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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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8th Feb '17 11:08:34 AM mimitchi33
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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 has a lot of toddler fans despite it not being aimed at them[[/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 has a lot of toddler fans gets its' highest ratings with kids aged 2-5 despite it not being aimed at them[[/note]] 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.
6th Feb '17 3:14:47 PM PerpetualScold
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** Speaking of which, the massive controversy and poor critical reception surrounding ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' seems to have killed interest in the franchise for good.
31st Jan '17 12:24:22 PM TheDeadSkin
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* Back in 2010; Fantasy Leader, a Blogspot user, wrote a detailed but flawed essay on what was almost the Franchise Killer for ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' [[http://valsagfantasy.blogspot.com/2010/08/super-sentais-almost-cancellation-and.html here]]. To recap: the coincidental collision of a gradual BrokenBase in the fandom that built up starting with ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'' in 1990 and a pair of [[GenreKiller Genre Killing]] [[TooSoon real-life incidents]] outside of the fandom[[note]](The Great Hanshin Earthquake which occurred a few months before the series debuted, and the sarin gas attacks in the Tokyo subway which occurred shortly after ''[[Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger Ohranger's]]'' premiere, made the 1995 season's DarkerAndEdgier alien robot invasion plot very untenable)[[/note]] led to show ratings falling to a new low in ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger'' and Toei seemingly was prepared to pull the plug on sentai until they noticed that ''Ohranger'' toy sales somehow reached a monstrous new high for ''Sentai'' overall. However, Additional information provided by Toshide wakamatsu (Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman's Black Condor) and Yuji Kishi (Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger's Red Racer) on the matter from interviews with them provided by [[http://tokusatsunetwork.com/2016/06/fact-checked-did-carranger-save-sentai/ The Tokusatsu network]] have further Exonerated Ohranger of the franchise-killer credit. In Truth, literally no-one at Toei knows what the Western fans were even talking about when this was brought up to them, FIVEMAN actually being the one that risked getting Sentai cancelled, with JETMAN being the one to rescue it years before all this. In Truth, Ohranger never risked getting sentai Cancelled during it's run, nor was carranger it's supposed savior, (though fantasy leader's essay was otherwise correct on what caused Ohranger's reception downturn).

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* Back in 2010; Fantasy Leader, a Blogspot user, wrote a As detailed but flawed essay on what was almost the Franchise Killer for ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' [[http://valsagfantasy.blogspot.com/2010/08/super-sentais-almost-cancellation-and.html here]]. To recap: the coincidental collision of a gradual BrokenBase in the fandom that built up starting with ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'' in 1990 and a pair of [[GenreKiller Genre Killing]] [[TooSoon real-life incidents]] outside of the fandom[[note]](The Great Hanshin Earthquake which occurred a few months before the series debuted, and the sarin gas attacks in the Tokyo subway which occurred shortly after ''[[Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger Ohranger's]]'' premiere, made the 1995 season's DarkerAndEdgier alien robot invasion plot very untenable)[[/note]] led to show ratings falling to a new low in ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger'' and Toei seemingly was prepared to pull the plug on sentai until they noticed that ''Ohranger'' toy sales somehow reached a monstrous new high for ''Sentai'' overall. However, Additional information provided by Toshide wakamatsu (Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman's Black Condor) and Yuji Kishi (Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger's Red Racer) on the matter from interviews with them provided by [[http://tokusatsunetwork.com/2016/06/fact-checked-did-carranger-save-sentai/ The Tokusatsu network]] have further Exonerated Ohranger of here,]] the franchise-killer credit. In Truth, literally no-one at Toei knows what the Western fans were even talking about when this was brought up to them, FIVEMAN actually being the one that risked getting ''[[Franchise/SuperSentai Super Sentai cancelled, Series]]'' had been on a gradual ratings slump from 1986's ''Series/{{Choushinsei Flashman}}'' until its nadir in 1990's ''Series/{{Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman}}'', not helped by some serious mismanagement killing [[MerchandiseDriven toy sales.]][[note]]i.e. [[CombiningMecha Max Magma]] toys became shelfwarmers because the robot only appeared in two episodes and was destroyed in the second.[[/note]] However, just when Toei was ready to pull the plug on ''Sentai'', the [[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman next season]] became a smash hit, with JETMAN being the one high ratings due in part to rescue it years before all this. In Truth, Ohranger never risked getting sentai Cancelled during it's run, nor was carranger it's supposed savior, (though fantasy leader's essay was otherwise correct on what caused Ohranger's reception downturn).a PeripheryDemographic and toy sales.
