Here’s a storm Hap Collins and Leonard Pine can’t weather. SundanceTV has cancelled the Hap and Leonard TV show after three seasons. The 1980s dark comedy-drama finished its third season last month. Since there will be no fourth season, the Hap and Leonard: Two Bear Mambo season three finale, “Monsoon Mambo” will serve as the Hap and Leonard TV series finale.
A SundanceTV anthology series based on the Jon R. Lansdale novels, Hap and Leonard stars James Purefoy as Hap Collins and Michael Kenneth Williams as Leonard Pines — lifelong best friends. The cast also includes Tiffany Mack as Leonard’s lawyer, Floria Grange and Cranston Johnson as Detective Hanson. Season three, Hap and Leonard: The Two-Bear Mambo, also stars Louis Gossett Jr., Corbin Bernsen, Andrew Dice Clay, Laura Allen, and Curt.
Hap and Leonard: Two Bear Mambo A Look at the Ratings
The third season of Hap and Leonard averaged a 0.04 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 200,000 viewers. Compared to season two, that’s down by 20% in the demo and up by 15% in viewers. Compare the performance of Hap and Leonard to other SundanceTV TV shows.
Less than a week after the April 11th season three finale, Lansdale tried to rally the troops, on social media, to push for a season four renewal.
HAP AND LEONARD FANS. Help us be renewed. We have no idea what SUNDANCE wants to do, but we would like them to know what we would like them to do. Write then directly and tell them you need your HAP AND LEONARD. NOW!
— Joe Lansdale (@joelansdale) April 16, 2018
Hap and Leonard officially canceled. Sundance's highest rated show, 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Three Seasons wraps it up, dudes. It was an honor to have worked with the folks on the show, actors, crew, writers,… https://t.co/WJvpfDJEhl
— Joe Lansdale (@joelansdale) May 15, 2018
The official Hap and Leonard Twitter account also sent out a message of gratitude to the cast, crew, and fans.
— Hap and Leonard (@HapAndLeonard) May 15, 2018
— Jeremy Platt (@JeremyPlattform) May 15, 2018
It’s true. Our show has come to an end. Thank you thank you thank you for watching, re-watching, caring, engaging and calling for more. We loved every minute of making it, even when it drove us nuts. It means the world that you loved it too. /1
— Jim Mickle (@Mickle_Jim) May 15, 2018
— John Wirth (@WirthwhileTV) May 15, 2018
The cancellation of the James Purefoy and Michael Kenneth Williams led series based on Joe R. Lansdale’s nuanced and rollicking 1980s set novels of two mainly unlucky Lone Star state buddies’ misadventures came today from the AMC owned net.
“It has been an honor to share the adventures of Hap and Leonard with SundanceTV viewers,” a spokesman for the station told Deadline on Monday. “We thank the talented cast and crew who brought Joe Lansdale’s stories to life including John Wirth, Jim Mickle, Jeremy Platt and Linda Moran — and the extraordinarily talented Michael K Williams and James Purefoy. We aired three successful seasons of the show and are proud of the topics and relationships it explored.”
With race, sexuality, family, corruption, faith and that often undiscussed subject of the American class system among those topics explored on the noir-ish series since its March 2, 2016 debut, Hap and Leonard became the highest rated original series in Sundance TV’s history. Part of that allure was the great dynamic between Rome alum Purefoy and The Wire vet Williams in their portrayal of the two very different blue collar middle age pals. Stumbling into detective work of sorts, the three seasons of six episodes each drew from Lansdale’s Savage Season, Mucho Mojo and The Two-Bear Mambo books.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the Hap and Leonard TV series? Should SundanceTV have cancelled or renewed Hap and Leonard for season four? Sound off in the comments.