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HBO Turns Off ‘Enlightened’

Series drew 500,000 viewers combined for three airings of its finale.

HBO has elected not to renew Laura Dern starrer “Enlightened” for a third season.

The series, which Dern co-created with co-star Mike White, enjoyed critical raves in its recently completed second season (with all eight episodes written by White) but struggled with viewership, even by HBO standards.

This year’s “Enlightened” season premiere drew 300,000 viewers on its initial airing and 220,000 for its March 3 finale, dropping 67% from the 673,000 viewers its “Girls” lead-in captured. The “Enlightened” finale had 500,000 viewers for the night across three airings.

“It was a very difficult decision,” HBO said in a statement. “We’ve decided not to continue ‘Enlightened’ for a third season.  We’re proud of the show, and we look forward to working with Mike White and Laura Dern in the future.”

Dern won the Golden Globe for TV comedy actress in 2012, after the show’s first season. The cast also featured Luke Wilson, Diane Ladd, Sarah Burns and Timm Sharp. Scott Stephens exec produced with Dern and White, who continues to have an overall deal with HBO.

Buzzfeed first reported the news.

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