HBO has officially decided to cancel “Perry Mason,” as confirmed by Variety. The series launched its second and final season on the premium cable network in March.
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HBO expressed its gratitude for the exceptional contributions of Matthew Rhys, the outstanding cast, and the dedicated crew of “Perry Mason” for their refreshing take on a beloved and richly storied franchise. The network also expressed its enthusiasm for collaborating with Team Downey, a group of brilliant creatives, on forthcoming projects.
Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, Matthew Rhys portrayed the title role in the series. In contrast to the 1950s TV series where Mason practiced law, HBO’s adaptation depicts the character during his earlier years as a private investigator in 1930s Los Angeles.
The Season 2 cast featured Matthew Rhys alongside Juliet Rylance, Chris Chalk, Diarra Kilpatrick, Eric Lange, Justin Kirk, Katherine Waterston, Hope Davis, Fabrizio Guido, Peter Mendoza, Mark O’Brien, Paul Raci, Jen Tullock, Jon Chaffin, Onahoua Rodriguez, Jee Young Han, Sean Astin, Tommy Dewey, Shea Whigham, and Wallace Langham.
The series was developed for television by Ron Fitzgerald and Rolin Jones. Executive producers included Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey via Team Downey, along with Amanda Burrell. Season 2 was helmed by executive producers and showrunners Jack Amiel and Michael Begler. Matthew Rhys also served as an executive producer, along with Joe Horacek and Tim Van Patten, who directed the majority of Season 1. Regina Hyman contributed as co-executive producer.
The initial season of “Perry Mason” enjoyed strong ratings and generated awards buzz. Matthew Rhys and John Lithgow, a Season 1 supporting actor, both received Emmy nominations for their performances. While Season 2 didn’t perform as well in terms of ratings, it received higher critical acclaim. Season 1 achieved a 75% critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while Season 2 saw an increase to 87%.