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No second season for HBO's 'Family Tree'
No second season for HBO's 'Family Tree'

Television has just lost its best snarky monkey hand puppet.  "Family Tree," the first try at a scripted television series from filmmaker Christopher Guest, will not return for a second season at HBO, officials with the premium cable network confirmed Thursday. The decision is hardly a surprise. In a world of niche programming, the quirky show about an affable Englishman played by Chris O'Dowd searching for his family roots could not find a home with a big enough audience. Nina Conti played Dowd's sister, a ventriloquist who communicated much of the time through a hand puppet named Monk.  TRAILERS: Winter TV 2014 Despite being embraced by many critics, the show struggled for...

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