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The Pretender TV show premiered 20 years ago today. Starring Michael T. Weiss, as Jarod, the action-adventure drama, created by Steven Mitchell and Craig van Sickle, ran for four seasons before being cancelled in 2000, by NBC.The series also starred: Andrea Parker, Patrick Bauchau, Jon Gries, Ryan Merriman, Richard Marcus, Alex Wexo, James Denton, Sam Ayers, Harve Presnell, Paul Dillon, Willie Gault, Dennis Cruzado, Pamela Gidley, Jason Brooks, and Ashley Peldon. Read More… »
Initially in development at The CW since last year, the Friday the 13th TV series, tentatively titled Crystal Lake Chronicles, was discussed at the Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation in Beverly Hills. According to EW, here’s what CW president Mark Pedowitz had to say about the series, which showed promise with its pilot but was not viewed as their best option for a longterm show:
“The bottom line is we felt we had stronger things to go with, and we didn’t go forward with it. It was well-written, it was darker than we wanted it to be, and we didn’t believe it had sustainability … We didn’t believe that it was a sustainable script, »
- Derek Anderson
Last August, former HitFix staffer Roth Cornet and I pondered the ways in which the CW's planned Friday the 13th TV series could potentially not suck. Turns out we needn't have bothered! At Thursday's Television Critics' Association, the network's president Mark Pedowitz revealed that the slasher spinoff series is as good as dead. “The bottom line is we felt we had stronger things to go with, and we didn’t go forward with it,” said Pedowitz (via EW). “It was well-written, it was darker than we wanted it to be, and we didn’t believe it had sustainability … We didn’t believe that it was a sustainable script, a sustainable series. It was a very good pilot, but not a sustainable series.” The show -- under the working title of Crystal Lake Chronicles -- would have taken a "meta" approach by setting the events in a world where the Friday »
- Chris Eggertsen
That series would follow a detective who has been searching for his missing brother, a disappearance believed to tie into the re-emergence of Jason Voorhees,who was long thought to be dead but is know wreaking havoc once again in Crystal Lake.
Now a new report at Bloody-Disgusting claims The CW has halted plans to resurrect Jason Voorhees. They say the network wasn't onboard with that idea:
"So what happened? According to my source, the network didn't jibe with the concept for the series. What was the concept? Apparently, that's the problem. After months of development, there was still no real concept for the series, causing network execs to re-think bringing Friday the 13th (back) to the small screen. »
- Garth Franklin
Back in August 2015, we reported that The CW Network has picked up a new Friday the 13th TV series, with The Pretender creators Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle coming aboard to write the pilot script. We haven't heard anything about the project since then, but with the network's upfront presentation coming next month, don't expect to hear about this series moving forward any further. Today we have a new report that claims The CW has halted plans to bring Jason Voorhees to the network.
We first reported on the series back in 2014, when Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment signed on to develop the series, with special effects artists Bill Basso (Terminator 2: Judgment Day) and Jordu Schell (Avatar) coming aboard to write the script. That incarnation of the show was said to feature Jason Voorhees through multiple time periods. When Steven Long Mitchell and »
Last June I wrote an article detailing television shows that lost it by the end: the ones that fell at the final hurdle. As a companion piece, I’ve chosen to examine television shows that fell long before that: long running television series that had a shelf life, which expired some time before they actually ended.
These are television shows where the high concept didn’t warrant the lifespan that they ended up with: shows that outlived their premise and didn’t have any different stories to tell, or shows that played their hand too early and had no cards left up their sleeves.
Whether flawed from conception, poorly plotted and paced, badly executed, or just a great show with a definitive shelf life, these are the television shows that definitely outstayed their welcome.
10. Burn Notice USA
On the one hand, I enjoyed Burn Notice: I’m a sucker for a spy-gone-rogue story, »
- Ben Cooke
6 items from 2016
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