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HBO Max Cancels Queer Favorites Legendary and Los Espookys

Them. 12/7/2022 Samantha Riedel

This week’s official source of all that is unjust and hurtful is HBO, where executives have canceled two popular LGBTQ+ shows in just four days.

On Tuesday, HBO Max confirmed that Legendary, its reality competition series featuring ballroom houses vying for a $100,000 grand prize, has been canceled after only three seasons. Despite backlash to the initial announcement of Jameela Jamil as host early in the show’s genesis, Legendary pressed on, bringing on Dashaun Wesley as MC, and featuring judges such as stylist Law Roach and superstar Megan Thee Stallion. During a time of anti-LGBTQ+ backlash, the talent behind the show said they felt a particular urgency with the third season to represent and support young queer people by showcasing their talents. But that clearly wasn’t enough to keep it alive at HBO.

Just a few days earlier, HBO announced the end of beloved Spanish-language comedy Los Espookys, which starred Ana Fabrega, Julio Torres, and recurring guest star Fred Armisen. The series, which told the story of a unique horror-themed business providing bespoke “monsters” to solve any problem, featured a level of casual queerness in its cast and characters that’s still rarely seen on television; but again, not even that (nor a coveted 100% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes) could save it from HBO’s gay chopping block. 

To be fair, neither of these cancellations are definitely because HBO hates LGBTQ+ viewers. Torres is already developing two more series, Little Films and Lucky, at the network. And since the Warner Bros.-Discovery merger earlier this year, unscripted series are collectively sitting on a massive bubble, as the company scales back on a glut of poorly viewed reality competitions, putting Legendary in a difficult position, even without fan criticism over its judging metrics.

But then again, it does seem like all the gayest shows and films are getting canceled this year, doesn’t it? Losing Batwoman, Queer as Folk, Work in Progress, and Gentleman Jack in 2022 alone, then realizing that’s not even near a complete list, and then losing two more — one of which just won an Emmy? Brutal. 

At any rate, be sure to stream Legendary and Los Espookys while you can: There’s no telling when any of these shows will be unceremoniously pulled from the internet entirely.

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