Starz Cancels Camelot, Arthur Free to go Surfing

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Personally I never had any problems with Jamie Campbell Bower as a young Arthur, but many fans did. Jamie Campbell Bower was probably to young, too blonde, too “surfer dude”-like for most viewer’s tastes. Who knows if that figured into why Starz has made this decision, but the premium cable network has decided not to go forward on a second season of the period show. Basically, they’ve canceled Camelot.

Says Starz in a press release:

Due to significant production challenges, Starz has decided not to exercise the option for subsequent seasons of Camelot with our production partners GK-tv, Octagon Films and Take 5 Productions.

The show premiered to gangbuster ratings, but couldn’t maintain that high as the first season progressed. And with more gritty, mature offerings like HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Showtime’s “The Borgias”, there was apparently no room for a third expensive period show on the premium cable landscape.

Just as well, since while I love the idea of Joseph Fiennes playing a mythical Merlin guiding (and, in some cases, literally puppeteering) King Arthur into the history books, the show had plenty of issues, and I’m not even going to pile on poor young Jamie Campbell Bower, who, again, I thought he did fine with the role they gave him. His Arthur WAS supposed to be young and reckless, and what do young, reckless people do? They follow their hormones. At the end of the first season, he had shown tremendous growth.

Nope. What really made me watch the show only on-and-off was Eva Green’s Morgan character. Now grant it, Eva Green is probably as eye fetching as you can possibly get, no doubt about it, but I never really “bought” the idea of Morgan running a rival kingdom to Arthur. I mean, how exactly does she maintain her power over her castle? Over her troops? Were bad guys in the medieval times really that forward thinking that they would blindly follow some pretty lady with ambitions to the throne? Of course, it doesn’t help that Eva Green plays evil like a whiny, catty big sister who wants your toy. But hey, at least she was naked a lot on the show. I guess that counts for something.

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  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    crap — i liked that show

  • clarkspark

    Ugh too bad, it was finally getting good. I agree with Nix, Fiennes character as Merlin was awesome and little details like Excalibur had an interesting take. I also liked Eva Green, so beautiful. She has such a great voice for this too, besides the obvious features. :)
    As long as ‘Winter is Coming’, I’m ok with Camelot leaving.

  • clarkspark

    Ugh too bad, it was finally getting good. I agree with Nix, Fiennes character as Merlin was awesome and little details like Excalibur had an interesting take. I also liked Eva Green, so beautiful. She has such a great voice for this too, besides the obvious features. :)
    As long as ‘Winter is Coming’, I’m ok with Camelot leaving.

  • Cee Jay

    Eva Green was the only good thing in this show, it had dire production values and crap casting otherwise!

  • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

    Eva Green…she’s not doing enough projects.