Camelot Cancelled By Starz

Camelot left me and many others with mixed feelings. Was it a good show or wasn’t it? I enjoyed it more at the beginning and the end than I did in the middle where I thought the series started to falter. I was willing to forgive and forget the shortcomings of the first season and look on with eager eyes for season 2. After all they finally established the young Arthur as king in the now cleaned up Camelot, had him weilding Excalibur, and making an enemy of his sister who now carried his future nemesis Mordred inside her. Season 2 was supposed to be a ‘cut the pleasentries and get down to business’ season of a show that had plenty of potential, but now we’ll probably never know what might have been. Starz has reached the decision not to renew Camelot. Check out the announcement from IGN:

The only reason given for now? “Significant production challenges.” It looks like Starz might have, once again, run into the problem they faced with Party Down, where “scheduling conflicts with some of the actors were part of the problem for the Ireland-shot costume drama.” Which would probably mean that Starz neglected to lock these guys into a save-the-date contract.

While we’re not sure which actor or actors had the conflict, it had to be one of the key roles. It’s possible that it’s star Jamie Campbell Bower, who plays Arthur, as he just recently signed to star in The Mortal Instruments.

Man if it’s just a case of Jamie Campbell Bower having other obligations then by all means replace that turd with a new leading man. Hell, they’re doing that with Spartacus already albeit under different circumstances: Those being that Andy Whitfield has Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. But at least I loved Andy Whitfield as the main character, with Bower I could care less if they replaced him. So now there are maybe a couple possibilities vague though they may be. The first is that another network picks up the show and the second being that Starz decides to pick the series up down the road sometime. As for another network picking up Camelot, we’ve seen how that theory has panned out with other canceled shows.

So what does everyone think of this news? Are you sitting there crying for Camelot, or are you like me just biding time until Game of Thrones Season 2 comes out? I know the main thing I’ll miss is Eva Green…

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7 thoughts on “Camelot Cancelled By Starz”

  1. i had to ask myself at least 15 times if arthur was a woman.

    and that just in the first episode.(the 2 hour thing they did.)

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  2. Well, I loved the show. Was impressed with the bravery of their casting choice for Arthur. I liked seeing the callow youth gain in stature as the series progressed. By the end of its run he had started to show a little steel.

    I was also delighted with some of the liberties they took with familiar stories, in particular the explanation of Excalibur and the Lady of the Lake.

    My favorite character in the show though was Merlin. I’d have loved to delve a little deeper into his backstory (as the actress said to the bishop!).

    I’m disappointed that the second season won’t happen. I felt the show had begun to find its feet and the viewing figures which had dipped in the middle but were climbing steadily by the end would seem to suggest many others felt the same way. That said, hats off to Starz for having risked the show in the first place. Hopefully they will continue to make brave choices and push the envelope with their programming.

    The one consolation as far as I’m concerned is that the main arc of the first series reached a conclusion. Unlike Stargate Universe which never finished tellling its story, in this we at least had a sense of completion.

    I hope some other network does pick it up, or that Starz picks it back up at some future date.

    (oh and just a little niggle to the writer of this piece: ‘could care less’ makes no sense at all :p Makes it sound as if you could care even less than you do. ‘Couldn’t care less’ however makes perfect sense!)

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  3. My boyfriend made me sit through this atrocity every week! If it weren’t for the magnificent Eva Greene, I’d have clawed my eyes out just to be spared the spectacle of lousy writing, terrible casting and a plat that moved along as briskly (and with about as much purpose) as a sloth on morphine. Good riddance!
    I do hope that someone casts Eva Greene as a temptress again soon although the effete twerp that played Arthur should take time off to fix his gnarly teeth and take acting lessons.

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