"Enlightened" cancelled by HBO

The pay-cable channel drops Mike White's series

Published March 20, 2013 4:00AM (EDT)

       (HBO/Lacey Terrell)
(HBO/Lacey Terrell)

Amy Jellicoe's story ends here.

"Enlightened," the series created by "Year of the Dog" director Mike White, has been cancelled by HBO after two seasons. The series, about Amy (Laura Dern, who won a Golden Globe for the performance) struggling against a destructive corporate culture and her own demons, was something of a cause celebre for critics, in light of its low viewership by HBO standards and moody, melancholic tone.

Salon's Willa Paskin wrote after the season 2 finale, an accidental series finale of sorts: "[I]t’s sweet that 'Enlightened,' a show all about the cost of caring too much, should inspire such dedication." And, on Twitter, fans are calling for Netflix to intervene and provide a third season.

By Daniel D'Addario

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