HBO's 'Louie' Not So Lucky

HBO's foray into the world of traditional, multi-camera sitcoms has turned out to be a short one.

The network, which is better known for single-camera comedies like "Entourage" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm," has cancelled its series "Lucky Louie" after a 12-episode run this summer, the showbiz trade papers say. The show drew about 1.3 million viewers a week, losing about a million viewers from its "Entourage" lead-in.

Despite the cancellation, HBO Entertainment chief Carolyn Strauss has kind words for the show's creator and star, former "Chris Rock Show" writer and performer Louis C.K.

"Louis is an incredible talent and a wonderful partner," Strauss says in a statement. "We loved trying our first multi-camera show with him, and we look forward to other projects with Louis in the future."

The audience numbers for "Lucky Louie" weren't too far off what HBO's drama "The Wire" has pulled down in its first two episodes this season. "The Wire," however, has also received some of the most glowing reviews of any show on television, while "Louie" was largely dismissed by critics.