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CODES OF CONDUCT and CRUSHED Not Up To Code For HBO

By Jef Dinsmore on Mar 8, 2016 to Codes of Conduct, HBO News

SteveMcQueen_CodesofConductFor a network that has promised an increase in content it sure has been turning away considered works. Steve McQueen’s CODES OF CONDUCT has now been dropped as a series for HBO. Now, of course we haven’t seen a frame of footage from the pilot, but come on, HBO has aired such works as ARLI$$, HUNG and JOHN FROM CINCINNATI so surely they could have worked with McQueen to get this series, either full run or limited, to the screen?

I mean what happened to it? It already had a green light to be a limited series of six episodes all to be directed by the Oscar nominated McQueen with Devon Terrell, Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Dano & Rebecca Hall cast. You can read the details we had for this show that could have been. There has been no quote we could find to explain why it was dropped. Now we haven’t entered the latest entertainment debate but could we cite a lack of diversity here?  Not only has CODES OF CONDUCT been dropped but we already reported that BROTHERS FROM ATLANTA didn’t make the cut. But we will still have Issa Rae in INSECURE yet this year.

Also not appearing on HBO is CRUSHED, yet another black-centric show. We lift from one of our Development Slate pieces the following info:

So, what is CRUSHED? It is a fish-out-of-water story that follows a family’s unorthodox approach to wine making when an African American stumbles upon a successful wine business in the Napa Valley.

We never heard more about it until recently when we found out Hulu was picking it up after HBO passed on it a while ago. It leaves us all to wonder when HBO is going to begin increasing that content. Perhaps they are just going to subtitle international HBO content for U. S. audiences instead of increasing the number of new shows produced in the States. Stay tuned, something has got to stick soon.

(Source: Shadow and Act

  • Jef Dinsmore

    I think all that seems pretty clear. My question is whether they got the balls to venture off Sunday night with their original series.

  • DF_890

    They announced they would increase production this year which I expect means it won’t show up in their airing schedule until 2017. As it stands they should still have wall to wall new programming on Sundays in 2016 ie. VInyl>Thrones>The Night Of>Westworld>Leftovers with no breaks in between. I think the dead air we saw for the first 6 weeks of 2016 is not something we will see again from HBO.

    Next year they already have Vinyl S2 (10), Game of Thrones S7 (10), a likely second season of Westworld (10), and The Deuce S1 (10). That is 40 Sundays locked in. You also have Big Little Lies (7) and American Lion (3). That puts them at 50. So I don’t think you’ll see any dead air from HBO in 2017 either.

    Where it gets interesting is which additional dramas/miniseries they might order/buy and how they will find room for it on an already packed schedule.

    They’ve got a pilot order out to Jason Katim’s “Us” which I had heard was due to shoot at the end of March but with the lack of any new info it might also have been revoked in the recent reshuffling. Same thing for the Alec Baldwin NYC mayor pilot.

    However even if those pilots are dead, they do have “Recruiters” from Kathryn Bigelow and “Capitol Hill” both still scheduled to shoot in the summer. You also have True Detective lurking in the background. I’d also expect HBO to be one of the favourites to win the bidding war for “Sharp Objects” the miniseries from Jean Marc Vallee. And I’m sure there are other projects being shopped around and other pilots that will be ordered from HBO in the coming months which we don’t know about that could debut in 2017.

    • billy

      the young pope (limited 8 episodes) should be finished filming very soon

  • Jojocotto

    Argh!!!! I was really looking forward to this. I hope he can shop it to a streaming outlet.

    On another note, I expect the increased content output the network has touted will be entirely made up of new Vice, Jon Stewart and Bill Simmons streaming content. They seem to be content with the number of series they’re doing and maybe that will eventually increase but I’m not expecting to see more than about 12 different scripted series per year.










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