According to Variety, HBO Max also plans to remove The Nevers from its catalog. Joss Whedon created the latter show, which premiered in 2021 and was supposed to premiere the second half of Season 1 next year. Sources told the trade those remaining episodes may air on another platform.
HBO Max’s decision to pull Westworld and The Nevers also follows one announced on the same day, to rescind its Season 2 renewal of the Jake Johnson and Ophelia Lovibond-starring Minx and instead cancel the comedy instead. Season 1 of the show will be removed from the streamer, as will the also-canceled Love Life, which starred Anna Kendrick and William Jackson Harper.
This recent slew of series gutted by HBO Max follows a trend the company started back in August, when it canceled the release of the live-action Batgirl film. The decision was a result of the merger of Warner Bros. and Discovery, as new Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav has initiated a sweeping cost-cutting policy that relies heavily on reducing original content. In the case of Westworld and The Nevers, by removing their catalogs Warner Bros. Discovery will save money on residual payments.
Other shows canceled by WarnerMedia over the last year include The Gordita Chronicles, Tuca & Bertie, Demimonde, Chad, Raised By Wolves, Gentleman Jack, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Made for Love, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, and Snowpiercer, not to mention CNN+.