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« on: February 15, 2012, 08:51:35 PM »

The thread on upcoming tv pilots got me thinking about those short lived series that should have survived.  I'm talking one season...and not even a full season in some cases.

My top picks:

1) Firefly...obviously.  It's the poster child for this topic.

2) Profit.  I even bought the dvd set when it came out.  It truly was unlike anything else on tv at the time.  So far ahead of the curve that I don't think folks knew what to make of it.

3) The Dresden Files.  Not a critical hit, but a fun series I thought should have been given a chance.  I think the lead actor wanted out though.

4) Invasion.  It was a little weak at the beginning but turned itself eventually.  William Fichtner is one of those great character actors who makes everything better.  Plus, I'll watch anything with Alexis Dziena.  



5) Kings. Ian McShane.  That is all.

6) Andy Barker, PI.  I know most would go with Andy Richter Controls the Universe, but for some reason this made me laugh harder.

Honorable mention goes out to Running Wilde (the comedic genius of Will Arnett was almost equally matched by that of Peter Serafinowicz.  If you haven't had a chance to watch this series, you can find it on Netflix Streaming in its entirety.  Come for the Arnett, stay for the Fa'ad.

I'm sure there's a ton I'm missing.  Any others come to mind?
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2012, 09:00:11 PM »

Better Off Ted comes to mind, although it made into at least part way into a second season.  Regardless, I'm including it anyway.
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2012, 09:00:58 PM »

Kindred the Embraced pops to mind, as does Life on Mars and The Unusuals


I agree with a majority of your list, never saw Profit though. 

[edit] oh, and add John from Cincinnati to my list.
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2012, 09:02:39 PM »

I can't get behind Kindred.  I tried watching one episode and thought it embodied everything that made Vampire LARPing tragically hilarious to watch.

Profit was great because the main character was the bad guy.  He was a psycho raised in a box and his only view of the world was a television his parents put in front of it.  There's a scene in the series in which you find out exactly WHY he's targeted this one specific company for revenge and you suddenly realize the show's meant to be complete satire.  Absolutely genius.

I prefer the british version of Life on Mars, but I was pleasantly surprised by the american remake.  not too bad.  I'll have to check out the Unusuals.

John from Cincinnati was so odd that I think I liked it, but I can't be sure.   icon_smile

Better off Ted made it to season 2, so I didn't include it, but I thought it was pretty funny.
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2012, 09:04:09 PM »

+1 for Invasion, it finished very strong and had a pretty shocking ending.

I loved The Unusuals, but it didn't even make it one season.

My wife really liked Moonlight.
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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2012, 09:04:59 PM »

I'm kinda partial to Wonderfalls. It's a Joan of Arc comedy (who thought that sentence would ever be written). It doesn't seem like any of Bryan Fuller's shows get more than a season or two....
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2012, 09:06:49 PM »

Ah Moonlight.  It contained the single dumbest vampire that ever graced the television screen.  He made Count Chocula look like a Rhodes Scholar.  Seriously, if you know you're not going to age past 30 and you're living at the same friggin' address for 60 years without changing your name, you really deserve to get staked by passing schoolchildren.

I will admit, I watched the show though.  It never failed to crack me up.

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I'm kinda partial to Wonderfalls. It's a Joan of Arc comedy (who thought that sentence would ever be written). It doesn't seem like any of Bryan Fuller's shows get more than a season or two....

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I wanted to include my beloved Pushing Daisies but it made it to a second season.
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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2012, 09:07:02 PM »

Freaks and Geeks

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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2012, 09:07:31 PM »

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« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2012, 09:07:54 PM »

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I still rewatch the dvd set once a year.  The single most perfect casting in the history of television.
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« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2012, 09:18:38 PM »

ah that reminds me that chick (Alexis-Dziena) annoyed the hell out of me in entourage.  Holy shit she was annoying, her voice just ruined that season
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« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2012, 09:19:15 PM »

True, she's annoying.  but good lord is she hot.

also, I would've thought the annoying voices of every other character on entourage would've simply drowned her out.   icon_confused
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« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2012, 09:35:55 PM »

Strange Luck, the show that died that Sliders might live. *Fist Shaking*
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« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2012, 09:39:06 PM »

Journeyman  - though Awake might have a similar vibe.
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« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2012, 09:43:03 PM »

I saw a commercial for Awake just the other night.  I'm a big fan of Jason Isaacs so I'll have to check it out.
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« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2012, 12:00:14 AM »

I'll second Journeyman

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« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2012, 12:23:41 AM »

Quote from: Harkonis on February 16, 2012, 12:00:14 AM

The Good Guys (yeah, I liked it, shoot me. lol )

been watching it on and off via Netflix and it's pretty decent.

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« Reply #18 on: February 16, 2012, 01:12:10 AM »

I'm surprised no one has said Caprica yet.

