By Joseph Rossell, Juicy Ecumenism.
ABC has decided to cancel its biblical drama Of Kings and Prophets after just two episodes. The move came after the show received low ratings and sponsors were pressured to pull their advertising.
The show attempted to tell the story of King David’s ascent to the throne and King Saul’s demise. While an exciting premise, ABC failed to deliver a product that resonated with most viewers. Of Kings and Prophets downplayed religious themes in favor of sex, violence, and intrigue for entertainment value.
ABC also took plenty of artistic licenses and made some odd character choices. For example, the prophet Samuel was portrayed as a jealous, bloodthirsty, and senile old man who misrepresented the will of Elohim. Samuel ordered Saul to annihilate the Amalekites seemingly out of spite, not because God wanted it.
Following the first episode, I wrote how Executive Producer Chris Brancato called Of Kings and Prophets the “non-dragon version of Game of Thrones.” He bragged that the show resembled a “soap opera” and would include plenty of gritty sex and gore in an attempt to make the Bible story “modern.”
If all this sounds like a turn-off, apparently so did most television viewers. Ratings for Of Kings and Prophets were abysmal.
“Talk about an epic failure,” TVLine’s Michael Ausiello retorted. He said that in its second week, “the Game of Thrones ripoff drew just 2.4 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, which represented a decline of 27 and 37 percent from its frighteningly low debut.”