'John From Cincinnati' Wipes Out

TelevisionEntertainmentBruce GreenwoodLuke PerryLuis GuzmanRebecca de Mornay

Mitch Yost is out of the game.

HBO took little time in deciding to cancel David Milch's "surf noir" drama "John From Cincinnati," letting the axe fall a day after the show's season finale, which aired Sunday. The cryptic, metaphysically inclined series, which divided critics and viewers alike, won't be back for a second season.

The network does, however, want to keep Milch in the fold. According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO is talking with Milch, who also created "Deadwood," about extending a development deal that currently runs through next year. He reportedly has several new projects in mind.

What all that means for the long-awaited, still-technically-alive "Deadwood" movies is, like most things related to the planned wrapup of the series, up in the air. At July's press tour, HBO executives said they'd revisit the idea with Milch after deciding the fate of "John."

"John From Cincinnati" starred Bruce Greenwood as the patriarch of a Southern California surfing family whose lives were upended with the arrival of the title character (Austin Nichols). The show also featured Rebecca De Mornay, Brian Van Holt, Ed O'Neill, Keala Kennelly, Luke Perry, Greyson Fletcher, Matt Winston Willie Garson and Luis Guzman.

It started off with fairly solid ratings following the finale of "The Sopranos" in June, but the audience tailed off in subsequent weeks.

HBO has yet to make a decision on its other new series, the cult comedy "Flight of the Conchords."

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