Based on Richard Russo’s “Straight Man” novel, the eight-episode dramedy follows William Henry “Hank” Devereaux Jr. (Bob Odenkirk), an unlikely chairman in a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. Just as Hank’s career and home life begins to unravel, his wife Lily (Mirielle Enos) also decides to take a look at some of her past choices that led to her current reality. The series is told in first person from Hank’s point of view.
“We’re proud of ‘Lucky Hank’ and thankful for the work of everyone who brought this unique, playful and deeply human show to viewers, from the talented creative team to our partners at Sony and, of course, Bob, Mireille and the entire cast and crew,” said AMC in a statement. “Unfortunately, we are not able to proceed with a second season, but we are glad these eight episodes exist on AMC+ and will continue to find new fans – or be seen again by viewers who come back to spend more time with Hank, Lily and the entertaining cast of characters at Railton College.”
Odenkirk signed onto the series as his first follow up role after closing “Better Call Saul.” He was joined among the cast by Alvina August, Sara Amini, Diedrich Bader, Suzanne Cryer, Olivia Scott Welch, Arthur Keng, Lilah Fitzgerald, and Cedric Yarbrough.
After airing its finale in May, the fate of the show remained up in the air for months as Hollywood’s historic dual strikes took place over the course of the summer.
Aaron Zelman and Paul Lieberstein served as co-showrunners and executive producers on the series. Odenkirk executive produced in addition to starring. Peter Farrelly directed the pilot and executive produced. Russo, Naomi Odenkirk, Mark Johnson, and Marc Provissiero also executive produce. TriStar TV and Gran Via produced the show.
That leaves “Monsieur Spade” and “The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live” still on AMC’s 2024 slate. “Parish,” “Orphan Black: Echoes,” and a second season of “Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire” will also still appear both on AMC and AMC+ later in the year.