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Of Kings and Prophets: Was the ABC TV Show Cancelled Too Quickly?

Last week, after just two airings, ABC cancelled and pulled their new TV show, Of Kings and Prophets. Was the network too quick to pull the trigger? Were they justified?

Of Kings and Prophets is based on the Biblical Books of Samuel. The story is told through the eyes of the battle-weary King Saul, the resentful prophet Samuel, and the resourceful young shepherd, David. The three are on a collision course with destiny. The cast includes Ray Winstone, Olly Rix, Simone Kessell, James Floyd, Haaz Sleiman, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Jeanine Mason, Mohammad Bakri, David Walmsley, Louis Talpe, Nathaniel Parker, and Lyne Renée.

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Latest 'Hur' Remake Gets a Loud, Bombastic Trailer for the Fast and Furious Crowd

'Ben-Hur' 2016 with Jack Huston: Chariot race to the death. 'Ben-Hur' 2016 trailer: 'Gladiator' meets 'Fast Seven' meets 'Star Wars' meets… Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer have released the trailer for their 2016 Ben-Hur remake (or reboot or readaptation) – a.k.a. Fast and Furious A.D., as one wag called it in an online comment. Instead of grandiose spectacle featuring at its core a “human” story with Christian overtones, this chariot-and-sandals epic is being sold as Gladiator meets Fast Seven meets Spartacus: Blood and Sand meets Star Wars – with Morgan Freeman's Sheik Ilderim as the Roman Empire's dreadlocked version of Alec Guinness' Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi. Say what you will, the trailer-makers sure know their target audience. And that's not the same crowd that would go check out what's usually referred to in the U.S. media as “faith” (i.e., Christian) movies. One assumes that particular audience segment will be getting
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ABC Slays ‘Of Kings and Prophets’ After Just Two Episodes

ABC Slays ‘Of Kings and Prophets’ After Just Two Episodes
ABC has yanked freshman series “Of Kings and Prophets” from its schedule, Variety has learned. The cancellation comes after just two very low-rated episodes have aired.

The biblical drama premiered March 8 to a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.3 million viewers overall, falling off this week to an even lower 0.5 in the demo with just 2.4 million viewers.

The time slot left vacant by “Of Kings and Prophets” will be occupied by “Shark Tank’s” companion series “Beyond the Tank” starting next Tuesday, March 22, at 10 p.m.

The Tuesday 10 p.m. time slot has been troubled for ABC. Last November, the dark 1980s set drama “Wicked City” opened with a 0.9, fell to a 0.7 and was then pulled after hitting a minuscule 0.4 in its third outing. Previously, the slot had been home to “Forever,” which did okay, but was not renewed for a second season; “Killer Women”( in 2014), which was pulled after just
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Of Kings and Prophets: Season One Ratings

A couple years ago, NBC aired Ad: The Bible Continues. While the TV series found some devoted followers, the ratings were too low and the network cancelled it. Now, ABC is trying another Bible-based series called Of Kings and Prophets. Will it be a success? Cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.

Of Kings and Prophets is based on the Biblical Books of Samuel. The story is told through the eyes of the battle-weary King Saul, the resentful prophet Samuel, and the resourceful young shepherd, David. The three are on a collision course with destiny. The cast includes Ray Winstone, Olly Rix, Simone Kessell, James Floyd, Haaz Sleiman, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Jeanine Mason, Mohammad Bakri, David Walmsley, Louis Talpe, Nathaniel Parker, and Lyne Renée.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly
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Of Kings and Prophets

Network: ABC

Episodes: Ongoing (hour)

Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: March 8, 2016 -- present

Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Ray Winstone, Olly Rix, Simone Kessell, James Floyd, Haaz Sleiman, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Jeanine Mason, Mohammad Bakri, David Walmsley, Louis Talpe, Nathaniel Parker, and Lyne Renée.

TV show description:      

This dramatic series is a saga of faith, ambition and betrayal and is based on the Biblical Books of Samuel. It's told through the eyes of the battle-weary King Saul, the resentful prophet Samuel, and the resourceful young shepherd David. The three are on a collision course with destiny and the story that unfolds is still being told today.

