Shocker: HBO Passes on The Corrections

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In a surprising move, HBO has decided not to move forward with its starry series adaptation of The Corrections.

The cabler made the decision after viewing the pilot, which boasted an enviable cast including Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest.

Based on the acclaimed Jonathan Franzen novel, The Corrections centers on an elderly Midwest couple (Cooper and Wiest) and their three children who look back on their lives together from the mid-20th century to their final Christmas.

Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) directed the pilot and co-wrote the script with Franzen.



Comments (46)

  • Bummer — I only have HBO.
    Now watch it land on Showtime.

    Comment by PhillyWings – May 1, 2012 01:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I guess there wasn’t enough boobs in the pilot :P

    Comment by kavyn – May 1, 2012 01:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • or enough bad language! Seems it’s a requirement for cable shows now.

      Comment by rubytu – May 1, 2012 01:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • good one!!

      Comment by Javiera – May 1, 2012 01:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • or enough doggy style

      Comment by Sammy the K (@hkmadman) – May 1, 2012 01:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Nah there were boobs. Unfortunately they belonged to Maggie gyllenhaal. Even hbo gagged at the sight of maghag’s fried-eggs-on-a-nail mammary glands. Hag popped her boob for the attention all over NYC, and scared even the rats

      Comment by Mike – May 5, 2012 03:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Boo, HBO! I loved that book and I love Ewan McGregor and that would have been great!

    Comment by Susan V – May 1, 2012 01:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I like Ewan, but really dislike creepy Maggie G [and her creepy brother] so I’m Ok with this.

      Comment by Kirk – May 1, 2012 02:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Strange, I find them the opposite of creepy.

        Comment by Tarc – May 1, 2012 02:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • They’re both majorly creepy and untalented plastic surgery victims who only got where they are because of nepotism

        Comment by Mike – May 5, 2012 03:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well, it sounds boring.

    Comment by Velvet – May 1, 2012 01:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They passed on Ewan McGregor? Fools! Will it end up somewhere else now?

    Comment by Leah – May 1, 2012 01:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well… maybe it sucked? Just because there’s a couple big names in something doesn’t mean it is going to be great. I only get HBO right now for True Blood during the summer anyway.. and if this season isn’t better I’m stopping that too!

    Comment by Danielle H – May 1, 2012 01:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Smart move. “The Corrections” was a depressing version of “All in the Family.” I can’t imagine people wanting to see a depressing soap opera about a bitter, mean old man and his screwed up family.

    Comment by Ahs – May 1, 2012 01:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This isn’t the first time. I’m still surprised they didn’t give “12 Miles of Bad Road” a shot – especially since they had a bunch of episodes in the can.

    Comment by John Berggren – May 1, 2012 01:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wanted Ewan on my television. Potentially naked. This sucks.

    Comment by Minnie – May 1, 2012 01:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Potentially? Please. I’d make it a requirement!

      Comment by Stephanie – May 1, 2012 02:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I second that. :)

      Comment by JenniferK – May 1, 2012 03:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Just watch him in “Young Adam”. Plenty o’ naked Ewan in that film. Yumsville!

      Comment by Nik – May 1, 2012 04:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Franzen is wildly overrated, HBO made a good call.

    Comment by Nicole – May 1, 2012 01:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That’s too bad; I was really looking forward to that. Incredible cast.

    Comment by Harper – May 1, 2012 01:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • HBO also passed up on a Sarah Michelle Gellar series a few years back called The Wonderful Maladys.

    Comment by ilny83 – May 1, 2012 02:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maybe it was really bad?
    Otherwise it could be another “Mad Men” for HBO.

    Comment by Anna – May 1, 2012 02:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Will it go to another channel? With a cast like that I’m sure there are lots of channels into it..

    Comment by Martim – May 1, 2012 02:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That is unless members of the cast won’t work the project on another channel. HBO still has more cachet for big Hollywood stars than *any* other network.

