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Our writers nominated My So-Called Life and Utopia as the best shows killed before their time. Now, our readers share theirs
After our writers listed the best TV programmes cut down in their prime by foolish and short-sighted network bosses, our readers responded in kind.
Some of these shows lasted a few years, only to be cancelled just as they were beginning to make sense of their various narrative strands.
Police Squad! In Color.
Great premise. Angels, flesh-eating ghosts and teenage shit. Dark, unsettling and beautifully comic. Leads all excellent and there was something special and sparkly about Daniel Kaluuya from the off.
Then there was Carnivàle which ran for just two seasons 2003-2005 – first episode set a record for an original series – four more series were planned running from post depression America to the after effects of Hiroshima – too strong for the powers that were and so the show was cancelled. Check out Carnivàle and the American grotesque (2015).
Outcasts. First serious Sci-Fi attempt on the BBC in god knows how long, featuring a doomed Earth, religious cultists, and unknown alien presence, racism, and many other interesting plot threads and what did they do?
Well they changed the timeslot and even air date every bloody week and then cancelled it due to low viewers.
Farscape. Great show that was supposed to run for five series but got binned at the end of series four. Fan complaints got a "miniseries" made to tie up the loose ends but it was a bit crap. A really good, weird, grown-up scfi show. With evil Muppets in it (it was made by Jim Henson's son)..
'The Hour', which BBC cancelled in 2012, had huge potential and an excellent cast. Never understood why it stopped after 2 very good 'seasons' (awful Americanism). Romola Garia, Ben Wilshire, Dominic West....it stood out as outstanding, thoughtful television.
Futurama. Better than the Simpsons and canned at exactly the wrong moment when the audience was about to be allowed the technology to start paying for it
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- James Walsh and Guardian readers
In addition to announcing a fourth and final season of 12 Monkeys, Syfy also renewed The Expanse for a 13-episode third season that will debut in 2018.
Press Release: New York – March 16, 2017 – Syfy today announced a Season 3 pickup of The Expanse, the drama series called the “best sci-fi show on TV” by io9 and recognized for “transforming TV” by Wired. The 13-episode third season will premiere on Syfy in 2018. From Alcon Television Group, The Expanse is currently airing new Season 2 episodes every Wednesday at 10/9c on Syfy.
“The Expanse is a gorgeous, thrilling, emotional series that has quite simply raised the bar for science fiction on television,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “We, along with the fans, are looking forward to continuing the journey with our partners at Alcon Television Group and the series’ brilliant cast and crew.”
The Expanse unfolds across a colonized galaxy 200 years in the future, »
- Derek Anderson
Syfy’s “The Expanse” has been renewed for season three, Variety has learned.
The sci-fi series will get another 13-episode season, to premiere in 2018. Season two, currently airing on Wednesdays on the NBCUniversal-owned cable net, has drawn reasonable critical praise, if not necessarily a massive linear audience. Its current season average is a 0.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 600,000 viewers in Nielsen’s Live+Same Day Ratings.
The story unfolds across a colonized galaxy 200 years in the future, when two strangers become unwittingly swept up in a vast conspiracy. Based on the New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as “The Expanse,” written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey), “The Expanse” stars Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham and Frankie Adams.
“‘The Expanse’ is a gorgeous, thrilling, emotional series that has quite simply raised the bar for science fiction on television,” said »
- Oriana Schwindt
Damian Martin and.Adam Johansen.
The founders of prosthetics and creature effects house Odd Studio, Adam Johansen and Damian Martin, have worked on everything from 'Farscape' to 'Pacific Rim: Maelstrom'. They talk to Harry Windsor about their partnership.
How did you guys meet?
Adam: We meet in .98 on the first season of Farscape. Damian and myself were among the first Aussies to join Jim Henson's crew and the only ones to do all four seasons. It was a fantastic series to work on, with so much creature effects and prosthetic work, and an invaluable experience for all involved, making new aliens and creatures on a weekly basis for four years. We both ended up working on productions like Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones and Revenge of The Sith, the Matrix films and a few others in between Farscape seasons. We worked very well »
- Harry Windsor
Its always an absolute pleasure to wake up to a cheeky email from our good friends in La-la-Land about a new movie they would like us to check out. Today was no different when we received a trailer for My Pet Dinosaur. Accompanying the trailer were phrases like “Spielbergian” or “E.T meets Pixar” says the Hollywood Reporter, and well I am totally going to check that trailer out. And you can too below:
When a boy finds the remnants of a failed military experiment his troubled town is plunged further into chaos as he accidentally makes a new friend.
I think My Pet Dinosaur looks great and definitely has a ton of potential to be a great 2017 family film not to be missed. There is a hugely endearing quality to the trailer that does instantly draw comparisons to movies like E.T, 2016s Pete’s Dragon or dare I »
- Kevin Haldon
5 items from 2017
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