The Bob Odenkirk drama will not return for Season 2.
December 8, 2023
It is being reported that Lucky Hank has been cancelled by AMC after one season. The news comes seven months after the drama wrapped its 8-episode freshman run, which garnered a favorable reception from critics.
"We're proud of Lucky Hank and thankful for the work of everyone who brought this unique, playful and deeply human show to viewers, from the talented creative team to our partners at Sony and, of course, Bob, Mireille and the entire cast and crew," AMC said in a statement. "Unfortunately, we are not able to proceed with a second season, but we are glad these eight episodes exist on AMC+ and will continue to find new fans — or be seen again by viewers who come back to spend more time with Hank, Lily and the entertaining cast of characters at Railton College."
Based on the 1997 novel 'Straight Man' by Richard Russo, the series stars Bob Odenkirk as William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English department at an underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. A born anarchist, he is trying to come to terms with his philandering father and the dereliction of his youthful promise during a time when just about everything in his life is going wrong. His unflappable wife Lily Devereaux is the Vice Principal of the local high school where they live. As Hank's life begins unravelling, Lily questions the path she's on and the choices she's made.
Too bad. This show had the best casting of any AMC show. It nailed the academic politics that goes on in a world where teaching jobs are scarce. There's an old saying, the more petty the stakes, the bigger the battles.
Hank was a complex character but you had to pay attention to see it. After Odenkirk's Saul, Hank probably seemed like a letdown to most viewers but I found it to be Odenkirk's best portrayal of any character I have seen him do. Hank in his own way was as lost as Saul.
The first season ended with Hank about to get the biggest shock of his life, and I was looking forward to season 2.
It was Hollywood shit, nothing more.