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Future of “John From Cincinnati” Appears Grim, Second Season Seems Unlikely August 8, 2007 9:41 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cancellations, HBO, John From Cincinnati, News, Television.

TV Blogger is reporting, through an anonymous source inside HBO, that the network has decided to not pick up John From Cincinnati for a second season.

Additionally, the site has this from an individual who works on the show: “I don’t know for sure, but from what I’ve heard, the grape vine and such, we won’t be back”.

The show, which has been criticized for weak acting and poor quality in episodes, has never fared well in the ratings, save for the premiere of the show which had the benefit of airing out of the series finale of The Sopranos. That season premiere drew the following ratings: 2.0/4 HH rating, 3.419 million viewers and a 1.5/4 A18-49 rating, solid numbers for a show premiere, but with horrible retention rates.

Ratings immediately began to slide downward, with the following seven episodes of the series averaging a dismal 0.8/1 HH rating, 1.215 million viewers and a 0.6/2 A18-49 rating.

There has been no official word out of HBO.  We’ll know the outcome soon enough.

Source: TV Blogger



1. Butchie Yost - August 9, 2007 12:13 pm

complete bullshit. this show features perhaps the finest acting ensemble on television. incredible performances! 2 unnamed sources? sounds like a disgruntled deadwood fan came up with this myth. get a life!

2. The save the drama cause - August 9, 2007 1:22 pm

Hbo dropped the Ball a few times recently. It appears to me that if its not going to be a Sopranos(last few years kind of sucked anyway)/SFU kind of hit then they drop the series cold.

lucky louie
these shows should have went on

the flight of the chonchords or whatever the fuck that is about
that crappy lisa kudrow show last season they should have never been on

3. mike - August 10, 2007 11:17 pm

LIAR, not true, and I happen to know that….they will decide when they do, until then, what an irresponsible guy this jackass is for writing that JFC is cancelled………jeezus, get a life bro……

4. sassydoc9 - August 11, 2007 10:25 pm

fuck off…JFC rules

5. Russ T.C. - August 11, 2007 11:10 pm

My goodness, what is with you people? :lol:

No one is saying anything against the show, just that the ratings are very poor and it doesn’t appear likely the series will return, based on those low ratings.

The same can likely be said for other HBO shows such as Flight of the Conchords. HBO is in need of a big hit.

6. Ziggy Kennedy - August 12, 2007 9:14 pm

I love JFC, but it is a bit much for the gum popping general population. Look at what is popular, that’s a pretty good example of why well written shows like Dead Wood and JFC will get pulled and replaced with yet another Justin Timberlake special. Bring back the D and Mr. Show type fair and maybe just maybe people will sit down smoke a joint and spend some TV time.

7. Stinkweed - August 12, 2007 11:58 pm

First Deadwood….now this? If HBO drops this wonderful gift of a series, I’m going back to basic cable. On a tangent, I still can’t believe SHO didn’t pick up Dead Like Me.

On another side note: When the powers that be cancel a show, is it still possible to track down the intended story arc? If I never find out what 9 11 14 means I may have an anyeurism.

8. Jack From Cinci! - August 13, 2007 12:43 am

I don’t think there has been a show that tripped my imagination like JFC since Twin Peaks. It’s a shame that shows that are well written and make you think end up like a discarded ball of slime filled bubblegum stuck on the third world sneakers of the in-bread middle American masses…. God help us, I’m going to have to go back to reading McDonalds wrappers for anything resembling intellectual entertainment. I hope the HBO fucktards who made the decision to cancel JFC do the big crash-n-burn for screwin’ the pooch here…..

9. amanda hartline - August 13, 2007 9:59 pm

Fuck you!!! You’re full of shit.

10. phil - August 13, 2007 10:08 pm

I honestly and truly hope that JFC is renewed for a second season. Nowadays it is a rarity to find a truly original and thought provoking series show up on TV. I am so sick of reality based shows and tedious singing and dancing competitions dominating the networks. With JFC you have a show that forces you to look deeper into the story as well as all the characters involved. I applaud HBO for having the courage to green light this type of show and I only hope that a second season will soon by upon us.

11. Russ T.C. - August 13, 2007 10:40 pm

amanda, that type of language, and more importantly the way in which it was used, is completely unnecessary.

Let’s try to get this back on track. Does anyone have any thoughts on the season finale?

Before I share my quick thoughts, let me preface this by saying that I watched the series from beginning to end. The concept was intriguing and I was a big fan of Milch’s previous show Deadwood.

With that out of the way, I feel mostly disappointed in the series. I never felt attached to it as the storyline and episodes were always too disjointed for my liking.

I’ve also not been a fan of the acting, particularly from the characters of Shaun Yost (Greyson Fletcher), Cissy Yost (Rebecca De Mornay) and Kai (Keala Kennelly). I’m not sure if that was the result of the scripts, or the actors. I will say though, that I though Brian Van Holt did a fine job portraying the character of Butchie Yost, and though he never made sense to me, the character of John (Austin Nichols) was interesting.

