In Treatment returned to HBO last year with its fourth season after being off the air for a decade. Now, after its return, it has been revealed that the show won’t be back for another season.
From 2008 to 2010, the show ran for three seasons starring Gabriel Byrne. Its 2021 return enlisted Uzo Aduba as the headliner.
The revival of the series earned Aduba an Emmy nomination for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Dr. Brooke Taylor. Much of the show takes place in a therapist’s office, which made pandemic filming easier in light of COVID-19 protocols.
HBO/HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys confirmed to Variety, that In Treatment would not be coming back and that it was intended as a one-off.
“That was really a response to when we were talking about the pandemic and how do you shoot, what kinds of shows lend themselves to production,” said Bloys, who spoke to Variety in conjunction with HBO’s TCA presentation. “Then out of that conversation came In Treatment and The White Lotus [which was shot entirely at a Maui resort]. And I think working with Uzo was the big one there and that was great, but no plans to continue doing that.”
Anthony Ramos, Liza Colón-Zayas, John Benjamin Hickey, Quintessa Swindell and Joel Kinnaman also starred in the new season.
“We’ve seen a lot of shows addressing mental health, whether it’s television shows, films, theater even, but rarely have we seen someone like myself sitting in as the therapist,” said Aduba in an interview with S&A last year. “So it was exciting for that to happen. I hope that with that happening, it helps to start some kind of conversation or opening for our community to confront mental health. But I also hope that the world at large is able to see the visibility of someone like myself, a Black woman in this seat, charged with treating people to understand that we can occupy this space as well.”
The White Lotus, thought of as an anthology series, did get renewed for season 2.