All the Shows and Movies Secretly Removed From HBO Max

Amid restructuring, synergy, and the future combining of HBO Max and Discovery+ into a brand new entity, HBO Max has just lately determined that a few of its high quality programming doesn’t have to be proven to its viewers. Over the previous couple of weeks, HBO Max has been quietly taking off a number of HBO and HBO Max Originals from their streaming service, along with canceling motion pictures that had been virtually utterly completed.

With extra cuts prone to are available the future, let’s check out a few of the movies and TV reveals that HBO Max has decidedly just lately not must be on their service.

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An American Pickle

Based on the quick story “Sell Out” from Man Seeking Woman and Miracle Workers creator Simon Rich, An American Pickle follows Herschel Greenbaum (Seth Rogen), who falls right into a pickle vat in 1919, and wakes up a century later in New York City and finds his descendant Ben (additionally performed by Rogen). The twin roles from Rogen discovered an sudden sweetness on this odd story, and brings a beautiful heat to an idea that might’ve been too foolish for its personal good. An American Pickle was considered one of the prime 20 most-watched movies from a subscription video-on-demand service, beating Netflix’s Spenser Confidential, Hulu’s Palm Springs, and the Tom Hanks-starring Greyhound on Apple TV+.


At Home with Amy Sedaris

Amy Sedaris’ surrealist tackle homemaking reveals, At Home with Amy Sedaris lasted three seasons on truTV and even earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Variety Sketch Program. Shortly earlier than the present got here to HBO Max, truTV canceled the present. At Home with Amy Sedaris by no means earned big rankings on truTV, however that’s what made it an ideal present for streaming, particularly with an intensive and spectacular lineup of visitor stars like Justin Theroux, Michael Shannon, and John Early, simply to call just a few. At Home was the kind of unusual present that audiences would’ve ultimately clung to on streaming, however now, they received’t get the probability.


Following the success of Girls, creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner created this American adaptation of the British sequence of the identical title, which solely lasted one season. While the 2018 sequence didn’t have the identical crucial or industrial reception as Girls, it’s a bit unusual that HBO Max wouldn’t hold it on their service, particularly contemplating the implausible ensemble forged that included Jennifer Garner, David Tennant, For All Mankind’s Arturo Del Puerto, Juliette Lewis, Ione Skye, This Is UsChris Sullivan, Brett Gelman, and Zola director Janicza Bravo. Considering the main tasks many members of this forged got here to after Camping, it’s a bit shocking that there hasn’t been some runoff curiosity on this packed forged.


In hindsight, Chad may’ve truly been considered one of the first indicators of giant modifications coming. Chad, starring and created by Nasim Pedrad, initially aired on TBS and was renewed for a second season solely a month after premiering. But in July 2022, the day that the second season was imagined to premiere, it was introduced that Chad was canceled and wouldn’t be airing on TBS. The present briefly appeared on HBO Max, and was, sadly, considered one of the reveals that was sneakily taken off the service. While it’s nonetheless stunning that HBO Max received’t be releasing movies which might be virtually fully completed, Chad was perhaps the first signal of issues to return.

Charm City Kings

Another shocking current absence, given the quantity of expertise hooked up to the movie is Charm City Kings, a couple of 14-year-old who desires to hitch a bunch of Baltimore filth bike riders often called The Midnight Clique. 2020’s Charm City Kings was well-received, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and was govt produced by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Charm City Kings starred Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Meek Mill, and Teyonah Parris, however perhaps most attention-grabbing is that post-Charm City Kings, director Angel Manuel Soto was employed to direct the Blue Beetle movie for HBO Max, which remains to be scheduled for launch in August 2023. Fingers crossed Blue Beetle doesn’t face the identical finish consequence as Batgirl.

Here and Now

Like Camping, Here and Now was one other one-season present from a creator who had discovered earlier success at HBO. Alan Ball, coming off the successes of Six Feet Under and True Blood, created one other sequence round a household, this time, a multiracial household in Portland, that simply didn’t take off the manner Ball’s earlier reveals had. But contemplating the present starred Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins, and contemplating Ball’s nice observe document in any other case with HBO, it’s odd that even he couldn’t make it via the cuts unscathed.

Okay Street

During the early 2000s, it appeared that with reveals like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Oz, and The Wire, HBO may do no improper. However, amongst all these hits got here Okay Street, which solely lasted one season and starred, of all individuals, James Carville and Mary Matalin as themselves, and included John Slattery pre-Mad Men and Mary McCormack. Yet once more, Okay Street comes from a filmmaker who seemingly has an excellent repute with HBO Max, as Steven Soderbergh created and directed the sequence. Soderbergh’s newest movies, like No Sudden Move and Kimi have been launched completely on HBO Max, and whereas Okay Street actually doesn’t have the cache as a few of the movies he has on the service, it’s unusual that HBO Max would need much less Soderbergh.

