HBO cancels sci-fi drama ‘Westworld’ after four seasons

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Associated press

LOS ANGELES — HBO has unplugged “Westworld,” its Emmy-winning sci-fi drama.

The series’ cancellation came less than three months after its fourth season wrapped in August. The cast included Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Aaron Paul and Thandiwe Newton. Newton won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in 2018, and the series has received more than 50 nominations and won nine Television Academy Awards.

In a statement Friday, HBO thanked series creators and executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy for taking “viewers on a mind-blowing odyssey, raising the bar every step of the way,” and praised the cast and crew.” immensely talented.”

In October, Nolan told The Hollywood Reporter that he hoped HBO would order a fifth season to properly wrap up the series that debuted in 2016 as a ratings hit for the cable channel. Viewership dropped in the third season and again in the fourth.

Like the 1973 film that inspired it, also titled “Westworld”, the series was initially set in a Western-style amusement park that allowed guests to fulfill their fantasies using androids. The show then expanded into a global conflict between artificial intelligence and humans.

“We were privileged to tell these stories about the future of consciousness – both human and beyond – in the brief window of time before our AI overlords forbade us to do so,” said Nolan and Joy’s Kilter Films in a statement.

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