The Island of Failed TV Pilots and Shows

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Remember when you were a kid, when you first watched Rudolph the Red Nosed-Reindeer for the first time in live clay-mation? And close to mid-way during the show, Rudolph finds the Island of Lost toys, this group of outdated and marginalized set of instruments that had out-lasted their usefulness?

Well, I have decided that some where out there in the multi-verse, there has to be a special place for all of the failed pilots, made-for-tv movies, and cancelled shows.  If I were to own my very own television station, sort of like Oprah and maybe even Al Gore, I’d make a crazy alternative to the SyFy channel. I would take all of the shows that it has hastily cancelled, along with t.v. shows that should have been given a chance with other networks, and make what I would like to call the Nostalgia Network. How does that sound?

Here is a list of shows I would bring back/give a second chance:

1. Firefly. No question about this one folks, I know that the movie Serenity was not enough closure for some folks, and I refuse to read the comic books as an elitist [right Chad? ;-)]. It had a large fan base and continues to be a classic to this day. I myself have just finished the series (all episodes and the movie, and plan on doing a 5 part series on my interpretation of Firefly. 5 drafts are already in the queue. No joke. This is just a tease, I know!

2. Aquaman: The most watched episode of Smallville in Season 5 was Aqua, where Aquaman was introduced. It was the second time an additional superhero other than Clark Kent appeared.  The writers for Smallville, Alfred Gough and Miles Milar, eventually wrote, casted, and produced a pilot for Aquaman the television series.  From the looks of the pilot, the show actually could have been a success, but because of the merger of UPN and the WB networks, Aquaman never made it in the US. Justin Hartley, who we know as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow on Smallville actually played AC in the pilot. It would be nice to see Aquaman as a series, or even Hartley as the Green Arrow in a Smallville spin-off, but alas, the CW Network is determined to reach the ever influential emo crowd, with Raven of the Teen Titans.

3. Caprica: Yes, I would bring back the Battler Star Galatica spin-off, but I would force the writers to makes some changes, perhaps a little less dispensationalist doom-and-gloom, how about some cheer?  It’s about 50 years before the world “ends”!  Even in the original BSG in the late 1970s, there were weddings, and kids playing with toys, and gambling; the dreariness kept the show from connecting with a larger fan base. I do hear that a second spin-off is in the works after the web series, Blood and Chrome sometime within the next two years.

If you were to bring back a show or make one, which one would you suggest for the Nostalgia Network?

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  2. Nick Norelli

    I’d bring back NBC’s The Black Donnellys. That was television drama at its best. I was shocked when it was pulled from NBC halfway through its season but I was happy to be able to finish out the entire first season online. I hoped against hope that HBO would have picked it up and made it even better. I’d also like to bring back FOX’s Justice. That was one of the better lawyer shows I’ve seen in the last 10 years and I didn’t think it got a fair shake.

    Oh, and the episode “Run” on season 4 of Smallville featured Bart Allen (The Flash) so technically that would be the first time an additional superhero other than Clark appeared, although I suppose he wasn’t much of a hero at the time. But you’re right about the Aquaman series. I think it would have been great. The pilot certainly was.

    1. Rod of Alexandria Post author

      Oh, you are right Nick, i stand corrected. “The Flash” in season four was the first time; ill edit accordingly.

      I never watched The Black Donnellys or Fox’s Justice; ill have to check them out.

    1. Rod of Alexandria Post author

      Good choices. I only got to see a couple of episodes of Babylon 5. Maybe I’ll try to catch up once I am finished with others.

      I loved the Tick cartoon as a kid. It was hilarious.

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  4. Clay

    I cannot find anything on the internet about a TV show called S.N.A.F.U. It was a military show like M*A*S*H and the pilot aired sometime in the 1970s. It was probably another networks attempt to outdo M*A*S*H but I only remember the one show/pilot. I cannot find anything on it.

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  6. KenLeonard

    I’d kind of like to see what “Star Trek” would have been with Capt. Christopher Pike, as in “The Cage.” Sigh …

    While that would have given a woman the #2 spot on the ship, we wouldn’t have had Lt. Uhura on the bridge at all, so maybe that all worked out for the best.

    I’d like to see “The Pretender” have run to an end, but it was plagued by this problem that they never really addressed the big story until the very end of each season. And then they forgot what happened last season. The show had such potential …

    I’d like a wrap-up to “The 4400,” too.

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