After two seasons, HBO Max has decided to cancel the sci-fi TV show Raised by wolves, Variety reports. Originally ordered to series for cable channel TNT, its first season premiered in 2020, and four months after the launch of HBO Max it ranked as the service’s best streaming series.
The first two episodes were directed by Ridley Scott, and the plot, which focused on two androids raising human children on a desolate alien planet, fit the hallmarks of his style well. We mentioned the show as one of the standout options on HBO Max in 2021, saying, “There’s a strong sense of foreboding in this world, but you just can’t turn away.” Canceling big budget shows with intense fans is a move we’ve seen from Netflix (more than once), and it may continue as other streamers use similar strategies to cultivate a subscriber base. .
Prior to the cancellation, cast members were calling on viewers to stand up for the show’s future. Abubakar Salim, who played “Father” in Raised by wolveshinted in a Twitter thread last week that the show’s fate was in jeopardy with the hashtag #RenewRaisedByWolves, while referencing the merger of HBO Max’s parent company WarnerMedia and Discovery, which was completed in April.
HBO Max said in a statement to Variety, “While we are not proceeding with a third season of Raised by Wolves, we are beyond grateful to the stellar cast and crew, our creators Aaron Guzikowski, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker and the entire team at Scott Free Productions, for their fine artistry and unique ability to immerse fans in the world of Kepler-22b.