Network decides to not renew surfing series

HBO has opted not to renew “John from Cincinnati,” the embattled surfer drama from David Milch.

Cancellation marks the first time in modern era that HBO has cancelled an hourlong show after its first season.

Cult series, which blended supernaturalism, family drama and beach culture, earned plaudits from a small group of devoted followers.

But it remained elusive to wide auds — numbers in many weeks only barely climbed above one million total viewers for the initial airing — while also drawing bafflement from some critics.

Move opens the question of whether the net will collaborate with Milch to produce a pair of two-hour “Deadwood” movies, which have been temporarily on hold. Net had earlier scrapped the series so Milch could work on “John,”and at TCA last month said Milch’s commitment to the surfer series was one of the reasons he couldn’t return to “Deadwood.”

But sources feel that the net, both because of the cost and actors’ other commitments, could still wind up shelving “Deadwood” for good even post-“John.”

Net on Wednesday had no comment.

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