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Unproduced Shows refer to television series that never got made or produced. It's like canceled/unproduced films but this is about TV shows. Even when shows were not made, it could spark interest in what it would've been like.
Rules for posting examples on this page
- Don't add shows currently in production or haven't been explicitly said to be canceled/unproduced by either the studio or the people behind it.
- Don't add shows that are in development hell.
- If there is a summary for a canceled/unproduced show on the internet, please shorten it and don't directly copy summaries from other websites; in other words, use your own words.
- Please state the reasons why the show was never made.
- The canceled shows in question don't have to be bad ideas; canceled shows with good ideas are allowed here.
- So many Netflix Animated Originals were cancelled and scrapped by Netflix themselves in favor of more content relating to Big Mouth and The Boss Baby: Back in Business, including Bone, Wings of Fire, The Twits, With Kind Regards From Kindergarten, Pearl, Dino Daycare, Toil & Trouble, and Boons and Curses. In fact, Bone was pitched and rejected so many times to the point of never getting any chances to make it onto streaming or television whatsoever. This is also most likely due to Netflix's mean-spirited and unfair treatment to their employees at Netflix Animation, and has kept on getting worse and worse ever since.
- If anything, they are the worst offenders out of all the unproduced shows that have been made redundant or rejected from having any production being processed.
- Speaking of Netflix, two Nintendo-related shows were also canceled years ago consisting of a live-action The Legend of Zelda series and a claymation Star Fox series. They were cancelled due to Netflix leaking the shows.
- Around 2017, Deadpool was set to get an animated series to be co-produced by Marvel Television, FX Productions, and ABC Signature Studios with FXX being the channel to air the show. Donald Glover and his brother Stephen Glover were going to be the showrunners, executive producers, and writers for the series. It was canceled due to creative differences. Stephen Glover explained the creative differences issue by explaining that there was an episode that featured Taylor Swift as it was seen to be the last straw for the show according to FXX.
- Seth MacFarlane was intended to make a Flintstones reboot that would be a lot more adult-oriented (though The Flintstones was seen as an adult cartoon in early years) and would be released in the fall of 2013. Seth MacFarlane would voice Barney Rubble while Jeff Bergman and Tress MacNeille were going to reprise their roles as Fred Flintstone and Wilma Flintstone. Patti LuPone was in the talks of voicing Pearl Slaghoople. It was canceled due to MacFarlane being busy with A Million Ways to Die in the West and him abandoning the project because he didn't feel satisfied with the pilot script.
- A Charlie's Angels revival called Charlie Angels '88 was meant for the Fox network with Aaron Spelling being the producer in response to the 1988 Writers Guild of America strike. Four women were being selected to star and the show was renamed Charlie Angels '89 due to delays. Later on, it was abandoned.
- Around 1998, a Captain America animated series was going to be released on Fox Kids. It was canceled due to the conflicts about whether mentions of Nazis as the hero's rivals were appropriate.
- Confederate was planned to be made and it would've been about American alternate history drama. It would've aired on HBO and David Benioff and D. B. Weiss would be involved in the show. The timeline was intended to be in the state where the American Civil War ended in a stalemate. Social media users described it as slavery fanfiction with the hashtag #NoConfederate being used around Twitter. Around 2020, the project was canceled as confirmed by HBO president Casey Bloys.
- Disney+ intended to have a reboot of Lizzie McGuire and it was originally announced in a D23 expo in 2019. It was canceled because of creative differences due to Terri Minsky.
- A docusoap series aired on TLC was to follow the lives of several wives of prominent NASCAR drivers called NASCAR Wives. It was going to be shown after Miss America Pageant in 2009, but it was also changed to be released after the 2009 Daytona 500. Despite heavy promotion, it was never aired due to conflict between the parties involved in making the show. TLC had the idea of a show to be in the lines of traditional reality programs. The NASCAR Media Group had no interest in having their drivers and wives portrayed as Footballers' Wives-Esque negative light.
- An anime adaptation of Net Life+: Young Again in Another World was going to have a Japanese war veteran who was reincarnated in a fantasy world. Seven Arcs Pictures was involved with the animation. It was canceled because the Japanese and Chinese audience criticized the plot for its portrayal of historical events and the author's discriminatory remarks towards China and South Korea.
- Star Wars was intended to get a comedic spin-off series created by the creators of Robot Chicken called Star Wars Detours. It was canceled due to Disney owning the rights of Lucasfilm. However, an episode called "Dog Day Afternoon" was leaked onto the internet where it consisted of Zuckuss and 4-LOM attempting to rob Dexter's Diner with Lando Calrissian, Boba Fett, and Jabba the Hutt appearing. Seth Green stated that there isn't any interest in releasing the show on Disney+ from Lucasfilm.
- Tokyo Babylon was getting an anime adaptation in 2021 with GoHands being the one who animated the anime. It was delayed due to the costumes for Subaru and Hokuto being accused of plagiarism. Later on, it got canceled due to more examples of plagiarism being discovered by an investigation from the production committee for the series.
- Crash Bandicoot - This cartoon based on a video game was intended to be an Amazon Prime Video-exclusive show. It was canceled due to disputes over the script. However, test footage of it was shown which only consisted of Dr. Cortex and Crash being present.
- A Hey Arnold spin-off called The Patakis was intended to be made. It would have focused on Helga who would've been portrayed as a teen. It was canceled because Nick thought it was deemed "too dark" for its intended audience. The series was also offered to music channel MTV yet it was denied because it felt too similar to Daria. Almost every character from Hey Arnold except Arnold was going to be in the show. The reason why Helga is the main character of the show is that Arnold moved away.
- A crossover show between Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera called Mixed Nutz was intended to be made. It would have characters from both franchises to be placed in different stories and parodies. It was canceled because it was deemed too tough to put the characters together.
- An animated series done by Kids WB and Cartoon Network based on the DC character Lobo was intended to be made. It was canceled due to the nature of the character.
- A Batman animated series called Batman: No Man's Land was canceled because Warner Bros. Animation found it "too dark". A second attempt was done only this time it would be fully CGI yet it got canceled for the same reason.
- An animated series exclusive to Disney+ based on Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was set to be made yet it got canceled during a video made by "What's On Disney+"
- Matt Groening wanted to do some spin-offs related to The Simpsons. One of the spin-offs included a live-action spin-off of Krusty the Clown, a spin-off of a younger Homer Simpson, and a spin-off about the non-Simpsons citizens of Springfield. They happen to be unsuccessful attempts.
- Before Matt created The Simpsons he did have plans to make an animated series adaptation of the Life in Hell comics and even had plans for the characters from the comic strips appearing in The Tracey Ullman Show. They were canceled due to Matt thinking that he would give up full rights to the comics. Instead of using those characters, he ended up creating the famous dysfunctional family.