HBO is pulling the plug on a series after initially deciding to bring it back. TVbytheNumbers.com reports that the pay-cable channel will not go ahead with a second season of “The Brink” after all.
The comedy, created by brothers Kim and Roberto Benabib, stars Jack Black, Tim Robbins and Pablo Schreiber. The plot focuses on a geopolitical crisis in the Middle East, with Robbins playing the U.S. Secretary of State, Black as a low-level Foreign Service officer in Islamabad and Schreiber as a drug-dealing Naval officer.
The program premiered in June and received a renewal from HBO in July, while its 10-episode first season was still airing. It reportedly had 1.60 million viewers for its premiere, with the numbers tapering off somewhat by the end of the season. The final episode, which aired Aug. 23, reportedly delivered a series-low 870,000 viewers.
HBO released a statement saying: “After evaluating our schedule and our programming needs, we unfortunately decided we cannot give ‘The Brink’ the attention it deserves for a second season. We are proud of the first season and wish everyone involved in this show the very best.”