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20+ TV Shows That Got Cancelled for Some Pretty Dumb Reasons

20+ TV Shows That Got Cancelled for Some Pretty Dumb Reasons
Almost without fail, the answer to the question, “Why did my most favorite TV show get cancelled?!” is a cold, hard, “It’s the ratings, bub.”

But in a small handful of instances across TV’s decades-long history, the answer has been something a bit different. And occasionally quite surprising!

For example, which overanxious showrunner accidentally goaded his network into dropping the hammer? How did a case of “mistaken identity” get Clone High expelled from Cartoon Network? How did one family drama’s “un-cancellation” assist in the demise of another? And which comedy famously got clipped because viewers had to (gasp!
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Spider-Man Universe TV Shows from Phil Lord & Chris Miller Set by Sony

Joseph Baxter Apr 29, 2019

Sony Pictures Television has tapped the duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller for a lucrative deal to head multiple Spider-Man TV shows.

Spider-Man is on the verge of becoming a prominent part of your television viewing habits, thanks to a deal that will see Sony tap the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse writer duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

In a development that seems as surreal as the multiple Wall-Crawler teamup in Lord and Miller’s massive animated hit, Sony Pictures Television – having won a competitive bidding situation – has closed a five-year deal with the duo that purportedly resides in the nine-figure range, via THR.

The deal – which procures Lord and Miller as their current overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV expires – gives the duo dominion over a number of shows for what Sony intends to become a Spider-Man television universe, amongst an array of
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Sony Signs Phil Lord and Chris Miller to Nine-Figure TV Deal

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Sony Signs Phil Lord and Chris Miller to Nine-Figure TV Deal
Phil Lord and Chris Miller have just joined a very exciting club. Monday, Sony Pictures Television announced the creators behind “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” have signed a nine-figure overall deal with the studio.

Lord and Miller have worked with Sony for years, and the new deal will expand upon that relationship, allowing them to develop a slate of projects for a variety of platforms through Lord Miller Productions. One sandbox they’ll be able to play in is Marvel — specifically, the characters which are still under the Sony banner, including Spider-Man and his related foes.

“We are so grateful to everyone at Sony Pictures Television for choosing to partner with us and expand our enduring relationship with the studio. Together we aim to make groundbreaking work of the highest quality and integrity, and to place that work in convenient proximity to your eyeballs and earholes,
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Riverdale Star Luke Perry Sadly Died Today After Massive Stroke

Hey,Riverdale and Luke Perry fans. Today is a very sad day as we've just learned that the current Riverdale Fred Andrews and former Beverly Hills 90210 Dylan McKay star Luke Perry did not recover from the massive stroke that he suffered this past Wednesday morning, February 27, 2019. According to the folks over at TMZ, Luke sadly passed away earlier today, March 4, 2019 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank, California. TMZ was able to get some information from Luke's rep. The rep told them that Luke was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiance Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends. TMZ supplied some other details about what happened during Luke's stroke. He was responsive and talking when the EMTs arrived to take him to the hospital. However afterwards, his condition deteriorated. Luke's rep said
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19 One-Season Shows You Need to Watch, From ‘The Get Down’ to ‘The Tick’ (Photos)

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19 One-Season Shows You Need to Watch, From ‘The Get Down’ to ‘The Tick’ (Photos)
It’s always a letdown when shows don’t get to shine. Even worse is when a series shows so much potential, but gets canceled after only one season. Many of them go on to become cult classics, but we still have to wonder what could’ve happened if they went on for longer. C’est la vie.

Get Down

The Baz Luhrmann Netflix series about the rise of hip-hop contains great music and set pieces that make it easy to binge-watch and enjoy. That’s not including the great leads, which instill the characters with an electrifying innocence and humanity. However, the streaming service canceled it after one season.

Firefly

The cult TV show to top all cult TV shows. The one-season Joss Whedon sci-fi epic told the tale of a crew of smugglers on the spaceship Serenity and their adventures on the fringes of a broken society. It
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Phil Lord and Chris Miller Talk Breaking Barriers with ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ at the Glas Animation Festival

Phil Lord and Chris Miller Talk Breaking Barriers with ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ at the Glas Animation Festival
The third annual Glas Animation Festival (Global Animation Syndicate) in Berkeley got a major boost last weekend with the appearance of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“The Lego Movie”). The duo discussed success, failure, and how they’re pushing boundaries with “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (December 21), which they are producing. They also announced that they are taking executive producer credit on “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (May 25), which they noisily departed as directors last year after being replaced by director Ron Howard.

