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(Comics Alliance)   Fifteen comic book TV shows that didn't take off. The only one that would have been great was Locke and Key   (comicsalliance.com) divider line 78
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2012-04-25 08:59:11 PM
Eltingville is the only one that might have been good.

Otherwise... there's too much live action and animated comic book crap out there now, anyway.

/but I have hope for Axe Cop!
 
2012-04-25 09:35:42 PM
Great time-wasting link subs. Thanks for simultaneously saving and ruining my evening.

And to think I was actually going to try and accomplish something tonight. Pshaw!
 
2012-04-25 10:15:17 PM
Global Frequency was pretty decent, as a pilot, I mean.
 
2012-04-25 10:15:48 PM
Amazing Screw On Head's pilot was fantastic. It would have made a great series.

FirstNationalBastard: I have hope for Axe Cop!


If they can keep anybody in a suit a million miles away from it, they might succeed. It's hard to capture the manic energy of a child and an indulgent big brother on a project that requires such a large number of people working together on it.
 
2012-04-25 10:19:33 PM

RexTalionis: Global Frequency was pretty decent, as a pilot, I mean.


Yeah, I should have RTFA'd before commenting. While "Global Frequency" the series was nowhere near as good as the book, it was a very promising pilot. The biggest issue I had with it was the way they were planning to focus on the cop guy as the main protagonist. I understand the TV logic of having a set cast and not trying to build an anthology series, but half the fun of the book was the "Blue Blaze Irregulars" feel of Global Frequency. It was a sprawling, global organization that anybody could be a part of, if they had some useful skill.

But the Blue Blaze Irregulars have more style, so- hey.
 
2012-04-25 10:22:57 PM
Wonder Woman's pilot has to be seen to be believed. It's uncomfortably bad.
 
2012-04-25 10:27:08 PM

RexTalionis: Global Frequency was pretty decent, as a pilot, I mean.


I just watched it. It was.

Got a kick out of Screw on Head too.
 
2012-04-25 10:27:09 PM
Did I miss The Tick on that list? Because the live-action version was one terrible show. Eltingville and Screw on Head should have gotten a season.
 
2012-04-25 10:34:46 PM
The pacing of Global Frequency was insane. It never let up for once second.


Although everything seemed to be reminiscent of something I'd seen before, pacing-wise Run Lola Run is the only thing I can think of that tops it without being completely annoying and completely losing its narrative thread.
 
2012-04-25 10:38:07 PM
I would love to see more adventures involving Amazing Screw On Head.
 
2012-04-25 10:38:12 PM

brap: The pacing of Global Frequency was insane. It never let up for once second.


Although everything seemed to be reminiscent of something I'd seen before, pacing-wise Run Lola Run is the only thing I can think of that tops it without being completely annoying and completely losing its narrative thread.


I think you'll like the comic book it's based on, too. Might have to lend you a copy of the trade paperbacks.
 
2012-04-25 10:38:44 PM
The version of Booster Gold on Smallville was pretty good - corporate super anti-hero with a heart of gold.
 
2012-04-25 10:38:49 PM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: Did I miss The Tick on that list? Because the live-action version was one terrible show. Eltingville and Screw on Head should have gotten a season.


A lot of people apparently liked the live action Tick. I didn't but I think I was spoiled by the far superior cartoon.
 
2012-04-25 11:01:49 PM

odinsposse: SockMonkeyHolocaust: Did I miss The Tick on that list? Because the live-action version was one terrible show. Eltingville and Screw on Head should have gotten a season.

A lot of people apparently liked the live action Tick. I didn't but I think I was spoiled by the far superior cartoon.


If you go into the live action tick expecting it to be the cartoon, you might be disappointed.

If you judge it on its own merits, the live action Tick was pretty damn good.

/plus, Liz Vassey.



Aexia: The version of Booster Gold on Smallville was pretty good - corporate super anti-hero with a heart of gold.


Sci-F... I mean "Siffy" has announced a Booster Gold show for the upcoming season. I'm betting he'll be hunting ghosts, building cars, and oh, the product placement there will be.
 
2012-04-25 11:11:47 PM

t3knomanser: RexTalionis: Global Frequency was pretty decent, as a pilot, I mean.

Yeah, I should have RTFA'd before commenting. While "Global Frequency" the series was nowhere near as good as the book, it was a very promising pilot. The biggest issue I had with it was the way they were planning to focus on the cop guy as the main protagonist. I understand the TV logic of having a set cast and not trying to build an anthology series, but half the fun of the book was the "Blue Blaze Irregulars" feel of Global Frequency. It was a sprawling, global organization that anybody could be a part of, if they had some useful skill.

But the Blue Blaze Irregulars have more style, so- hey.


Yeah, I didn't like that, either, but I can definitely understand why they did it. As opposed to, say, the Human Target, where I cannot understand why they made the changes they did.
 
2012-04-25 11:12:23 PM
"and it didn't help that Jubilee, our point-of-view character, was played by Heather McComb, a white actress."

Yeah, that's why it failed, ya douche
 
2012-04-25 11:14:48 PM

RexTalionis: As opposed to, say, the Human Target, where I cannot understand why they made the changes they did.


