The cancelation axe has swung at HBO Max with two reality series being canceled.
HBO Max has announced that it canceled FBoy Island after two seasons, and Legendary after three seasons. Both reality series were on the high side of production costs, a field that new Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav knows well from his days at Discovery.
Earlier this year the company announced it would be pulling out of all upcoming original reality series, but it was open to renewing existing titles. The decision was finally made to call it a day on these two particular series.
According to a report from CNBC, Warner Bros. Discovery lawyers are currently vetting the name “Max” for the upcoming combined service. There are still some other options floating around, but sources close to the matter are saying that Max is the current preferred name.
The newly combined service has been talked about since the earliest days of the Warner Bros. and Discovery merger. During the company’s latest earnings call, CEO David Zaslav shared the launch window has been moved up to Spring 2023, meaning within the next six months.
The sources of the “Max” name are also sharing the basic design will be akin to Disney Plus. The different brands such as HBO, Discovery, DC, and more will each have their own tile on the service allowing you to dial down into the content you wish to see.
With all of Discovery’s existing reality content set to join the combined service, it’s not too surprising that Zaslav would do a little house cleaning now.
No pricing has been announced for the combined service as of yet, or an exact launch date.