The decision was made five episodes into the HBO comedy’s eight-episode second season: The April 10 Season 2 finale of Togetherness will serve as a series finale for the underrated comedy created by Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass and Steve Zissis.
”Although we have decided not to proceed with another season of Togetherness, we look forward to continuing our strong creative collaboration with the talented Jay and Mark Duplass,” HBO said in a statement to Deadline.
The Duplass brothers, who have an overall deal with HBO, also executive produce the network’s animated series Animals, which is in the middle of a two-season pickup.
Togetherness has enjoyed solid support at HBO, earning a second-season renewal based on its creative. It was well received by critics and developed a devoted following among a core group of fans. But despite an encouraging initial sampling — the modest 427,000 Live+Same Day viewership for its series premiere grew to more than 2.6 million on various HBO platforms — the relationship show wasn’t able to attract a wider audience the way other HBO comedies like Silicon Valley, Ballers and Veep have done, or have a pop culture impact like Girls. Season to date in Year 2, its original episodes have drawn an average of 330,000 viewers in Live+SD.
Togetherness, which explores marriage and friendship through the lives of two couples living under one roof on the fringes of Los Angeles, stars Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey, Zissis and Amanda Peet.
New HBO comedy series coming up include the Sarah Jessica Parker-starrer Divorce, Danny McBride and Jody Hill’s Vice Principals, Issa Rae’s Insecure, and Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes‘ Crashing. The network also has one more season of Girls and Bill Hader’s hot half-hour pilot Barry.