A thousand years before Christ, the first king of the Israelites, Saul (Ray Winstone), struggles to unify the dozen Israelite tribes and defend his fledgling nation
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Of Kings and Prophets: New Series Photos Released by ABC

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[caption id="attachment_42129" align="aligncenter" width="472"] Of Kings And Prophets - An epic biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of the battle-weary King Saul, the resentful prophet Samuel and the resourceful young shepherd David - all on a collision course with destiny that will change the world. (ABC/Trevor Adeline)Ray Winstone, Simone Kessell/caption]

ABC has released eight new photos from the Of Kings and Prophets TV series, check them out, above and below. The Of Kings and Prophets biblical drama premieres Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at 10:00pm Et/Pt.

The Of Kings and Prophets cast includes: Ray Winstone as King Saul; Olly Rix as David; Mohammad Bakri as Samuel; Simone Kessell as Queen Ahinoam; Nathaniel Parker as King Achish; Haaz Sleiman as Jonathan; James Floyd as Ishbaal; Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Michal; Jeanine Mason as Merav; and David Walmsley as Joab.

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Win The Smoke Series One DVD

To celebrate the release of Brand New hard-hitting drama The Smoke on DVD, we’ve teamed up with Acorn Media to give 3 lucky WhatCulture.com readers the opportunity to win a copy of the show on DVD, following its run on Sky One.

Written by acclaimed writer Lucy Kirkwood (Skins), The Smoke is a show about ordinary men and women, about fire-fighters, and heroes, about life and death stories of risk and rescue. Charged with adrenaline, gut-wrenchingly emotional, surprisingly funny, and often outrageously audacious, it’s a show with big thrills, huge heart, and characters who leave an indelible mark.

Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch) plays Trish, Kev’s girlfriend, who is striving to hold on to love and hope against the odds, while Rhashan Stone (Bodies) is Kev’s best mate Mal, whose loyalty is tested to the extreme. Then there’s the rest of the watch: Little Al (Gerard Kearns
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DVD Review: In the Flesh

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Genre: Horror | Drama

Original Broadcast Network: BBC America

Discs: 1

Run time: Approximately 180 minutes (3 episodes)

Release date: October 8, 2013

Creator/Writer: Dominic Mitchell

Director: Jonny Campbell

Synopsis:

In The Flesh, BBC America’s three-part series that Wired called “the thinking person’s Walking Dead,” is a unique take on a zombie apocalypse: what happens when humanity survives the uprising… and so do the zombies? When 18-year-old Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry, Anna Karenina, Quartet) committed suicide four years ago, his friends and family thought they’d never see him again – that is, until the dead began to rise. After a catastrophic war, imprisonment, and months of rehabilitation and medication, hoards of brain-craving undead have returned to a lucid state. The zombies, now known as Pds (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferers, are gradually being introduced back into a society that so recently fought them off for survival. For Kieren, returning home means confronting the community
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TV Review: In the Flesh, Parts 1-3

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Genre: Sci-Fi | Drama

Air Date/Time: Thursday-Saturday, June 6-8, 10/9c (three episodes), with a block rebroadcast Sunday afternoon, June 9 at 2/1c

Network: BBC America

Creator/Writer: Dominic Mitchell

Director: Jonny Campbell

Synopsis:

BBC America’s co-production, In The Flesh, tells a very human story…about the undead. The mini-series springs to life with the channel’s special broadcast event, premiering over three consecutive nights. Zombie teenager Kieren Walker isn’t comfortable in his ‘undead’ state. After months of re-habilitation and medication, the zombies, now known as Pds (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferers, are gradually being returned to their homes. When Kieran returns, he is forced to confront his family, the community that rejected him and the haunting flashbacks of what he did in his untreated state. BBC America’s special three-night premiere event of In The Flesh begins Thursday, June 6, 10:00pm Et/Pt.

Emily Bevan (The Thick of It), Steve Evets
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Review: “In the Flesh”

Review: “In the Flesh”
The metaphorical aspects of the supernatural have already been given quite a workout in “True Blood,” which is why BBC America’s three-part “In the Flesh” appears to be following a well-trod path by contemplating the alienating aspects of being a zombie. Too earnest and serious to work as satire, this character-driven study — treating what the government has dubbed Partially Deceased Syndrome as just another way of being “different” — certainly doesn’t fit into neat boxes, but its real-world, zombies-as-gay parallels play a bit heavy-handed. Although not bad per se, those with a genre appetite should be forewarned: “The Walking Dead,” this isn’t.

The program’s conceit picks up some time after the point at which most such tales begin. Zombies — who rose from the dead and munched on human flesh, in what was called “The Rising” — have now been successfully treated for their condition, using a medical cocktail
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Watch the First Three Minutes of BBC America's In the Flesh

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We've already seen a few sneak peeks of "In the Flesh," premiering on BBC America this Thursday night, June 6th, but now we have the opening three minutes of the series and some new artwork to share. Check 'em out, and let us know if you'll be tuning in.

Synopsis:

"In the Flesh" explores a post-zombie-uprising - from the zombie’s perspective. The series follows 18-year-old Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry; Anna Karenina, Quartet), a Partially Deceased Syndrome (Pds) sufferer who, now treated with the medication Neurolax, is deemed ready to return to his parents’ home in the small village of Roarton. Since the passing of the Pds Protection Act, the government has set an agenda of acceptance and tolerance, one that is at odds with the communities abandoned at the time of The Rising and the bloody battle between zombies and humans that ensued. A cauldron of brutal anti-zombie sentiment boils in Roarton,
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Maxi-Sized Gallery for Zombie Mini-Series In the Flesh

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While it shows off more of the humans than the zombies in BBC America's upcoming three-part mini-series "In the Flesh," this image gallery does give you a sneak peek of what the undead will generally be looking like on the show. So check it out and get ready for June 6th, 7th, and 8th!

Synopsis:

"In the Flesh" explores a post-zombie-uprising - from the zombie’s perspective. The series follows 18-year-old Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry; Anna Karenina, Quartet), a Partially Deceased Syndrome (Pds) sufferer who, now treated with the medication Neurolax, is deemed ready to return to his parents’ home in the small village of Roarton. Since the passing of the Pds Protection Act, the government has set an agenda of acceptance and tolerance, one that is at odds with the communities abandoned at the time of The Rising and the bloody battle between zombies and humans that ensued.
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Get a Sneak Peek at BBC America’s Zombie Mini-Series In The Flesh

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As we are being continually overrun with zombie movies and shows, it has been expected that we’d be getting some kind of backlash, something highlighting the more sensitive side of the undead. There was the Warm Bodies movie recently, and now we have BBC America gifting us with a 3-night mini-series about “”Pds (Partially Dead Syndrome) sufferers” and their re-entry into civilization, entitled In the Flesh.

Here’s a clip, followed by the BBC America press release:

Clip: In the Flesh

BBC America’S In The Flesh Three-night Zombie Mini-series Event Begins Thursday, June 6

For the undead…life begins again.

“I don’t feel ready. But that’s why they say I am ready…because I’m feeling.”

–Zombie Teenager Kieren Walker, Pds (Partially Deceased Syndrome) Sufferer

BBC America’s co-production, In The Flesh, tells a very human story…about the undead. The mini-series springs to life with the channel’s special broadcast event,
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Get a Sneak Peek of Episode 1 of BBC America's In the Flesh

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In just one week BBC America kicks off its three-night "In the Flesh" zombie event, and we have a nearly three-minute long sneak peek of Episode 1 along with another promo that introduces us to Rick.

Synopsis:

"In the Flesh" explores a post-zombie-uprising - from the zombie’s perspective. The series follows 18-year-old Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry; Anna Karenina, Quartet), a Partially Deceased Syndrome (Pds) sufferer who, now treated with the medication Neurolax, is deemed ready to return to his parents’ home in the small village of Roarton. Since the passing of the Pds Protection Act, the government has set an agenda of acceptance and tolerance, one that is at odds with the communities abandoned at the time of The Rising and the bloody battle between zombies and humans that ensued. A cauldron of brutal anti-zombie sentiment boils in Roarton, the home of the ‘rotter’ hating Human Volunteer Force (Hvf). Can
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Another Promo Shambles in for BBC America's In the Flesh

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Ready for another look at "In the Flesh," BBC America's three-night zombie event that begins next week? In England the dead aren't just rising from the grave... They're returning home!

Synopsis:

"In the Flesh" explores a post-zombie-uprising - from the zombie’s perspective. The series follows 18-year-old Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry; Anna Karenina, Quartet), a Partially Deceased Syndrome (Pds) sufferer who, now treated with the medication Neurolax, is deemed ready to return to his parents’ home in the small village of Roarton. Since the passing of the Pds Protection Act, the government has set an agenda of acceptance and tolerance, one that is at odds with the communities abandoned at the time of The Rising and the bloody battle between zombies and humans that ensued. A cauldron of brutal anti-zombie sentiment boils in Roarton, the home of the ‘rotter’ hating Human Volunteer Force (Hvf). Can Kieren’s neighbors forgive
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Second Teaser Promo for BBC America's In the Flesh

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A second teaser promo has arrived for BBC America's three-night "In the Flesh" event that introduces us to the character Amy, portrayed by Emily Bevan. Will you be watching when it begins on Thursday, June 6th?

