This weekend was the first without a new episode of dearly-departed NBC drama Kings; sadly, while we loved the show, the rest of America didn't seem to agree. Creator Michael Green offers his take on ratings, cancellation and the show.
Writing on the show's Court Historian blog, Green offered these words of farewell:
The outcome of Kings was heartbreaking to all of us who worked so hard and had such a wonderful time making it. Every moment on screen represents stories, conversations, arguments, decisions by dozens — hundreds — of blazingly talented, always impassioned people.
It was a difficult show to make. We had to fight for every choice, so we thought each one through.
Many involved with the show felt wronged by our network, or at least scuttled. I personally don't feel I have enough information to know precisely what led to our failure to achieve ratings success — though I believe that had the show been given a better launch, the outcome would have been something to celebrate... Even if it is tempting to trash NBC, we do owe them gratitude. Writing, acting, filming is about the work, not the reward, and NBC allowed us to make the best possible show we could. They let us film in New York. They let us assemble a cast without equal on the network landscape. A group of actors who came ready every day to spin the broken-meter mouthfuls we wrote for them into song. Ian McShane, Chris Egan, Susanna Thompson, Sebastian Stan, Allison Miller, Dylan Baker, Eamonn Walker, Marlyne Afflack, Becky Ann Baker... Every one of them suffered long hours, cold nights, and still came prepared, passionate, elevating every piece of material put to them. They made us look better than we deserve.
He also offered the following sad words of wisdom:
Some have asked, what can they do to "Save the show." We are, sadly, well past that point.
If there is anything to do at all, it's to find your voice and let the networks know that if they covet your attention at all — and yes yes yes they do — they can have it by programming and standing by shows with substance.
Write a letter. Mail it to any network. Stick a butterfly on the envelope if you'd like.
We'd be honored.
(Of course, that comes after he'd said, "While it is true that the episode budget was high for a first season show, that number was reduced by the outstanding aggregate 30% tax benefit New York provided (which we all hope will remain in effect), thus bringing the cost down to rates comparable to other prime time dramas. And, of course, plans were already made to bring the costs down to whatever number the studio required of us in the future." You mean someone else could've picked up the show? Noooo.)
The full letter is available here.