HBO cancels Westworld after four seasons; Netflix renews The Sandman for season 2; Stranger Things Season 5 first episode title revealed


 There are quite a few series and shows making news on OTT currently with either being renewed for new seasons or being canceled. HBO has canceled Westworld after four seasons, while on the other hand, Netflix has renewed The Sandman for season 2 and Stranger Things Season 5 has started filming with the title and release date announced.

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HBO cancels ‘Westworld’ after four seasons

HBO has canceled Westworld after four seasons. The news of the cancellation comes just under three months after the series aired its Season 4 finale on August 14. Reportedly, the streamed called off the series due to a hefty production cost, dwindling viewership and ongoing evaluation of programming across the board at HBO’s new parent, Warner Bros.Discovery.   

Westworld was created by husband-and-wife producing duo Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy and was produced by JJ Abrams. The series starred Evan Rachel Wood, Thandiwe Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Luke Hemsworth, Aaron Paul, Angela Sarafyan and James Marsden. Newcomers for Season 4 included Ariana DeBose, Aurora Perrineau and Daniel Wu.

HBO addressed the shutdown in a statement that said, “Over the past four seasons, Lisa and Jonah have taken viewers on a mind-bending odyssey, raising the bar at every step. We are tremendously grateful to them, along with their immensely talented cast, producers and crew, and all of our partners at Kilter Films, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television. It’s been a thrill to join them on this journey.”

Nolan and Joy also issued their own statement through banner Kilter Films and said, “Making ‘Westworld’ has been one of the highlights of our careers. We are deeply grateful to our extraordinary cast and crew for creating these indelible characters and brilliant worlds. We’ve been privileged to tell these stories about the future of consciousness – both human and beyond – in the brief window of time before our AI overlords forbid us from doing so.”

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‘The Sandman’ renewed for season 2 at Netflix

Netflix has given a go-ahead to the second season of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. Reportedly the streamer is bringing back the comic book adaptation after several reports started surfacing online of the series being cancelled. Gaiman addressed these rumours calling out a fake Twitter account. The renewal confirmation comes after an accidental leak on Wednesday by DC Comics’ official Twitter page. The since deleted tweet read, “The dream continues. [The Sandman] will return with new episodes based on multiple volumes of the Neil Gaiman graphic novel to explore even more stories of the Endless.”

The series is based on Gaiman’s DC Comics series of the same name and stars Tom Sturride, Boyd Holbrook, Vivienne Acheampong, Patton Oswalt, David Thewlis, Gwendoline Christie, Jenna Coleman and Kirby Howell-Baptiste.

Stranger Things season 5: Title of the first episode from finale season revealed

It was Stranger Things Day on November 6, and fans of the Netflix series came together to celebrate it. There were several revelations throughout the day including the title of the first episode of the fifth and the final season of the sci-fi show. The Episode 1 of Stranger Things Season 5 is titled Chapter One: The Crawl and is written by the creators The Duffer Brothers themselves. Stranger Things Day had a lot of fun activities for fans like special screenings across the US movie theatres. Free giveaways, photo ops and exclusive merchandise were available on sale across the globe.  Stranger Things Season 5 will star Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Noah Schnapp (Will), Natalia Dyer (Nancy), Sadie Sink (Max), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Joe Keery (Steve), Priah Ferguson (Erica), and Winona Ryder (Joyce). . Additionally, some of the season four characters, including Eduardo Franco as Argyle and a few others, are anticipated to make a comeback excluding Jamie Campbell Bower as Vecna. New characters are expected to be added in season 5 which is slated to air on Netflix in 2024.

(Source: Twitter/Deadline)