ā€˜Tis apparently NOT nobler to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. (Image: TNT)

Alas, poor Will, we hardly knew ye. Without specifying whether the tagline ā€œBefore he was Shakespeare he was...Willā€ had anything to do with no one wanting to watch the thing, TNT has canceled its low-rated historical drama based on the early life of the legendary playwright, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show averaged just 679,000 viewers and a 0.2 in the 18-49 demographic, which for comparisonā€™s sake is fewer than half the number of viewers tuning in for a normal episode of Naked And Afraid. (Perhaps TNT should have called it Naked Will Shakespeare Is Afraid Of Low Ratings.) The series aired just one season, which saw the bardā€™s young life reimagined in an anachronistic punk rock-esque 16th century Londonā€”and yes, since you asked, it was created by a frequent Baz Luhrmann collaborator, what a coincidence. We commend you to your content, Will, and good eā€™en to your worships. Using those two phrases, incidentally, has now made this post as accurate a depiction of Shakespearean London as Will.

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