More often than not, what kills a TV show isn't the concept; it's a combination of how the concept is executed and how well the show is marketed. Sadly, Yahoo's Shows in Trouble page is littered with examples of TV programs that had an amazing premise, but failed to attract an audience once on the air. From sci-fi to period dramas to sexy spy tales, these are TV shows that had a fascinating concept, but failed to entice audiences.
"Awake"On paper, it's hard to find fault with this series. First off, there's a pretty cool concept: After a car accident, a man finds himself alternating between two realities. When he goes to sleep, he dreams of a reality where his son survived the crash. But when he sleeps in that reality, he dreams of another version of his life where his wife, and not the son, survived. Jason Isaacs did great work in a challenging role, but with low ratings, the show was canceled after just one season. Alias," the romantic spy core at the heart of "Undercovers" should have resonated with TV fans, but many found the series to be too frothy and fun compared to the standard, dark, conspiratorial fare that Abrams excels at. dead on arrival. The Sopranos" to "Breaking Bad," Americans love to watch a show that takes them deep into the criminal underworld. But somehow "The Black Donnellys," a series about four Irish-American brothers in New York who accidentally make themselves the leaders of the criminal underworld, failed to find an audience. Out of the 13 episodes filmed, 7 were aired as online-only. Firefly," but the fan-favorite TV creator opted to work with Fox again on his 2009 series "Dollhouse." Despite a cool central concept that allowed for a lot of variety from week to week, this sci-fi series was canceled after two seasons.