TNT has opted to cancel freshman Shakespeare drama Will after one season.
The move isn’t a surprise considering the show’s soft live numbers got it pushed to 11:00, with the entire season being released on the TNT app before it finished airing. Also not helping matters was the show’s expense, inherent to its status as a costume drama with elaborate sets, and TNT’s luck in finding Claws, which was renewed earlier this summer. Luckily, Will didn’t go out on a cliffhanger and managed to provide a significant amount of closure for a show only on the air for ten episodes.
Originally developed at Pivot before landing at TNT, Will told the story of William Shakespeare (Laurie Davidson) as he moves to London in order to pursue a career in theater. Once in the big city, though, Shakespeare finds himself in the middle of the religious tension that dominates the city and struggling to build a professional reputation in a city where a bustling theater scene is still in its infancy.
In addition to Davidson, Will starred the likes of Mattias Inwood (The Shannara Chronicles), Colm Meaney (Hell on Wheels), and Jamie Campbell Bower (Camelot).
The series finale of Will aired last night on TNT.