The Walking Dead, Lost And FlashForward Writers On Shows That Ended Too Early

There's plenty of juiciness coming out of this year's Comic Con in San Diego. The 12-minute screening of Peter Jackson's rendition of The Hobbit was apparently amazing, Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim, with its 25-storey robots going at it in operatic combat and Elysium, from District 9 creator Neil Blomkamp, both "blew" the roof off the show, according to Blastr.

Sadly, net-ready footage of these supposed marvels has yet to appear (that isn't blocked minutes later for copyright reasons), so for now we'll have to make do with one of the show's more thoughtful panels.

In the two videos here, Once Upon a Time's Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, along with The Walking Dead writer Scott Gimple Javier and Lost's Grillo-Marxuach, take a look at shows from the past few years that didn't quite make it, including Joss Whedon's Firefly and Dollhouse, as well as FlashForward, based on the 1999 novel of the same name. Would an extra season have helped any of these shows, or were they doomed from the get-go?

The clip is broken into two parts, the second one can be found below.


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    FlashForward was doomed as soon as it strayed from the book, which was the opening scene. That is what happens when you take a concept completely out of context and try to shoehorn it into an "America to the rescue" scenario.

    I think Dollhouse would have run out of steam after another season or two. You can only spread out the mystery of the setting so far before you reach the point nothing happens.

    Firefly was perfect for episodic action with underlying story arcs. It had the potential to still be on the air now.

    Plenty of shows ended after one season (invasion, surface, the event, threshold ) by resolving one arc, only to begin another that is never resolved. It leaves fans wanting more, which in itself is positive. But what happens when the second series does not match the expectations build up from the first (at least in my mind: Game of Thrones)?

    Flashforward the book and the TV series were entirely different stories. The book could have been a movie, but wouldn't have supported a whole season of TV, let alone two. I enjoyed the book, but really wanted the TV series to continue, to see where it was going. However it was starting to look like it could have becoming another Lost if they'd tried to spin it beyond season 2.

    Firefly was simply cut short before its natural term.

    I'm probably alone here, but I really enjoyed Flashfoward (having never even known it was a book), but no one has mentioned Terra Nova. I was really enjoying that show to be honest, kind of hoping a second season comes to fruition.

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