HBO has officially decided not to renew its series adaptation of Perry Mason for a third season. The cancellation comes after more than a month since the Matthew Rhys-directed period drama concluded its 8-episode second season, which is currently available to stream on Max.
“We are extremely grateful for the stellar work of Matthew Rhys and Perry Mason’s unrivaled cast and crew for their reimagining of such a treasured and legendary franchise,” HBO said in a statement (via Deadline). “While we’re not moving forward with another season of the show, we’re excited to continue working with the creative brilliants at Team Downey on future projects.”
Who was involved in Perry Mason?
Based on Erle Stanley Gardner’s series of novels, Perry Mason was written and produced by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, who both served as showrunners. It was produced by Rhys, Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, Joe Horacek and Regina Heyman.
It was directed by Emmy winner Matthew Rhys, Juliet Rylance, Chris Chalk, Shea Whigham, Eric Lange and Justin Kirk. Season 2 also introduced Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts), Hope Davis (Your Honor), Jon Chaffin (BMF), Fabrizio Guido (Mr. Iglesias), Peter Mendoza (NCIS), Onahoua Rodriguez (Veronica Mars), and Jee Young Han (Bless the Harts).
“Months after the end of the Dodson case, the scion of a powerful oil family is brutally murdered,” reads the season 2 synopsis. the most obvious suspect, Perry, Della and Paul find themselves at the center of a case that will uncover far-reaching conspiracies and force them to consider what it really means to be guilty.