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'Hung,' 'Bored to Death' axed

Actor Jason Schwartzman attends HBO's

Actor Jason Schwartzman attends HBO's "Bored To Death" premiere at Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan. (Sept. 21, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

"Hung," which coincidentally scored a Golden Globe nomination for star Tom Jane, just got a cancellation notice. Also receiving said notices: "How to Make It in America" and "Bored to Death." (Too bad about the latter, though, truth to tell, I haven't watched it this season.)

To me, "Hung" -- a show predicated on a ridiculous and even vaguely stupid idea -- is hardly a tragic demise.

Meanwhile, this: "Enlightened," Laura Dern's mystifying California-dreamin' dramedy, got a pick-up. No surprise there at all. Critics, save the one you are reading right now, have bathed it in glowing tributes, while the Hollywood Foreign Press Association handed it a couple of Golden Globe noms, too. 

That leaves "How to Make It in America." I was a bit of a fan in its initial run and thought it used its New York locale effectively; also, liked Bryan Greenberg in the lead. But ... viewers clearly never followed, and the second season was so under-promoted by HBO that it might as well have entered the witness protection program.

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