“The Bastard Executioner,” which Kurt Sutter created, produced and starred in, ended its first and final season on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Sutter released an advertisement to officially announce the cancellation of the show which he was hoping would be the “Game of Thrones” equivalent for FX after a significant dip in ratings.
“The audience has spoken and unfortunately the word is ‘meh,'” reads the advertisement announcing the end of the show. “So with due respect, we bring our mythology to an epic and fiery close.”
Sutter also used the announcement to acknowledge the talent and commitment of the cast and crew as well as thank his partners and collaborators, including FX Networks CEO John Landgraf. The advertisment will run in The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and others.
Sutter acknowledges a number of reasons why the FX series might have failed. He said it might have been “too dense” and the runtimes too long. He also admitted a largely unknown cast and wrong timing releasing the show when there are already many period pieces on TV, did not help.
“I don’t want to write something that nobody’s f—— watching,” Sutter told The Hollywood Reporter about the decision to pull the plug on the FX period drama.
Sutter is now moving on to his next projects, one of which he reveals to be “contemporary and there are no horses involved.” He is also going to produce a Mayans spin-off of his popular FX show “Sons of Anarchy” but is still looking for the right writer. He is also looking forward to doing his movie, “Delivering Gen.”
“The Bastard Executioner,” which revolves around the story of a Welsh knight (Lee Jones) living in the 14th century, aired its first episode on Sept. 15. It premiered with an average of 4.02 million viewers in Nielsen’s Live Plus 7 ratings, according to Boston Herald, which dropped to 1.9 million by episode 6.