The news comes just one day after Variety exclusively reported the cancellation of “FBoy Island,” another fan-favorite unscripted project at the streamer.
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The series took place within the New York City ballroom scene, following different houses of vogue dancers as they competed in balls and showcased their fashion in order to achieve “legendary” status. Among the cast were MC Dashaun Wesley and DJ MikeQ as well as celebrity judges Law Roach, Jameela Jamil, Leiomy Maldonado and Megan Thee Stallion. Season 1 premiered in 2020, while Season 2 came in 2021 and Season 3 debuted in May of this year.
Like with “FBoy Island,” the end of “Legendary” points to a larger story within the continued impact of the Warner Bros. Discovery merger, which closed in April. CEO David Zaslav brought with him not just a stacked unscripted slate from across the Discovery brands, but also a rather brutal cost-cutting spirit. After Zaslav set a goal to find $3 billion in synergy savings over the next three years, redundancies created by HBO Max’s unscripted division became an easy target, with more cancellations looking likely and layoffs already carried out.
Read Variety‘s July analysis of the dilemma of unscripted TV at HBO Max, including anonymous insight from WBD insiders, here.
“Legendary” hailed from Scout Productions with David Collins, Rob Eric and Michael Williams serving as executive producers alongside Lee Metzger, who also served as showrunner on Seasons 2 and 3. Season 1 was showrun and executive produced by Jane Y. Mun and Josh Greenberg.
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