Category Archives: Cancelled Before It Began

Cancelled Before It Began: Virtuality (2009)

Our ongoing look back at sci fi / fantasy TV shows that were cancelled way too soon or pilots that never made it to series. Virtuality is a two hour TV movie written and produced by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar: Galactica, Outlander) that follows the crew of a deep space mission headed to the Epsilon Eridani star system… Read More »

Cancelled Before It Began: Robotech II: The Sentinels

Our ongoing look back at sci fi / fantasy TV shows that were cancelled way too soon or pilots that never made it to series. 1985’s Robotech adapted three unrelated anime series (Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber Mospeada) and re-dubbed the dialogue to link them together into a multi-generational epic sci… Read More »

Cancelled Before It Began: Gene Roddenberry’s Assignment: Earth

Our ongoing look back at sci fi / fantasy TV shows that were cancelled way too soon or pilots that never made it to series. As Star Trek was airing its second season back in 1967-68, Gene Roddenberry was uncertain whether the show would survive into a third year and started developing a new series idea in order… Read More »

Cancelled Before It Began: The Veil (1958)

Our ongoing look back at sci fi / fantasy TV shows that were cancelled way too soon or pilots that never made it to series. Referred to as “the greatest television series never seen”, this anthology series was hosted by the legendary Boris Karloff and it presented supernatural tales of horror that were allegedly based on actual reported… Read More »

Cancelled Before It Began: Marvel’s Most Wanted (2016)

Our ongoing look back at sci fi / fantasy TV shows that were cancelled way too soon or pilots that never made it to series. With the recent announcement that ABC is not going forward with its female led superhero series, it’s worth taking a look back at another Marvel show the network passed on a few years… Read More »

Cancelled Before It Began: Star Trek Final Frontier

Our ongoing look back at sci fi / fantasy TV shows that were cancelled way too soon or pilots that never made it to series. By late 2005, Star Trek: Enterprise had wrapped up its final season and there were no Trek movies in the works, but an animated web series was put in development to run on… Read More »

Cancelled Before It Began (or Was It?): Batgirl (1967)

Our ongoing look back at sci fi / fantasy TV shows that were cancelled way too soon or pilots that never made it to series. With The CW having just ordered a pilot for a Batwoman TV series, it is worth looking back at a previous time when a female actor donned the Bat-Cowl and could have appeared… Read More »

Cancelled Before It Began: Star Trek Phase II

Our ongoing look back at sci fi / fantasy TV shows that were cancelled way too soon or pilots that never made it to series. The original Star Trek was infamously cancelled by NBC in 1969 due to low ratings and the high cost of production (as well as multiple other reasons, all of which you can read… Read More »

Cancelled Before It Began: Them (2007)

Our ongoing look back at sci fi / fantasy TV shows that were cancelled way too soon or pilots that never made it to series. This pilot was produced by Battlestar: Galactica EP David Eick and was based on the graphic novel SIX by Michael Avon Oeming and Daniel Berman. It allegedly aired in 2007, but I never remember… Read More »

Cancelled Before It Began: Irwin Allen’s City Beneath the Sea (1971)

Our ongoing look back at sci fi / fantasy TV shows that were cancelled way too soon or pilots that never made it to series. Back in the 1960’s, producer Irwin Allen was king of cheesy sci fi with four separate series that aired from 1964 to 1970: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space,… Read More »

Cancelled Before It Began: The After (2014)

Our ongoing look back at sci fi / fantasy TV shows that were cancelled way too soon or pilots that never made it to series. The pilot for this proposed series came from X-Files creator Chris Carter and it focuses on eight strangers who were thrown together and forced to cooperate with each other in order to survive… Read More »

Cancelled Before It Began: Gerry Anderson’s The Day After Tomorrow (1975)

Our ongoing look back at sci fi / fantasy TV shows that were cancelled way too soon or pilots that never made it to series. Back in December of 1975, an odd little piece of sci fi showed up on afternoon television titled The Day After Tomorrow (not to be confused with the 1983 nuclear war TV movie… Read More »

Cancelled Before They Began: Gene Roddenberry’s Genesis II and Planet Earth

Our ongoing look back at sci fi / fantasy TV shows that were cancelled way too soon or pilots that never made it to series. Gene Roddenberry’s first project after Star Trek to come to fruition was the 1973 pilot Genesis II which starred Alex Cord and familiar Trek face Mariette Hartley.  Cord plays Dylan Hunt, a scientist who undergoes… Read More »

Cancelled Before They Began: Witchblade, Mission Control, Lost Boys and More 2017 Pilots That Did Not Fly

Our ongoing look back at sci fi / fantasy TV shows that were cancelled way too soon or pilots that never made it to series. Every year the television networks order pilots for series they will consider adding to their upcoming schedule, and every year several of these end up not going forward.  I covered the 2018 pilots… Read More »

Cancelled Before They Began: Wayward Sisters, Tremors, Locke and Key, and More 2018 Pilots That Did Not Fly

Our ongoing look back at sci fi / fantasy TV shows that were cancelled way too soon or pilots that never made it to series. The Upfronts wrapped up last week when the networks presented their schedules to the advertisers and now we know which shows will be returning for the upcoming season and which new shows the… Read More »