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24th Mar '17 9:31:16 PM Lirodon
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* In 1986, Creator/{{ABC}} decided to tap Creator/LucilleBall to star in a third spirtual successor to ''Series/ILoveLucy'', ''Life with Lucy'', in which Ball's character helped run a hardware store she inherited a stake in after her husband died. ABC was so confident that the mere presence of Ball--who was now 75 years old--would make the sitcom a hit, they gave her full creative control, and let the series go to air without any pilots or market research beforehand. With Ball and a slew of ''I Love Lucy'' alumni among the cast and crew, what could possibly go wrong? Firstly, ABC scheduled the series on Saturday nights at 8 p.m., which had recently become a [[FridayNightDeathSlot death slot]] for the network. An executive also insisted on incorporating slapstick comedy, but rather than fuel nostalgia for ''I Love Lucy'', the notion of the 75 year-old Ball performing comedic stunts made critics and viewers fear for her life instead. Ratings for the premiere were fairly good, but when ratings began to steadily fall, ABC cancelled the series after 8 episodes; 13 were produced in total, but Ball was not informed about the cancellation until production wrapped. She was emotionally devastated, and died three years later believing she was no longer wanted on TV.

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* In 1986, Creator/{{ABC}} decided to tap Creator/LucilleBall to star in a third spirtual successor to ''Series/ILoveLucy'', ''Life with Lucy'', in which Ball's character helped run a hardware store she inherited a stake in after her husband died. ABC was so confident that the mere presence of Ball--who Ball's track record--even though she was now 75 years old--would make the sitcom a hit, old--that they gave her full creative control, and let the series go to air greenlit it without any pilots or market research beforehand. With Ball and a slew of ''I Love Lucy'' alumni among the cast and crew, what could possibly go wrong? Firstly, ABC scheduled the series on Saturday nights at 8 p.m., which had recently become a [[FridayNightDeathSlot death slot]] for the network. An executive also insisted on incorporating the slapstick comedy, but comedy that was a trademark of her earlier sitcoms; rather than fuel nostalgia for ''I Love Lucy'', the notion of the 75 year-old Ball performing comedic stunts made critics and viewers fear for her life instead. Ratings for the premiere were fairly good, but when ratings began to steadily fall, ABC cancelled the series after 8 episodes; 13 were produced in total, but Ball was not informed about the cancellation until production wrapped. She was emotionally devastated, and died three years later believing she was no longer wanted on TV.TV. She died three years later.
15th Mar '17 3:53:10 PM DarkHunter
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* In Japan and amongst the world, the almost-franchise killer was ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE''. Stylistically, it was attacked for appearing to be a "kiddie" version of Gundam, but the series was actually one of the darkest in Gundam canon, with the series being introduced during a violent invasion attack, featuring a VillainProtagonist, and the first major antagonist being a ''[[EnfanteTerrible seven-year-old]]''. During much of the series, it was criticized as being the ClicheStorm of ''Gundam'', drawing forth all the various tropes and themes that were utilized in the other installments to fill out the story. It would have killed off the franchise if not for the release of ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'', which made up for the countless flak it received. The main point of contention towards ''AGE'' was the Kio/Three Generation Arc. Up until that point, the series had actually been doing good, especially with its more likable second protagonist Asemu Asuno. When Kio took over, things looked like it was going to head in that same direction, but when Kio took [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Kira Yamato's]] famed pacifism to [[UpToEleven new levels]] that infuriated fans, ''that'' is when ''AGE''[='=]s quality and popularity took a nosedive. Presumably Sunrise was looking to exploit the fact that regardless of his [[BaseBreakingCharacter base-breaking]] HostileShowTakeover in ''SEED Destiny'', Kira Yamato is one of the franchise's most enduringly popular characters... but it never occurred to them that just because ''he'' is popular doesn't mean a cheap knock-off would be.