Although they credited their successful partnership with being “horrifically relentless and willing to change things to continually improve the project,” Lord and Miller ran into irreconcilable differences over the particular production demands of the “Star Wars” franchise.

“We are very proud of our many contributions to the film. In light of the creative differences on ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story,’ we have elected to take an executive producer credit on the film,
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Fired Han Solo Directs Break Silence on Losing Star Wars Movie

Fired Han Solo Directs Break Silence on Losing Star Wars Movie
Chris Miller and Phil Lord have broken their silence about leaving Solo: A Star Wars Story and how it made them better filmmakers. While it didn't come as a complete shock over the summer when Disney and Lucasfilm decided to part ways with Lord and Miller, it was still a surprise since so much of the movie had reportedly already been completed by the duo. Disney sited creative differences for the split, which seems to have been the case, and now the directors are sharing their side of the story for the first time.

At a panel for their MTV animated series Clone High at the Vulture Festival in L.A. over the weekend, Chris Miller and Phil Lord discussed their experience of being fired from the young Han Solo movie. When asked about the experience, Lord was positive about the incident and said that shooting the movie was great
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Phil Lord & Chris Miller Discuss Leaving ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

Earlier this year, The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller left the Han Solo movie that has just wrapped up shooting with Ron Howard taking over the helming duties. Much has been discussed about their leaving the project, but we haven’t heard too much from the filmmakers themselves.

The duo were appearing at the Vulture Festival in L.A to talk about their MTV animated series Clone High. The outlet spoke about their experience of being fired from the Star Wars young Han Solo movie and getting replaced by Howard.

Here’s what they had to say.

“The experience of shooting the movie was wonderful,” Lord said. “We had the most incredible cast and crew and collaborators. I think in terms of us leaving the project, I think everybody went in with really good intentions and our approach to making the movie was different than theirs. That
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‘Han Solo’ Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord Reveal Departure Reason: ‘Our Approach Was Really Different’

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‘Han Solo’ Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord Reveal Departure Reason: ‘Our Approach Was Really Different’
It’s never easy to get let go from a project, but in their first public appearance since exiting what’s now been titled “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” Phil Lord and Chris Miller handled it gracefully.

“The experience of shooting the movie was wonderful,” Lord said to the crowd at Vulture Festival Sunday. “In terms of us leaving the project, everyone went in with really good intentions and our approach was really different from theirs… The gap was too big.”

Added Lord, “Sometimes people break up and it’s sad. We learned a lot from our collaborators, we’re really proud of our work and wish everyone with the best.”
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Phil Lord and Chris Miller developing new series We Can Do Better

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I've said it many times on this site, but I'll say it again: in my opinion writer/directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will have a lifetime pass with me for creating Clone High, the cult animated series from the early '00s. Sure, they also directed Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, The Lego Movie, and the way better than it had any right to be 21 Jump Street movies, but they'll forever be the Clone High guys... Read More...
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Clerks - an unlikely multimedia franchise

Mark Harrison Sep 28, 2017

How a 1994 indie hit from Kevin Smith gave birth to an unlikely franchise...

In 1993, Kevin Smith made a movie. Clerks was shot in black and white over the course of three weeks, at night, in the convenience store where Smith worked during the day, on a shoestring budget of $27,575. Smith funded the film himself by dipping into his savings, selling all his comics and maxing out several credit cards.

Even though it became an indie phenomenon when it was picked up by Bob and Harvey Weinstein's Miramax (who gave it a new soundtrack using a post-production budget that was ten times the cost of principal photography) at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, it doesn't have 'franchise starter' written all over it.

Long considered a Gen X touchstone, Clerks is a funny and filthy slice of life movie, which equates a working day for Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran) to his namesake's Inferno.
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Young Han Solo film teases the presence of the Empire in new still

  • JoBlo
So my interest in this solo Han Solo film plummeted when it was announced previous directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord - of 21 Jump Street and Clone High fame - were fired. While I like the cast, especially Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, I am less than thrilled that Ron Howard is taking over. Nothing against the guy - he makes serviceable-to-great films, depending on the material -... Read More...
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Ron Howard's brother Clint to have role in upcoming Han Solo film

  • JoBlo
I'm not going to lie, most interest I've had in the young Han Solo film have pretty much evaporated with the firing of former directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord, who were replaced by Ron Howard. Nothing against Howard - he's made some pretty great films in the past (and quite a few clunkers as well) - but he didn't make Clone High. And, to be fair, I was already iffy about the premise of the film from the get-go.... Read More...
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Phil Lord and Chris Miller met with DC about The Flash. Again.

