Kings exiled to the summer
by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 24th 2009 9:04AM
Were you hoping to find out if David was able to reconnect with his family or why William Cross' son had a high heeled shoe in his room? Tune in two months from now to find out.
NBC's Kings has been moved to the middle of June after just four episodes, the last of which was moved from Sunday to Saturday just as Macaulay Culkin made an intriguing special appearance.
This just spells even more gloom and doom for the show that has suffered from low ratings and a juggled time slot since it hit the air. A two-month hiatus is the television equivalent of the "I just want to be friends" dump.
The network hasn't the given the show much to work with in terms of a chance for ratings. They switched its air date three times from Thursday to Sunday and finally to Saturday. The only people watching TV on a Saturday night are stoners, so if Kings tried to write a giant chicken that farts jellybeans into the script, it might have had a chance.
A two-month hiatus can't do much good at this point in the series. The fourth episode left a few unresolved issues in the plot, and picking up the series so far away just serves to confuse and bewilder the people who haven't been watching it from the beginning. It's like walking in on a movie that started two months ago.
The show has been fun to watch, but it still feels fairly unremarkable and restrained. It's definitely one of the smarter or emotionally deeper shows on network television, but it never really let loose with anything spectacular or nail-biting. That doesn't make it a bad show, but nothing that would really attract a huge widespread audience of rabid fans willing to lay down their lives for an additional season.
The network has said they are willing to give the show a full season, but it seems improbable they are willing to even let it go beyond that. So fans, live it up while you can. Not even God can save this king.