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* In Japan and amongst the world, the almost-franchise killer was ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE''. Stylistically, it was attacked for appearing to be a "kiddie" version of Gundam, but the series was actually one of the darkest darker stories in Gundam canon, with the series being introduced during a violent invasion attack, featuring a VillainProtagonist, and the first major antagonist being a ''[[EnfanteTerrible seven-year-old]]''. During much of the series, it was criticized as being the ClicheStorm of ''Gundam'', drawing forth all the various tropes and themes that were utilized in the other installments to fill out the story. It would have killed off the franchise if not for the release of ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'', which made up for the countless flak it received. The main point of contention towards ''AGE'' was the Kio/Three Generation Arc. Up until that point, the series had actually been doing good, especially with its more likable second protagonist Asemu Asuno. When Kio took over, things looked like it was going to head in that same direction, but when Kio took [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Kira Yamato's]] famed pacifism to [[UpToEleven new levels]] that infuriated fans, ''that'' is when ''AGE''[='=]s quality and popularity took a nosedive. Presumably Sunrise was looking to exploit the fact that regardless of his [[BaseBreakingCharacter base-breaking]] HostileShowTakeover in ''SEED Destiny'', Kira Yamato is one of the franchise's most enduringly popular characters... but it never occurred to them that just because ''he'' is popular doesn't mean a cheap knock-off would be.
3rd Mar '17 8:35:39 PM WaxingName
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* An odd case concerning ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} - the BoxOfficeBomb that was [[Film/{{Supergirl}} her movie]] ended up souring DC so badly that they allowed Marv Wolfman to kill her during ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. While ''a'' Supergirl would show up a few years later, the concept of a Kara Zor-El Supergirl would not happen for 18 years afterwards.

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* An odd case concerning ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} - the BoxOfficeBomb that was [[Film/{{Supergirl}} her movie]] ended up souring DC so badly that they allowed Marv Wolfman to kill her during ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. This also had the effect of DC declaring a "Superman is the sole survivor of Krypton" mandate that also exiled characters like KryptoTheSuperdog and popular villain General Zod. While ''a'' Supergirl would show up a few years later, the concept of a Kara Zor-El Supergirl being Kara Zor-El, Clark's Kryptonian cousin, would not happen for 18 years afterwards.
2nd Mar '17 6:47:33 PM sayaleviathan
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* Anime no Chikara, Creator/A1Pictures and TV Tokyo's joint original anime project in 2010 (inspired by Fuji TV's Creator/{{Noitamina}} timeslot), was scrapped after the mediocre ratings and BD/DVD sales of its three original anime (''Anime/SoundOfTheSky'', ''Anime/NightRaid1931'', and ''Anime/OccultAcademy''). Regardless of the project and the timeslot's failure, it did inspire creators to release more original anime in 2011 where some of them (''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', ''Anime/AnoHana'', ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', ''Anime/HanasakuIroha'', etc.) became very successful.
* The mixed-to-negative reception and low BD/DVD sales of ''Anime/BloodC'' nearly killed the ''Blood'' franchise. The movie, ''Anime/BloodCTheLastDark'', attempted to fix the damage. While it performed modestly with home viewers, it flopped at the Japanese box office. Five years later, an {{Interquel}} entitled ''Blood-C: The Last Mind'' was released as a theater play written by Junichi Fujisaku, co-writer of the ''Blood-C'' and ''Anime/BloodPlus''. However, Production IG doesn't have plans for any new anime adaptation of ''Blood'' in the future.

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* Anime no Chikara, Creator/A1Pictures and TV Tokyo's joint original anime project in 2010 (inspired by Fuji TV's Creator/{{Noitamina}} timeslot), was scrapped after the mediocre ratings and BD/DVD sales of its three original anime (''Anime/SoundOfTheSky'', ''Anime/NightRaid1931'', and ''Anime/OccultAcademy''). Regardless of the project and the timeslot's failure, it did inspire creators to release more original anime in 2011 where some of them (''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', ''Anime/AnoHana'', ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', ''Anime/HanasakuIroha'', etc.) became very successful.
successful. Aniplex president, Koichi Natsume, mentioned in [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interview/2012-12-19/aniplex-koichiro-natsume/ his ANN interview]] that a lot of lessons were learned from the project and they were able to make more successful original anime.
* The mixed-to-negative reception and low BD/DVD sales of ''Anime/BloodC'' nearly killed the ''Blood'' franchise. The movie, ''Anime/BloodCTheLastDark'', attempted to fix the damage. While it performed modestly with home viewers, it flopped at the Japanese box office. Five years later, an {{Interquel}} entitled ''Blood-C: The Last Mind'' was released as a theater stage play written by Junichi Fujisaku, co-writer of the ''Blood-C'' and ''Anime/BloodPlus''.''Anime/BloodPlus'' and there will be a live-action prequel of the series in Fall 2017. However, Production IG doesn't have plans for any new anime adaptation of ''Blood'' in the future.