I'm not sure why they even thought that it would work as a series at all. The entire thing is about someone who has done so much impersonation that they've lost track of who they really are. You can't tell that story in a TV series.
 
2012-04-25 11:16:11 PM

FirstNationalBastard: If you go into the live action tick expecting it to be the cartoon, you might be disappointed.

If you judge it on its own merits, the live action Tick was pretty damn good.


The show was not nigh-invulnerable to the comparison.
 
2012-04-25 11:16:29 PM

t3knomanser: The entire thing is about someone who has done so much impersonation that they've lost track of who they really are. You can't tell that story in a TV series.


Actually, I take that back. You could. But you'd have to have made it in the 60s, cast Patrick McGoohan in the lead role, and include a floating beachball of death.
 
2012-04-25 11:17:35 PM

t3knomanser: RexTalionis: As opposed to, say, the Human Target, where I cannot understand why they made the changes they did.

I'm not sure why they even thought that it would work as a series at all. The entire thing is about someone who has done so much impersonation that they've lost track of who they really are. You can't tell that story in a TV series.


You sort of can. The Pretender sort of got into that territory.
 
2012-04-25 11:25:41 PM

RexTalionis: The Pretender sort of got into that territory.


"The Pretender" was much closer to the "Human Target" book than the series was.
 
2012-04-25 11:30:21 PM

Doran: Wonder Woman's pilot has to be seen to be believed. It's uncomfortably bad.


Yeah, it was horrible to the point of hilarity.

The *one* bit I liked was the fact that they showed she was willing to kill.
 
2012-04-25 11:33:06 PM
And still no Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman pilot. For shame, Hollywood, for shame.
 
2012-04-25 11:38:57 PM

PIP_the_TROLL: Doran: Wonder Woman's pilot has to be seen to be believed. It's uncomfortably bad.

Yeah, it was horrible to the point of hilarity.

The *one* bit I liked was the fact that they showed she was willing to kill.


And happily work towards revenge and personal vendettas. You know, like Wonder Woman always has.
 
2012-04-25 11:46:00 PM

Gunny Highway: I would love to see more adventures involving Amazing Screw On Head.


Second.
 
2012-04-25 11:50:58 PM
no love for 'Gotham High'?

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-04-25 11:55:04 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-04-26 12:00:14 AM

Gunny Highway: FirstNationalBastard: If you go into the live action tick expecting it to be the cartoon, you might be disappointed.

If you judge it on its own merits, the live action Tick was pretty damn good.

The show was not nigh-invulnerable to the comparison.


Some would say that show was the apotheosis of cool...


/SPOON!!!!
 
2012-04-26 12:04:44 AM
They missed The Fantastic Four (1994)^
 
2012-04-26 12:06:33 AM
I urge everyone to see The Amazing Screw-on Head pilot just so you can all be as sad as I am that it wasn't picked up.
 
2012-04-26 12:07:48 AM

JRoo: Gunny Highway: I would love to see more adventures involving Amazing Screw On Head.

Second.


Thirded.


FirstNationalBastard: odinsposse: SockMonkeyHolocaust: Did I miss The Tick on that list? Because the live-action version was one terrible show. Eltingville and Screw on Head should have gotten a season.

A lot of people apparently liked the live action Tick. I didn't but I think I was spoiled by the far superior cartoon.

If you go into the live action tick expecting it to be the cartoon, you might be disappointed.

If you judge it on its own merits, the live action Tick was pretty damn good.


It didn't help that they couldn't get the rights to a lot of the secondary characters and had to change everything.


FirstNationalBastard: Eltingville is the only one that might have been good.


Give me an animated version of this and I'll be happy:

upload.wikimedia.org

3.bp.blogspot.com

Have them put Tim & Eric to a painful death and steal their timeslot.
 
2012-04-26 12:12:57 AM

fusillade762:


FirstNationalBastard: odinsposse: SockMonkeyHolocaust: Did I miss The Tick on that list? Because the live-action version was one terrible show. Eltingville and Screw on Head should have gotten a season.

A lot of people apparently liked the live action Tick. I didn't but I think I was spoiled by the far superior cartoon.

If you go into the live action tick expecting it to be the cartoon, you might be disappointed.

If you judge it on its own merits, the live action Tick was pretty damn good.

It didn't help that they couldn't get the rights to a lot of the secondary characters and had to change everything.

.


Honestly, most of the stuff in the animated series was specifically created for the animated series.

The comic books didn't have Sewer Urchin, Die Fledermaus, Speak, Carmelita was never named, nor did she appear in anything other than a one page cameo, The Evil Midnight Bomber wasn't there...

And there was already enough in the comics to fuel a live action series without using the animated stuff.
 
2012-04-26 12:17:35 AM
I wonder if The Spirit with Sam Jones and Nana Visitor was intended as a pilot or was just a TV movie.
 
2012-04-26 12:28:19 AM

Doran: And happily work towards revenge and personal vendettas. You know, like Wonder Woman always has.


To be honest, she's worked better that way. The New 52 version of Wonder Woman is ten times more interesting than anything she's done in the ten years before.
 
