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'Bastard Executioner' canceled after only one season

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The Bastard Executioner has been axed. 

Kurt Sutter’s medieval drama series has been canceled after only one season. 

The expensive series (for a basic cable network, at least) delivered low ratings and was roundly trounced by critics (EW gave it a C-grade). 

Sutter claimed credit for ending his show in a trade ad, the Sons of Anarchy creator noting, “I don’t want to write something that nobody’s f—ing watching.”

The Bastard Executioner is a rare example of an FX drama only lasting one season. The channel has previously renewed modestly rated dramas like Tyrant and The Strain.

Sutter is also developing a spin-off for Anarchy about the Mayans motorcycle club. 

Bastard Executioner was set in 14th century Wales and followed a Welsh knight (Lee Jones).  

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