HBO cancels ‘Carnivale’

TV News | May 11th, 2005

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LOS ANGELES, California (Hollywood Reporter) — HBO has pulled up stakes on “Carnivale,” opting not to order a third season of the circus-set Dust Bowl drama.

Prospects for a “Carnivale” renewal have appeared bleak since the sophomore season wrapped in March; the show didn’t increase its viewership, and series creator/executive producer Daniel Knauf already signed on to produce a series for the rival Showtime cable channel.

“We have decided not to renew ‘Carnivale,’ ” said Carolyn Strauss, president of entertainment at HBO, in a statement. “We feel the two seasons we had on the air told the story very well and we are proud of what everyone associated with the show has accomplished.”