‘Hap & Leonard’ Canceled By SundanceTV After Three Rollicking Seasons

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After three seasons on SundanceTV, Hap and Leonard won’t be getting another kick at the East Texas can, it seems

The cancellation of the James Purefoy and Michael Kenneth Williams led series based on Joe R. Lansdale’s nuanced and rollicking 1980s set novels of two mainly unlucky Lone Star state buddies’ misadventures came today from the AMC owned net.

“It has been an honor to share the adventures of Hap and Leonard with SundanceTV viewers,” a spokesman for the station told Deadline on Monday. “We thank the talented cast and crew who brought Joe Lansdale’s stories to life including John Wirth, Jim Mickle, Jeremy Platt and Linda Moran — and the extraordinarily talented Michael K Williams and James Purefoy. We aired three successful seasons of the show and are proud of the topics and relationships it explored.”

With race, sexuality, family, corruption, faith and that often undiscussed subject of the American class system among those topics explored on the noir-ish series since its March 2, 2016 debut, Hap and Leonard became the highest rated original series in Sundance TV’s history. Part of that allure was the great dynamic between Rome alum Purefoy and The Wire vet Williams in their portrayal of the two very different blue collar middle age pals. Stumbling into detective work of sorts, the three seasons of six episodes each drew from Lansdale’s Savage Season, Mucho Mojo and The Two-Bear Mambo books.

Not long after Season 3 ended on April 11, Lansdale began an ultimately unsuccessful social media effort to save the show:

Today, the author voiced his loss with the end of the series:

Executive producer Jeremey Platt also took to social media on Monday night, as did co-creator Jim Mickle and showrunner John Wirth:

In the end, it was Hap and Leonard itself that perhaps said goodbye best, at least online:

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