HBO’s Animals will not return for fourth season
Deadline has brought word that the animated HBO comedy Animals will not be returning for a fourth season as the premium cable network has cancelled the series.
Animals focuses on the downtrodden creatures native to Earth’s least-habitable environment: New York City. Whether it’s lovelorn rats, gender-questioning pigeons or aging bedbugs in the midst of a midlife crisis, the awkward small talk, moral ambiguity and existential woes of non-human urbanites prove startlingly similar to our own. Matarese and Luciano executive produce, write and direct all the episodes, and voice many of the characters on the show.
The third season finale, which aired on October 5, drew in 200,000 viewers in the live+same day ratings, which marked only a slight drop from the second season finale, but was clearly enough for HBO to give the highly-reviewed series the axe.
Guests on the first two seasons include: A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Jessica Chastain, Danny McBride, Mark Duplass, Demetri Martin, Jay Duplass, Nick Kroll, Chelsea Peretti, Tom Lennon, Jason Mantzoukas, Mitch Hurwitz, Jonah Hill, Emilia Clarke, Jason Alexander, Ice-T, Michael Rapaport, Harmony Korine, Katie Aselton, Lauren Lapkus, Ben Schwartz, Adam Pally, Gil Ozeri, Mary Holland, Erin Whitehead, Jon Lovitz, Ty Segall, Tim Heidecker, Jon Daly, Andy Dick, RuPaul Charles, John Early, Dan Harmon, Dino Stamatopoulos, Josh Fadem, Judy Greer, Michael Pitt, Vincent Pastore, Fred Armisen, Jim Rash, Tony Hale, Rachael Ray, Whoopi Goldberg, Big Boi, Killer Mike, Usher, Kesha, Neil Casey, Kim Gordon, Kurt Vile, Steve Zissis, Matt Walsh, Rob Corddry, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Aukerman, Molly Shannon, Adam Scott, Aziz Ansari, Ellie Kemper, Kumail Nanjiani, Marc Maron, Pete Holmes, Horatio Sanz, Cobie Smulders, Wanda Sykes, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, John Witherspoon, Melanie Lynskey and Thomas Middleditch.
The animation for Animals was created with Dan Harmon’s Starburns Industries, the studio known for the TV series Rick & Morty and the feature film Anomalisa.
Animals. was created by Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano. The executive producers are Mark Duplass & Jay Duplass; Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano are executive producers, directors, writers and voices; Jen Roskind is co-executive producer; and James Fino, Joe Russo II and Kenny Mickka are producers.