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All the Shows and Movies Secretly Removed from HBO Max

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Amidst the restructuring, synergy and future combination of HBO Max and Discovery+ into a new entity, HBO Max recently decided that some of its quality programming doesn’t need to be shown to its audience. Over the past few weeks, HBO Max has been quietly removing several HBO and HBO Max Originals from its streaming service, in addition to almost completely canceling finished movies.

With more cuts likely in the future, let’s take a look at some of the movies and TV shows that HBO Max definitely doesn’t need to be on their service lately.

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an american pickle

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Based on the short story “Sell Out” man seeking woman And miracle worker creator simon rich, an american pickle Herschel follows Greenbaum (Seth Rogen), who falls into a pickle basket in 1919, and wakes up a century later in New York City to find his descendant Ben (also played by Rogen). Rogen’s dual roles add an unexpected sweetness to this strange tale, and bring a lovely warmth to a concept that could have been too silly for its own good. an american pickle Was one of the top 20 most-watched movies from the subscription video-on-demand service, beating Netflix Spencer ConfidentialHulu’s Palm SpringsAnd this Tom Hanks-starring grizzly dog on Apple TV+.

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At Home with Amy Sedaris

amy sedaris‘ Surrealists take on the homemaking show, At Home with Amy Sedaris It ran for three seasons on truTV and even received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Variety Sketch Program. Shortly before the show aired on HBO Max, TruTV canceled the show. At Home with Amy Sedaris It never earned huge ratings on truTV, but it made it an ideal show for streaming, especially with an extensive and impressive lineup of guest stars. Justin Theroux, Michael ShannonAnd john earlyJust to name a few. At home It was the kind of weird show that viewers would eventually get hooked on streaming, but now, they won’t get a chance.

To encamp

after the success of girlsthe creator Lena Dunham And Jenny Konner It was an American adaptation of the British series of the same name, which lasted only one season. While the 2018 series did not have as much critical or commercial reception as girlsIt’s a little odd that HBO Max wouldn’t keep it on its service, especially considering the fantastic ensemble cast that includes jennifer garner, David Tennant, for all Mankind‘s arturo del puerto, Juliet Lewis, Ion Skye, this is us, Chris Sullivan, Brett GelmanAnd Zola the director janicza bravo, Considering major projects many members of this cast came later To encampIt’s little surprise there isn’t some runaway interest in this packed cast.

piece of paper

in hindsight, piece of paper That might be one of the first signs of really big changes to come. piece of paperstarring and produced by nasim pedrado, It originally aired on TBS and was renewed for a second season just a month after the premiere. But in July 2022, the day the second season was to premiere, it was announced that piece of paper was canceled and will not air on TBS. The show briefly appeared on HBO Max, and was, unfortunately, one of the shows that was secretly taken off the service. While it’s still shocking that HBO Max won’t release movies that are almost entirely finished, piece of paper It was probably the first sign of things to come.

charm city kings

Another surprising recent absence, given the amount of talent attached to the film. charm city kings, about 14 years old, who wants to join a group of Baltimore dirt bike riders known as The Midnight Click. of 2020 charm city kings was well received, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and was executive produced by Will Smith And Jada Pinkett Smith, charm city kings starred Jahi D’Alo Winston, Meek MillAnd Teyona ParisoBut perhaps the most interesting is that post-charm city kingsthe director Angel Manuel Soto was hired to direct blue beetle The film for HBO Max, which is still due for release in August 2023. fingers cross blue beetle does not face the same end result as bat girl,


to like To encamp, just There was another one-season show from a creator that had had previous success at HBO. allen ballcoming out of the successes of six feet Under And true Blood, created another series around a family, this time, a multiracial family in Portland, who didn’t take on like Ball’s previous shows. But watching the starred show holly hunter And Tim RobbinsAnd given Ball’s otherwise great track record with HBO, it’s odd that even he couldn’t make it through the cuts without completing it.

K Street

In the early 2000s, it seemed that with shows like the Sopranos, six feet Under, ozAnd WireHBO could do no wrong. However, between all these hits came K Streetwhich lasted only one season and starred out of all people, James Carville And Mary Matlin as himself, and included John Slattery beforecrazy man And Mary McCormack, once again, K Street comes from a filmmaker who has a good reputation with HBO Max, as Steven Soderbergh Created and directed the series. Soderbergh’s latest movies, like no sudden moves And km released exclusively on HBO Max, and while K Street Definitely Not Cash Because He Has Few Movies On The Service, It’s Weird That HBO Max Would Want low Soderbergh.

