Monday, June 17, 2024

HBO Renews “Hacks” for 4th Season, as Show Wraps 3rd with Perfect Surprise Ending


“Hacks” is the best comedy on TV. HBO knows it, they’ve renewed the series for a 4th time.

“Hacks” dropped its 9th and final episode of season 3 today with a gangbusters ending. It’s the kind of stuff made for the Emmy Awards.

It’s not like there isn’t stiff competition in this category. “Only Murders in the Building” and “The Bear” are top tier. “Abbott Elementary” has enormous appeal. But the writing on “Hacks” is actually funny and crisp. And the acting is A Plus.

I do think Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder will win Best Actress and Supporting Actress this year. The writing for the show may win, as well.

When season 2 ended, I really thought that was it: the show wrapped up all it’s loose ends, and sent everyone on their happy way. But season 4 will be about Deborah surviving her talk show, and Ava surviving the writers’ room. Hannah has also shown a new side at the end of today’s episode, so we’ll see if there are repercussions.

“Hacks” has been a welcome balm to the grueling 24/7 of the news cycle. I’m glad I watched it in real time, too. Bingeing this show would have taken away its pleasures.

By the way, Christopher McDonald looked very refreshed this season. Good for him! I hope they can keep his character mixed into the next season. Ditto J Smith-Cameron. She is the voice of reason wherever she goes!

PS Funny idea: Get Annie Potts or Delta Burke to guest on Deborah’s show.

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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