Also, Terriers and Lights Out.
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« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2012, 01:16:03 AM »

Another vote for Journeyman. Looked like Quantum Leap clone and seemed to start off that way but then began distinguishing itself with some well written characters. I particularly liked that the family had to deal with this guy time traveling and being gone from their lives so much and at unexpected times. They didn't just gloss over that loss.

Hated how it was killed right when they were starting to reveal the bigger picture of what was going on with these time traveling people. Boo.

Some others mentioned here I wouldn't have minded seeing more of would be Wonderfalls, Moonlight (just missed the vampire craze) and Firefly.
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« Reply #20 on: February 16, 2012, 01:52:59 AM »

I don't think it's on par with the other top notch things people have already listed, but I think Sarah Connor Chronicles was just starting to really come into its own when they pulled the plug. 
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« Reply #21 on: February 16, 2012, 01:57:14 AM »

Quote from: Calavera on February 15, 2012, 09:04:59 PM

I'm kinda partial to Wonderfalls. It's a Joan of Arc comedy (who thought that sentence would ever be written). It doesn't seem like any of Bryan Fuller's shows get more than a season or two....

+2. Although it did gradually become repetitive as the season went on, the first few episodes were brilliant. It's my understanding that they only aired four episodes, and those were out of order. Why do networks set a show up to fail like that?
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« Reply #22 on: February 16, 2012, 01:59:08 AM »

Quote from: wonderpug on February 16, 2012, 01:52:59 AM

I don't think it's on par with the other top notch things people have already listed, but I think Sarah Connor Chronicles was just starting to really come into its own when they pulled the plug. 

Sarah Connor lasted 2 seasons, though, so I think it's disqualified from this thread.   Tongue
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« Reply #23 on: February 16, 2012, 02:37:03 AM »

Quote from: pr0ner on February 16, 2012, 01:59:08 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 16, 2012, 01:52:59 AM

I don't think it's on par with the other top notch things people have already listed, but I think Sarah Connor Chronicles was just starting to really come into its own when they pulled the plug. 

Sarah Connor lasted 2 seasons, though, so I think it's disqualified from this thread.   Tongue

No kidding?  Why do I remember it getting yanked mid-season?
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« Reply #24 on: February 16, 2012, 02:41:11 AM »

Quote from: Ironrod on February 16, 2012, 01:57:14 AM

Quote from: Calavera on February 15, 2012, 09:04:59 PM

I'm kinda partial to Wonderfalls. It's a Joan of Arc comedy (who thought that sentence would ever be written). It doesn't seem like any of Bryan Fuller's shows get more than a season or two....

+2. Although it did gradually become repetitive as the season went on, the first few episodes were brilliant. It's my understanding that they only aired four episodes, and those were out of order. Why do networks set a show up to fail like that?

Fox seems to all the time.
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« Reply #25 on: February 16, 2012, 03:34:49 AM »

Quote from: pr0ner on February 16, 2012, 01:12:10 AM

I'm surprised no one has said Caprica yet.

Also, Terriers and Lights Out.

I had already forgot about all of those.
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« Reply #26 on: February 16, 2012, 06:07:07 AM »

There was a show called Thief (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0454753/) that I kinda enjoyed.  Think of it as a beta run for Leverage. 
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« Reply #27 on: February 16, 2012, 06:36:00 AM »

Quote from: Calavera on February 16, 2012, 02:41:11 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 16, 2012, 01:57:14 AM

Quote from: Calavera on February 15, 2012, 09:04:59 PM

I'm kinda partial to Wonderfalls. It's a Joan of Arc comedy (who thought that sentence would ever be written). It doesn't seem like any of Bryan Fuller's shows get more than a season or two....

+2. Although it did gradually become repetitive as the season went on, the first few episodes were brilliant. It's my understanding that they only aired four episodes, and those were out of order. Why do networks set a show up to fail like that?

Fox seems to all the time.

But why? They aren't stupid. Why would they deliberately sabotage a show that they paid to develop before it even has a chance to find an audience? Why would they not air all of the episodes that they already own? How is that a good business decision?
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« Reply #28 on: February 16, 2012, 07:14:38 AM »

Quote from: Ironrod on February 16, 2012, 06:36:00 AM

Quote from: Calavera on February 16, 2012, 02:41:11 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 16, 2012, 01:57:14 AM

Quote from: Calavera on February 15, 2012, 09:04:59 PM

I'm kinda partial to Wonderfalls. It's a Joan of Arc comedy (who thought that sentence would ever be written). It doesn't seem like any of Bryan Fuller's shows get more than a season or two....

+2. Although it did gradually become repetitive as the season went on, the first few episodes were brilliant. It's my understanding that they only aired four episodes, and those were out of order. Why do networks set a show up to fail like that?

Fox seems to all the time.

