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Cancelled Too Soon #9: Lone Star (2010)

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It’s been seven years and I’m still surprised at what happened to Lone Star. Back in 2010, Fox spent a ton of money advertising this new series, and it looked like it had all the makings of a good drama. The premise was good: Robert Allen (James Wolk) is a Texas con-man who leads a double life: as “Bob” he is married to Cat (Adrianne Palicki) and living in Houston while working for his father-in-law (Jon Voight) who happens to be an oil tycoon. But as “Robert” he also lives four hundred miles away with his girlfriend Lindsay (Eloise Mumford). Between scheming to take control of the oil business, Robert must work to keep his web of lies intact, as well as confronting how he feels about Cat and Lindsay.

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It sounds like a great show right? Plenty of drama, good casting, and all the potential in the world to go on for a while. And the critics loved the pilot episode, with many giving it an “A” grade, and calling it “like nothing else on TV.” And yet…the pilot only drew 4 million viewers (not good). When the second episode drew only 3.2 million viewers…Fox pulled the plug, just like that. That surprised me because I feel like two episodes is barely any time at all to give audiences a chance to investigate a TV series, it’s not even a full month! Not to mention there was all the money the network spent in advertising this show, with six episodes produced, one would think they’d have given Lone Star more of a chance. Unfortunately, what’s done is done and Lone Star is yet another addition to the graveyard of shows that were Cancelled Too Soon.

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Did anyone see Lone Star in the extremely short time it was on the air? Do you think Fox was too hasty in giving Lone Star the axe? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

I’m really excited because the trailer for Star WarsThe Last Jedi is supposed to premiere TODAY around 12:30. As soon as I am able I will post a review of this trailer because I have been waiting MONTHS for a first look at this film and I’m practically dying to know what they’re going to show us. So stay tuned for that 🙂

For more shows that were Cancelled Too Soon, see also:

Cancelled Too Soon #1: Constantine (2014-2015)

Cancelled Too Soon #2: Terra Nova (2011)

Cancelled Too Soon #3: Dracula (2013-2014)

Cancelled Too Soon #4: Moonlight (2007-2008)

Cancelled Too Soon #5: Firefly (2002)

Cancelled Too Soon #6: Birds of Prey (2002)

Cancelled Too Soon #7: Pushing Daisies (2007-2009)

Cancelled Too Soon #8: Dr. Vegas (2004)

Cancelled Too Soon #10: Alphas (2011-2012)

Cancelled Too Soon #11: Kindred: The Embraced (1996)

Cancelled Too Soon #12: The Magnificent Seven (1998-2000)

Cancelled Too Soon #13: Joan of Arcadia (2003-2005)

Cancelled Too Soon #14: The Handler (2003-2004)

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Cancelled Too Soon #5: Firefly (2002)

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Firefly (2002) Intro/Opening Credits

Alright *deep breaths* here I go…the most infamous show in the “cancelled too soon” category has to be Firefly, a show from the brilliant mind of Joss Whedon that only aired eleven episodes (out of fourteen) before being summarily cancelled by Fox. Now I’ve hinted before that I have a confession to make regarding this show and here it is….

I have never seen Firefly. EVER. (I know that’s a terrible thing for a science fiction researcher like myself to say, but it’s true.) It’s not that I don’t WANT to, it’s just things keep coming up and as a result I’ve yet to see this show (or Serenity for that matter).

That being said, here is the gist of Firefly: In the year 2517 the crew of the Firefly-class spaceship Serenity travels in and around a distant star system ferrying cargo or doing smuggling for various clients. It is implied that a very long time ago, a large population of humans left Earth (due to overpopulation) and moved to this system to start over. All of the planets and moons are controlled by the Alliance (a fusion of the governments of the former United States and China, resulting in a fusion of Eastern/Western culture).

The crew of the Serenity is lead by Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds (Nathan Fillion); he and his first mate Zoe Washburne are veterans of the Unification War where Independents fought to keep the Alliance from taking total control, but ultimately they lost. Mal then bought the Serenity to keep beyond Alliance control.

Now why was such an amazing show cancelled so quickly? Well….apparently the answer is a little complicated. The short excuse is that Fox cancelled the show due to ratings (which isn’t uncommon). The longer reason is that the network aired the episodes out of order (making the plot harder to follow), episodes were pre-empted for sporting events, and what is possibly worst of all: the show aired on Friday nights!! Fridays aren’t considered the “death slot” for no reason, and I think that greatly contributed to the show’s early demise despite its enthusiastic fandom.

