Update on December 14, 2022: Warner Bros. Discovery confirmed today that it will be moving over 10 HBO Max original series to third-party free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) services. Titles moving off HBO Max include “Westworld,” “The Nevers,” “Raised by Wolves,” “FBOY Island,” “Legendary,” “Finding Magic Mike,” “Head of the Class,” “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” “Gordita Chronicles,” “Love Life,” “Made for Love, “The Garcias” and “Minx.”
HBO Max sci-fi series, “Westworld,” will be pulled off the streaming service in the coming days, Warner Bros. Discovery announced.
Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy said in a statement, “We are incredibly proud of Westworld and the remarkable work of our cast and crew. We are excited to have the opportunity to welcome a whole new audience to our show.”
It is unknown which FAST service will get “Westworld” and other HBO originals. One potential new streaming home could be WBD’s free ad-supported streaming service, which CEO David Zaslav previously mentioned was coming in 2023.
Last month, Warner Bros. Discovery confirmed that “Westworld” was officially canceled, likely due to a decline in viewership. Many subscribers were unsurprised about the “Westworld” cancellation after the fourth season was considered a flop. However, it will still be disappointing if we lose access to all the seasons, especially the first two — which had the most viewership. “Westworld” is among the most well-known HBO dramas, next to “Game of Thrones.”
Unfortunately, viewers are used to the wave of cancellations under new CEO Zaslav. Ever since Discovery acquired WarnerMedia, the company has been turning over every stone it can to save costs. This includes cutting several shows and films. (So long, “Batgirl.”) More recently, reports are circulating that “Wonder Woman 3” is no longer happening.
In Q3 2022, the company missed Wall Street expectations, reporting a total revenue of $9.82 billion and a net loss of $2.4 million. Earlier this year, Zaslav promised shareholders that the company would shed $3 billion worth of costs over the next two years.