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The Brink canceled (despite renewal)

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HBO is ending The Brink

The geopolitical dark comedy series starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black has been canceled by the network after one season, EW has learned. 

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The odd thing is the show was actually renewed back in July. No word on what happened between now and then to change the network’s mind, but the series was addled by low buzz and modest ratings. 

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HBO released this statement to EW: “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.”

The Doctor Strangelove-esque series followed three men: U.S. Secretary of State Walter Larson (Robbins); Alex Talbot (Black), a lowly Foreign Service officer; and Zeke Tilson (Pablo Schreiber), an ace Navy fighter pilot. Together they struggled to try and prevent World War III. 

The Brink’s freshman comedy companions series Ballers remains renewed for a second season. 

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