No need for speculation anymore, Michael Green has stated on his web-site that Kings is officially over and will not continue.
In Green’s own words:
Yes, the show is canceled. Definitively. Has been for some time. The sets taken down, the writers and actors have all disbanded and moved on. I’m told CBS’s promising new series, “The Good Wife,” has taken over our old offices.
As upsetting as this is at least there is no more vague rumors that will taunt me with the prospect of this great show continuing. It was a fun show that took a little while to get into, but I think I will be picking it up on DVD when it releases.
I’ve included part of Green’s letter to the fans below. The rest can be checked on the Court Historian.
A note from Kings creator, Michael Green
To the fantastic fans of Kings —
The incredible response to Kings on Hulu, iTunes and other alternative outlets has been outstanding and humbling. The airing of our final episode seemed the right occasion to thank those who have come to check us out, and to answer some of the questions/guesses/misconceptions prevalent on the message boards.
In no particular order:
— Yes, the show is canceled. Definitively. Has been for some time. The sets taken down, the writers and actors have all disbanded and moved on. I’m told CBS’s promising new series, “The Good Wife,” has taken over our old offices.
— Kings was originally picked up for 13 hours of content, 12 episodes with the two-hour pilot. It was not a mini-series, but a full series with a full series’ ambitions to last for much longer.
— The show had completed its filming entirely before the airing of the pilot. No creative choices were made to the scripts based on ratings. We crafted the season to be a full “chapter” in the book of David and Silas’s lives, to make it the best possible season we could, sparing nothing. After our disappointing premiere, some editing choices were made to the finale to eliminate a few moments that created more intrigue that we would not be able to pursue. Some of those scenes will be put on the DVD, scheduled for release this September.
— To those who thought Saturday nights was a terrible time slot, you are correct. That move was the first step of cancellation. Once that decision was made, no attempts would be made to “save” or promote the show in any way. It was already over then.
— The reasons for its cancellation were nothing more than the low ratings.
— Some have speculated that the cost of the show was prohibitive. 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.
— The network had no negative reaction at any stage to religious content within the show. In fact, they encouraged it and found it hopeful.
— It was only when time came to market the show that a decision was made not to promote the show as a biblically inspired tale. Fear of reprisal from the religious audience was the described cause. Something NBC has had bad experiences with before. As such, any references to “King David” were actively avoided, in favor of the limited marketing campaign that many of you saw and have commented on with derision.
— Some of that promotion gave the misleading impression that the nation of Gilboa was somehow tied to American history. This was never part of the show’s premise or execution in any way.
— There was no “religious agenda” among the writers. The writing staff was deliberately comprised of a diverse group of geniuses. Including believers and non-believers, lapsed and actives, people who are atheist, Jewish, Christian, Muslim. All had done their homework. All their perspectives were invaluable.
— Most religious viewers actually quite liked the show. Understanding that our creative task was not transcription.
So that its folks. Its been a good ride, hopefully you all had fun watching Kings!