10 Upcoming TV Shows That Are Already Doomed

These shows are circling the drain before they've even aired.

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Producing any single season of TV is a freakin' Herculean feat, with the cast and crew typically having to work within razor-thin deadlines to get a show in the can.

And so, great TVs are truly major miracles, but it's far more common for showrunners, creatives, and actors alike to face major, even debilitating hurdles during development, shooting, and post-production.

And while these seasons of TV haven't yet premiered, the early scuttlebutt indicates that they've all had a tricky road to the screen to say the least.

And less charitably, there's a disconcertingly strong chance that things aren't going to go well when they finally premiere.

From agonising gaps between seasons to murmurs of behind-the-scenes troubles, a certain major casting gaffe, and a general lack of interest from audiences, these shows and seasons already seem like they're circling the drain before even a single frame has aired.

It'd be great to be wrong of course, but when any show is whispered about so negatively, it's worth taking stock of that fact and lowering your expectations accordingly.

Fingers crossed things turn out well in the end, but it's not looking good right now...

10. Orphan Black: Echoes

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Orphan Black spin-off series Echoes certainly had some solid on-paper promise with the great Krysten Ritter playing the lead role, but a major spanner was thrown in the works due to the recent Hollywood strikes.

Principal photography on the series was completed by last January, making a 2023 release date a given.

However, the strikes caused AMC to delay its airing to 2024, but because they had already agreed that Australian network Stan could premiere the show in 2023, Stan indeed released all the episodes at once in November 2023.

And so, while there's no legal way for most of the world to watch Orphan Black: Echoes, the episodes have already been online on piracy websites for months, ensuring that when Echoes does finally premiere in the U.S. sometime this year, its ratings are sure to take a serious hit.

But far more damaging than piracy? The fact that early reactions from fans who've watched the series have been seriously lukewarm at best, and so by the time it finally releases through legit channels, many may simply have lost interest.

And so, it already seems unlikely that Echoes will get renewed for a second season.


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