Bill Simmons' HBO show 'Any Given Wednesday' has been canceled after 17 episodes
Bill Simmons' HBO talk show "Any Given Wednesday" has been cancelled, according to a statement from HBO. The final episode will be on November 9.
The show was one of Simmons' big projects since leaving ESPN — his new website, The Ringer, is the other — but has had poor ratings since it began airing in June.
It was reported on October 29, that the show managed just 82,000 viewers in its 15th week, a 75% drop from the second week of the show, which drew 362,000 viewers.
The show featured an array of athletes, sports, analysts, and pop-culture figures in a talk-show setting, but ultimately didn't find an exact audience. Perhaps the show's most memorable moment came in the first episode when Ben Affleck went on a profanity-laced rant about Deflategate.
According to the network's statement, Simmons will continue to work with HBO in an "array of new programming initiatives."
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The full statement reads:
"Any Given Wednesday, the weekly HBO talk show hosted by Bill Simmons, will finish its run on Wednesday, Nov. 9 and will not return to the net work next season.
"The decision was mutually agreed upon by HBO and Simmons, who joined the network in July of 2015. IN the past year, Simmons has created the Bill Simmons Media Group, which is responsible for a wide range of linear and digital initiatives including the debut of The Ringer website, developing new content and assets, and re-launching the leading podcast franchise in the sports industry.
"Bill Simmons: 'One of the many reasons I joined HBO was to see if we could create a show built around smart conversations for sports fan and pop culture junkies. We loved making that show, but unfortunately, it never resonated with audiences like we hoped. And that's on me. But I love being a part of HBO's family and look forward to innovating with them on other ambitious programming ideas over the next several years — both for the network and for digital. With that said, I want to thank the dedicated staff that worked so diligently with me behind the scenes to make this show every week — we hired so many great and talented people and I loved having them in my life. It's difficult for me to imagine not working with them anymore.'
"'HBO is committed to Bill Simmons, and we are excited to bring his unique vision to bear on an array of new programming initiatives under the HBO Sports banner in 2017,' said Peter Nelson, executive Vice President, HBO Sports. 'Bill is an award-winning executive producer in the documentary arena, and we will work closely with him in developing new and engaging content for our subscribers.'"
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