MOVIE NEWS – What we would have thought impossible a short time ago has happened. HBO has cancelled Perry Mason after two seasons.
Perry Mason, based on the character created by Erie Stanley Gardner, premiered in 2020. It starred Matthew Rhys as the detective in the title role. The series debuted with 1.7 million viewers, the strongest debut for an HBO original series at the time. The first season also received four Emmy nominations, including Rhys’ award for Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
The cast includes Juliet Rylance, Chris Chalk, Shea Whigham, Tatiana Maslany, John Lithgow, Justin Kirk, Diarra Kilpatrick, Eric Lange, Katherine Waterston, Lili Taylor, Stephen Root, Sean Astin, Jen Tullock and John DiMaggio.
“We are tremendously grateful for the remarkable work of Matthew Rhys and the unrivalled cast and crew of ‘Perry Mason’ for their reimagining of such a treasured and storied franchise,” said HBO in a statement. “While we won’t be moving forward with another season of the series, we are excited to continue working with the brilliant creatives at Team Downey on future projects.”
The series was produced under the banner of Robert Downey Jr.’s production company, Team Downey.
“We’re really proud of Perry Mason and loved working with Team Downey and Michael Begler this season on the show,” said Francesca Orsi, Head of Drama at HBO. “I’m really proud of what we delivered for Season 2.”
Season 2 of Perry Mason ended on a cliffhanger that may never be resolved. (Unless another network picks up the series.) HBO also recently cancelled its popular drama series, Minx, despite renewing it for a second season. It seems no one and nothing is safe on the Max service…