HBO Show Ending: Enlightened Will End After Season 2 After Disappointing Ratings (Trailer VIDEO)

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(Photo: Reuters/Joshua Lott)Laura Dern arrives for the premiere of ''Recount'' at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, May 13, 2008.

HBO show, "Enlightened," is ending after its second season, new reports out Tuesday have confirmed.

The network has confirmed that the Laura Dern series will not be coming back for a season three, which will disappoint fans of the show.

HBO released an official statement on Tuesday announcing the news. The premium cable channel has said that it was proud of the show, and that making the decision to cancel it was a "very difficult decision."

The show, throughout its two seasons, received high critical acclaim, however, that praise did not translate into top viewing figures for HBO.

In 2012 Dern won a Golden Globe for best TV comedy actress for her role as a manic-depressive who becomes an activist in the show.

The show did appear on several "best of" lists at the end of 2011, with some critics citing its ninth episode, "Consider Helen", as particular worthy of praise.

According to Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the first season holds a score of 75 out of 100, indicating "Generally favorable reviews", based on 22 reviews.

The second season received even higher acclaim than the first, with the season receiving a Metacritic score of 96 out of 100, based on seven reviews.

Hank Stuever of The Washington Post in his review of the second season has written: "This HBO exercise in exquisite portraiture (I still won't call it a comedy) returns Sunday night, and it is the most hauntingly nuanced and carefully written show currently on TV."

Where as Maureen Ryan of The Huffington Post wrote in her review, "The show's must-see second season is one of the best stories I've experienced in a long time (HBO sent all eight Season 2 episodes for review). And -- appropriately for a show about a woman who wants to live a more vivid and connected life -- it is an experience."

Here is a video trailer for Enlightened's season 2: