"Never have we gotten besieged the way we have been besieged by 'Carnivale' fans for deciding not to go on with the third season of that show," HBO Chairman Chris Albrecht told reporters.
"I mean literally 50,000 e-mails over a weekend and I don't mean the first weekend," Zap2it.com quoted him as saying. "It's so over-the-top, not just in terms of the number, but in terms of things that they say and threaten."
But, he added, it's unlikely "Carnivale" will turn back up on HBO for a third season and give fans closure to the cliffhanger season two finale.
Albrecht said if the period piece cost only $2 million an hour "we'd keep going with it." But it was "an enormous investment," he added.