* Fans are probably never going to see an adaption of the final arc of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' all thanks to the ''Reflections'' OVA which got a lot of backlash from fans including [[CreatorBacklash Nobuhiro Watsuki who declared it non-canon]]. Of course, the TV series ended 3 years before ''Reflections'' and by then, the last episodes were purely filler which wasn't received well by fans leading the show to be axed. Though years later, the success of the [[Film/RurouniKenshin live-action movies]] made fans hoping that the final arc will be adapted and movie producers are keen enough that they would probably show it in the future. And if you ask fans if they want to see the final arc in animated form, they would say "nay" if Creator/StudioDEEN would animate it considering their [[OffModel QUALITY]] of their later works.

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* Fans are probably never going to see an adaption of the final arc of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' all thanks to the ''Reflections'' OVA which got a lot of backlash from fans including [[CreatorBacklash Nobuhiro Watsuki who declared it non-canon]]. Of course, the TV series ended 3 years before ''Reflections'' and by then, the last episodes were purely filler which wasn't received well by fans leading the show to be axed. Though years later, the success of the [[Film/RurouniKenshin live-action movies]] made fans hoping that the final arc will be adapted and movie producers are keen enough that they would probably show it in the future. And if you ask fans if they want to see the final arc in animated form, they would say "nay" if Creator/StudioDEEN would animate it considering their [[OffModel QUALITY]] of their later works.
1st Mar '17 5:12:49 AM C2
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* Universal released an animated ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' feature film in 1990, complete with ConspicuousCG, a GreenAesop played out with a GangOfCritters that was essentially a rewrite of an old episode of ''Star Trek'', and reuniting nearly all of the surviving original cast members[[note]] Daws Butler, the voice of Elroy Jetson, had died in 1988; the role was re-cast with a young Patric Zimmerman, nearly a decade before he voiced Revolver Ocelot in the ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' series.[[/note]] save for Judy Jetson being voiced not by Janet Waldo but by '80s pop starlet Tiffany thanks to ExecutiveMeddling. The film also marked the last performance ever of noted voice artist Creator/MelBlanc (Mr. Spacely), who was still recording while in the hospital (as he had years before then) and died before the film was completed, as well as George O'Hanlon (George), who by that point had to have the lines read and acted to him before recording, who also passed away before he could quite finish the film. Both Blanc and O'Hanlon's remaining lines had to be completed by a sound-alike. Penny Singleton did not die during production like Blanc and O'Hanlon, but the movie remained her last acting role until her death thirteen years later. Coming on the heels of the 1980s ''Jetsons'' revival (the new syndicated episodes and two TV movies), this film's disappointing box office and harsh critical reviews were apparently enough to send the franchise back into hibernation. It has stayed there ever since, a potential live-action film being stuck in DevelopmentHell for years notwithstanding. A direct-to-video film crossing over with Creator/{{WWE}} is scheduled for 2017.