      Comment by John Berggren – May 1, 2012 02:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • On the one hand, it IS very surprising to see them reject a show with that kind of cast. Still, it would’ve been a very difficult adaption to do properly, and I’m not sure four seasons of ten hourlong episodes of television were the proper way to do it. If anything, I think it would’ve worked better as a miniseries. So it’s a bit of a disappointment that we won’t get to see what those actors could’ve done with those characters, but ultimately I don’t think it’s a devastating loss. And they have that new cop show to take Luck’s place come January, so schedule-wise they’re fine.

    I do hope that HBO can get McGreggor to work with them again, though. I’d love to see him in one of their drama series.

    Comment by Superhero – May 1, 2012 02:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yeah, HBO aren’t stupid. If they saw a hit it would have been picked up. Obviously something didn’t click.

    Comment by withoutacape – May 1, 2012 03:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Really withoutacape? FYI: HBO turned down Mad Men. AMC picked it up. The rest as the saying goes is history. HBO is not perfect . Here’s hoping that Showtime picks it up.

      Comment by Tania – May 1, 2012 04:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • But they green lighted and renewed “Girls” the worst TV Series ever with the ugliest female cast ever. Executives should be drug tested!

    Comment by Hershon – May 1, 2012 04:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There are all kinds of wrong with your comment. In fact, it speaks negatively about you.

      Comment by Tania – May 1, 2012 04:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Drug tested? Really? Girls is a fantastic show. Clearly you watched about three and half minutes and turned it off because you didn’t have any masturbation material. Which is actually strange considering two out of the four leads are quite stereotypically very pretty, while the other two are just fine very realistic portrayals of all different types of, ahem, girls. Fool.

      Comment by YowzaPowza – May 1, 2012 05:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like the show, “Girls”!

    Comment by Kristin S. – May 1, 2012 04:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good! Here’s hoping it’s picked up by a non-premium cable channel.

    Comment by susela – May 1, 2012 04:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s amazing that they renew Girls which is without question the worst show in cable television history and pass in this.

    Comment by JJ – May 1, 2012 04:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I guess there weren’t enough children of semi-famous people featured in it.

    Comment by S – May 1, 2012 05:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Meanwhile, they picked up a show with the unwatchably bad Matthew McConaughey in the lead.

    Comment by Behzad – May 1, 2012 05:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Very interesting that they passed on this but decided to move forward with that horrible sounding Matthew McConaughey show. This seems to have a much longer life to it than a single stand alone mystery a la The Killing. But who really knows? It all looked great on paper. Maybe the end result just wasn’t that good. Either way, I’d love to be able to find this online at some point.

    Comment by YowzaPowza – May 1, 2012 05:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’ll be honest…Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in an HBO series playing cops sounds far more interesting than the show they just canned.

      Comment by Tony H. – May 1, 2012 06:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yes!! Totally agree. We really do need more cop shows.

        Comment by sarcastic troll – May 2, 2012 03:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They should just bring back Oz. That’s what I want to see

    Comment by Chad Cronin (@ChadCronin) – May 1, 2012 06:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • HBO targets the hipsters and the wannabe hipsters (all 850 000 of you that watch Girls). Would the hipsters and wannabes watch a show about a old couple in the Midwest? Not even if Maggie Gyllenhaal was in all the scenes it could get all the 850 000 wannabe hipsters to watch.

    Comment by coord38n27w – May 2, 2012 02:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Sooooo, I’m guessing your word of the day toilet paper just landed on ‘hipsters’. Amiright?

      Comment by sarcastic troll – May 2, 2012 03:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • No. Activity for the day is fishing for wannabe hipsters. Got one.

        Comment by coord38n27w – May 2, 2012 06:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m really shocked they’d pass on a show with a cast like this but the premise sounds mindnumbingly boring so that might be why. I think “True Detectives” with McConaughey and Harrelson sounds fantastic though!

    Comment by Sam – May 2, 2012 06:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It could also be $$. McGregor + Gylenhall + Cooper + Weist + Franzen = big money. Add potentially low ratings due to the subject matter into the equation and their decision makes more sense.

    Comment by zakspeak – May 2, 2012 01:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Stellar cast except for Maggie gaggenhaal – ms plastic surgery victim

    Comment by Mike – May 5, 2012 03:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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