HBO: ‘High Maintenance’ Cancelled


Huuuuuuuuuuuge mistake, HBO. You done fucked it up.

Quick story: my mate Griffo (@contemporarary) and I were bar hopping from Times Square down the west side in the summer of 2014, and we popped into this random bar whose customers were mostly 50+ and Black. We ordered some drinks and I put some money in the jukebox. The jukebox was was one of those set-ups where the house music would fade out when anyone put money in it. I didn’t realise this until the music that was playing went quiet and everyone groaned and looked at me—the person tampering with the vibe by putting music on the jukebox. The first song I picked was Elton John’s ‘Benny and the Jets’, and, to my relief, this got a general nod of approval from the punters. A stylish woman in her 60s danced over to commend me on my song choice. Unfortunately, the next song I’d selected was ‘The Boy with the Thorn in His Side’ by The Smiths. The lady came over again and shook her head. ‘You done fucked it up,’ she said and walked away. Griffo, God bless him, never tires of telling this story. Now, that’s the self-indulgent personal anecdote out of the way, let’s move on to High Maintenance.

So, it seems HBO has cancelled my favourite series, High Maintenance (which I gush about here), after only four seasons. High Maintenance was picked up by HBO in 2016 and received rave reviews from critics and viewers alike. It maintains a ‘Certified Fresh’ rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. So, why are they not renewing the contract? According to a statement from HBO, the show’s creators have done fucked it up and made the decision not to do a fifth season:

‘Co-creators Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair (The Guy) have decided to take a break from producing High Maintenance to pursue other projects. We look forward to hearing what they come up with next.’

Maybe Blichfeld and Sinclaire are doing that thing where you duck out before your show has a chance to suck. Gervaise and Merchant did it with one of the most-watched shows in television history: The Office UK. That only ran two seasons before they pulled it to create Extras, which was another huge success (and, again, only two seasons). Fingers crossed Blichfeld and Sinclaire have got something cool in mind. Good luck beating High Maintenance, though. It’s so fuckin’ good.

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