Fifteen years later, Firefly retains a cult following that dreams of hearing the news that the show is being relaunched. I haven’t seen the show (yet) but I sincerely hope that their wish is granted, even if it was only for a few episodes (like when the X-Files came back for a limited series).

If you’d like to read more about the great television shows that left us far too soon, see the list below:

Cancelled Too Soon #1: Constantine (2014-2015)

Cancelled Too Soon #2: Terra Nova (2011)

Cancelled Too Soon #3: Dracula (2013-2014)

Cancelled Too Soon #4: Moonlight (2007-2008)

Cancelled Too Soon #6: Birds of Prey (2002)

Cancelled Too Soon #7: Pushing Daisies (2007-2009)

Cancelled Too Soon #8: Dr. Vegas (2004)

Cancelled Too Soon #9: Lone Star (2010)

Cancelled Too Soon #10: Alphas (2011-2012)

Cancelled Too Soon #11: Kindred: The Embraced (1996)

Cancelled Too Soon #12: The Magnificent Seven (1998-2000)

Cancelled Too Soon #13: Joan of Arcadia (2003-2005)

Cancelled Too Soon #14: The Handler (2003-2004)

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Cancelled Too Soon #2: Terra Nova (2011)

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Terra Nova (2011) Intro

If any show meets the definition of “It should’ve worked but it didn’t” it’s Terra Nova. I mean look at what the show had going for it:

  • Time travel to escape the dystopian future
  • Starting a new life in Earth’s distant past (with dinosaurs no less)
  • Great visuals/fantastic budget
  • And let’s not forget, STEVEN SPIELBERG is the executive producer!!!!

It’s that last point that convinced me to try this show in the first place. Spielberg is responsible for most of my favorite films, so I figured if he was backing a television show, it had to be good. Notable series stars are Jason O’Mara, Shelley Conn and Stephen Lang.

The plot was fairly straightforward: in the mid 22nd century, the Earth has been badly polluted and the population has spun out of control. Therefore, there is a planet wide limit of two children per family. However, a solution has been discovered: a temporal rift that permits one-way travel to a “parallel Earth” approximately 85 million years in the past. A series of “pilgrimages” allow specially chosen citizens to start a new life in the Terra Nova colony. The story primarily follows the Shannon family (Elisabeth, her husband Jim, and their children, Josh, Maddy and an “illegal” child Zoe) as they join the latest pilgrimage and their adventures in Terra Nova.

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But the story wouldn’t be any fun without a few plot twists and in this story the Shannon family discovers that Terra Nova has a big problem: Most of the participants of the Sixth Pilgrimage (dubbed ‘Sixers’) turned out to be insurgents who oppose the existence of Terra Nova. They actually provided a good source of conflict for the story.

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I’m still not sure exactly why this show failed, because the first few episodes were amazing! There was criticism for the show mid-season, but by the finale things were definitely looking up. I really think Fox should have taken a chance and given the go-ahead on season 2. That’s really the trouble with television these days, the studios are less willing to give “risky” shows a chance (and yet seemingly terrible ideas run 3-4 seasons all the time).

If you’d like to check out the series (brief as it was), the sole season was released on DVD several years back in a 4 disc set.

Upcoming entries in this series will look at (in no particular order): Dracula (2013-2014); Moonlight (2007-2008) and of course, Firefly (2002). Until then- Becky

See also:

Cancelled Too Soon #1: Constantine (2014-2015)

Cancelled Too Soon #3: Dracula (2013-2014)

Cancelled Too Soon #4: Moonlight (2007-2008)

Cancelled Too Soon #5: Firefly (2002)

Cancelled Too Soon #6: Birds of Prey (2002)

Cancelled Too Soon #7: Pushing Daisies (2007-2009)

Cancelled Too Soon #8: Dr. Vegas (2004)

Cancelled Too Soon #9: Lone Star (2010)

Cancelled Too Soon #10: Alphas (2011-2012)

Cancelled Too Soon #11: Kindred: The Embraced (1996)

Cancelled Too Soon #12: The Magnificent Seven (1998-2000)

Cancelled Too Soon #13: Joan of Arcadia (2003-2005)

Cancelled Too Soon #14: The Handler (2003-2004)

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