Synopsis:

"In the Flesh" explores a post-zombie-uprising - from the zombie’s perspective. The series follows 18-year-old Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry; Anna Karenina, Quartet), a Partially Deceased Syndrome (Pds) sufferer who, now treated with the medication Neurolax, is deemed ready to return to his parents’ home in the small village of Roarton. Since the passing of the Pds Protection Act, the government has set an agenda of acceptance and tolerance, one that is at odds with the communities abandoned at the time of The Rising and the bloody battle between zombies and humans that ensued. A cauldron of brutal anti-zombie sentiment boils in Roarton, the home of the ‘rotter’ hating Human Volunteer Force
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First Teaser Promo for BBC America's In the Flesh

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BBC America has released its first teaser promo for "In the Flesh," which is airing as a special three-night premiere event beginning Thursday, June 6th, at 10:00pm Et/Pt. Check it out, and let us know if you're planning to watch. We certainly are!

Synopsis:

"In the Flesh" explores a post-zombie-uprising - from the zombie’s perspective. The series follows 18-year-old Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry; Anna Karenina, Quartet), a Partially Deceased Syndrome (Pds) sufferer who, now treated with the medication Neurolax, is deemed ready to return to his parents’ home in the small village of Roarton. Since the passing of the Pds Protection Act, the government has set an agenda of acceptance and tolerance, one that is at odds with the communities abandoned at the time of The Rising and the bloody battle between zombies and humans that ensued. A cauldron of brutal anti-zombie sentiment boils in Roarton, the
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BBC America Moves Up the Premiere Date of In the Flesh to June 6th

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When BBC America first announced it would be airing the UK mini-series "In the Flesh," the premiere date was in August, but they must have realized we Yanks need our zombies sooner than that as it has now been moved up to June 6th.

From the Press Release:

BBC America’s co-production "In the Flesh" tells a very human story... about the undead. The mini-series springs to life with a special broadcast event, premiering over three consecutive nights.

Zombie teenager Kieren Walker isn’t comfortable in his ‘undead’ state. He didn’t want to come back - he wanted to be dead. After his suicide four years ago, his friends and family thought they’d never see him again. But then, shortly after his funeral, thousands rose from the dead. After months of rehabilitation and medication, the zombies, now known as Pds (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferers, are gradually being returned to their homes.
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'In The Flesh': Why BBC Three's zombie drama deserves a second series

If you didn't catch BBC Three's drama three-parter In The Flesh these past few weeks then you missed out - ostensibly a zombie series, writer Dominic Mitchell's first proper TV outing was really a story about outsiders and the dangers of bigotry and ignorance, using the supernatural to address real-life issues.

Anyone expecting Walking Dead-esque comic book gore will have come away disappointed, but anyone still feeling pangs of grief from the recent demise of Being Human will have felt the blow softened by In The Flesh's blend of heartfelt humour and high emotion - the show's roots as a more grounded thriller about a young man recovering from a psychotic break were clear to see.

But as much as I enjoyed the In The Flesh finale, I also had serious reservations - chief among them being that three episodes was simply too short a run. Mitchell's
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In the Flesh Writer Dominic Mitchell Addresses Some of the Series' Unanswered Questions

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It sounds like "In the Flesh" will be returning to BBC Three after all; in this featurette posted after the show's finale aired, writer Dominic Mitchell said about some of the unresolved plot lines, "We'll get to it... we'll get to it. I swear."

Does that mean a second season is on its way? We'll keep our eyes and ears open and let you know as soon as we get confirmation. And we'll stay on the lookout for news of when the first season's three episodes might run on BBC America as well.

BBC Three's "In The Flesh" is written by Dominic Mitchell and directed by Jonny Campbell. It stars Luke Newberry as Kieren Walker, David Walmsley as Rick Macy, Emily Bevan as Amy Dyer, and Harriet Caines as Jemima Walker.

For more visit "In the Flesh" on BBC Three, "like" BBC Three on Facebook, and follow BBC Three on Twitter.
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