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HBO Cancels ‘John From Cincinnati’

HBO said it canceled its supernatural surfing series “John From Cincinnati.”

The show’s Aug. 5 episode was seen by fewer than 1 million viewers in its 9 p.m. timeslot.

“John From Cincinnati” was created by David Milch, who also created HBO’s “Deadwood.”

“Deadwood" ended as a regular series, but was supposed to be brought back as two movies. However, the future of those movies has been in doubt, with HBO executives pegging their chances at about 50-50 last month during the Television Critics Association conference in Los Angeles last month.

Comments (36)

Ron:

HBO sucks!
I thought this was a weird bizarre show but I loved it! It seems every show I like gets cancelled. Invasion. Jericho. John from Cincinnati. Oh well guess I'll just stick to Battlestar and Psych!

I have started a petition online to bring this show back. Please take the time to sign it.

Stacie:

What is this show about?

andy:

This is stupid. HBO is making such bad decisions since Chris' departure.

Karen:

I agree, the show was a bit out there but it was something different, it took a risk and now it left many fans hanging...

Kevin:

It was a great show, except for one thing; the writing sucked.

DK:

Say it ain't so!? "I'm looking at YOU!" I too thought this quirky, yet entertaining show would have staying power. I really was enjoying it. and the intro video and soundtrack were the best. I usually fast forward / DVR thru shows' intros but not John/cincy's. Cool show, gone. Bad call indeed!

Stacie:

Donkey Kong, is that you?

Myke :

Not quite, andy. HBO was making bonehead decisions before Albrecht left. This cancellation almost makes sense...which JFC seldom did. I like intelligent television and LOVED David Milch's previous work, like Murder One and NYPD Blue and of course my beloved Deadwood. But watching JFC made my brain hurt. Truthfully, the only things keeping my HBO subscription alive is Big Love and Bill Maher.

Jerry:

BAD MOVE! This show is absolutely great -- the writing, the characters, the performances, the ambiguous storyline. It is/was my favorite show -- I looked forward to every episode much like The Sopranos (and I watch well over twenty hours of primetime per week). This show needed a chance to catch on, like so many other hit shows.

Hooplehead:

JFC was retarded. Deadwood was a masterpiece. If HBO has a brain left anywhere in upper management, they would bring it back as well as Rome. I had HBO for years, but I cancelled my subscription immediately after Sopranos ended. I caught JFC on bittorrent, and would only reconsider resubscribing if Deadwood returns. Otherwise, bye bye HBO! No soup for you...

e520_7950:

hbo is in the business to make money, not to please everyone. the handful of people watching the show did not meet above the line costs for the project and it was pulled. simple business decision, dont take it personal.

Stacie:

JFC was the very best show ever put in HBO's line up. Sopranos doesn't even hold a pool cue to JFC. It's a shame, I'll be canceling my subscription today.

John formerly from Cincinnati:

No loss on my end. Having grown up in Cincinnati, now in Detroit area, I thought this was going to be about someone from the midwest. But oh no, the story was about a surfing family on the west coast, which we can relate to here in the midwest.

Tony from ballard:

Yes there were some quirky and interesting characters... but there was NEVER any payoff with this show. I want the 10 hours of my life back I spent watching it!

Shelly Jacobs:

Perhaps, now, HBO will bring back Deadwood on a REGULAR weekly basis . . . fans will even pay a surcharge per episode! Let's face it, they need at least 200 episodes to max syndication & DVD sales.

Hooplehead:

I'd be overjoyed with just one more full season of Deadwood. They could conclude the show properly that way.

200 episodes is a bit extreme, few shows ever see that long of a run. I don't even think Seinfeld had that many and that's a huge syndication & DVD hit. And lets face it. Deadwood will never ever be a hit in syndication. That's one of the reasons why we love it!

Ed Fraticelli:

GOOD! This show was just AWFUL!! Of course, I did not like Deadwood much, either. I mean, the story-line is pretty thin and the gratuitous use of the "F" word is just disturbing. I am no prude, but I just cannot stand people who swear incessantly, dammit!

khart:

I like quirky, ambiguous shows as much as the next guy. But you gotta give me more to work with than JFC. I kept watching in hopes of figuring out what was really going on, like why the old surfer dude kept levitating. I even watched the hbo on demand explaining the show and couldn't figure it out. Good riddance!

deb:

i enjoyed working to figure out was going on. milch's programs remind me of how i felt when i watched the prisoner as child in england in 1967.

one figures this show is for a small audience but apparently for HBO, to small.

Paul Jeannides:

Loved the show Milch missed it he should have had Fredy, Bill Jacks, Cissy, and others in the cast beat up each other, they did it verbally why not more slaps and cracks in the puss?? America has a big appetite for conflit, we are all sometimes almost over the edge, any one can loose it, sex and violence, people like it, Sopranos showed that. HBO's promos dropped the ball, the promos were weak better promos would have enticed the viewers to watch it. The Yost's are really like all of us I really related to their plight.HBO should reconsider. P. Jeannides Gary Indiana

lynn:

Rarely have I been so pleased to see a series canceled as this pretentious, stupid show. HBO deserves to have Showtime kicking its ass creatively -- canceling great stuff like Deadwood and Rome for pretentious tripe like "John."