  • JoBlo
For such a speedy superhero, The Flash's dash to a solo feature has been amazingly slow and arduous. First the film was set up with Seth Grahame-Smith as the director, with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Clone High, former directors of Han Solo) writing up a treatment. Then when Graham-Smith left, there was a page one rewrite with Dope director Rick Famuyiwa at the helm. Now, eight months... Read More...
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Moonlight's Mahershala Ali joins Lord and Miller's animated Spider-Man film

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While it's super disappointing that Clone High's Chris Miller and Phil Lord were fired from Han Solo (leaving behind the last shred of interest I had in that film), at least they're not going to be gone for long. They are still involved with writing and producing Sony's upcoming animated Spider-man film focusing on Miles Morales, which is to be directed by Bob Persichetti (The... Read More...
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Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s 10 Tips For Screenwriters: Learn Their Tricks of the Trade

Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s 10 Tips For Screenwriters: Learn Their Tricks of the Trade
“Lego Movie” masterminds Phil Lord and Chris Miller think it’s nuts to offer advice via the esteemed BAFTA’s Screenwriters’ Lecture master class. “If anyone calls themselves a ‘master screenwriter,'” Lord told the London audience last October, “they are about to write a terrible screenplay.”

Nevertheless, Lord and Miller persisted; after writing and producing together for 20 years, including the upcoming Han Solo origin story, they had plenty to say. BAFTA has just made their nearly 90-minute video available to the public, glitchy graphics and all, and it makes for some very funny viewing (not to be missed: their short that “was not educational enough” for Disney, which attempted to teach children about the Brontë sisters using Victorian era-inspired action figures). It’s also educational — some might even say, masterful.

Here’s 10 of the best bits of advice from Lord and Miller.

Read More: Star Wars Celebration: Han Solo
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TV's 15 Best Musical Episodes, Ranked (Plus the One Absolute Worst)

TV's 15 Best Musical Episodes, Ranked (Plus the One Absolute Worst)
“Musical episode.” No two words strike fear in the hearts of network executives — and snark in the minds of critics — with greater expedience. But when done right, the result can be a beautiful thing.

VideosThe Flash and Supergirl Get Retro Glam in First Musical Crossover Promo

With two big-ticket musical episodes on the horizon — the Supergirl/Flash crossover airs Tuesday (The CW, 8/7c), while Once Upon a Time‘s song-and-dance hour will air later this season — TVLine decided to take a look back at some of our favorites from days (and shows) gone by.

Before you start whining about your favorites being omitted,
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Upcoming TV and Film Anniversaries That Will Make You Feel Old in 2017

Upcoming TV and Film Anniversaries That Will Make You Feel Old in 2017
Here at Et, we love an anniversary -- whether it’s the 20th anniversary of Scream or Clueless, 10 years in the life of The Hills or the magical time making No Doubt’s Magic Kingdom 20 years later. And as we settle in 2017, it’s time to look ahead at all those upcoming moments that will have you saying, “I remember when…”

Here’s a brief look at our favorite TV and film milestones of 2017:

Jan. 25, 2002: A Walk to Remember (15 Years)

While fans are crying over Mandy Moore’s Golden Globe-nominated performance on NBC’s hit new series This Is Us, it was just 15 years ago that they cried over her performance in the weepy adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ book about a girl with cancer who falls in love with a rebellious classmate.

Let’s not also forget that 2002 gave us Naomie Harris in 28 Days Later, Barbershop, Ryan Gosling in Murder by Numbers, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, [link
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What MTV Classic Needs to Do to Survive

What MTV Classic Needs to Do to Survive
If MTV Classic is anything like MTV, it'll be on the air for a month before people start complaining they don't play enough music. The "new" channel launched on August 1st, the 35th anniversary of MTV's debut, opening up the vaults to a pop-culture treasure trove that's been gathering dust for years. They should have done this years ago. MTV Classic wants to establish its music cred early on — they were wise to spend most of the first day playing classic Unplugged episodes, with Nirvana, Erykah Badu and R.E.M. The
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MTV Classic will launch on August 1 with 'Daria,' 'Punk'd,' and 'Clone High'

  • Hitfix
Earlier this month, a tweet hinted that Vh1 Classic would soon become MTV Classic but now we have all the details. On August 1 — the 35th anniversary of MTV's launch — MTV Classic will kick off by reairing its first hour. From there, the network will start to air all of your favorite shows, from Clone High to The Real World. Other shows featured will be Beavis & Butt-Head (the original, I'm assuming, and not the recent-ish reboot), its Daria spinoff, Pimp My Ride, Laguna Beach, Road Rules, Jackass, and more. Here's a fun promo to get yourself appropriately stoked:
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