I have enjoyed many of your past dramatic series as well. I hope you will renew Family Tree, its characters have the right amount of quirky humor and sex appeal.
I also think there is the possibilty of gaining viewers as time passes, because of the originality of the humor and the show’s premise. I should also confess that Nina Conti and Monk make me roar. I hate to admit we are caught in every episode imagining Monkey as a separate, reasoning being.
I will add that my wife and I are in our sixties, and we wish you will continue to keep us young with your original, ofbeat and humorous programming.


melissah watts August 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm

I love this show! Please give us a season two : )


Dan August 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I love this show. I really hope HBO sees how good it is and feels it is worth investing in.


J Moore August 2, 2013 at 11:29 am

Love this show! Christopher Guest is the best…Please renew!


Darryl August 1, 2013 at 9:19 pm

I love the show. It makes my family look so normal. How come there were just eight episodes.


Cali Gorevic August 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm

i am not a tv watcher so i didn’t know about this show. But i am a Christopher Guest watcher and can’t wait to see this show.


MM August 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Must have more Monk!!!! Love the show


Rick August 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm

This show is great. Please don’t cancel. Best show on HBO.


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