29th Jan '17 10:07:45 PM hello86
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*** Ironicly Saban would then Choose to adapt Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger into Power rangers Ninja steel, which did even worse than Gobusters in both of the cited reasons Gobusters Skipped. So bad, in fact, it's the current record-holder for worst ratings and sales in the franchise.

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*** Ironicly Ironically, Saban would then Choose to next adapt Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger into Power rangers Ninja steel, ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaSteel'', which did even worse than Gobusters in both of the cited reasons Gobusters Skipped.ratings and sales. So bad, in fact, it's the current record-holder for worst ratings and sales in the franchise.
23rd Jan '17 2:52:54 PM KaworuS
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* Fantasy Leader, a Blogspot user, wrote a detailed essay on what was almost the Franchise Killer for ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' [[http://valsagfantasy.blogspot.com/2010/08/super-sentais-almost-cancellation-and.html here]]. To recap: the coincidental collision of a gradual BrokenBase in the fandom that built up starting with ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'' five years ago and a pair of [[GenreKiller Genre Killing]] [[TooSoon real-life incidents]] outside of the fandom[[note]](The Great Hanshin Earthquake which occurred a few months before the series debuted, and the sarin gas attacks in the Tokyo subway which occurred shortly after ''[[Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger Ohranger's]]'' premiere, made the 1995 season's DarkerAndEdgier alien robot invasion plot very untenable)[[/note]] led to show ratings falling to a new low in ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger'' and Toei was prepared to pull the plug... until they noticed that ''Ohranger'' toy sales somehow reached a monstrous new high for ''Sentai'' overall.
** 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 Go-Busters' 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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* Back in 2010; Fantasy Leader, a Blogspot user, wrote a detailed but flawed essay on what was almost the Franchise Killer for ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' [[http://valsagfantasy.blogspot.com/2010/08/super-sentais-almost-cancellation-and.html here]]. To recap: the coincidental collision of a gradual BrokenBase in the fandom that built up starting with ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'' five years ago in 1990 and a pair of [[GenreKiller Genre Killing]] [[TooSoon real-life incidents]] outside of the fandom[[note]](The Great Hanshin Earthquake which occurred a few months before the series debuted, and the sarin gas attacks in the Tokyo subway which occurred shortly after ''[[Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger Ohranger's]]'' premiere, made the 1995 season's DarkerAndEdgier alien robot invasion plot very untenable)[[/note]] led to show ratings falling to a new low in ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger'' and Toei seemingly was prepared to pull the plug... plug on sentai until they noticed that ''Ohranger'' toy sales somehow reached a monstrous new high for ''Sentai'' overall.
overall. However, Additional information provided by Toshide wakamatsu (Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman's Black Condor) and Yuji Kishi (Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger's Red Racer) on the matter from interviews with them provided by [[http://tokusatsunetwork.com/2016/06/fact-checked-did-carranger-save-sentai/ The Tokusatsu network]] have further Exonerated Ohranger of the franchise-killer credit. In Truth, literally no-one at Toei knows what the Western fans were even talking about when this was brought up to them, FIVEMAN actually being the one that risked getting Sentai cancelled, with JETMAN being the one to rescue it years before all this. In Truth, Ohranger never risked getting sentai Cancelled during it's run, nor was carranger it's supposed savior, (though fantasy leader's essay was otherwise correct on what caused Ohranger's reception downturn).
** 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 Go-Busters' a villanous' BigBad shows up, completely late for the movie and ends up getting defeated [[Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger by the passing-by Sentai cameo]].cameo]].
***Ironicly Saban would then Choose to adapt Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger into Power rangers Ninja steel, which did even worse than Gobusters in both of the cited reasons Gobusters Skipped. So bad, in fact, it's the current record-holder for worst ratings and sales in the franchise.
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