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If you thought TV cancellations were done for the year, think again.
Today HBO announced the cancellation of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s docuseries Project Greenlight. The original Project Greenlight ran on HBO from 2001-2003 for two seasons and then was picked up for a third season by Bravo in 2005. Then in 2014, Affleck and Damon resurrected the series on HBO and the fourth season aired in September 2015.
But according to the statement released by HBO about the cancellation, the network had pretty much already decided that Project Greenlight would not be getting a fifth season. As Variety reports, the docuseries only garnered an audience of 154,000 viewers. “When we picked up a new season in 2014, we imagined a one season revival and decided in early 2016 another season did not make sense for us. We are proud of the show and were pleased with its run throughout the years.”
HBO may have given up on the series, but it doesn’t sound like Matt Damon is ready to call it quits. “I really liked it and thought that the show went great,” Damon told the Associated Press during an interview. “I’m not one to question (their programming). They do such a great job. But we have to take it out again.” Damon went on to say that they plan to shop the series around to other networks and particularly to streaming services. “There are places where I think we could do really well,” he said.
Project Greenlight is a docuseries which follows first-time filmmakers who are given the chance to direct a feature film. The most recent season showed the production process of Jason Mann directing The Leisure Class.
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