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Renewals and Cancellations: 'Curb,' 'Billions,' 'House of Dragon' and 'Star Trek'

By Dustin Rowles | TV | March 29, 2023 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | March 29, 2023 |


These are not cancellations so much as endings, but Dan Soder — who plays Mafee — revealed in a possible slip, that season seven will be the last of Showtime’s Billions. It will also see the return of Damian Lewis. It may be the end of Billions, but fear not: Spin-offs Millions and Trillions are on their way.

Elsewhere, it also appears that Curb Your Enthusiasm will end after 12 seasons on HBO, according to a tweet from a writer, Jon Hayman, which has since been deleted. I feel like Larry David has decided to end Curb before, but he gets bored and he returns with another season a few years later.

While we’re on the subject of HBO, the next season of House of Dragon, which will not arrive until around summer 2024, will also have a reduced number of episodes. Purportedly, HBO is on the verge of renewing it for a third season, and the plan is for the series to wrap after three or four seasons. That sounds right.

As for actual cancellations, the axe has come for Brittania with David Morrissey for those of you who watch the Sky Network (the third season ended on a cliffhanger that will never be resolved, which is why some people are reluctant to get invested in shows that are not huge hits!).

In renewal news, Paramount+ has renewed Star Trek: Strange New Worlds for a third season, which will return in June, as well as Star Trek: Lower Decks. Picard, meanwhile, will end after its current fourth season and Discovery after its fifth season, in 2024.

There are also a couple of noteworthy shows in development: Netflix is adapting Man on Fire, based on the A.J. Quinnell novels, which were also adapted into a Denzel Washington movie. Notably, Kyle Killen will be the showrunner — Killen was once the wunderkind behind Lone Star and Awake, both of which were quickly canceled because they were ahead of their time.

Also, Ryan Coogler is reportedly developing a reboot of The X-Files with a diverse cast, which sounds terrific. But also, as some have pointed out, both Sleepy Hollow and Evil were X-Files-like and had diverse casts, and Evil is straight-up triumphant. I loved X-Files. Evil is better.

Finally, here’s the trailer for season two of Beavis and Butthead, which means that enough people must have watched the first season to elicit a renewal.