August 14, 2007 / 6:43 AM / 10 years ago

"John" washed up at HBO

<p>Creator and executive producer David Milch answers questions during the panel for the HBO series "John From Cincinnati" at the Television Critics Association 2007 winter press tour in Pasadena, California, January 12, 2007. A day after its first-season finale, HBO on Monday canceled the dark surfing drama. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The wave has crashed for “John From Cincinnati.” A day after its first-season finale, HBO on Monday canceled the dark surfing drama.

Labeled by critics as “strange,” “weird” and “unlikable,” “John” never clicked with viewers despite a strong marketing campaign and such well-known leads as Rebecca De Mornay and Bruce Greenwood.

For the few devoted fans of the show, which David Milch (“Deadwood”) created with “surf noir” author Kem Nunn, the mysterious final line in the season finale -- John saying, “Mother of God, Cass-Kai” over a shot of Kai (Keala Kennelly) surfing -- will remain just that, a mystery.

Meanwhile, HBO is yet to decide the fate of its other summer freshman series, the comedy “Flight of the Conchords.”

It’s been a rough summer for HBO, while basic cable networks have launched a slew of hit new series -- USA Network’s “Burn Notice,” Lifetime’s “Army Wives” and TNT’s “Saving Grace,” all renewed for a second season.

HBO’s upcoming series include the drama “In Treatment,” the comedy “12 Miles of Bad Road” and “True Blood,” the recently picked-up vampire drama by “Six Feet Under” creator Alan Ball.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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