HBO's Watchmen Reclassified As "Limited Series"--Here's What That Means

It doesn't mean that there will never be another season, either.

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Watchmen, the HBO series from Damon Lindelof that was awarded GameSpot's #1 Show of 2019 honor, has been reclassified. Whereas originally it was known as a series, Variety is reporting that HBO is now referring to it as a "limited series."

What does this mean, exactly? The short version is that it means that Watchmen will be entered into the "limited series" Emmy race rather than the "best drama" category later in 2020. But there's also some largely semantic distinctions to be made.

A "limited series," essentially, covers a predetermined number of episodes and tells a complete story. Unlike a serialized drama, which is designed to continue on indefinitely, a limited series is expected to operate as a complete narrative across each season. A "limited series" is longer than a "miniseries" (usually four episodes or fewer). This is different from a regular series that can, essentially, continue the same plot across multiple seasons.

This doesn't mean that there definitely won't be another season, either. Variety is reporting that this classification covers "future installments" as well, and while Lindelof has previously said that he's unlikely to return (and HBO is seemingly not keen to continue without him), the possibility remains open.

There's precedent here for limited series that follow fairly traditional structures. Another HBO series, Big Little Lies, returned for a second season in 2019 that directly followed the first, despite being a limited series. Limited series are often anthology shows with changing protagonists and settings each season, such as Fargo, True Detective, and American Crime Story, which is also a possibility for a Watchmen follow-up.

If you finished Watchmen and you still have questions, here's our list of the craziest reveals from the official Watchmen podcast.

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We need more of this series to exist if only to make them even more uncomfortable than they were with the first season. That s*it is priceless.

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LOVE The Watchmen, my favorite graphic novel.

They did really well with this series, I hope we get more.

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Well received? No.

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@michaeldark: They say that cuz it was WOKE

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Guessing the first few episodes turned off their demographic and it bombed.

Just to add on to the idea more seasons could happen, another one of their shows Big Little Lies was made as a limited series. It was meant to be a one and done deal. The show proved to be too popular to not continue it. I thought it was fine as-is and was actually a little scared future seasons would water down the original but it didn't. HBO has been in a pretty good groove recently, they know when to continue something and when to call it quits.

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Good article. The series is very bad though :)

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@G-Corleone: Only made it through 2 episodes, so boring.

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