Monday, December 12, 2022

HBO Max Pulls 'Westworld' and 'The Nevers' From Its Service

HBO Max has today decided to remove the original drama series Westworld and The Nevers from its service by the end of the year. Both shows originally aired on HBO and may likely find streaming homes on another platform.

Today's announcement comes a month after the network executives opted to cancel Westworld after four seasons. The drama's creative team hoped for a fifth and final season, though that never came together due to the financial requirements of the series.

Meanwhile, the first six episodes of The Nevers aired on HBO in April and May 2021. Another six episodes for the drama's first season have been produced. They were even done with the intention of providing a conclusion should a renewal fail to develop. Now, it's unclear if those six episodes will ever air. It remains a possibility should another service pick up the rights to the drama.

Across its four season run, Westworld starred Evan Rachel Wood, Thandiwe Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Luke Hemsworth, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Simon Quarterman, Rodrigo Santoro, Angela Sarafyan, Shannon Woodward, Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Barnes, Clifton Collins Jr., Jimmi Simpson, Tessa Thompson, Fares Fares, Louis Herthum, Talulah Riley, Gustaf Skarsgård, Katja Herbers, Zahn McClarnon, Vincent Cassel, Tao Okamoto and Aaron Paul.

Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy created the drama. They executive produced with J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Richard J. Lewis, Roberto Patino, Athena Wickham, Ben Stephenson, Denise Thé and Alison Schapker. Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot Productions and Kilter Films produced.

The Nevers starred Laura Donnelly, Ann Skelly, Olivia Williams, James Norton, Tom Riley, Pip Torrens, Denis O'Hare, Rochelle Neil, Amy Manson, Zackary Momoh, Eleanor Tomlinson, Nick Frost, Elizabeth Berrington, Viola Prettejohn, Anna Devlin, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Ben Chaplin, Ella Smith and Vinnie Heaven.

Joss Whedon created the drama. He executive produced with Bernadette Caulfield, Jane Espenson, Douglas Petrie, Ilene S. Landress and Philippa Goslett. Warner Bros. Television and Mutant Enemy Productions produced.