HBO is not moving forward with its half- hour dramedy.
The pay cable network canceled “Enlightened,” which starred Laura Dern, after two seasons.
"It was a very difficult decision," the network said in a statement. "We’ve decided not to continue Enlightened for a third season. We’re proud of the show, and we look forward to working with Mike White and Laura Dern in the future."
“Enlightened” was co- created by Mike White and Dern. Dern played Amy Jellicoe, a self- destructive executive trying to get her life together. She won a Golden Globe in 2012 for it.
The second season opened in January to 300,000 viewers, up from 210,000 for its late 2011 Monday slot debut. Just like “Girls,” its lead- in, “Enlightened’s” viewership tanked as the short- order season went on. Its lowest was 130,000 viewers the week before the finale, which had 200,000.
Christopher Guest’s comedy “Family Tree” will also end in May. Four comedy pilots are also in the works at the network: “People in New Jersey” from Lorne Michaels; “Silicon Valley” from Mike Judge; “Togetherness” from the Duplass brothers; and a comedy about a group of gay friends in San Francisco from Jonathan Groff.