HBO‘s offbeat hospital comedy Getting On will end its run with a six-episode third season. The size of the order matches the first and second seasons of the series starring Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash and Mel Rodriguez. HBO brass had been high on the show, an adaptation of the BBC series, which has been a respectable performer. Relying mostly on word-of-mouth — without the benefit of a big marketing campaign, big stars or noisy concept — Getting On has averaged a gross audience of 1.6 million viewers per episode. By successfully keeping the budget at a reasonable level, HBO has been able to keep the well-reviewed series on the air for three seasons.
Adapted by Big Love creators Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer, Getting On follows the staff in the women’s geriatric long-term care ward of a dysfunctional Long Beach, CA, hospital as they battle the medical bureaucracy. Juggling topics like the corporatization of hospice care and female fecal incontinence, the workplace comedy’s primary focus is the complicated relationships of the nurses and doctors who care for their aging patients and one another in their own imperfect, very human and darkly comedic way.
Olsen and Scheffer exec produce alongside Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, Geoff Atkinson, Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlon and Vicki Pepperdine. On the half-hour side, HBO has new series The Brink and Ballers coming up.