If it wasn't for Entourage, I would seriously consider canceling HBO.

WOO:

There were so many Deadwood actors (8 at last count) in John, Milch should have just wound up both shows with the same ending. The "Father of my Father" speech would have fit the folks from Deadwood perfectly. If Milch is so smart, how come he didn't think that up. I would say, after watching John, and having been cheated by Milch on Deadwood, that the guy is back on drugs. Those are the words of my father. The ones and zero's are inside HBO, and right now the zero's are winning.

Dianne:

Why would HBO scrap Deadwood for something as boneheaded as JFC? The initial decision was based on what??!! I tried watching JFC and I felt I was back in college in the dorms listening to some drone-head explain his spiritual theories.

mike:

Entourage? Are you fucking serious? Oh my god lol

nick:

THIS SHOW WAS SO ORIGINAL AND TOTALLY KICKED ASS!!!! HBO IS PATHETIC FOR NOT RECOGNIZING THE ORIGINALLITY!!!

Jnet:

Another good show bites the dust. It was nice while it lasted...any hopes for resuscitation on another network? ahhh, wishful thinking.

Kristin Lee:

This is wicked lame! I invested 9 weeks of my life to that show and HBO isnt even going to tell us what the hell it is about. The least they could do is tell us were they were going with the show, cause i got to tell you I havent the slightest. I demand Closure!! Damn you Hbo! (shakes fist violently in the air)

jeff evans:

the only hbo show worth watching more than once. i guess for most viewers no nudity, no killing = must cancel.
HBO has lost it.

F.J.:

GOOD!!!!! This show was dumb. Deadwood was so much better!! This was written in the same style as Deadwood, but it didn't work as well. Anyone that claims to have liked John from Cini is lying to you and themselves. I watched every episode just to see if it ever did anything, and it did not. HBO has gone down hill. Soprano's sucked for the last few years, John from Cini. was crap, Rome was bad, Carnivale went on too long and lost it's affect. The only brite spot anymore is the wire. I guess the other brite spot is the actors that have gotten a boost from an HBO series. I love to see all the cast members from Oz and other shows pop up on network TV. So anyway, good bye john from Cini you did nothing while you were here and you will not be missed. I wonder with all the questions that are left that haveno posible answers if this was not just a place filler till HBO found somethingelseto put inthe time spot.

DREW KITTELL:

HBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WHAT ARE YOU THINKING????????

CANCELLING JON FROM CINCINNATI??????????

WE GOT HBO JUST BECAUSE OF THAT SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!

PUT IT BACK UP FOR A SECOND SEASON. IT'S THE BEST WRITTEN, BEST ACTING, BEST DIRECTING AND PRODUCTION DONE IN ALL THE NEW SHOWS THAT HAVE COME OUT.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR DECISIONS????? IT TAKES AT LEAST A SECOND SEASON TO GET IT GOING AND WHERE WAS THE MARKETING???????????

WE ARE YOUR BOTTOM LINE. PAYING FOR YOUR SALARIES. TAKE SOME ADVICE FROM THE FANS? DO A PETITION TO GET IT BACK. DO SOMETHING. WE CAN'T BELIEVE IT. WE TAPED THEM AND WATCH THE WHOLE SEASON OVER AND OVER JUST TO CATCH THE SMALL THINGS YOU MISS THAT PUT THE STORYLINE TOGETHER.
IT IS BRILLIANT.

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO????????????

Bumbelina:

I am EXTREMELY DISAPOINTED! I really enjoyed this show and was looking forward to a second season where we would learn more about John's "Father" and what exactly Sean is meant to do. Also how long would Grampa be floating???

It's a shame that HBO has cancelled this show. I feel like I've peeled a banana and the inside is all soft and bruised so I have to throw it away.
Time wasted peeling the damned thing and I still have a rumbling tummy...Thanks HBO!

Charles:

JFC did have some unanswered questions in each episode, but that alone wasn't the only thing that kept us coming back. The cast, their roles, the music, man that was a cool show.

Bad decision HBO. Despite what we all may have read in little snippets of news about the cancellation due to "not grabbing the audience." That's a bunch of bull. Read the HBO forums, they are filled with JFC fans.

I am switching HBO for Cinemax or Starz.

bonedaddy:

It was an interesting show that took chances. It was better after you'd seen the episodes a couple of times. And I've lived in IB before and they captured it perfectly. RIP Zippy & the Yosts

ruth del:

booo. it was great. hbo sits on there brains

Bonkey:

As much as I lament the Disneyfication of the world, the fans of this show seem to be a bit more inclined toward mature fare. Yet, its critics appear to lack anything resembling an actual attention span. Why should it be so hard to follow a story through a few hours (that's what it is ... not a season, a few hours!) Sure the show raised more questions than it answered and left us all hangin', so what? Sounds like a good reason to tune in next year. Ever heard the term 'Hang Loose?'

In my opinion the methods the networks use to determine who is actually watching are outmoded. This explains why most of the networks are flailing. They seemingly have no idea of what people really want. There was a time when people wanted what they were fed, but times have changed. With 500+ channels it is hard to believe that there is no room for John From Cincinnati.

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