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HBO Max Has Had Enough Of Close Enough

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Can’t say we’re pleased about this news. HBO Max has decided to pull the plug on Close Enough, the wacky animated situational comedy from Regular Show creator JG Quintel, after three seasons. If you ask us, it could have lived at least six.

The show ran on a similar formula to Regular Show, only aimed at an adult audience: something mundane happens at the beginning of each short and ten minutes later it’s escalated to the apocalypse. Because WB was so stingy with the episodes they DID order and would only commit to eight apiece, that means only 24 episodes will ever exist. The Regular Show library dwarfs that.

“It’s true, Close Enough is ending after 3 seasons,” Quintel said. “I feel fortunate to have worked on this project with so many talented people. Thank you to everyone that helped bring it to life, and to everyone who watched!”

Close Enough had a strange development history: originally developed for TBS, a short one-minute pilot of clips from proposed episodes was uploaded by the cable channel in 2017 and just left there for years while Regular Show fanatics tore their hair out over what it meant. The first season was not actually produced until years later, and was initially meant for a TBS premiere until HBO Max became a thing and needed immediate content. Season 3 was the first (and now only) season created specifically with HBO Max in mind.

Apparently the decision to cancel the show was made months ago and the staff packed their bags and left the office awhile back already, but it wasn’t made formal until now. What most bites about this is that apparently the cancellation came only after an entire fourth season of episodes had been written, according to staff writer Aaron Burdette:

Will anyone ever be kind enough to let us know what happens in those lost episodes? We wish we could assure you that the existing episodes will remain on HBO Max regardless, but….uh, try to find Final Space there (or anywhere). Discovery sucks.