HBO has pulled the plug on Bill Simmons’ Any Given Wednesday. The final edition will air November 9.
Any Given Wednesday debuted in June. Despite having plenty of star power — Malcolm Gladwell, Ben Affleck, Aaron Rodgers, Nas, Bob Costas and many more appeared as guests — Simmons admitted the show didn’t catch on.
“One of the many reasons I joined HBO was to see if we could create a show built around smart conversations for sports fan and pop culture junkies,” said Simmons, 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 the next several years — both for the network and for digital.”
HBO expressed full support of Simmons despite the cancellation.
“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 vp of HBO Sports. “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.”