In a relatively surprising bit of news, HBO announced yesterday that Axios on HBO will be returning for two more seasons. The deal weds the attention-deficit-disordered news source and the increasingly zombified prestige cable channel together past the 2020 election.
You might remember that HBO killed their other outside-partner news show, VICE News Tonight, earlier this year. That show—which was much better produced and infinitely more useful journalistically—cost a lot to make and didn’t get a ton of attention. Comparatively, Axios on HBO, is cheaper, breaks way more mainstream news, and ties HBO to one of the few online media brand that isn’t currently on fire.
A true shame, but it’s really all our faults for expecting more from our monolithic content providers.