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Ellen DeGeneres new show cancelled by Warner Bros.

T3 logo T3 8/16/2022 Matthew Forde
Ellen DeGeneres attends Netflix's season 1 premiere of "Green Eggs and Ham" © Provided by T3 Ellen DeGeneres attends Netflix's season 1 premiere of "Green Eggs and Ham"

Warner Bros. has cancelled Little Ellen from US comedian and former talk show host Ellen DeGeneres less than 12 months after it debuted on HBO Max.

As reported by Deadline, the animated series that was aimed at preschoolers has been scraped after two seasons, even though work on its third was said to have been completed. A release date for season three was noted as being sometime in June, however, was pushed back earlier this year with the show now not returning at all. 

Little Ellen is loosely based on the early life of Ellen DeGeneres with Laurel Emory voicing a seven-year-old version of Ellen. 20 episodes have been produced across both seasons, running for approximately 11 minutes apiece. It was made under a three-part deal by DeGeneres and Warner Bros. that resulted in Ellen's Home Design Challange and First Dates Hotel. 

T3 has reached out to Warner Bros. for comment. 

The decision looks to be part of the Warner Bros. Discovery merge, which most notably saw the company cancel Batgirl after already spending $90 million on the project. Since Warner Bros. Discovery president and CEO David Zazlav took the reins, it seems as if nothing is safe with multiple projects scrapped in the past week. Deadline also revealed that the reality TV series, The Big D, was also axed altogether a couple of weeks ahead of its premiere.

The reasons for this have been reported to WB being able to write these off for tax reasons, allowing the firm to wave the costs (or as its known "purchase accounting"). The opportunity to do this is then mentioned to expire by mid-August, hence why so many have happened in such a short space of time. 

Little Ellen stars Laurel Emory, Johanna Colón, JeCobi Swain and June Squibb. The first two seasons are available to watch on HBO Max in the US now. 

HBO Max isn't the only streamer that has put an end to several shows prematurely with Netflix cancelling more than a dozen shows in 2022 so far – including First Kill which only lasted a season on the platform.   


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