Bill Simmons’ “Any Given Wednesday” has been canceled after four months on HBO, the cable network announced Friday.
The final episode of the weekly sports and current events talk show will air on Wednesday, Nov. 9.
“One of the many reasons I joined HBO was to see if we could create a show built around smart conversations for sports fans and pop culture junkies,” Simmons said in a statement. “We loved making that show, but unfortunately it never resonated with audiences like we hoped. And that’s on me. But I love being a part of HBO’s family and look forward to innovating with them on other ambitious programming ideas over these next several years – both for the network and for digital. With that said, I want to thank the dedicated staff that worked so diligently with me behind the scenes to make this show every week – we hired so many great and talented people and I loved having them in my life. It’s difficult for me to imagine not working with them anymore.”
The weekly talk show was part of a comprehensive overall deal the sporstwriter signed with the premium cable network in July 2015. Simmons created the Bill Simmons Media Group, which is behind a wide range of linear and digital initiatives including the debut of The Ringer website, developing new content and assets.
“HBO is committed to Bill Simmons, and we are excited to bring his unique vision to bear on an array of new programming initiatives under the HBO Sports banner in 2017,” said Peter Nelson, executive vice president, HBO Sports, in a statement. “Bill is an award-winning executive producer in the documentary arena, and we will work closely with him in developing new and engaging content for our subscribers.”