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The heroes of Doom Patrol will return to patrol a new home.
The Greg Berlanti-produced drama series has been renewed for a third season and is moving exclusively to HBO Max for its upcoming run. New episodes of the series will no longer drop on DC Universe, the subscription platform on which the show launched in season one.
The drama, starring Brendan Fraser, Matt Bomer, April Bowlby and Diane Guerrero, had a shared run on both HBO Max and DC Universe with its second season. The expansion to the larger platform helped further solidify the show as a breakout for Warner Bros. TV, which produces the series.
“On behalf of the wonderful cast, writers and crew, we are thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to return to Doom Manor. And we are especially thankful for our partners at Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. Television, DC Universe and, of course, HBO Max,” showrunner Jeremy Carver said in a statement. The news was formally announced Saturday during the second day of WBTV’s virtual DC FanDome event.
That Doom Patrol would become exclusive to HBO Max comes as little surprise as scripted originals have increasingly been moved off of DC Universe. “The original content that is on DCU is migrating to HBO Max. Truthfully, that’s the best platform for that content,” DC’s Jim Lee told THR last month. “The amount of content you get, not just DC, but generally from WarnerMedia, is huge and it’s the best value proposition. … We feel that is the place for that.”
Doom Patrol was one of a slate of originals that helped launch DC Universe. While other originals are expected to migrate there — at least in their library form — no formal decisions have been made about the futures of series including Titans and animated favorite Harley Quinn. While Titans has already been renewed for a third season, it’s unclear if it will air concurrently on DCU and Max or exclusively the latter. Also of note is Stargirl, which was renewed for a second season exclusively on The CW after the linear network was a second window for the DCU drama.
Harley Quinn, meanwhile, has picked up steam since its first two seasons arrived on Max. It is currently awaiting word on its future, though sources say renewal negotiations hinge on a new budget for the series. That process has been stalled by the major executive shake-up at the streamer that saw senior leaders Bob Greenblatt and Kevin Reilly pushed out and oversight of the platform given to HBO’s Casey Bloys.
“Doom Patrol came to HBO Max with an already deep and passionate fan base and has risen to the top as one of the most-watched Max originals on the platform,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max. “The series sits well in our portfolio and we are glad to greenlight a third season to continue this distinctive style of storytelling that resonates so well with critics and fans alike.”
Exec producers include Carver, Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Chris Dingess and Geoff Johns.
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