Thursday, February 22, 2024

HBO Comes to a Crossroads as Two Hit Series — “Succession” and “Barry” — Will End After This Season, “Euphoria” and “Hacks” Should Be Next


There has to be some anxiety at HBO.

The cable network is about to lose two of its biggest series this spring. Both “Succession” and “Barry” will end after four seasons apiece.

Gone are the days of dragging out a series to six or eight seasons, like “The Sopranos” or “Game of Thrones.”

Now we get announcements that the series’ creators are “done” and “saw a natural ending.”

Forget that “Law & Order SVU” and “Greys Anatomy” have been on long enough for the original viewers to be grandparents. That’s at network TV.

HBO has been through this before, when the original “Sex and the City” and the aforementioned “Sopranos” went away at the same time. It take a while for a network to get that rhythm back.

Luckily there’s always “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” now in its 23rd year (with half the number of actual seasons). Plus there are new hits like “The Last of Us” and “House of the Dragon.”

But “Hacks” — as wonderful as it is– seems like it has a limited shelf life. And no one really enjoys the “Sex and the City” reboot. HBO also needs a new drama, and it doesn’t sound like The Weeknd’s “The Idol” is going to be the winner. Plus, “Euphoria” seems like it will be next to wrap up since Zendaya is a movie star by now.

We never count HBO out, that’s for sure. They’re still the best content provider. Just wait– next year we’ll be talking about a new must-see hit.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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