Originally Posted by comfynumb
I couldn't hardly believe this when I heard about it, I'm really bummed out. How are they going to wrap all this up in 13 episodes? There's much more that happened in the real life story so I'm confused as to why they cancelled it, and the problem isn't ratings.
the problem is that BE doesn't get the same amount of buzz, awards or ratings as some of HBO's other dramas (GoT, True Blood, the upcoming True Detective)...plus it's an expensive show to produce...lastly HBO has some new tent pole type of dramas in the pipeline that they think are going to be big- Westworld, Guillermo Del Toro's 'Monster' and The Leftovers (American Gods was recently dropped by HBO otherwise that would also be included)
in my opinion BE was a very good show but stopped just short of all time greatness...the acting, historical detail and costumes were second to none...Terrence Winter was also a great showrunner...but the show overall was uneven and never took that final step...it could have been better and frankly should have been with all the talent involved...in the HBO pantheon of great shows it won't go down with The Wire, Deadwood, Sopranos but is firmly on that 2nd tier
when Michael Pitt (Jimmy) was written out of the show (rumors are that the actor was very difficult to work with) the show lost its way a bit...it was obvious from the beginning he was a major role and they had big plans for him...killing him off forced the show to adjust which they did to a point but it was still very obvious how much Jimmy's shadow hung over the show...even this past season they were trying to create a new Jimmy with Eli's son...and they were still telling his story through Gillian and the discovery of his body in the woods...add to that the disparate stories of Capone, Rothstein, Lucciano etc which never got the attention they deserved and BE was a show that should have been better