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1st Aug '16 3:07:54 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/MockingbirdLane'' was supposed to be the PilotMovie of a DarkerAndEdgier reboot of ''TheMunsters''. However for whatever reason, the show didn't get picked up, but the film was still shown on NBC as a Halloween special.

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* ''Series/MockingbirdLane'' was supposed to be the PilotMovie of a DarkerAndEdgier reboot of ''TheMunsters''.''Series/TheMunsters''. However for whatever reason, the show didn't get picked up, but the film was still shown on NBC as a Halloween special.
2nd Jul '16 8:29:31 PM KiraDoom
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* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Underfist:]] [[HalloweenEpisode Halloween Bash]]'' was supposed to become a series of its own, but Creator/CartoonNetwork turned it down.
22nd Jun '16 4:58:16 AM gewunomox
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* Mid-to-late [[TheNineties '90s]] hip hop supergroup The Firm -- consisting of {{Nas}}, Foxy Brown, AZ, and Cormega (who was later ousted and replaced with Nature) -- was hyped as one of the hottest new groups in hip-hop after their formation, appearance on Nas' ''It Was Written'' album, and signing to Dr. Dre's record label. In 1997, they released their debut album... which got such a lackluster reception by both consumers and critics that any interest in more music from the group was nixed, and they went their separate ways the year after. While Brown has mentioned that there have been discussions of The Firm reuniting, the project seems to be an OldShame for nearly everyone involved.

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* Mid-to-late [[TheNineties '90s]] hip hop supergroup The Firm -- consisting of {{Nas}}, Music/{{Nas}}, Foxy Brown, AZ, and Cormega (who was later ousted and replaced with Nature) -- was hyped as one of the hottest new groups in hip-hop after their formation, appearance on Nas' ''It Was Written'' album, and signing to Dr. Dre's record label. In 1997, they released their debut album... which got such a lackluster reception by both consumers and critics that any interest in more music from the group was nixed, and they went their separate ways the year after. While Brown has mentioned that there have been discussions of The Firm reuniting, the project seems to be an OldShame for nearly everyone involved.
11th May '16 12:31:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Saban's MaskedRider'', an Americanized adaptation of ''Series/KamenRiderBlackRX'' and one of several Saban projects hastily compiled to cash in on the success of ''PowerRangers''. The result was so painfully homogenised that ''Franchise/KamenRider'' creator Shotaro Ishinomori forbid any more American adaptations of his work. This ban would persist until 2009, when ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'' was developed as a series much closer in spirit to the original source. ''Dragon Knight'' itself suffered from this as well. Poor toy sales and ratings (partly due to ScrewedByTheNetwork) plus financial troubles with Adness Entertainment meant that any possible follow-up adaptation was dead. It didn't help that the final two episodes didn't even air on TV, only online.

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* ''Saban's MaskedRider'', Series/MaskedRider'', an Americanized adaptation of ''Series/KamenRiderBlackRX'' and one of several Saban projects hastily compiled to cash in on the success of ''PowerRangers''. The result was so painfully homogenised that ''Franchise/KamenRider'' creator Shotaro Ishinomori forbid any more American adaptations of his work. This ban would persist until 2009, when ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'' was developed as a series much closer in spirit to the original source. ''Dragon Knight'' itself suffered from this as well. Poor toy sales and ratings (partly due to ScrewedByTheNetwork) plus financial troubles with Adness Entertainment meant that any possible follow-up adaptation was dead. It didn't help that the final two episodes didn't even air on TV, only online.
7th May '16 5:28:15 PM nombretomado
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* 2008 saw the release of ''[[FunWithAcronyms OMFGG]] Original Music Featured on Series/GossipGirl No. 1''. By the time the series ended four years later, there was still no sign of No. 2 (compare to ''OneTreeHill'' racking up four albums and ''GreysAnatomy'' having five).

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* 2008 saw the release of ''[[FunWithAcronyms OMFGG]] Original Music Featured on Series/GossipGirl No. 1''. By the time the series ended four years later, there was still no sign of No. 2 (compare to ''OneTreeHill'' ''Series/OneTreeHill'' racking up four albums and ''GreysAnatomy'' ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' having five).
27th Apr '16 10:58:14 AM aye_amber
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** This was not the first time a band called The Firm had failed to proceed; in the mid '80s, Jimmy Page formed a miniature supergroup with himself on guitar, and Paul Rodgers, formerly of Free and Bad Company, on vocals. The original plan was to fill the band out with former Yes percussionist Music/BillBruford, plus ubiquitous 80s fretless bassist Pino Palladino, but this didn't pan out. Despite being Jimmy Page's first band project since Led Zeppelin, the group's debut album met with lackluster reviews and poor sales. Surprisingly there was a second album -- shades of [[DavidBowie Tin Machine]] -- after which the group disbanded.

