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Cinemax cancels The Knick after two seasons

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After two seasons of gruesome medical procedures and cinematic historical fiction, The Knick has been canceled by Cinemax, EW has confirmed. Every single one of the show’s 20 episodes was directed by Stephen Soderbergh, who decided to move into prestige cable drama after “retiring” from film directing. Clive Owen starred as Dr. John Thackeray, the chief surgeon at New York City’s Knickerbocker Hospital who balances innovative medical procedures with a crippling drug addiction. Cinemax programming president Kary Antholis clarified the reasons for the cancellation in a statement.

“After a critically acclaimed two-season run of The Knick on Cinemax, we will not be going forward with additional episodes of the series,” Antholis said. “Despite our pride in and affection for the series, as well as our respect for and gratitude towards Steven Soderbergh and his team, we have decided to return Cinemax to its original primetime series fare of high-octane action dramas, many of which will be internationally co-produced.”

There had been plans for a potential season 3, costar Chris Sullivan confirmed to TV Line, but they have been scrapped.

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“Yeah, I’ve heard it’s done,” Sullivan, who played ambulance driver Tom Cleary on the show, told TVLine. “They were gonna try [to do a third season], but I’ve heard it’s done. I kind of love that British style: two seasons of tight, compact, good television. The more episodes you have, the thinner the episodes get. So I kind of dig that.”