So basically, I felt the show had potential, but for the most part fell short. In the end, nothing made sense. Strangely enough though, by the season finale, the series did feel like it did all it could do. It almost feels like the show was meant to last one season.

Now, maybe I just didn’t get it, but that’s just how I feel. I simply expected more from the creator of Deadwood.


12. Russ T.C. - August 14, 2007 1:37 am

The show has officially been canceled by HBO. Check out the article here (or below).

13. “John From Cincinnati” Officially Canceled « Your Entertainment Now - August 14, 2007 1:38 am

[…] News. trackback Well, it turns out that rumors of the show’s cancellation (related story here) were indeed correct. HBO has officially canceled the David Milch series John From […]

14. Nikki - August 14, 2007 10:29 am

Ratings are low because people are recording the damn show so they can watch it again! It’s not the kind of show where you can only watch the episode once

15. Lynn from Dallas - August 16, 2007 9:27 pm

You are all correct.It’s been my experience that any show that is intended for viewers over the age of 12 will soon be canceled.This includes news and sports as well as late night comedy.Hey , why are you TV execs producing shows that you certainly would not watch(I hope).People with intellect watch TV and spend money just like the morons. Give us SOMETHING to watch,please. I’m not saying that I feel mentally superior to your average person , just your average television show.Give us back ourJFC.

16. Lynn from Dallas - August 16, 2007 9:34 pm

One more thing. milions of children and adults are buying HARRY POTTER books and watching those movies.Why are we wasting our tax money on a failed education system. GROW UP.

17. Lynn from Dallas - August 16, 2007 9:36 pm

One more thing. Millions of children and adults are buying HARRY POTTER books and watching those movies.Why are we wasting our tax money on a failed education system. GROW UP.

18. Sam Trezzo - August 19, 2007 4:08 pm

JFC……JOHN Friggin Rocks! Outside of Sopranos this is the most amazing show I have yet to see on HBO… Unnoticed talent seeps throughout the John Crew, sheer suspense and amazement tantalize my viewing pleasure…….RIP John From Cincinnati I really loved you….

19. Rob from Dallas - August 28, 2007 10:42 am

Damnit….HBO you are killing me. I havent waited for a sunday to come around more than for entourage in awhile. I hope someone from HBO reads forums and blogs to find out how many people will miss this show if you cancel it. Just because we have the intelligence to follow along with the story line and understand what is happening, dooesnt mean you should cancel it. Don’t do it HBO……Don’t do it.

20. dBall - September 5, 2007 12:38 am

I really loved the show. JFC to me seemed to be the perfect show to follow a six year sopranos run. I thought, “Wow, HBO is taking it to a whole new level. They are kind of reinventing themselves”. I watched every Sunday, and even the reruns. I had conversations about it with strangers at restaurants and at work. It seemed that everyone really liked it. I am really dissapointed and besides Big Love, I have no interest in HBO. I think they would lose nothing by giving it a second season. I feel like the way season 1 ended, it could have been just a huge setup for taking the show in an entirely new direction. Anyway, hope the saga continues somewhere.

21. element - September 18, 2007 10:49 am

There were 2 “actors” who were “weak” Shawn and Kai. Shawn is a professional surfer/skateboarder who was hired based on the fact you can actually SEE him surf and skate instead of throwing in a stunman who’s 15 years older than him in and shoot him at obscene distances. Same can be said for Kai, PROFESSIONAL SURFER. So two “bad” actors in the show are professionals in another fields. The rest of cast I thought was amazing. The dialog was unlike anything I’ve seen in modern day television.

It’ll be a shame to see this series go, but at least we got an ending (unlike Huff which just got shut down without any resolve). I can’t give much credit to mass audiences of today, it’s all about flash and trash now, that and American Idol ;).

22. RJ - June 2, 2008 9:28 am

Possibly another great loss. This was by far one of my favorite HBO shows, with many quotes used throughout my day. =) Please say it ain’t so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

23. Andy - June 26, 2008 11:57 pm

I think the show had alot of possibilities and left open many blanks to be filled in later on. There are still so many questions I have that are unanswered. Horrible decision here by HBO. Another season may have answered questions and turned people in favor of the show.

24. Anonymous - July 2, 2008 1:10 pm

Really disappointed JFC is not returning for a second season. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the show and appreciated the mystery, humor and intrigue within the show. I really wanted to learn more about the characters and enjoy their stories.

25. wheres Kate McEnrow when you need her? - July 31, 2008 1:00 pm

Maybe someone could direct those of us who did appreciate the show towards plot answers. There are so many ends that were not sewn up. HBO – shame on you. You could have easily replaced some of your lackluster programing between the hours of 11 pm and 4 am with episodes of JFC.

26. terry wilson jr - September 26, 2008 12:44 am

I think the show was great! A second season should be added.

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