HBO Max To Remove Westworld, Among Other Shows
To everyone who dismissed the anguish from animation fans over what HBO Max was doing last summer, and commented “they’ll never remove the important stuff, as in the stuff I personally care about”….how do you feel NOW? We warned you nothing was safe. Variety reports wicked emperor David Zaslav is about to remove the HBO hit Westworld from HBO Max, and of course the company won’t tell you when, just that it’s soon.
Westworld was cancelled four months ago, a decision showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy were notified about ahead of time. This allowed them to curtail their five-season story arc plan and condense it into the fourth season. However, it’s doubtful neither were aware Zaslav was going to yank access to the series entirely soon afterward, or they might not have worked as hard.
Westworld was based on the 1973 movie written by successful author and technophobe Michael Crichton. The show starred Evan Rachel Wood as the robot Christina, one of several who was programmed to artificially populate a Wild West theme park attraction, but gained sentience and plotted a revolt against their human overlords. Westworld created instant buzz when it premiered in 2016, as an HBO original before the Streaming Wars had ever begun. Future seasons did not live up to the first, but they say the fourth and final season was a return to form. Not that I’ll ever know.
Three other shows are also facing immiment removal and cancellation: HBO Max launch title Love Life, something called Minx which just finished production on a second season no one will ever see, and the Victorian sci-fi series The Nevers, which only ran for six episodes in early 2021 and then vanished. That was only half its first season…apparently the other half has been completed for some time, but the only way anyone will ever see it is if another service cares enough for The Nevers.
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