HBO is doing a u-turn.
After initially renewing the series for a 10 episode second season back in July, the premium cable network has opted to cancel their Jack Black fronted comedy series The Brink, TVWise has confirmed.
“After evaluating our schedule and our programming needs, we unfortunately decided we cannot give The Brink the attention it deserves for a second season”, the network said in a statement. “We are proud of the first season and wish everyone involved in this show the very best.”
HBO came very close to not renewing The Brink over the Summer as it was. The network had extended the options on the cast and the renewal came down to the wire, mere hours before the extension was about to expire. Ratings were never an issue, but execs were concerned on the creative side after executive producer Jerry Weintraub, who had been instrumental in selling the series to HBO, passed away.
Even with the cancellation, HBO has a fairly healthy slate of original comedy series. Their line-up for the next year includes returning series Veep, Silicon Valley, Togetherness, Girls and The Brink‘s time-slot companion Ballers, starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’; and new entries Divorce starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Danny McBride’s Vice-Principals, Brothers In Atlanta and Issa Rae’s Insecure.
The Brink opens as a rogue general seizes control of Pakistan and its nuclear arsenal, the fate of the world rests on the shoulders of three improbable Americans: Secretary of State Walter Larson, lowly Foreign Service officer Alex Talbot and ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson. From the turbulent streets of the Middle East, to the White House situation room, to an aircraft carrier on the Red Sea, these three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War Three.
The ten episode series was created by Roberto Benabib & Kim Benabib and stars Jack Black, Tim Robbins, Pablo Schreiber, Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Eric Ladin, Esai Morales and Geoff Pierson. Guest stars lined up for the first season include John Larroquette, Carla Gugino, Mimi Kennedy, Melanie Kannokada, Marshall Manesh, Meera Syal, Erick Avari, Iqbal Theba, Rob Brydon, Michelle Gomez, Lamont Thompson, Bernard White, Jaimie Alexander and Mary Farbe, Roberto Benabib, Jay Roach and the late Jerry Weintraub served as executive producers.