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NBC’s Kings | June 11, 2010

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NBC’s Kings was a show from last year (2009), a mid-season show, I believe. It was a brave attempt at storytelling, and of course, as most such attempts go, it wasn’t popular enough to keep the ratings to be renewed for a second season.

In all honesty, this is because of the flawed system of shows and seasons we use here in the US. If they’d made it as an extended miniseries, or a series of miniseries, I think it would have done much better. (or, perhaps, if it had been done on a cable or premium network, with the ability to be even bolder… perhaps.

Regardless, this was an excellent show. Certainly, it wasn’t perfect. I don’t know of a perfect show. Even the ones I love the most (Doctor Who, The Wire, LOST, Torchwood, American Gothic, Carnivale, Oz, Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes, Being Human, True Blood, The Sopranos, Blade: The Series to name a few) were/are flawed.


The strength of this show is two fold – the writing (with wonderful, wonderful dialogue) and the actors. I mean – Ian McShane, Eammon Walker, Miguel Ferrer, Dylan Baker, Mark Margolis, Macaulay Culkin, and even Brian Cox – and these are just some of the great actors.

Of course, I’m an easy sucker for Ian McShane. Add Eammon Walker, Mark Margolis AND Brian Cox? I’m in actor heaven. All we’re missing now is Nigel Hawthore, Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren.

But, I digress. This show was really enjoyable and clever, and you can watch it on Hulu.com right now, the entire run.
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