But why? They aren't stupid. Why would they deliberately sabotage a show that they paid to develop before it even has a chance to find an audience? Why would they not air all of the episodes that they already own? How is that a good business decision?

I think sometimes the people making the final call ARE that stupid. 
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« Reply #29 on: February 16, 2012, 07:59:21 AM »

Camelot.

The way they ended Camelot you'd think a second season was all but guarenteed.

Anyone know if Terra Nova was renewed for a second season? If not, add that to the list as well.
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« Reply #30 on: February 16, 2012, 09:26:10 AM »

The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.

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« Reply #31 on: February 16, 2012, 10:06:31 AM »

I really liked Odyssey 5 with Peter Weller and Sebastian Roché (both cool in it). Especially the pilot episode was awesome.
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« Reply #32 on: February 16, 2012, 11:22:29 AM »

+1 for Kings.  I was disappointed when it was canceled


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« Reply #33 on: February 16, 2012, 01:30:04 PM »

Its hard to add to this list as most of the really good ones have been mentioned.  Obviously Firefly is the poster child but Ill give Terriers its props.  Great show.  It was nice that they gave it some semblance of and ending though.    Profit was definitely ahead of its time, lots of potential in the show.  Oh and +1 for Brisco County Jr. and Strange Luck.
  Fox had a run of "out there" shows like Strange Luck and VR5 and in the midst of all that was a short lived series called Harsh Realm.  Its had D.B. Sweeny who was in the process of establishing his position as King of the Series Killers and also had Terry O'Quinn   (John Locke from Lost ) as the main villain.  The show had great potential but was never allowed to get off the ground as Fox only aired 3 of the 9 episodes before kicking it off the network and on to its fledgling FX cable network to air its remaining episodes.
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« Reply #34 on: February 16, 2012, 01:35:21 PM »

is it too early to say The Event?,not sure what's happening on that...actually TBH i am still not sure whether I even like it


This is actually a quite easy question for me,because it has annoyed me and my friends for a long time that only 6 episodes were made




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« Reply #35 on: February 16, 2012, 01:47:33 PM »

There was a TV show I was interested in seeing, but it didn't even make it to broadcast.

Rex is not your Lawyer

Not only did it have David Tennant (I've got a totally hetero-man-crush on him), it also had Suresh from Heroes.
Also, Abigail Spencer was in it. drool
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« Reply #36 on: February 16, 2012, 02:15:01 PM »

Quote from: Ironrod on February 16, 2012, 06:36:00 AM

Quote from: Calavera on February 16, 2012, 02:41:11 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 16, 2012, 01:57:14 AM

Quote from: Calavera on February 15, 2012, 09:04:59 PM

I'm kinda partial to Wonderfalls. It's a Joan of Arc comedy (who thought that sentence would ever be written). It doesn't seem like any of Bryan Fuller's shows get more than a season or two....

+2. Although it did gradually become repetitive as the season went on, the first few episodes were brilliant. It's my understanding that they only aired four episodes, and those were out of order. Why do networks set a show up to fail like that?

Fox seems to all the time.

But why? They aren't stupid. Why would they deliberately sabotage a show that they paid to develop before it even has a chance to find an audience? Why would they not air all of the episodes that they already own? How is that a good business decision?

Here is where business sense and common sense collide. It's actually a good business decision because prime airtime is highly limited. The money they've already spent is a sunk cost and doesn't matter. The only thing they are looking for is what the opportunity cost is to replace any show.

What I think might be happening is that they greenlight the series after they see the pilot, but then don't like the subsequent episodes or think it's going to be too niche based on focus groups/market research. They've probably already greenlit something with better mass appeal, but have already signed the contract to air the show. They air a few episodes because they have to. If it doesn't find a really large audience or an audience as large as they forecast for the new one, they just cancel it and air the new show. The vast majority of the time, they're right.
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« Reply #37 on: February 16, 2012, 02:23:21 PM »

Drive starring Nathan Fillion. I think we only got 2 episodes. The wife and I tuned in for week 3 and they were showing House instead, which is never a good sign.
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« Reply #38 on: February 16, 2012, 02:31:17 PM »

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This is actually a quite easy question for me,because it has annoyed me and my friends for a long time that only 6 episodes were made




 icon_confused  Here in the U.S. it ran for 12 seasons and had 8 movies. 

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Oh and +1 for Brisco County Jr. and Strange Luck.
  Fox had a run of "out there" shows like Strange Luck and VR5 and in the midst of all that was a short lived series called Harsh Realm.  Its had D.B. Sweeny who was in the process of establishing his position as King of the Series Killers and also had Terry O'Quinn   (John Locke from Lost ) as the main villain.  The show had great potential but was never allowed to get off the ground as Fox only aired 3 of the 9 episodes before kicking it off the network and on to its fledgling FX cable network to air its remaining episodes.

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