Did you know that The Outer Limits was cancelled when its ratings plummeted after getting moved against the popular Jackie Gleason Show on Saturday nights? Did you know that the cast of Lost in Space fully expected to come back for a fourth season before the surprise cancellation announcement? Did you know that one of J. Michael Straczynski’s early television gigs was the short-lived afternoon sci fi show Captain Power and His Soldiers of the Future? Did you know that Alien Nation was cancelled because the fledgling FOX network ran short of money? Did you know about the short-lived fantasy series Roar that starred a young Heath Ledger? Did you know that fans appealed to Congress after Star Trek: Enterprise was cancelled? Do you know the real stories behind the infamous sci fi cancellations like Star Trek: The Original Series, Battlestar: Galactica (1978), Firefly, Jericho, and more?
So many cancelled sci fi shows and so little time. But don’t fret because the ultimate reference for cancelled science fiction and fantasy shows is here. Cancelled Sci Fi TV presents a broad survey of the genre which starts with the very early days of television and moves all the way forward to some of the most recent cancellations. Over two hundred shows are covered from the past sixty plus years, including well-known entries like Space: 1999, Angel, and Farscape as well as many of the blink-and-you-missed-them shows like The Starlost, Beyond Westworld, The Middleman, and more
This book covers all of those and more, giving show synopses, credits, the years they ran and episode counts, information (and/or speculation) on why they were cancelled, as well as anecdotes and/or bits of trivia. Cancelled Sci Fi TV: 1949-2015 is a must read for sci fi fans and television junkies, a book that you won’t be able to put down once you start it that takes you on a fascinating adventure through the TV Wasteland of cancelled science fiction and fantasy shows.
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