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HBO Cancels Two Series EW

Two HBO series are hitting the chopping block. EW.com’s Inside TV reports that the pay-cable channel opted out of giving new seasons to the comedies “Hello Ladies” and “Family Tree.”

Both shows received positive reviews, “but failed to capture the zeitgeist like ‘Girls,’” the story notes. “Hello Ladies” was based on Stephen Merchant’s stand-up show, and starred the comedian as an Englishman looking for romance in Los Angeles. The series will conclude with a special, the piece notes.

“Family Tree,” from Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock, was set up in a documentary format and tracked a young man investigating his genealogy.

stephen merchant-hbo.jpgStephen Merchant