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No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency: TV Show Cancelled But May Return as Movies

No. 1 Ladies' Detective AgencyAt the TCA press tour, Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of programming, spoke about the future of No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Though it won’t be continuing as a TV series, there are plans to continue the story in the form of two movies.

No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency ran for seven episodes on HBO, from March until May in 2009. The comedy-drama was filmed on location in Botswana and follows Mma Ramotswe as she operates a detective agency. The cast includes Jill Scott, Anika Noni Rose, Lucian Msamati, and Desmond Dube.

This weekend, Lombardo said, “We’re talking to our friends at the Weinstein Company about the possibility of, and actually developing two scripts, possibly to do two movies. And if we can get the cast together and if everything can come together we’ve love to do it. So it’s alive.”

If they get the final go-ahead, the two HBO movies would likely be shot back-to-back. It seems they won’t be filmed completely in Botswana however.

It was reported last month that the show’s producers had relocated from Botswana to Cape Town. The Botswana government, hard hit by the recession, balked at the idea of subsidizing film production while South Africa doubled their rebate offer.

If the movies are actually made, they’ll be filmed mostly in Cape Town with occasional lensing in Botswana, the locale where the story is set.

What do you think? Are you a fan of No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency? Would you like to see it return as a pair of movies?


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Anonymous June 27, 2013 at 1:31 am

Sooooo disappointed to learn that this programme has been cancelled. I just discovered it on Apple TV and FELL IN LOVE with it. It reminds me of my boyhood in Southern Africa. pleas bring this back.


Dee Harris-King June 23, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Loved the series!! Very disappointed when it did not return. Cast was great and series well done. Always wonder why a great series gets axed while a poor series continues? Jill Scott was wonderful!! The series left you suspended for what would happen then nothing!!! Make another mini series or really good serial movies. Bought the TV series and watch it any times.


mo June 18, 2013 at 5:53 am

I cancelled my HBO when I discovered no. One ladies was not returning. Sad that not enough sex, murder or blood is cause to cancel a great show.


Cheryl June 9, 2013 at 7:29 pm

I loved the series and would definitely watch more if you would bring it back.


Princess June 5, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Please bring back this show! I am a huge fan of this show. I do not have a Facebook account or Twitter account but I will follow through with every online petition there is to get this show back on HBO Network, because The #1 Ladies Detective Agency show was another show that not only African American women can watch but for all women to watch that has potential or passion in whatever career that you enjoy. This show gave me a different perspective on everyday African American women lives and their struggles. You will be doing all women a huge favor by putting this show back on air.


Sarah May 19, 2013 at 11:21 am

This was the best series I ever saw on TV. I’ve given DVD’s of season one to many friends as gifts. Please bring this show back. The photography was spectacular, the characters were adorable, and the writing was great.


Oneofgodsangels May 19, 2013 at 2:56 am

Please bring this show back I love this show… It is very good please bring it back and keep it on the air ….. I love this show from time it came on the air….
BRING IT BACK!!!!!!!!!


Mary May 18, 2013 at 7:40 pm

I just watched the first season and LOVED it!! When I went to look for the second season I was so dissappointed to hear there were no more seasons ): ! I hope HBO brings this series back! The cast, location and story-line is wonderful!


Laura May 3, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Absolutely. I periodically, in anticipation, of the se
ries continuation. I miss my ladies. I want to see what happens with Florence and the gun.


Robbie Addison May 2, 2013 at 1:46 am

The No.1 Ladies Detectives was one of my favorite shows. I loved every episode. So please bring it back. It was alwayz my favorite. I loved the whole settings . So bring it back…


Jeff Vines April 25, 2013 at 10:25 pm

I am so sad to hear that the show will not continue.
It was masterful! Great script and superb acting.
Please reconsider.


Cheryl April 25, 2013 at 2:49 pm

I LOVED the show from start to finish and really hoped it would continue for several seasons!!! I LOVED the entire cast!! They meshed together so well and I was excited to find out what new storylines they would develop but alas Im sad to say that I was not surprised to have them cancel this FANTASTIC show to my chagrin. I would LOVE for them to bring the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency back on any channel at all!! It would be on my top lists of my favorite shows!! Up there with True Blood and Walking Dead!! Please bring it back!! You’ll have my FULL support!!!


Ella April 25, 2013 at 1:20 am

This was an amazing, entertaining show. I just discovered it , and I am so sad that there is not any more.


liberty lincoln April 13, 2013 at 10:01 am

I love the show. please do continue it and make many movies.. thanks , LL


Elaine April 11, 2013 at 8:20 pm

I love this show , the cast was absolutely wonderful I loved everyone of them. The story took me from laughing to tears. Today it is very rare to have this combination in a show. I truly hope this is going to be made in two movies although my wish would be to return as a series, I would subscribe to HBO again just for this wonderfully well written story.


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