It was just announced by HBO that they would not have more of Bill Simmons‘ sports talk show Any Given Wednesday. The program was cancelled only four months after it premiered.
Any Given Wednesday, although it was based on an original idea, never resonated with the audience in spite of bringing in stars on the show.
It was a mutual agreement between HBO and Simmons and Simmons just made the following statement regarding the fate of the show.
One of the many reasons I joined HBO was to see if we could create a show built around smart conversations for sports fans and pop culture junkies,” Simmons said in a statement. “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 these 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.
The cooperation between HBO and Simmons might still bear fruit within another context. We will have to wait and see.