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* Universal released an animated ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' feature film in 1990, complete with ConspicuousCG, a GreenAesop played out with a GangOfCritters that was essentially a rewrite of an old episode of ''Star Trek'', and reuniting nearly all of the surviving original cast members[[note]] Daws Butler, the voice of Elroy Jetson, had died in 1988; the role was re-cast with a young Patric Zimmerman, nearly a decade before he voiced Revolver Ocelot in the ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' series.[[/note]] save for Judy Jetson being voiced not by Janet Waldo but by '80s pop starlet Tiffany thanks to ExecutiveMeddling. The film also marked the last performance ever of noted voice artist Creator/MelBlanc (Mr. Spacely), who was still recording while in the hospital (as he had years before then) and died before the film was completed, as well as George O'Hanlon (George), who by that point had to have the lines read and acted to him before recording, who also passed away before he could quite finish the film. Both Blanc and O'Hanlon's remaining lines had to be completed by a sound-alike. Penny Singleton did not die during production like Blanc and O'Hanlon, but the movie remained her last acting role until her death thirteen years later. Coming on the heels of the 1980s ''Jetsons'' revival (the new syndicated episodes and two TV movies), this film's disappointing box office and harsh critical reviews were apparently enough to send the franchise back into hibernation. It has stayed there ever since, a potential live-action film being stuck in DevelopmentHell for years notwithstanding. A direct-to-video film crossing over with Creator/{{WWE}} is scheduled for was released in 2017.
24th Feb '17 7:36:35 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* In 1986, Creator/{{ABC}} decided to tap Creator/LucilleBall to star in a third spirtual successor to ''Series/ILoveLucy'', ''Life with Lucy'', in which Ball's character helped run a hardware store she inherited a stake in after her husband died. ABC was so confident that the mere presence of Ball--who was now 75 years old--would make the sitcom a hit, they gave her full creative control, and let the series go to air without any pilots or market research beforehand. With Ball and a slew of ''I Love Lucy'' alumni among the cast and crew, what could possibly go wrong? Firstly, ABC scheduled the series on Saturday nights at 8 p.m., which had recently become a [[FridayNightDeathSlot death slot]] for the network. An executive also insisted on incorporating slapstick comedy, but rather than fuel nostalgia for ''I Love Lucy'', the notion of the 75 year-old Ball performing comedic stunts made critics and viewers fear for her life instead. Ratings for the premiere were fairly good, but when ratings began to steadily fall, ABC cancelled the series after 8 episodes; 13 were produced in total, but Ball was not informed about the cancellation until production wrapped. She was emotionally devastated, and was convinced she was no longer wanted on TV. She died three years later.

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* In 1986, Creator/{{ABC}} decided to tap Creator/LucilleBall to star in a third spirtual successor to ''Series/ILoveLucy'', ''Life with Lucy'', in which Ball's character helped run a hardware store she inherited a stake in after her husband died. ABC was so confident that the mere presence of Ball--who was now 75 years old--would make the sitcom a hit, they gave her full creative control, and let the series go to air without any pilots or market research beforehand. With Ball and a slew of ''I Love Lucy'' alumni among the cast and crew, what could possibly go wrong? Firstly, ABC scheduled the series on Saturday nights at 8 p.m., which had recently become a [[FridayNightDeathSlot death slot]] for the network. An executive also insisted on incorporating slapstick comedy, but rather than fuel nostalgia for ''I Love Lucy'', the notion of the 75 year-old Ball performing comedic stunts made critics and viewers fear for her life instead. Ratings for the premiere were fairly good, but when ratings began to steadily fall, ABC cancelled the series after 8 episodes; 13 were produced in total, but Ball was not informed about the cancellation until production wrapped. She was emotionally devastated, and was convinced died three years later believing she was no longer wanted on TV. She died three years later.TV.
20th Feb '17 1:16:32 AM PrincessGwen
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* ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'', Nickelodeon's longest-running pre-school show, got cancelled after it was losing in ratings to ''[[WesternAnimation/DocMcstuffins Doc McStuffins]]'' and ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst''. Nickelodeon got jealous of how popular those shows were, and decided to create ''[[WesternAnimation/DorasExplorerGirls Dora And Friends: Into The City!]]'', an aged-up spin-off where Dora and her friends help others in their city by using magical charm bracelets [[FollowTheLeader to cash in on how both shows had characters who used magical items to help their friends]]. However, it failed for quite a few reasons: First, Dora's animal friends from the older series, as well as Swiper, were replaced by human girls and a boy. Secondly, Nickelodeon made the decision to schedule it against the two aforementioned Disney Junior shows and ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' [[note]]which gets its' highest ratings with kids aged 2-5 despite it being aimed at a much older demographic[[/note]] repeats. The third reason was that the timeslot of the show was often shuffled around, and many episodes had months-long delays. The final reason was that the toys for the show were poorly made and often broke apart. After the failure of the show, Nickelodeon pulled it from their morning schedule and shoved any Dora-related content in early-morning or late-night timeslots to hide their shame on the Nick Jr. channel.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'', Nickelodeon's longest-running pre-school show, got cancelled after it was losing in ratings to ''[[WesternAnimation/DocMcstuffins Doc McStuffins]]'' and ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst''. Nickelodeon got jealous of how popular those shows were, and decided to create ''[[WesternAnimation/DorasExplorerGirls Dora And Friends: Into The City!]]'', an aged-up spin-off where Dora and her friends help others in their city by using magical charm bracelets [[FollowTheLeader to cash in on how both shows had characters who used magical items to help their friends]]. However, it failed for quite a few reasons: First, Dora's animal friends from the older series, as well as Swiper, were replaced by human girls and a boy. Secondly, Nickelodeon made the decision to schedule it against the two aforementioned Disney Junior shows and ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' [[note]]which gets its' its highest ratings with kids aged 2-5 despite it being aimed at a much older demographic[[/note]] repeats. The third reason was that the timeslot of the show was often shuffled around, and many episodes had months-long delays. The final reason was that the toys for the show were poorly made and often broke apart. After the failure of the show, Nickelodeon pulled it from their morning schedule and shoved any Dora-related content in early-morning or late-night timeslots to hide their shame on the Nick Jr. channel.
18th Feb '17 7:37:37 PM hello86
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** Years later, ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'' did so poorly sales- ''and'' ratings-wise that it's rumored that Bandai actually approached Toei and Creator/SabanBrands and ''asked'' them to skip it in favor of ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', leading to the creation of ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge''.[[note]]It was later revealed that this was only ''part'' of the reason. The other reason was Saban knew that kids would be more enticed with dinosaurs than spies.[[/note]] Not only that, but the annual crossover essentially derailed it from being a crossover between Go-Busters and Kyoryuger to basically "hey, let's get the other two [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Dinosaur]] [[Series/BakuryuSentaiAbaranger Sentai]] together!", with the Go-Busters getting little-to-no additional closure. This is additionally telling with that crossover's post-credits scene where an upgraded version of a villanous' BigBad shows up, completely late for the movie and ends up getting defeated [[Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger by the passing-by Sentai cameo]].

