Togetherness fans, you’ll need to huddle together in support over this news: HBO has decided to cancel the Mark and Jay Duplass series. Its Season 2 finale will now serve as the series finale. The series has never been a ratings hit, but then again, so few things other than Game of Thrones really are. HBO has kept Girls running despite its niche appeal, likely because it caught the zeitgeist early on. Togetherness never quite reached that level of infamy, for better or worse, and thus goes quietly now into the night.
THR is reporting that HBO’s comments on the cancellation were,
“Although we have decided not to proceed with another season of Togetherness, we look forward to continuing our strong creative collaboration with the talented Jay and Mark Duplass”
Personally, though I really liked the cast (which includes Melanie Lynskey, Amanda Peet, and Steve Zissis) a great deal and enjoyed the first season (as well as one particular standout episode in Season 2), the second season really exhausted me. In my review, I took issue with the dark, awkward, painful, naval-gazing that made the new season something of an emotional slog. Harsh, yes, but it really is a show where you have to want to sit with and wallow in the emotional and dramatic problems of strangers instead of running from them.
But for those who have seen it through (and who will be rewarded by the finale, which is not only triumphant but easily serves as a series finale), Mark Duplass took to Twitter to thank the fans:
Togetherness will finish out the rest of its second season on HBO Sunday nights; you can also check up on the fates of over 150 other scripted series with our TV Lifeline.