Chicago-Made Series ‘South Side’ Canceled by HBO Max After Three Seasons

HBO Max has declined to pick up a fourth season of South Side, the comedy from Bashir Salahuddin, Diallo Riddle and Sultan Salahuddin. All three seasons were fully filmed in Chicago, in the city’s Englewood neighborhood. While the Illinois production community will be sad to see this series go, the outstanding three seasons of this show – and their authentic look into what life on the South Side is all about – deserve to be celebrated. And one of the directors of Season Three offered some hopeful words exclusively to SCREEN, as they look ahead to the future.

But first, here is what the network had to say. “While HBO Max will not be moving forward with a fourth season of South Side, ” a spokesperson for the streamer said in a statement, “we are so proud of the rich world [created on the show].”

“For three seasons, this beloved series balanced cutting, hyperlocal social commentary about life on the South Side of Chicago with silly, sometimes zany humor,” the spokesperson added. “The result was a wholly unique, ambitious, and fearless comedy that could speak to everyone living the American dream.”

The South Side universe centered on two friends – Simon (Sultan Salahuddin) and Kareme (Kareme Young) – who just graduated from community college and are ready to take over the world, but until they do, they’re stuck working at Rent-T-Own.

In this entertaining chat with The Root, Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle talk Season 3 and share some insight into their approach with the series…

Here is a look at the trailer for the third and final season of South Side, which premiered this past December…

Click here to leap over to HBO Max to enjoy all three seasons of South Side.

Hopeful Words from One of the Directors of the Show

Back in December, SCREEN interviewed one of the directors for Season Three, Chicago filmmaker Britt Boardman. In the article, Britt offered an exclusive look at the show, along with some behind-the-scenes photos. Click here for the full interview and photo gallery.

This evening, Britt reached out to SCREEN with some hopeful words looking ahead to the future. “It’s a sad day for our South Side family, but please believe we are NOT done,” Boardman declared. “There will be more comedy coming from this team.”

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