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Hulu Cancels Difficult People

This will be a difficult pill for the Difficult People team to swallow. Per Deadline, Hulu has officially canceled the comedy series after three seasons. 

Created by Julie Klausner, who also served as an executive producer alongside funnylady Amy Poehler, Difficult People starred Billy Eichner as Billy Epstein and Klausner herself as Julie Kessler. The pair played fictionalized versions of themselves, with the third season taking Julie on a winding quest toward true happiness and showing Billy that he really is capable of falling in love. 

Difficult People also starred James Urbaniak as Julie's boyfriend Arthur Tack, Andrea Martin as Julie's mother Marilyn Kessler, Cole Escola as Billy's irritating co-worker Matthew, Shakina Nayfack as Lola, Derrick Baskin as Nate, Gabourey Sidibe as Denise, Tracee Chimo as Gaby, Fred Armisen as Billy's brother Garry Epstein, Jackie Hoffman as Garry's wife Rachel Epstein, and John Cho as Billy's boyfriend Todd. 

Though the series won't continue on past its previously released 28 episodes, it still remains an crucial part of Hulu's evolution as a streaming service that houses original shows. Difficult People was the first in a collection of high-end scripted series to launch on Hulu, and aired alongside Casual, which was recently picked up for a fourth season that will be its last. 

The show's importance extends beyond how it helped shape its streaming home, as Difficult People was critically acclaimed throughout its three seasons, which average a 92 percent Certified Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. A season one review of the series called Klausner and Eichner's characters "so perfectly loathsome and oblivious to the feelings of others [that] it's almost hard not to root for them," and described the show on the whole as "a half-hour that proves bad company, TV-wise, can be good fun."