HBO Cancels 'Tell Me You Love Me'
HBO Cancels 'Tell Me You Love Me'
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
After renewing the lightly watched series after its first season last fall, HBO has decided to abandon its sexually explicit drama Tell Me You Love Me, a decision that show creator Cynthia Mort and the network seemed to have arrived at together.

"Despite the best efforts of everyone involved, we were unable to find the direction of the show for the second season," Mort said in a statement.

Aside from the vague future track of Tell Me You Love Me, Mort also notes the "considerable amount of time" that passed between seasons.  The show premiered on September 9, 2007, while the new season was unlikely to air before 2009.

Tell Me You Love featured three couples, each with their own problems concerning intimacy in their relationships.  Throughout the series, they seek the help of therapist Dr. May Foster, who herself has relationship issues with her own partner.  The series starred Jane Alexander, David Selby, Michelle Borth, Luke Kirby, Tim DeKay, Ally Walker, Sonya Walger, Adam Scott and Katharine Towne.

Even though Tell Me You Love Me earned a lot of publicity because of its extremely realistic depictions of sexual intercourse, oral sex, masturbation and ejaculation, the drama series also earned some critical praise for its deep and intimate look at relationships.  On the other hand, neither of those things translated into big audiences. The pilot episode only attracted about 910,000 viewers, far fewer than than what the network had been pulling in for previous series such as Rome, Deadwood, and even the ill-fated John from Cincinnati.

Meanwhile, both Cynthia Mort and HBO are looking forward to work on other projects.

"We really feel Cynthia has an important voice that belongs on HBO," the network's Michael Lombardo said in a statement.  "And we look forward to the next show she will create for us."

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: The Hollywood Reporter
(Image courtesy of HBO)