HBO writes Dear John letter

It's been a not-too-long, strange trip for viewers of HBO's John fom Cincinnati, but that trip is officially over. The irreverent drama from Deadwood creator David Milch has been canceled by HBO, according to The Hollywood Reporter, after just one 10-episode season.

The show eschewed typical television formulas, a risky move even for cutting-edge HBO. While some latched onto its quirkiness, others had trouble pegging the show's subject. Even after 10 episodes, many viewers still aren't sure exactly what the show's about.

We do know that it follows a family of surfers--Milch is a huge fan of the sport--in Southern California, and the effect that one strange newcomer ("John") has on the community. However, there are also some unusual circumstances; John (Austin Nichols) may be able to perform astral projections, lead Mitch (Bruce Greenwood) discovers he can levitate, several of the characters have visions, and things just seem a bit odd.

Viewers watching the show's season finale (which also happened to be the series finale) on Sunday were left with several questions, and hopes of getting those questions answered in season two have apparently been dashed by HBO. Bummer, dude.

Head over to TV.com's coverage of John from Cincinnati to get more information and discuss your theories in the forums.

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Nov 07, 2008
This was truly one of the greatest shows on Television, and I'm still sad to see it gone (but rewatching it on DVD). It was one-of-a-kind, had the profanity and eloquence mixture of DEADWOOD (another gone but missed classic) and was truly entertaining. For those who didn't get it...well, I can't fully explain it. Like some of the best things, ranging from the films of Luis Bunuel to David Lynch (TWIN PEAKS to MULHOLLAND DR.) to CARNIVALE (ANOTHER GREAT HBO series that bit the dust which it also shook), this just can't be put into words. But it will be missed.
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Oct 12, 2007
Another fine confusing yet interesting show dead on the beach.
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Sep 23, 2007
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Sep 19, 2007
now they can pick up The Black Donnelly's from NBC and have a true hit with what HBO has the ability to do with good writing and young acting
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Sep 12, 2007
JFC was nice, and ended ... I don't know what to say about the end... This kind of coulourful party presentation for a surf brand ...
They just lack money to follow the real story I think. It could be a never ending season JFC, but they decided to cut it down.
To bad.
I really liked this show.
They had a very large possibility of evolution and enterteinment, surprise the audience, on a very interesting argument social life, how we humans we live, how we humans we act, etc..etc...
anyway thanx to the stuf and the creators of JFC I LOVED IT
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Aug 19, 2007
They canceled Deadwood because it was costing something like 4 - 5 Million dollars an episode to make, with all the extras, the costumes, large cast and sets etc and that was just too much money to carry on paying out. They didn't cancel Deadwood over JfC.
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Aug 17, 2007
I thought it was great. It was original and thought provoking. I hadn't spent as much time online reading and posting thoughts about a show since the Buffy days. What a bummer.
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Aug 16, 2007
Deadwood is too over rated. JFC started well but just got lost in itself. Ed O'Neill was excellent in it though
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Aug 16, 2007
Deadwood was one of the most original, engaging, poetic, and violent shows I ever watched--hypnotic. I think I made it through half an episode of this before deleting it from TiVo out of frustration. Sometimes when you push the envelope, you fall over the edge... Great cast, tho.
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Aug 15, 2007
One of the best shows I've ever seen, and shame on HBO for not having the courage to stick with it.

And they didn't cancel Deadwood to do this, they canceled Deadwood, like they did Carnival, due to very high production cost versus audience. I don't think JFC would have been expensive to make, even with that cast.
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Aug 15, 2007
Showtime is the new HBO
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Aug 15, 2007
I agree, I can't believe they canceled Deadwood for this either.
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Aug 15, 2007
I feel bad for the fans, but I never watched it.
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Aug 15, 2007
Yeah can't believe that HBO really doesn't have good shows on anymore!
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Aug 15, 2007
I can't believe they canceled Deadwood for this.
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