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Any Given Wednesday Cancelled: HBO Quickly Axes Bill Simmons Talk Show

HBO is sending Bill Simmons’ sports talk show to the bench.

The network has cancelled Simmons’ Any Given Wednesday after just four months on the air, our sister site Variety is reporting. The final episode will air next Wednesday, Nov. 9. Wednesday, which saw Simmons opine on the week’s top sports stories and interview guests from both sports and pop culture, struggled to find an audience on Wednesday nights; last week’s airing pulled in a measly 82,000 viewers.

With a strong fan base from his years writing as “The Sports Guy” for ESPN, Simmons seemed like a good bet for HBO. (The network signed Simmons to a reported 3-year, $20 million deal after he left ESPN.) But aside from an early episode with fellow Boston fan Ben Affleck cursing out NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for suspending Tom Brady, Wednesday has barely made a blip since its June 22 premiere. And the ratings have been dreadful, by any measure:

Simmons will continue to oversee his sports/pop-culture website The Ringer, in which HBO is a investor.

Did you enjoy Any Given Wednesday? Or should Bill Simmons stick to writing? Hit the comments and share your thoughts. 

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  1. Disappointed_In_Shameless_EP says:

    Best news all week

  2. Walkie says:

    Bill came into that job way too cocky.

    • Disappointed_In_Shameless_EP says:

      That’s just Bill Simmons being Bill Simmons – ever since ESPN legitimized him as more than just a boston sports fan…

  3. Guy says:

    This was on TV?

  4. Kim S. says:

    I’ve been a fan of Bill’s for many years. Love his writing and how he mixes sports with pop culture. However, I couldn’t get into his show. Part of the problem for me as a woman was that he hardly had any women guests. Maybe 2 or 3 during the whole run?

  5. jericho says:

    Couldn’t have happened to a more fitting person.

  6. popeye013 says:

    Good. Cannot abide this arrogant ass! Why HBO thought he’d be a good bet is beyond me! Still, they’re allowed to make one mistake a year right?!…..

  7. I had the misfortune to translate Bill’s pointless blah-blah for the local HBO (Bulgaria) and dare to say that I haven’t seen more useless and absurd waste of TV time in my life… It’s beyond me why HBO even aired this misunderstanding in overseas markets, where even viewers who are INTO AMERICAN SPORTS (like myself) could hardly get a clue about his exaggerated and way-too-far-fetched parallels between certain sport and “pop culture”. His arrogance aside, but it’s pathetic to have a TV host who hardly has a completed sentence and babbles “I’m like… and he’s like… uuuh…” as a shallow teen girl in a B-rated Hollywood high school comedy. Please, keep Mr. Simmons in Boston, read his blog or whatever (if you don’t have anything better to do), and DON’T bring his ultra boring brand of BS to television. Let alone, international channels. We enjoy Shaqtin’ A Fool and true analysts in Fox and ESPN.

    Thank you on behalf of the entire Bulgarian team!
    Milko Stoyanov

  8. Bob Simon says:

    All Simmons had to do was look at the career of Rick Reilly to see his future. Both were arguably the best sports writers of their time and two of the best ever. But got some reason, they each thought their faces needed to be as well-known as their bylines. Reilly was never the same after he left SI for ESPN, and I’m afraid Simmons is finding out not everybody is cut out for TV. But I must add, Grantland was genius.