One of those ‘back in my hometown’ series, October Road is another ABC American soap opera that failed miserably. The show that debuted on ABC on March 15, 2007, follows Nick Garrett (played by former One Tree Hill star Bryan Greenberg) who is a successful screenwriter suffering from writer’s block. The second season of October Road premiered on in November 2007 but was not renewed for a third season. The sudden (yet unsurprising) news of cancellation prompted the writers to write a super abrupt ending. It did not go down well.
Chicago Tribune called it a wretched show “that not only features a lead character who is an unredeemable nitwit but dialogue that manages to be leaden, preposterous and pretentious all at once.” We sure did all expect more from Laura Prepon. Just as well she redeemed herself with Orange is the New Black.
Riding on the success of Big Brother," Unan1mous" keeps in with the strangers in-room theme by locking up nine people in a bunker and making them to choose a winner. A lesson in morality? Teamwork? Communication? Who knows, one thing is for sure, audiences did not really care. The contestants are completely isolated from the outside world. If one of them leaves the bunker, the prize money is cut in half.
This FOX show in the end only aired eight episodes. Critics described this show as an attempt to make one of the most "unpleasant reality shows of all time." We suppose it's good that there are some blunders along the way. At least networks learn what works and what doesn't.
2006: 10.5 Apocalypse
10.5: Apocalypse is miniseries made in 2006 that was written and directed by John Lafia. The show is a sequel to the 2004 series of the same name. It follows a string of natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, sinkholes and earthquakes that were triggered by an apocalyptic earthquake. The Canadian made series was met with a bunch of terrible reviews and it was about as much of a seismic disaster as the ones depicted in the series.
Both audiences and critics ended up hating this show. So much so that the Washington Post said it that "the calamities and catastrophes occur with such frequency and ferocity that, yes, indeed, 'Apocalypse 10.5' suffers the curse of being unintentionally funny — even hilarious."
Another "nitty gritty" British drama about police and crime. The show starred Aidan Gillen and Keeley Hawes and aired on ITV. The unexpected failure of the show left people pretty stumped, as the series was headed by Ed Whitmore, the guy behind the long-running series Waking The Dead, as well as the acclaimed ITV mini-series He Kills Coppers. The show only ran for one season, but somehow, prompted the creation of an American adaption. It's only a matter of time until the American version gets added to this list.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported this pretty biting comment: "Now, you may be saying, 'There he goes again, that elitist toad.' But believe me, even Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Bill O'Reilly would think this show was stupid."
2019: The Masked Singer
Since the year 2002, there have been countless American Idols as well as a string of rip offs. Sometimes they work, such as cases like The Voice and the Glee Project, and sometimes they don't, like Pitch Slapped and The Naked Choir. Then you get hit shows which somehow take off, but still leave you wondering 'why does this exist?'. Case in point - The Masked Singer. Based on a South Korean series, the talent contest features talented singers who perform in elaborate identity concealing costumes so that the judges cannot recognize them. This puts the Voice chair to shame.
The panel consists of a bunch of fading stars such as Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls. Robin Thicke and comedian Ken Jeong thrown in there for some reason, oh, and Jenny McCarthy.