‘Perry Mason’ canceled by HBO after 2 seasons

EXCLUSIVE: Perry Mason has tried his last case — at least for now. HBO has opted not to renew the prequel to the classic series, starring Matthew Rhys and produced by Robert Downey Jr. and Team Downey’s Susan Downey, for a third season. The news comes a month and a half after the Season 2 finale debuted on April 24.

“We are extremely grateful for the outstanding work of Matthew Rhys and the unrivaled cast and crew of Perry Mason for their reimagining of such a treasured and legendary franchise,” HBO said in a statement to Deadline. Team Downey on future projects.”

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Speaking ahead of the Season 2 finale, Downey Jr. opened up about the prospect of a third season. “I mean, wouldn’t that be nice?” he told Deadline. “I think Matthew and all of the other people who populate it on screen, all of our people behind the scenes, have built this incredible world that I know we could continue to tell some really interesting stories about. We’d be lying if we didn’t say that we’ve certainly talked a lot to Michael about a third season, but our destiny rests in the hands of others.

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A few weeks ago, HBO’s head of drama Francesca Orsi spoke to Deadline about the ongoing “viewership vs. budget” review of several sophomore series, including Perry Mason.

“Each program has a job to do, given the price it is given, and there is an audience. component, and there’s an element of critical response to that and of course, the buzzy nature of a show. These are the elements that we always keep in mind and discuss in relation to whether or not to continue a show,” she said. “This takes into account Perry MasonFor winning timefor example, for Golden ageso we have to play it all and see how well they do.

Perry Mason remains an awards contender for HBO this year. Its first season earned four Emmy nominations, including Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Rhys.

In season 2, Set in the worst year of the Depression, Perry (Rhys) and Della (Juliet Rylance) pursue civil cases instead of the tumultuous work that criminal law entails. A case open and closed goes beyond the city of Los Angeles, and Perry’s quest for justice reveals that all is not always as it seems. The Season 2 finale ended on a cliffhanger, with Perry in jail.

Jack Amiel and Michael Begler were writers and co-showrunners. The series is based on the characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner.

“We are really proud of Perry Mason and I loved working with Team Downey and Michael Begler this season on the show,” Orsi said. “I’m really proud of what we delivered for Season 2.”

Team Downey’s HBO Projects Include Upcoming Series The sympathizer, in which Downey Jr. plays four characters.

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