TV producer Kurt Sutter cancelled “The Bastard Executioner” after its first season but he has good news for “Sons of Anarchy” fans.
Sutter told The Hollywood Reporter, “I don’t want to write something that nobody’s f—ing watching,” in reference to the FX series.
The 14th century period drama show premiered on September 15 with combined weekly viewers of 4 million. THR however noted that its viewers dropped to just 1.9 million for episode six. The 10-episode series wrapped its first and final season last Nov. 17.
“It’s fantastic to get a good review [or] an award, but at the end of the day the only thing that matters, really, is numbers,” the showrunner said.
Sutter decided to pre-empt a formal cancellation announcement and take out a large ad in THR announcing that the show has been axed.
The show creator explained, “I decided to post the ad just because I love this cast and crew so much. It was all very interesting. I think some of it was because a lot of them are stage actors and Brits and they’re not plugged into the same shit the way L.A. actors are plugged into it, worrying about numbers and blah blah blah.”
In the ad, which he also shared on Instagram, Sutter thanked his cast, crew, and collaborators.
The good news is that Sutter is thinking about a “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff for FX and 20th Century Fox TV.
The SOA creator said he is searching for the right writer to develop his SOA’s Mayans motorcycle club spinoff.
“The network is very hot on the Mayans project, and I won’t run that show. For me, this is about finding the right writer and the next thing I will be doing is sitting down and interviewing to find a Latino writer, someone who understands the world and the culture. I don’t want to just throw some white guy at it,” said Sutter.
He declined to give details of the spinoff but reveals with a laugh, “It’s contemporary — and there are no horses involved,” THR wrote.
The biker drama “Sons of Anarchy” remains the most-watched series in the history of the FX channel, RollingStone noted.
Deadline added that Sutter is also discussing with Cross Creek Pictures president Brian Oliver to do “Delivering Gen.”