Category Archives: Cancelled Before It Began

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

Pilot Season has come and gone and the networks have made their selections on which shows will be joining their schedules for the coming season. But that always means that several pilots get left behind and lose the chance to prove that they could have succeeded as an ongoing series. This year, the networks ordered fewer pilots which… Read More »

Cancelled Before it Began: Dr. Strange (1978)

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 this TV movie finally getting its release on DVD and the new feature film hitting theaters today, it is worth revisiting this failed 70’s pilot.  This 1978 telefilm introduced Prime Time audiences to… 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: 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: The Time Tunnel (2002)

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 2002 pilot was a remake of the Irwin Allen series that ran for one season in the late sixties, and like the Sci Fi Channel’s reboot of Battlestar: Galactica which would bow… Read More »

Cancelled Before It Began: Gene Rodenberry’s Spectre (1977)

Our ongoing look back at sci fi / fantasy TV shows that were cancelled way too soon or pilots that never made it to series. Among the pilots that Gene Roddenberry worked on during the 1970’s, The Questor Tapes (more on that at this link) and Genesis II / Planet Earth (more on those at this link) are… Read More »

Cancelled Before It Began: The Amazing Screw-On Head (2006)

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 Sci Fi Channel produced the pilot for this odd little animated series back in 2006, though unfortunately it never went to series.  Combining spy fi, steam punk, and supernatural elements with a… Read More »

Cancelled Before They Began: Tales from the Darkside, The Sixth Gun, Supernatural: Bloodlines, and Other Recent Failed Pilots

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 2016 Pilot Season has come and gone, leaving several promising shows behind in its wake which I go into in more detail at this link.  Here is a look at some more failed… Read More »

Cancelled Before They Began: Damage Control and Other Shows Not Picked Up During the 2016 Pilot Season

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 2016 Pilot season has come and gone and has delivered several pickups that will be appearing on the schedule at some point in the 2016-17 season (more on those at this link).… 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. There were several sci fi pilots that the networks passed over this last May (more on that in an upcoming post), but Marvel’s Most Wanted was one of the most interesting because it had… 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: 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: The Robinsons Lost in Space (2004)

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 2004 pilot delivered a second attempt to reboot the infamous Irwin Allen series from the 1960’s (after the 1998 feature film misfired) and it went for a darker approach similar to Battlestar Galactica‘s… Read More »

Cancelled Before It Began: The Solarnauts (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. In the late 60’s, U.S. television had the two live action space shows Star Trek and Lost in Space airing and apparently British television flirted with one of its own evidenced by the failed… Read More »

Cancelled Before It Began: Doorways (1993)

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 alternate-Earth-traveling series Sliders bowed on FOX in 1995 and has since become a cult favorite among sci fi fans, but a few years before that show debuted ABC considered a pilot with a very… Read More »