Locked Down

Locked Down from director Doug Liman and author Steven Knight, suffered from the proven fact that audiences seemingly didn’t need leisure about being locked in throughout the pandemic. Starring Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor as a London couple who’re prepared to finish issues, but have been caught quarantined collectively of their flat, Locked Down was barely extra profitable in its second half, when it turns into a division retailer heist movie. Liman is doing his greatest Soderbergh impression right here, and with a forged that additionally options Stephen Merchant, Mindy Kaling, Lucy Boynton, Ben Stiller, Ben Kingley, and Dulé Hill, Locked Down looks as if it ought to’ve lasted on HBO Max for greater than 19 months.


The most up-to-date title to get pulled from HBO Max, Moonshot solely managed to final on the streaming service for somewhat over 4 months. The sci-fi story a couple of school scholar (Lana Condor) and a barista (Cole Sprouse) sneaking onto an area shuttle to Mars. While Moonshot gave the impression to be extra fashion than substance, it’s really wild that Chris Winterbauer’s movie solely had just a few months to show itself, earlier than it was unceremoniously stripped from HBO Max.

Mrs. Fletcher

Considering the pedigree of Mrs. Fletcher, a sequence created by The LeftoversTom Perotta, starring Kathryn Hahn, and with episodes directed by Enough Said’s Nicole Holofcener, Carrie Brownstein, and Obvious Child’s Gillan Robespierre, Mrs. Fletcher completely looks as if the kind of miniseries that many would’ve ultimately found on HBO Max. Hahn performed the title Mrs. Fletcher, who experiences a midlife disaster/sexual awakening as soon as her son goes to school. Hahn acquired rave evaluations, earlier than happening to additionally seem in I Know This Much Is True, WandaVision, and The Shrink Next Door. And after all, giving the individuals much less Hahn is an absolute travesty.


Another present that had a superb pedigree of creators and forged that simply by no means took off the manner HBO hoped was Run, created Vicky Jones—who directed Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s stage manufacturing of Fleabag. Run starred the at all times nice Merritt Weaver and Domhnall Gleeson, who made a pact that if both of them texted “RUN” to the different, they’d each drop their lives and meet at Grand Central Terminal and journey American collectively. Seventeen years after making that pact, the two meet up on a prepare and discover their present lives and the place they may’ve gone. While Run had a promising premise, the present by no means fairly discovered its rhythm. One season may’ve been sufficient for Run, however for followers of Weaver, Gleeson, and Waller-Bridge—who additionally had a recurring function—this was a enjoyable single-season present value trying out.


It’s in all probability not a good suggestion to create a film round the most common individual on Earth, Carol (performed by Melissa McCarthy), not to mention forged James Vorden as an A.I. making an attempt to determine whether or not it ought to save or destroy mankind, with Carol left as the individual making an attempt to show Earth is value saving. While McCarthy’s collaborations together with her husband and director Ben Falcone haven’t been the most critically beloved, it’s onerous to disregard the implausible forged of Superintelligence, which incorporates Bobby Cannavale, Brian Tyree Henry, Jean Smart, Sam Richardson, and Michael Beach. But lower than two years after its launch, Superintelligence is nowhere to be seen on-line.


Arguably the largest disappointment on this listing is Vinyl, a present that had huge expectations when it debuted in 2016. Created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, Rich Cohen, and Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter, Vinyl have a look at a document govt (performed by Cannavale) solely lasted one season. Like so many different titles on this listing, Vinyl, in hindsight, has an unimaginable forged that features Jack Quaid, Ray Romano, Juno Temple, and Olivia Wilde, and with a pilot episode directed by Martin Scorsese, there’s no query that followers of those forged members and particularly Scorsese would’ve checked this out sooner or later.

The Witches

In September 2021, Netflix acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company, which could clarify why HBO Max’s adaptation of The Witches didn’t survive the firm’s current cuts. Another remarkably nice forged and crew, The Witches was directed by Forrest Gump Academy Award winner Robert Zemeckis, and co-written by Zemeckis, black-ish creator Kenya Barris, and Guillermo del Toro. Yet one other title that had a superb forged, The Witches starred Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Chris Rock, and Kristin Chenowith. Again, The Witches didn’t obtain the biggest reception from critics, with many preferring the 1990 Nicolas Roeg adaptation, however Dahl and Zemeckis alone have sufficient followers that make one assume this could’ve been secure.

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