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Bill Simmons: HBO's Any Given Sunday canceled

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HBO canceled Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons, the weekly talk show series created, produced, and hosted by the titular sports and media personality. The network announced the news on Friday, confirming Wednesday, Nov. 9 will mark the finale. 

“One of the many reasons I joined HBO was to see if we could create a show built around smart conversations for sports fans and pop culture junkies,” Simmons said in a statement on the cancellation. “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 these next several years — both for the network and for digital.”

He continued: “With that said, I want to thank the dedicated staff that worked so diligently with me behind the scenes to make this show every week — we hired so many great and talented people and I loved having them in my life. It’s difficult for me to imagine not working with them anymore.” 

Debuting in June with a planned 20-episode first season, Any Given Wednesday revolved around conversations between Simmons and his celebrity guests, including Ben Affleck and Caitlyn Jenner. Simmons has also produced HBO’s Game of Thrones after-show, After the Thrones, hosted by Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan from Simmons’ website The Ringer

Peter Nelson, executive vice president of HBO Sports, reaffirmed the network is “committed to Bill Simmons” and the “array of new programming initiatives” he’ll help produce for HBO Sports in 2017. “Bill is an award-winning executive producer in the documentary arena,” said Nelson, “and we will work closely with him in developing new and engaging content for our subscribers.”