Following his successful run on the rating smash “Sons of Anarchy,” producer Kurt Sutter opted to try something different with the dark and violent medieval drama “The Bastard Executioner” which premiered on FX.
Set in 14th century Wales, the series has failed to find both critical or ratings success and so as a result will not be renewed for a second season. Surprisingly though, it wasn’t the network that pulled the plug but rather Sutter himself. Speaking with THR, Sutter says:
“I don’t want to write something that nobody’s f–ing watching… I think the mythology was a little too dense for some people. There’s a glut of period pieces on right now, and I’m sure timing has something to do it. There’s just so many f–ing variables involved in that formula.
My sense is that a year from now, people will be like, ‘Why didn’t you make more?’ (Laughs.) I mean, I get so many people telling me they’re on episode four of Sons. And yes, some of that is ego. But some of it is just, [if no one’s watching] then I’m not necessarily doing my job.”
Even Sutter admits he had fallen far behind on scripts, while others have criticised the series for indulging Sutter’s worst excesses from ‘Sons’ with episodes running ridiculously long and lots of full song-length montages.
That saw the show’s audience dwindle from 4 million combined weekly viewers for its premiere to just 1.9 million by the sixth episode. The series wrapped its season earlier this week.
Sutter is locked into a deal though with FX over the next few years so expect more from him to come.