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Starz Won’t Return To Camelot

Starz has decided not to renew Camelot, its big-budget retelling of the King Arthur story, for a second season.

“Due to significant production challenges, Starz has decided not to exercise the option of subsequent seasons of Camelot with our production partners Gk-tv, Octagon Films and Take 5 Productions,” the cable network said in a statement.

The more grounded take on Arthurian legend, which boasted a film-caliber cast led by Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower and Eva Green, premiered in early April to impressive ratings, delivering Starz’s strongest-ever opening for a new drama. But The Hollywood Reporter notes that Camelot struggled to break out in a spring cable schedule crammed with such high-profile debuts as The Killing, The Borgias and Game of Thrones.

Of course, not all of the blame for Camelot‘s demise can be placed on the stiff competition. The drama’s 10-episode season frequently staggered between sluggish and rudderless, with an impressive cast wasted on daytime soap-style melodrama set against a beautiful, and pricey, backdrop.

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Comments

  • Lewis4510

    I wasn’t impressed at all with this and Fiennes was the worst possible choice for Merlin. He walked around with a crap eating smirk on his face. And his lines were delivered with all the conviction of reading a phone book.

  • SAM

    Kaamelott is better and way cheaper

  • Grant

    Wonder if anyone will move onto Game of Throned.

  • RunnerX13

    I liked the show, though not as good as Game of Thrones, but they kinda of back themselves into a corner with so many character reinterpretations.  I never understand why Morgan is the only sister ever used, especially when sister Morgause also adds so much to Arthurian legend; mother of Gawain, and mother Mordred, who kills Arthur. 

  • Jhopkins

    I really wanted to like this series but the story just did not pull me in. The pacing was far too slow and dragged on.  If I don’t care if I miss an episode of a series then I can see why they do not renew it. It strayed too far from the legend it was based off of.

  • MrNick

    Merlin – the BBCs adaptation, is quality anyway