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** This was not the first time a band called The Firm had failed to proceed; in the mid '80s, Jimmy Page formed a miniature supergroup with himself on guitar, and Paul Rodgers, formerly of Free and Bad Company, on vocals. The original plan was to fill the band out with former Yes percussionist Music/BillBruford, plus ubiquitous 80s fretless bassist Pino Palladino, but this didn't pan out. Despite being Jimmy Page's first band project since Led Zeppelin, the group's debut album met with lackluster reviews and poor sales. Surprisingly there was a second album -- shades of [[DavidBowie [[Music/DavidBowie Tin Machine]] -- after which the group disbanded.



* Music/DavidBowie's 1996 concept album ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1._Outside 1. Outside]]'' was planned to be the first of a 3-album set. However, his next album was the unrelated drum-and-bass-influenced excursion ''Earthling'', and with [[AuthorExistenceFailure his passing]] in 2016, the set will never be completed.

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* Music/DavidBowie's 1996 concept album ''[[http://en.''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1._Outside 1. Outside]]'' was planned to be the first of a 3-album set. However, his next album was the unrelated drum-and-bass-influenced excursion ''Earthling'', and with [[AuthorExistenceFailure his passing]] in 2016, the set will never be completed.
24th Apr '16 12:39:39 AM aye_amber
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* In 1993 {{The Sisters Of Mercy}} released ''Greatest Hits Volume 1: A Slight Case of Overbombing''. It was the last album they released.
* ABBA's compilation ''The Singles: The '''First''' Ten Years'' has an ironic title. After promoting the two newly-recorded singles, they took a break from which they never regrouped, making it their ''final'' release before (in effect) splitting.
* George Michael failed to release a followup to his ''Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1'' album of 1990.

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* In 1993 {{The Sisters Of Mercy}} Music/TheSistersOfMercy released ''Greatest Hits Volume 1: A Slight Case of Overbombing''. It was the last album they released.
* ABBA's Music/{{ABBA}}'s compilation ''The Singles: The '''First''' Ten Years'' has an ironic title. After promoting the two newly-recorded singles, they took a break from which they never regrouped, making it their ''final'' release before (in effect) splitting.
* George Michael Music/GeorgeMichael failed to release a followup to his ''Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1'' album of 1990.
22nd Apr '16 1:50:04 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Techno Police 21C'' from Creator/StudioNue was going to be a TV series about a team of 3 policemen and 3 human-sized childish [[SuperRobotGenre prototype]] {{Tin Can Robot}}s fighting crime in the year 2001.[[note]]The concept was still fresh for late 1970s. Also of note are composer Joe Hisaishi, who would later write music for ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'', ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', ''Film/{{Sonatine}}'', ''Film/HanaBi'', and artist Shoji Kawamori, who would later draw [[{{Franchise/Macross}} SDF Macross]].[[/note]] After some 4 years of TroubledProduction they managed to make an 80-minute pilot. And repurposed it as a theatrical movie. Which wasn't very successful.

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* ''Techno Police 21C'' from Creator/StudioNue was going to be a TV series about a team of 3 policemen and 3 human-sized childish [[SuperRobotGenre prototype]] {{Tin Can Robot}}s fighting crime in the year 2001.[[note]]The 2001[[note]]The concept was still fresh for late 1970s. Also of note are composer Joe Hisaishi, Music/JoeHisaishi, who would later write music for ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'', ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', ''Film/{{Sonatine}}'', ''Film/HanaBi'', and artist Shoji Kawamori, Creator/ShojiKawamori, who would later draw [[{{Franchise/Macross}} SDF Macross]].[[/note]] create ''Anime/{{Macross}}''[[/note]]. After some 4 years of TroubledProduction they managed to make an 80-minute pilot. And repurposed it as a theatrical movie. Which wasn't very successful.
16th Apr '16 5:47:43 PM mimitchi33
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* Takara Tomy hyped up ''[[VideoGame/PrettyRhythmAuroraDream Pretty Rhythm]]'' by trying to promote it everywhere, stating that the anime combined many things the target audience loved such as fashion and dancing, all whilst teaching them to follow their dreams. However, not that many children played the game (in total, there were only 400,000 uses throughout its entire run) or watched the anime.
12th Mar '16 5:37:03 PM universalperson
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* In the world of BD sales, the general chance of a series getting a second season is often called the "[[Manga/ManabiStraight Manabi]] Line", where they must pass a certain amount of BD sales per volume (at least 2900 units) to warrant the hopes of getting a second season, failing to do so will result in a stillbirth adaptation.


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* A lot of anime ends up being this, especially when they're the adaptation of something that hasn't finished yet. People who follow anime sales invented the idea of the "[[Manga/ManabiStraight Manabi]] Line", where a series must pass a certain amount of BD sales per volume (at least 2900 units) to warrant the hopes of getting a second season. Failing to do thus results in a stillbirth adaptation. The actual validity of the Manabi line, as well as the relative importance of BD sales of general is a topic of much debate.
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