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Zero Hour Canceled!

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by tgmii, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. Mar 3, 2013 #1 of 66

    tgmii New Member

    Feb 21, 2002
    New Jersey

    They got me again. I figured this was pretty safe. LOST-ish, Anthony Edwards, you'd think after Top Gun, and ER, he'd be safe.

    I was going to watch Red Widow, but I'm going to Tivo it and not even think of watching it until its renewed. I think if they keep this up, networks will be forced to do it Netflix-style and release an entire season. This is happening way too often

    On the plus side The Americans was renewed.
  2. Mar 3, 2013 #2 of 66

    Mikeyis4dcats Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2003
    you thought it was safe? had you watched it?
  3. Mar 3, 2013 #3 of 66

    laria Librocubicularist

    Sep 7, 2000
    Seacoast, NH
    The second episode was much less cheesy than the first one. :) Although still way too much of the weird touchy feely hipsters and their awkward dialogue.
  4. Mar 3, 2013 #4 of 66

    philw1776 Active Member

    Jan 19, 2002
    Seacoast NH

    I am not surprised at all. What surprises me are the decent ratings for "The Following", although it's got a great cast and major promotion by FOX.
  5. Mar 3, 2013 #5 of 66

    RGM1138 I wanna Rock

    Oct 6, 1999
    Gulfport, MS
    Figures. It wasn't a great show, but I wanted to see where they were going with Einstein and the Nazi plot.
  6. Mar 3, 2013 #6 of 66

    cwerdna Proud Tivolutionary

    Feb 22, 2001
    SF Bay Area, CA
    That was fast. It looked kinda interesting in the previews, but I guess I'm glad I never bothered watched an ep.
  7. Mar 3, 2013 #7 of 66

    justen_m Cheesehead

    Jan 14, 2004
    Boise, ID
    I was interested in seeing where they were headed with the whole nazi/church conspiracy plot idea. I think it was poorly marketed. I set up a season pass, because I was curious, but before the first episode I had no idea what this show was going to be about. Perhaps the producers were hope Anthony Edwards would be a big enough attraction to draw an audience.
  8. Mar 3, 2013 #8 of 66

    tiams New Member

    Apr 19, 2004
    I was so-so on it but then I watched the Einstein episode and started getting really interested in the plot. Now I want to know all the answers to all the questions dammnit. :mad:
  9. Mar 4, 2013 #9 of 66

    malayphred Underpowered User

    Jan 29, 2007
    Las Vegas
    I think the producers decided they would never come up with a reasonable solution to the plot.

    I mean, let's face it "bigger than God", "the end of the universe"??? How the hell were they going to come up with THAT scenario.

    It was just too ambitious. And poorly written/developed.

  10. malayphred

    malayphred Underpowered User

    Jan 29, 2007
    Las Vegas
    Oh - and the greatest scientific minds at the world's premiere educational institution were incapable of figuring out Einstein last chalkboard entry.

    Luckily there was a low level FBI agent there to decipher it.
  11. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    It's a conspiracy! Pope Benedict made a deal with the Rosecrucians that he'd resign in order to keep Church secrets from being exposed by Zero Hour!

    The show was ridiculously silly but I expected it to last more than three episodes. Especially with the way it was hyped.
  12. danterner

    danterner Not it!

    Mar 4, 2005
    Greenacres, FL
    After watching the pilot, I sandbagged the other two episodes and waited to get a sense of whether it would survive. Guess I can delete them.
  13. DouglasPHill

    DouglasPHill Active Member

    Feb 10, 2005
    St Louis, MO
    Poor writing and it also had the BSG no plan feel to it. Good cast.
  14. rosieambles

    rosieambles New Member

    Jan 22, 2013
    According to Edwards, they had the end before they started and wrote the 13 episode arc to get to that exact point.

    I'm hoping they'll make the entire arc available someplace. I'd like to see where it was going.
  15. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    I'm sure whatever they've shot will be aired at some point. They have nothing to lose by showing it when nobody's watching (e.g., summer).

    The question is, have they shot it all yet?
  16. danterner

    danterner Not it!

    Mar 4, 2005
    Greenacres, FL
    That was apparently their strategy from the outset. ;-)

    Kidding aside, I was interested enough by the pilot that I'm sad to hear that the network didn't give this more of a shot. It seems like networks are so quick with the axe these days, and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy - nobody tunes in until they hear that everyone has tuned in and that its likely to continue. Since nobody tunes in, it becomes unlikely to continue. A feedback loop develops.

    I don't know if I'll bother watching 2 and 3 (probably not, unless a good number of other episodes were completed and do become available), but I'd be interested to at least read about how it would have played itself out.

    I recall finding a site a while ago that collected "how it would have ended" descriptions for cancelled shows based on post-cancellation interviews with their writers, show-runners, and producers. It was discussed here, several years ago, I think. Anyone recall the name of the site, or know of anything similar?

    ETA: I found what I was thinking about - a website called CliqueClack - the blogger did a post-cancellation interview with the writers of Reaper. He had done something similar with regard to Defying Gravity.

  17. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    This is the type of show that is right in my wheelhouse. But given the time slot and the poor reviews it got, I knew it wasn't going to last long. I decided not to watch and wait and see if the whole show ever became available.
  18. eddyj

    eddyj SeƱor Member TCF Club

    Jun 20, 2002
    South Florida
    Good thing I waited, now I can delete them. I did not have a good feeling about this show, even though I did not actually watch it.
  19. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    Houston &...
    Exactly what I'm doing. I was actually going to watch this last night (2 hours?), but decided I will wait and see the buzz, plus the ratings. Why waste time on a DOA show?

    It's a toxic loop. They can't get the eyeballs to keep shows on the air, and we won't watch until we know the networks are committed to showing them. I'm not sure the Netflix model is the way to go, but at least commit to showing a minimum number of eps--9 or 11 or whatever the front end is.

    I also read somewhere, just within the last week, that Zero Hour was written as a mini-series. I never saw this before now. If true, it should have been heavily promoted as such, and then they should commit to show the entire run. Again, unless a show is high on the buzz-o-meter, I will stack 'em until I know it's a winner. Maybe not so much for Fall pilots, but definitely for mid-season replacements.
  20. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    Yep, me too. I actually recorded the first ep, but never watched. The timeslot was REALLY bad for me as I watch Community and Big Bang. Throw in a hockey game or two and it was next to impossible to commit to the show.

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