Craftopia was released in May 2020 and spanned two seasons. Season one introduced contestants only between the age group of 9 to 15, who were tasked to build distinct objects before the time ran out. The contestants load their carts with materials before knowing what they can build and are only allowed to use the things they picked in their carts. The judges determine the best art, and the winner is given a cash amount of $5,000. The reality TV show was hosted by a popular YouTuber Lauren Riihimaki and is being produced by B17 Entertainment.
Following the success of the first season, HBO Max renewed the show for season 2 in October 2020, which premiered in October and November 2021. Season 2 was titled “Craftopia: Holiday Showdown” and featured adult competitors.
Fans who have been looking forward to the third season of Craftopia were utterly disappointed after learning that the show has been pulled from HBO Max.
“As we work toward bringing our content catalogs together under one platform, we will be making changes to the content offering available on both HBO Max and Discovery+,” Warner Bros. Discovery execs clarified per Deadline. “That will include the removal of some content from both platforms.”
“At the same time, we’re already starting to bring our content catalogs together like the launch of the new CNN Originals Hub on Discovery+ and a curated collection of Magnolia Network content coming soon to HBO Max,” the declaration added.
In cutting down HBO Max, Warner Bros. Discovery execs have also pulled out massive clumps of original content which aren’t only just from HBO and HBO Max but also many other content from other services such as Cartoon Network, TBS, and TruTV and also including various movies and shows that were earlier streaming exclusively to the service.
The exact reason is not known why these shows and films are being withdrawn but audiences are extremely saddened and disappointed to see their favorite shows and movies being removed from the platform.
Tony Maglio of IndieWire describes: “The content targeted for removal tends to be shows and movies that are not performing on the service but have an opportunity for a partial [tax] write-off. Content costs can be amortized — or assigned a cost that gets recognized by an entity across multiple years — over the program or film’s expected lifetime. If years on that timeline remain, a company can remove that asset from distribution and use its remaining cost balance to offset taxable income elsewhere.”