After renewing the comedy in July, the cabler announced today that it would be canceling plans for another season. “After evaluating our schedule and our programming needs, we unfortunately decided we cannot give ‘The Brink’ the attention it deserves for a second season,” HBO said in a statement. “We are proud of the first season and wish everyone involved in this show the very best.”
“The Brink” focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its impact on three men: Black as foreign service officer Alex Talbot; Robbins as Secretary of State Walter Larson; and Pablo Schreiber as Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson. The series was created by Roberto Benabib and Kim Benabib and exec produced by Jerry Weintraub, Roberto Benabib and Jay Roach.
“The Brink” averaged 1.1 million viewers for its regular-timeslot telecast each Sunday during the summer. And according to HBO, it had a gross multi-platform weekly audience of 5.5 million viewers — a solid number but well below the 8.8 million for “Ballers,” which became the network’s most popular comedy series in six years.
In his review for Variety, Brian Lowry wrote, “It’s more daring conceptually than it is in practice, with a jokey, anything-for-a-gag tone and a fondness for rat-a-tat banter and insults that plays like ‘Veep’s’ addled cousin.”
The news was first reported by Deadline.