2012-04-26 12:29:16 AM

Aexia: Doran: And happily work towards revenge and personal vendettas. You know, like Wonder Woman always has.

To be honest, she's worked better that way. The New 52 version of Wonder Woman is ten times more interesting than anything she's done in the ten years before.


Watching grass grow is ten times more interesting than watching paint dry.
 
2012-04-26 12:30:18 AM

dopeydwarf: I urge everyone to see The Amazing Screw-on Head pilot just so you can all be as sad as I am that it wasn't picked up.


It used to be streaming on Netflix (along with the Hellboy animated stuff) but it looks like they've taken in off, sadly.
 
2012-04-26 12:32:15 AM
'Smallville' really was the litmus test for a lot of DC/Warner Bros. projects... from the short lived 'Birds of Prey' to talks about Zatanna and Green Arrow being spun-off.

that's why the last few seasons were not that great. you could tell that they were trying to cram as many DC characters into the show in hopes of spring-boarding some successful spin-offs.
 
2012-04-26 01:28:56 AM
Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Nick Fury pilots...just don't watch them...just don't

Sad Locke and Key didn't make it, the trailer shows promise.
 
2012-04-26 02:40:01 AM
I have the Amazing Screw on Head pilot on DVD. And the comic book in hardcover.

What could have been...

/sigh
 
2012-04-26 02:40:08 AM

calbert: 'Smallville' really was the litmus test for a lot of DC/Warner Bros. projects... from the short lived 'Birds of Prey' to talks about Zatanna and Green Arrow being spun-off.

that's why the last few seasons were not that great. you could tell that they were trying to cram as many DC characters into the show in hopes of spring-boarding some successful spin-offs.


There is a Green Arrow show in the works starring Stephen Amell. It is currently in post-production.
They just don't know if it's truly been picked up yet.

Link
 
2012-04-26 02:58:34 AM

calbert: 'Smallville' really was the litmus test for a lot of DC/Warner Bros. projects... from the short lived 'Birds of Prey' to talks about Zatanna and Green Arrow being spun-off.

that's why the last few seasons were not that great. you could tell that they were trying to cram as many DC characters into the show in hopes of spring-boarding some successful spin-offs.


You could also tell, at least in his first few appearances, before he became one of the main characters, that anything involving the Green Arrow had been written for Bruce Wayne, not Oliver Queen.
 
2012-04-26 04:02:28 AM
Dr. Strange is Ron Burgundy!
 
2012-04-26 04:40:56 AM
TIL that they actually made an Eltingville pilot.

I watched all three parts on Youtube. It became much more arch and shrill in its animated version. I don't think it worked as well as the comic.
 
2012-04-26 06:47:29 AM
Robotech II: The Sentinels suspiciously absent.
 
2012-04-26 06:50:46 AM

DedParrot: I wonder if The Spirit with Sam Jones and Nana Visitor was intended as a pilot or was just a TV movie.


I'm sure it was.
 
2012-04-26 07:07:19 AM
Anything written by Joe Hill would have been laughed out of agents' offices across America if it wasn't for his dad and an inborn marketing campaign. Derivative, pointless, and relies on gimmicky turns of the phrase.

What they DO need to do is take a very old Sunday comic strip character and bring them to a show complete with the time period. Gasoline Alley, etc., etc.
 
2012-04-26 07:53:27 AM

RexTalionis: Global Frequency was pretty decent, as a pilot, I mean.


Yeah, I thought it was quite good. Of course, the people in this thread (including me) are the reason (allegedly) it never got made in to a series. Despite the cable company (was it Warner or Fox? Can't remember) rejecting the pilot and probably commissioning several new 'reality shows' instead, they went on record saying that because the pilot had been leaked and so heavily downloaded they would never revisit the idea nor would the pilot be released on DVD. Ever. They also own the rights to make a TV version of it.

It really is the perfect example of how retarded these companies can be. People WANTED a series of it, they wanted to pay for it. So instead of taking the very favorable response they were seeing, from their target audience for the show and reversing their decision instead they throw the baby and bathwater out.
 
2012-04-26 08:24:09 AM

whizbangthedirtfarmer: Anything written by Joe Hill would have been laughed out of agents' offices across America if it wasn't for his dad


I liked "The Cape". It wasn't the best thing I've ever read, but it was a decent story, well told.

Vaneshi: they went on record saying that because the pilot had been leaked and so heavily downloaded they would never revisit the idea nor would the pilot be released on DVD


But think of all the millions of dollars they lost to piracy due to the leak of something they never intended to sell anyway.
 
2012-04-26 08:31:43 AM
Comics Alliance should fire their web designer and start over. The page is a consistent nightmare to download.

Fire the web designer, for there are loads of talented people who need jobs.
 
2012-04-26 08:46:03 AM

t3knomanser: I liked "The Cape". It wasn't the best thing I've ever read, but it was a decent story, well told.


The comic, I mean- not to be confused with the utterly unrelated and incredibly terrible show, "The Cape". Terrible in the most awesome way, though. Man, I loved that show.
 
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