ABC”s Controversial Old Testament Epic “Of Kings and Prophets” Has Been Canceled After Two Episodes

BY RELEVANT CULTURE / CULTURE March 21, 2016

Well that didn’t last long. According to Deadline, ABC has canceled it’s dramatic series about the life of David after just two episodes. Even before it aired, Of Kings and Prophets had become controversial, and since its debut, some conservative groups even called for its boycott.

Early on, the series’ producers announced that they wouldn’t shy away from depicting the sexual content and graphic violence featured in the Old Testament story. They were even considering airing a too-hot-for-TV version online. One of the show’s creators had told Variety, “For instance, how much skin or sexuality we can show? I think we can show it in its pure form, but I think we’re really talking about subtle distinctions between online and broadcast … In the broadcast version, we kind of have to cut around it and do it in pieces, but in the online version, I think we can show it as we originally intended.”

It turns out that religious viewers aren’t exactly fans of the Game of Thrones approach to the Bible: Deadline called the ratings “dismal.” Ironically, it’s not the first time a network has unsuccessfully tried to adapt the story of David and Saul in an action drama: NBC’s futuristic take on the story, Kings, lasted just 13 episodes.

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