HBO's Family Tree and Hello Ladies will not return for second seasons, while talks are underway for a potential second season of Getting On.
HBO has decided to not move forward with second runs of the comedy series from Christopher Guest and Stephen Merchant, respectively. Hello Ladies, however, will wrap up with a comedy special.
Hello Ladies opened in September to 463,000 total viewers before slipping in subsequent weeks. The eight-episode freshman season wrapped its run on Nov. 17. Family Tree launched in May to 541,000 viewers, leveling off during its eight-episode run, which ended in July.
For HBO, the news comes as the premium outlet is set to launch at least two new comedies this year: Mike Judge's Silicon Valley, which is due in the spring, and Jonathan Groff comedy Looking, which bowed to a lackluster 338,000 viewers on Sunday. HBO also recently handed out a series order to Togetherness, a comedy from the Duplass brothers, and renewed Looking lead-in Girls for a fourth season.
On the development side, HBO is prepping comedies Ballers, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and The Brink, toplined by Jack Black and Tim Robbins.
While ratings are important for HBO in making renewal decisions, the premium outlet also considers shelf space, awards season recognition, critical reviews and social media buzz, as well as if the series makes financial sense for the network. While none of the three shows have broad appeal, HBO's brand is to mix tentpoles (i.e., Game of Thrones) with more narrowly focused fare like Getting On and Looking.