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Three Midseason Shows Canceled Before They Premiere

October 15, 2014

As sometimes happens, several of the shows announced for the midseason lineup in early 2015 have been scrapped. There are always a bunch of reasons for this, but these shows in particular saddened me, as I was looking forward to them.

Emerald City


As I’m a fan of anything Oz-related (Wicked, Tin Man, etc.), I was quite excited to see this new adaptation of Frank L Baum’s books into a ten episode limited series on NBC that would take us into the darkest version of Oz we’ve ever seen. However, there were disagreements between the executives and the showrunner that couldn’t be resolved, so Emerald City is not moving forward to production.



Fox’s big budget series starring John Rhys-Davies involved sex, murder, intrigue, politics, action and adventure set against the backdrop of ancient Egypt. When I first saw a trailer, I thought that the show looked like something that belonged on Showtime or Starz, but cable and premium type shows have been trickling their way into the network lineups lately, so I was looking forward to seeing what they did. Unfortunately, the network was unimpressed by the pilot and subsequent scripts, so they pulled the plug.

Mission Control


This is the latest show to be pulled before its premiere. Krysten Ritter stars as a woman working at NASA in the 1960s. It’s a comedy. Though it didn’t sound particularly great, I was willing to give it a shot, since I love Ritter and I’ll watch pretty much anything she’s in. Looks like I won’t be watching this one at all though. Casting issues are the supposed cause of this show’s demise.

There is, of course, that one or all of these shows will make it to air in a different season, on a different network, or perhaps online. Only time will tell.


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