This news was reported last week, but if 4th of July festivities kept you a bit out of the loop, Starz announced that they wouldn’t be renewing their original series, Camelot, for a second season.
The reasoning behind the decision is a mixture of things not working out, but the ratings don’t appear to be one of them…at least not primarily. After scoring big numbers in its premiere, ratings did dwindle a bit, but the last few episodes of the first season made an impressive showing and the finale brought in 1.5 million viewers to finish very strong.
One of the reasons the show has been canceled, however, is said to be scheduling conflicts with some of the actors in the cast, which included some top–tier talent like Eva Green and Joseph Fiennes.
For me personally, the show was tough to latch onto. I watched about half of the first season (mostly On Demand) before losing track, swept away by instantly compelling and instantly gratifying shows like Game of Thrones. I still had intentions of returning to Camelot at some point (and still will finish the first season eventually), but wasn’t nearly as invested in it.
A big part of that for me was Jamie Campbell Bower, who played the lead role of Arthur. Now, nothing against the young actor—he appears to have talent and could bring something to other roles—but he didn’t do it for me in the lead. Perhaps the intention was to go with someone completely opposite of what we’d expect in an Arthur, and perhaps that worked for others, but not I.
What did you think of Camelot, and what are your thoughts on its cancellation?