HBO’s ‘Westworld’ canceled amid big budgets on more successful shows
« Westworld » is over.
After four seasons, HBO announced on Friday that the sci-fi cerebral drama will not be returning to television, The Post confirmed.
Warner Bros. Discovery – the cable network’s new parent company – cited high production costs associated with declining viewership,
The newly formed media conglomerate is cutting its budget significantly as part of its $3.5 billion savings synergy plan. Meanwhile, HBO is now believed to have lost tens of millions each on « House of the Dragon » and « Euphoria. »
« Westworld » stars Evan Rachel Wood, Thandiwe Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Luke Hemsworth, Aaron Paul, Angela Sarafyan and James Marsden.
Ariana DeBose, Aurora Perrineau, and Daniel Wu also joined the Season 4 cast.
Husband and wife producer duo Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy created the series, which premiered in 2016. The show centered on a technically advanced amusement park with robotic “hosts” in a Wild West setting.
Upon its debut, the show achieved HBO’s highest viewership for a premiere since « True Detective » in 2014. The show’s first season was equally successful as it became HBO’s highest-grossing original series. watched all the time.
But the ratings have dropped every season since and dropped dramatically in season 4, which ended on August 14.
The series has received 54 Emmy nominations and won nine.
« Over the past four seasons, Lisa and Jonah have taken viewers on a breathtaking odyssey, raising the bar with every step, » HBO said in a statement to Variety. “We are extremely grateful to them, their immensely talented cast, producers and crew, and to all of our partners at Kilter Films, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television. It has been a pleasure to join them on this journey.
Nolan and Joy added in their own statement through the Kilter Films banner: « Making ‘Westworld’ was one of the highlights of our careers. We are deeply grateful to our amazing cast and crew for creating these indelible characters and shining worlds. We have been privileged to tell these stories about the future of consciousness – both human and beyond – in the brief window of time before our AI overlords prohibit doing so.
The Post has reached out to HBO representatives for comment.