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Posted on Aug 13, 2012 6:52:05 PM PDT
_Gilligan's Island_
It ended before they got rescued.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2012 5:26:19 AM PDT
W.T. says:
"Outside of that Terra Nova and Jericho were enjoyable, but I could see them getting canned."

At least Jericho got a partial conclusion with the seven-episode second season. Most canned shows don't even get that.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 4:46:15 PM PDT

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2012 5:09:22 PM PDT
Lori Ghany says:
I REMEMBER IT; I grew up on it! :)

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 7:09:27 PM PDT
Green Meanie says:
Does anybody remember Holmes and Yoyo & Futurecop ?

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 10:03:41 PM PDT
I remember that both of those shows existed, but I probably have them mixed up in my mind.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 3:07:18 AM PDT
Lord Baal says:
"Holmes and Yoyo" there's a blast from the past, I quite liked it at the time but I was much much younger then.
Don't think Futurecop ever crossed the pond.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 5:56:03 AM PDT
Wiseguy's technically didn't tank, but after Ken Wahl left the show, it was pretty much a done deal.

Really liked Frank's Place. Network's did not give the show a chance at all. One of the better Black shows ever put on air, and also a better representation of New Orleans that has ever been seen on television.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 7:13:58 AM PDT
C. J. Vasta says:
7. I think you mean Mann and Machine which had David Andrews playing a cop partnered with an attractive female that happened to be robot with an AI that was behind in her development, so she often needed everyday human things explained to her.

David Andrews starred in an another short-lived series shortly after that called The Antagonists, where he played a defense attorney that frequently went up against prosecutor Lauren Holly. Rene Auberjonis guest-starred in the one episode I saw (This would be between Benson and Deep Space 9) playing an affable con-man framed for murder. (He had played likable master criminals before in shows like Wonder Woman and Starsky and Hutch).

10. Baywatch Nights - the fist season had potential, but ws uneven in tone. They should have kept Lisa Stahl's character as a ditzy trouble-magnet whose "psychic" powes wer dubious, rather than a doing a dramatic episode where she was linked to a serial killer. Going X-Files was a mistake. So was losing Gregory Alan-Williams.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 8:06:04 AM PDT
K. Rowley says:
Talking about androids.. There was a made-for-tv movie that was suppose to be turned into a series - but didn't make it.

Questor Tapes

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 8:31:22 AM PDT
C. J. Vasta says:
I haven't seen the episode question. I first saw Fantastic Journey as a kid. One of the great attracions of the show was the way they would pick up characters and drop them off.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 8:34:40 AM PDT
Lori Ghany says:
oooo I LOVED Mann and Machine! :)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 9:35:45 AM PDT
C. J. Vasta says:
D. C. Fontana was a fairly mediocre writer by Star Trek standards. I imagine her "legendary" status in part to being the only woman who wrote for the show. Granted she's leaps and bounds ahead of Gene Roddenberry, and unlike "The Great White Bird" can actually write characters as if they're human beings. I suspect Tracy Torme was creating a deliberate parody in "The Royale" when Troi asks people actualy talked like they do in the Hotel Royale novel and Picard responds in the stilted pompous style that Roddenbery loved to write in Picard in.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 10:40:51 AM PDT
J. Beaver says:
Doctor Who was generally very good at moving characters in and out. It helped keep things fresh. Replacing characters seems to be a technique that has gained steam during the last decade. The British series' 'Survivors' and 'Primeval' spring immediately to mind. Didn't care much for 'Primeval'. I thought I was getting the original '70s series when I borrowed 'Survivors' from the library, but it was the new one. Without a standard for comparison, I thought the new one was pretty decent.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 12:37:04 PM PDT
Ahh, I remember the Questor Tapes! Had forgotten all about that.

Here's one which you might remember. Back when the Flash Gordon movie came out, Filmation did an animated version that was actually pretty good (until the network suits stuck their hands into it). Cancelled during the second season after it was changed to be more episodic instead of the serial-like structure of the first season.

I also kind of dug the Planet of the Apes series from the 70's?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 12:45:08 PM PDT
C. J. Vasta says:
Yes there was a stark contrast between the series and the movies. Watching the first two, I was struck at the how dark and misanthropic the films were. They were certainly of their time. Beneath was almost comic in it's grimness. Heston came up with the ending because he was dubious of sequels and thought this would guarantee that there would be no more.

By the time of the series, things had changed. This was the era of detente. So instead of encountering evidence of a society destroyed by nuclear warfare, they find history books showing futuristic cities indicating human society went on for years without collapsing. The two astronauts were practically polymaths, one grew up on a farm so he knew practically everything about agriculture. They practically knew every skill that was necessary for the episode. These are the astronauts that could beat cavemen. There was a sharp contrast how modern humanity was portrayed from blowing up the earth to teaching apes to fish with nets.

After the series ended, episodes were bundled together and sold as Planet of the Apes movies. Sort of Equlvalent of episodes of Galictica 1980 being mixed into the syndication of the 21st cetury Galactica series.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 1:12:36 PM PDT
_The Questor Tapes_ seems interesting. Sort of like if Data and Gary Seven had a child. ;-)

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 2:21:41 PM PDT
Jed Fisher says:
Let's not forget that Star Trek tanked in its third season, squashed by the more popular Lost in Space.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 2:38:20 PM PDT
A sad commentary on humanity, but let's also remember that ST got the Time Slot of Death.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 4:01:12 PM PDT
A lot of shows that seemed to have tanked generally did because of network interference. One, moving a show around till people can't find it, or putting it up against another network's show that has a larger audience then wonder why the ratings are going down.

Some shows seem to get pre-empted so often you lose track of the storyline.

Firefly might well have been a pretty decent success if the networks had left it alone, and let them aire the episodes in the correct order. It's amazing that these are supposed to be people that get paid big bucks for knowing what their doing, but most of the time when you see a show that's a big success, a lot of the time it's just luck.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 11:43:43 PM PDT
Byron says:
I saw The Questor Tapes as a kid when it was originally aired and remembered it vividly for many years. I saw it again as an adult and it held up pretty well.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 11:51:08 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 15, 2012 11:59:08 PM PDT
Byron says:
The Addams Family had an unjustly short run, only 2 seasons. It's often unfairly compared to, or lumped together with, The Munsters. The humor could be much more sly and dark and it had an undertone of sexuality through Gomez and Morticia's relationship.

The Munsters, despite their appearance, craved comparatively normal lives while The Addams Family lived very dark and bizarre lives and just THOUGHT they were normal.

Posted on Aug 16, 2012 12:13:09 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 16, 2012 12:18:45 AM PDT
Byron says:
It seemed so obvious that I didn't mention it at first, but in scanning through the other posts I didn't see 'Twin Peaks' listed. Even when it got a little lost in the middle of the second season it never failed to entertain. Its ending has to be the ultimate maddening never-to-be-resolved cliffhanger.

'John from Cincinnati' was interesting and I agree that 'Millennium' should have been given more time.

I'll also join the sad chorus for 'Firefly'. I get momentarily hopeful when I see Nathan Fillion pop up on TV until I realize I'm looking at the junky 'Castle'. I'm glad the guy has steady work, but really........

Posted on Aug 16, 2012 4:37:45 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 16, 2012 4:40:23 AM PDT
K. Rowley says:
Another series that I liked was Early Edition, which only went two seasons..

Eli Stone was another one that I liked that only went two seasons.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 16, 2012 9:29:00 AM PDT
Green Meanie says:
Yeah it had Yancy Butler as the android.

I liked the Species inspired episode where Mitch must track down a genetically modified beautiful woman.
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