Cinemax’s “The Knick” is over. The end of the second season of Steven Soderbergh’s period medical drama wrapped up its storyline involving Clive Owen’s John Thackery, so much so it seemed like the show was done.
In interviews afterwards, Soderbergh revealed he had submitted an outline for a third season to Cinemax as well as a script for a return. He indicated the rough plan for the series overall was to do three lots of two-season long storylines with a different filmmaker taking over for Soderbergh as writer/director for each arc.
Now though it seems the show is definitely over. One of the show’s lead actors Chris Sullivan revealed at Paleyfest recently (via TV Line) that the show is definitely over: “Yeah, I’ve heard it’s done. They were gonna try [to do a third season], but I’ve heard it’s done.”
HBO miniseries and Cinemax programming president Kary Antholis in a statement this morning said: “After a critically acclaimed two-season run of The Knick on Cinemax, we will not be going forward with additional episodes of the series. Despite our pride in and affection for the series as well as our respect for and gratitude toward Steven Soderbergh and his team, we have decided to return Cinemax to its original primetime series fare of high-octane action dramas, many of which will be internationally co-produced.”
The series scored solid acclaim across both seasons, leaving now a legacy as a great show that ended before its time. The second season wrapped in December 2015.