Meanwhile, despite starring Jason Schwartzman (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Ted Danson (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover I&II), Bored to Death was dealt a 25 percent loss of viewership – the same as the Bryan Greenberg (Friends with Benefits) and Lake Bell (No Strings Attached) fashion dramedy, How to Make it in America.
While the lack of ratings might seem to be the culprit in the demise of these programs, the real puzzler here is that Enlightened was the worst performer out of all of them – typically earning less than 250,000 viewers. However, in its favor, Enlightened did manage to snag two Golden Globe nominations, for best comedy and actress. As evidenced by the smaller audiences programs like Mad Men and Breaking Bad garner, accolades and awards typically mean a great deal when it comes to the longevity of a series.
Series creator Mike White (School of Rock) responded to the news by saying, “I know HBO has had to make some hard decisions. I feel very lucky that they are letting us make more Enlightened. We will do our best to make something cool.”