No Season 2 for the period drama.
September 5, 2017
It is being reported that TNT has decided against continuing on with Will, opting to cancel the new period drama after its first season. The news comes just one day after the series, which focused on the lost years of a young William Shakespeare, aired its finale.
Over the course of its 10-episode run, Will struggled to find a significant audience, being watched by an average of 697,000 viewers with a rating of 0.2 among adults 18-49. Critical reception was mixed, resulting in a lack of any real positive buzz to generate interest in the show.
Told in a contemporary style with a modern soundtrack, Will followed a twenty-something William Shakespeare as he arrives in London in 1589. In a time when theatre was like rock & roll, this young man's recklessness and tortured brilliance channels into his words as he looks to make a name for himself.
Those were often the best bits because the rest was a mess. Instead of being about Shakespeare, it was about Catholics vs. Protestants, excessive torture scenes, and one-dimensional characters. There are so many interesting things you can say about Shakespeare's writing; why did the show have to invent such tired and simplistic reasons?
Shakespeare's character in the show was boring and kind of a dick. Topcliff was miscast and way too far over the top. There's no subtlety or nuance here, and there's nothing to do but hate the character. The women were nothing more but vehicles for the men. So many missed opportunities here.
Jamie Campbell Bower was tremendously good, and Marlowe was the only really compelling character. It was still a bit messy and excessive in the middle, but at least his character went somewhere. I stuck around only for him.
I watched the first episode and found it crazy and original. It was too soon to decide if it was good or bad, although definite intrigue. And I thought I was recording the series. But weeks later I realized I hadn't been recording it. So I guess I won't try to recapture a canceled Will. Nowadays, it seems good stuff gets cancelled, bad stuff lives on, and trolls leave their putrid odor.
They payed for it to be made, had nothing else, and were like we got it lets show it. I bet they would have dropped it if there time was worth more than the amount they spent to make it.
We all agree:
1. it got a whole season, more than enough time. They gave it a chance.
2. TnT did not keep it because of ratings.
3. This site, not be part of the TNT network, can not bring back the show. Do not be a troll and ask them to.
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