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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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Trix November 10, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Please bring it back for season two! Love it!


Patrice October 31, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Please bring it back!! I love this endearing show and so do my friends!


Lori October 8, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Please, please, please renew. Fabulous show. Our whole family watches.


deborah October 8, 2013 at 6:23 pm

HBO – PLEASE pick up Family Tree, I love all the crazy characters and can’t wait to see the new ones that could arrive. This series just makes me laugh!


Cynthia Goodwin September 24, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Great show. Wonderful writing and funny.


Gilbert Miller September 13, 2013 at 4:23 pm

HBO has got to renew this bright and breezy quirky-as-hell British sitcom. I’ve had to watch the episodes over and over (thank God for HBO Go) to catch the lines I missed because I was on the floor laughing. Great cast and sharp writing. Perfect!
C’mon HBO bring it back.


Audrey September 12, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Incase someone missed my point….Canceling this show would be a huge mistake! Please renew it for another season.


Audrey September 12, 2013 at 1:20 pm

This is a fabulously funny show!! It is very cleverly done and the actors are amazing. I lived in England for 4 years and though the story might seem to be a bit crazy it is actually quite believable. The dialog, the timing, the sense of humor is ‘spot on’.


cathy September 8, 2013 at 9:59 pm

I loved this show! Please bring it back, saw all 8. Can’t wait to see what is next


Joni September 1, 2013 at 8:41 am

We enjoyed the first eight episodes and would love to see another season. Hopefully it will be renewed


Linda August 28, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Love this show! Enjoy all the hilarious characters…Chris O’Dowd is terrific!
Christopher Guest has created a very funny show….really hope that we get a Season Two.


Martin Kelly August 27, 2013 at 11:04 am

I hope this comes back for a second or more seasons. I really enjoyed it.


Tom Youngerman August 26, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Love the show. The characters are one of kind. Please bring it back.
Give it more publicity.


stephanie August 26, 2013 at 12:12 am

Bring it back for another season! Can’t get enough of Chris Dowd.
It is so clever.



Julie August 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm

My husband and I are Family Tree fans of the most devoted kind. We can’t wait for the next week to see what unique “Guest” charater will emerge. We also envy Nina Conti and Monk – wouldn’t we all like to have a Monk to tell it like it is. Please offer a season #2 — in this age of too many crime dramas, etc., Family Tree is the most refreshing, funny and creative 30 minutes we have seen in a long time!


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