Surprise, HBO Just Canceled The Brink

HBO renewed the series for a second season in July, but the brass changed their minds.
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HBO renewed the series for a second season in July, but the brass changed their minds.
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The Brink will not be coming back for a second season on HBO, after all.

In July, HBO had announced it would be renewing the dark geopolitical comedy, starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins, in July, but announced on Tuesday that the series' first season would be its last.

"After evaluating our schedule and our programming needs, we unfortunately decided we cannot give The Brink the attention it deserves for a second season,” HBO said in a statement to Deadline. “We are proud of the first season and wish everyone involved in this show the very best."

As Deadline noted, the renewal announcement came down to the last minute, indicating that HBO was on the fence about continuing with the series, which received lukewarm reviews and ratings. It was brought to HBO by well-liked executive producer Jerry Weinstraub, who died two weeks before the The Brink was picked up to series.

This appears to be the first time HBO has reversed a renewal, but The Brink is not the first HBO series that was canceled after one season:  The comedies Hello Ladies and Family Tree met the same fate in 2014, as did the drama Tell Me You Love Me in 2007.