The first 20 episode season kicked off on June 22nd, of this year. The half-hour installments focused on pop culture topics including sports, entertainment, the arts, and technology.
HBO Cancels Any Given Wednesday; Remains Committed to Bill Simmons Partnership
Here is more, from Deadline:
“HBO is committed to Bill Simmons, and we are excited to bring his unique vision to bear on an array of new programming initiatives under the HBO Sports banner in 2017,” said Peter Nelson, EVP of HBO Sports. “Bill is an award-winning executive producer in the documentary arena, and we will work closely with him in developing new and engaging content for our subscribers.”
Said Simmons, in typically verbose fashion: “One of the many reasons I joined HBO was to see if we could create a show built around smart conversations for sports fans and pop culture junkies. We loved making that show, but unfortunately it never resonated with audiences like we hoped. And that’s on me. But I love being a part of HBO’s family and look forward to innovating with them on other ambitious programming ideas over these next several years – both for the network and for digital. With that said, I want to thank the dedicated staff that worked so diligently with me behind the scenes to make this show every week – we hired so many great and talented people and I loved having them in my life. It’s difficult for me to imagine not working with them anymore.”
The show was part of an exclusive multi-year agreement HBO made with Simmons in 2015. The deal makes HBO Simmons’ exclusive television home. In addition, it includes a variety of platforms between the network and Simmons. Simmons is the founding editor of Grantland.com and the creator of the content site The Ringer.
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