Television fans of all stripes are still freaking out about the upcoming merger of HBO Max and Discovery+ into a single streaming service, and I’m pretty sure a lot of the hand-wringing is due to confusion. It is possible that some fan-favorite shows—including And Just Like That…, Gossip Girl, and Hacks—could be on the chopping block even though they were already officially renewed for additional seasons. And the fact that HBO decided to scrap the Batgirl movie, a rare diverse entry into the DC universe, after the film was already in postproduction certainly has a lot of folks spooked about what could be the next to go. Let’s dig into what’s going on.
Here’s what we do know:
Warner Bros. (the parent company of HBO Max and Discover+) has already pulled some “underperforming” content from HBO Max, and more cuts are coming, according to IndieWire. Notable titles that have already been wiped from the platform include Moonshot, The Witches, American Pickle, and Superintelligence. Additionally, LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s reboot of House Party was supposed to premiere on July 28 but was ultimately canceled forever.
According to Forbes, WB plans to cut 70% of HBO Max’s production staff. As the company folds Discovery+, HBO, and HBO Max into one service, it reportedly does not want any more scripted HBO Max original content. Presumably, this makes a “core” HBO show like Sex and the City less likely to be ultimately scrapped than its HBO Max reboot, And Just Like That….
According to People, HBO and HBO Max shows that have already been canceled include Raised by Wolves, Made for Love, Time Traveler’s Wife, Gentlemen Jack, Close Enough, Gordita Chronicles, Chad, At Home With Amy Sedaris, Camping, Vinyl, Mrs. Fletcher, Run, and Here and Now.
Here’s what we don’t know:
Until an announcement is made, we likely won’t know for sure whether or not any HBO Max scripted shows will survive the merge. These shows, per Forbes, include Our Flag Means Death, Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, Hacks, Minx, Rap Sh!t, Tokyo Vice, Fboy Island, And Just Like That…, The Sex Lives of College Girls, and The Flight Attendant, as well as several shows aimed at young children and families.