Stop it

Stop it from the director Doug Liman and author steven knight, was suffering from the fact that the audience didn’t want entertainment about the shutdown during the pandemic. starring Anne Hathaway And Chiwetel Ejiofor As a couple from London who are ready to end things, still stuck in their flat together in quarantine, Stop it Its second run was slightly more successful, when it became a film about a department store heist. Liman is doing his best Soderbergh effect here, and with a cast that also has Stephen Merchant, Mindy Kaling, Lucy Boynton, Ben Stiller, ben kingleyAnd dual shake, Stop it Looks like it should have run for over 19 months on HBO Max.


Most recent title to be pulled from HBO Max, moonshot Only managed to run on the streaming service for over four months. Science-fiction about a college student (Lana Condor) and a barista (cole sprouse) Sneak on a spacecraft to Mars. whereas moonshot seemed more style than substance, that it’s really wild Chris WinterbauerThe movie had only a few months to prove itself before it was dropped from HBO Max.

Mrs. Fletcher

taking into account the pedigree of Mrs. Fletchera series created by the leftovers, tom perrottastarring Katherine Hannoand with episodes directed by enough said‘s Nicole Holofcener, Carrie BrownsteinAnd clear baby‘s Gillan Robespierre, Mrs. Fletcher Looks exactly like what many people may have finally discovered on HBO Max. Hahn played Mrs. Fletcher, who experiences a mid-life crisis/sexual awakening after her son goes to college. Before even appearing in Haan, Hahn received good reviews. i know it’s very true, wandavisionAnd Shrink Next Door, And yes, it is an absolute ridicule to make people laugh less.


Another show that had an excellent lineage of creators and cast that never did as HBO hoped runcreated Vicky Jones– who directed phoebe waller-bridgestage production of fleabag, run always acted great merit weaver And domhnall gleeson, who made a pact that if one of them recited “RUN” to the other, they would both give up their lives and meet at Grand Central Terminal and travel to America together. Seventeen years after making that pact, the two meet on a train and explore their present lives to see where they could have gone. whereas run Had a promising premise, the show never found its rhythm. one season might be enough for runBut for fans of Weaver, Gleason, and Waller-Bridge—who also had a recurring role—it was a fun single-season show worth watching.


It’s probably not a good idea to make a movie around the most average person on earth, Carol (played by Melissa McCarthy), let’s cast alone james warden As an AI is trying to decide whether he should save or destroy the human race, Carol is left with the man trying to prove Earth is worth saving. While McCarthy’s collaboration with her husband and director ben falcone It’s hard to ignore the brilliant cast of Haven’t Been the Most Seriously Dear superintendencewhich includes Bobby Cannavale, Brian Tyre Henry, jean smart, Sam RichardsonAnd Michael Beach, But less than two years after its release, superintendence Can’t be seen anywhere online.


Arguably the biggest disappointment on this list vinylA show that had huge expectations when it debuted in 2016. manufactured by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, rich cohenAnd Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter, vinyl Watch a record executive (played by Cannavale) lasted only one season. Like many other titles on this list, vinylFinally, there’s an incredible cast that includes Jack Quaid, Ray Romano, Juno TempleAnd Olivia Wildeand with a pilot episode directed by Martin ScorseseThere’s no doubt that fans of these artists, and especially Scorsese, will have checked this out at some point.

the witches

In September 2021, Netflix acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company, which may explain why the HBO Max adaptation the witches Didn’t survive the company’s recent cuts. Another remarkably great cast and crew, the witches was directed by Forrest Gump Academy Award Winner Robert Zemeckisand co-written by Zemeckis, black-ish creator Kenya BarrisAnd guillermo del toro, Another title that featured outstanding performers, the witches starred Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Chris RockAnd Kristin Chenoweth, Again, the witches Didn’t receive the greatest reception from critics, with many calling 1990 . liked to Nicolas Roeg adaptation, but Dahl and Zemeckis alone have enough fans to make one think it would have been safe.

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