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Courtney B. Vance Reacts to ‘Lovecraft Country’ Cancellation: ‘Doesn’t Make Sense’

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*Courtney B. Vance bagged a guest actor Emmy on Sunday for his work on “Lovecraft Country,” and he made time to honor his late co-star Michael K. Williams.

During his acceptance speech, Vance acknowledged the show’s creator Misha Green and later expressed his thoughts on the show’s surprise cancellation.

Williams was found dead last week from an alleged drug overdose in his home. 

“Finally to Michael K. Williams. Misha said it best,” Vance, who took home Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series, shared, per Complex. “Michael did everything with his full heart open, with his infinite spirit and with way too much style. May he rest in power and let us all honor his immense legacy by being a little more love forward, a little more endless in thought and a little more swaggy in act.”

READ MORE: ‘Lovecraft Country’ Star Michael K. Williams Had to Channel ‘My Own Trauma’ to Play Montrose

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After the speech, Vance recalled the moment he and Williams first met.

“We met at an event in New Jersey about two and-a-half, three years ago,” Vance said. “We were just overjoyed to share the same dias and couldn’t wait to get offstage so we could hug and just say how much we loved each other. And the idea that shortly after that we would be playing brothers in Lovecraft Country. This is his. We were brothers. I died in the series and we said goodbye to each other, so it’s just too painful to really think about so I just honor him everywhere and every way I can.”

“Lovecraft Country” was canceled by HBO in July, with Green sharing some info on what season two l would’ve looked –check out her post below:

“We will not be moving forward with a second season of ‘Lovecraft Country,’” HBO said in a statement to Deadline. “We are grateful for the dedication and artistry of the gifted cast and crew, and to Misha Green, who crafted this groundbreaking series. And to the fans, thank you for joining us on this journey.”

With its unique blend of horror, fictional period drama, real historical figures, fantasy, sci-fi and social commentary, “Lovecraft Country” took pop culture by storm.

“In my mind and in my spirit it doesn’t make sense,” Vance said of the show’s cancellation. “I’m sad for audiences that we don’t get to see like Game of Thrones we don’t get to see seven years, eight years of following these characters and learning more about that time period and learning about our people and their struggles. And where Misha’s mind is going to go so that’s very painful for me as an actor.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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