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** Years later, ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'' did so poorly sales- ''and'' ratings-wise that it's rumored that Bandai actually approached Toei and Creator/SabanBrands and ''asked'' them to skip it in favor of ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', leading to the creation of ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge''.[[note]]It was later revealed that this was only ''part'' of the reason. The other reason was Saban knew that kids would be more enticed with dinosaurs than spies.[[/note]] Not only that, but the annual crossover essentially derailed it from being a crossover between Go-Busters and Kyoryuger to basically "hey, let's get the other two [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Dinosaur]] [[Series/BakuryuSentaiAbaranger other two]] [[Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger Dinosaur Sentai]] together!", with the Go-Busters getting little-to-no additional closure. This is additionally telling with that crossover's post-credits scene where an upgraded version of a villanous' BigBad shows up, completely late for the movie and ends up getting defeated [[Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger by the passing-by Sentai cameo]].
18th Feb '17 7:36:13 PM hello86
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** Years later, ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'' did so poorly sales- ''and'' ratings-wise that it's rumored that Bandai actually approached Toei and Creator/SabanBrands and ''asked'' them to skip it in favor of ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', leading to the creation of ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge''.[[note]]It was later revealed that this was only ''part'' of the reason. The other reason was Saban knew that kids would be more enticed with dinosaurs than spies.[[/note]] Not only that, but the annual crossover essentially derailed it from being a crossover between Go-Busters and Kyoryuger to basically "hey, let's get the two other Dinosaur Sentai together!", with the Go-Busters getting little-to-no additional closure. This is additionally telling with that crossover's post-credits scene where an upgraded version of a villanous' BigBad shows up, completely late for the movie and ends up getting defeated [[Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger by the passing-by Sentai cameo]].

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** Years later, ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'' did so poorly sales- ''and'' ratings-wise that it's rumored that Bandai actually approached Toei and Creator/SabanBrands and ''asked'' them to skip it in favor of ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', leading to the creation of ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge''.[[note]]It was later revealed that this was only ''part'' of the reason. The other reason was Saban knew that kids would be more enticed with dinosaurs than spies.[[/note]] Not only that, but the annual crossover essentially derailed it from being a crossover between Go-Busters and Kyoryuger to basically "hey, let's get the two other Dinosaur Sentai two [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Dinosaur]] [[Series/BakuryuSentaiAbaranger Sentai]] together!", with the Go-Busters getting little-to-no additional closure. This is additionally telling with that crossover's post-credits scene where an upgraded version of a villanous' BigBad shows up, completely late for the movie and ends up getting defeated [[Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger by the passing-by Sentai cameo]].
8th Feb '17 11:09:14 AM mimitchi33
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