HBO fans have grown furious with the network after they canceled a popular show.
The creator has made a desperate plea to save the series months before it officially ended.
On Sunday, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty has officially been canceled.
HBO axed the series after only two seasons.
Winning Time was based on the book, Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s by Jeff Pearlman.
The show focused on the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team and their success and failures in the early 1980s.
The announcement came just minutes after the network aired the finale on Sunday.
Season 2 began on August 6.
Those who worked on the show shared their thoughts on social media.
Director Salli Richardson shared a photo of herself lying on the floor of the locker room to Instagram.
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She captioned the post: “When you give it everything you’ve got, you can have no regrets. I hope you enjoy the last episode of @winningtimehbo I am sure I will do many more hours of TV and hopefully many features in my future, but I can say that at this moment in time I am most proud of the work we did on this masterful show..”
Co-creator Max Borenstein took to X, formerly Twitter, to let fans know it was the end.
“Not the ending that we had in mind. But nothing but gratitude and love. #winningtime,” he tweeted.
‘WHAT A JOKE’
Fans flocked to X to express their disappointment over Winning Time being canceled.
“Canceling my HBO subscription for ending your best show on your platform, give the show almost 0 advertisements and expect it to succeed in numbers, what are you doing HBO. #WinningTime,” wrote one fan.
“Just finished the #WinningTime finale and ending on a minute long epilogue covering the last 6 years of the era is heartbreaking. I’m gonna miss this show man,” said another.
A third added: “Legitimately sad #WinningTime is over.”
“HBO is a joke. They have lost total sight of what the brand is about. Canceled one of the most entertaining shows since the pandemic. #WinningTime deserved better,” tweeted one X user.
“Coming from someone who doesn’t like sports #WinningTime is one of best shows on HBO. F**K HBO for canning a fantastic show and series,” said a furious fan.
Many other fans said they hope another Network or streaming platform picks it up.
In August, author Jeff has reached out to the show’s fan base to try it.
He shared that due to the SAG-AFTRA strike, production shut down and the future of the show has been put in jeopardy,
Jeff spoke out on X, saying: “And to be blunt, I’m worried there won’t be a season three.
“And it’s not about me. I’m fine. It’s about a cast of amazing young actors who live this. So, seriously, tell your friends to support Winning Time and show HBO you want it to continue.”
The writer also told his followers that Winning Time “needs eyeballs and views to survive.”
Jeff said: “I brought it up before on my feed. We really need people to watch this show.
“It is not a lock that there will be a Season 3 of Winning Time. And we need the ratings to improve. We need eyeballs.
He ended: “It’s how they measure the success of the show.”