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What Went Wrong With this Show?


I have never seen Supertrain - it is a bit before my time and I don't know if it was ever screened in Australia.


After reading that it was one of the biggest ever TV flops, I became curious as to what this show was like, and what went wrong.


Certainly, it had the budget and resources to succeed but was the result laughably bad, or just dull? Or was it a reasonable enough show, but for one reason or another, simply failed to rate?


If anyone could let me know, it would be much appreciated.

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There are a couple of clips on Youtube. It's laughably bad.

http://www.MichaelZWilliamson.com

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Thanks - I watched some of the clips.

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Supertrain actually "flopped" for one reason. It's budget was astronomical. They recruited every big name they could find but it only had so-so ratings. Not enough to justify the expenses.

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The 1990 Flash series was also cancelled for the same reason. It's production budget was too high to justify. Ironic thing is that in modern days, individual salaries alone are more than total production costs from those days.

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Right. Battlestar Galactica (1978) was another, despite being immensely popular. The producers later realized their mistake, and decided that it was worth producing, despite the increased costs. But by that point, most of the main actors in the show had moved on, so they retooled it as “Galactica 1980”. And I probably don’t have to tell you how bad that one sucked Viper torpedoes :D

Similar, was the “rural purge” of 1971 (Cancellation of shows like Bonanza, Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, and many more). But this had more to do with the head of CBS assuming that such shows were only popular with rural Americans.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rural_purge

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