Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of programming, recently talked with Vulture about the status of some of the network’s projects. Among them was the scrapped adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. The series, which was originally supposed to be six seasons long, didn’t come to fruition because “we couldn’t craft the script as good as we needed it to be.” It’s definitely disappointing — though it’s better to have no adaptation than a bad one — but American Gods isn’t the first time a highly anticipated show was dead before it even started. Here are ten other potentially great shows that never made it to air.
Perhaps inspired by his time on the set of High Fidelity, Jack Black served as executive producer of Black Market Music, a half-hour comedy about 20-somethings working in a record store. Everything about it sounded great: Black likened it to High Fidelity meets Taxi, the pilot reunited Jason Segel and Seth Rogen (who also both co-wrote it), the plan was for the show to feature real musicians, and it would air on HBO, a network that would give them all the freedom in the world.