[TV Line] Which new drama series is so bad its network tried to dump it?
That foul odor assaulting executives at an unnamed broadcast or cable network is the stank emanating from an upcoming drama series that is allegedly so bad it’s actually unwatchable.
How pungent are we talking? Well, according to sources, the network behind the ambitious project tried mightily to pawn off the entire first season on one of the big streamers at a steep discount (we’re talking pennies). But the influential Powers That Be behind the series put a kibosh on the fire sale. So now the net in question is forced to sit back and watch the stink bomb smell up its airwaves (beginning at some point in the next seven months).
Making matters worse, this small-screen Ishtar was, by all accounts, a costly disaster, with most episodes coming in way, way, way, way, way over budget.
I’ve said too much, so I’ll stop now and hand this case over to you to solve: What once-buzzy series is destined to make Viva Laughlin look like Mad Men? Speculate away.
BG Notes: Ishtar was a 1987 comedy film that lost a huge amount of money and is considered one of the worst films ever made. Viva Laughlin was a 2007 murder musical TV series that was pulled after two episodes aired. The New York Times called it “…the worst show in the history of television.”
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[Optional] What is the worst TV series you’ve seen in the past ten years? What made it so bad?
TV Series: ABC’s Still Star-Crossed
Still Star-Crossed was mercifully pushed to the weekend graveyard after three episodes and then put down after seven episodes.
This terrible show is what happens when you let Shonda Rhimes run the network.
Hey, let’s do Romeo and Juliet… and make it all about race… and add a huge budget!
Right. Then sit back and watch it crash and burn.
From TV Line:
Still Star-Crossed Essentially Cancelled as ABC Banishes Drama to Saturdays
The sky is falling for Still Star-Crossed: ABC is shipping the Shondaland period drama off to Saturday nights… which means it’s as good as cancelled.
Star-Crossed will make the move to Saturdays starting July 8, according to our sister site Deadline, after airing just three episodes in the post-Bachelorette slot on Monday nights. A sequel to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Star-Crossed stars Lashana Lynch as Rosaline Capulet and Wade Briggs as Benvolio Montague, who are being forced to marry each other to defuse the raging feud between their families.
With Shonda Rhimes on board as executive producer, Star-Crossed debuted last month to 2.3 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, and has eroded in consecutive weeks, most recently posting 1.6 mil and a 0.3.
The last episode that aired saw .88 million viewers and a 0.2 share. Yikes.
Some of the actors were interesting, though!
Lashana Lynch moved on to Captain Marvel and the TV show Bulletproof. Sterling Sulieman can be seen on Station 19.
Congratulations to Giggles for being first with the correct response!
Oh, and thanks to all of you who posted comments about the shows you think are stinkers. Your comments made for a fascinating read!
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