Pilot, based on Franzen novel, won't go forward as series

Despite having the selling points of a stellar cast and a bestselling novel, HBO is not moving forward with “The Corrections.”

Pay cabler has decided the pilot, which was shot in February, won’t become a series. Based on the Jonathan Franzen book, HBO’s version of “The Corrections” was adapted and directed by Noah Baumbach, who was exec producing with Franzen and Scott Rudin.

“The Corrections” revolves around the troubles of a Midwestern couple and their three adult children as they trace their lives from the mid-20th century to “one last Christmas” together near the turn of the millennium.

The parents were played by Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest while Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal were set to play the couple’s adult children.

On the drama series side this year, HBO will launch Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” in June, and is also bringing back “True Blood,” “Treme” and “Boardwalk Empire.” Net canceled “Luck” earlier this year.

On Monday, HBO ordered eight episodes of “True Detective,” starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. Cop drama was written by Nic Pizzolatto and takes places while the pair are tracking a serial killer in Louisiana.

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