It seems that, until fairly recently, anything with the slightest creepy vibe on mainstream tv (apart from teen-themed horror-dramas like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed) had a habit of tanking fairly quickly.
Buffy, X-Files... these were the exceptions to the rule. It seems there were way too many that ended before they had a chance to really take off.
Off the top of my head?
Dealing with God and the devil on prime time was a major leap for ABC and in spite of the creepy brilliance of the show, it was cancelled before a full season made it to screen.
The eerie echo of 'Someone's at the door...' still will catch my attention the minute I hear it. Gary Cole proved his worth as an actor in this far too short lived series set in America's heartland and centered on the dark secrets of a small Southern town.
A recent remake of the classic series went a little darker than the original and, while not perfect, was a good vehicle for Stuart Townsend and, like so many others, was ended without so much as a resolution in the middle of a two-part episode.
Dark Shadows, the re-boot.
Ended in the middle of a story arc, this is the only work out of Hollywood that brought Ben Cross into the mainstream limelight. Vampires in prime time? Sounds good to me, but the early 90's didn't think so.
NBC went a little edgy back in the day with the conspiracy themed Pretender and serial killer showcase Profiler (which, IMHO, made shows like CSI possible in later days!) and coupled both with a 60's era alien invasion series that didn't last as long as it's counterparts.
Another alien themed show that begins in the aftermath of a hurricane; William Fichtner starred and it didn't last nearly as long as it might have!
Fox (bane to Whedon fans everywhere) at least gave this a fair shake with three seasons, but was it really enough? Lance Henriksen is a horror/scifi actor favorite who had a great shot at a mainstream series, had it lasted. Secret societies, demons... honestly, what's not to love?
This was more recent but still kind of interesting. Not quite a soap opera, not quite a supernatural thriller, stuck somewhere in between but oddly interesting, particularly the vampire aspect. (And can we please get some more Rhona Mitra on tv? She's kinda awesome)
These are the ones off the top of my head, but I know there are more. What can you think of? Is there anything you'd love to see another few episodes of?
Why do some tank so quickly, while others go on... and on... and on... until they become such caricatures of what they were originally meant to be that they become stupid and laughable? (Looking at you there, X-Files)
I think Miracles is my personal favorite. Anything dealing with religion sets off my spooky radar - but unfortunately can get the overzealous religious crowd's panties in a bunch.
Thoughts? :imcrazy: <---Love this.