5 Lost Ripoffs That Failed or Flailed
When Lost premiered in 2004, there was a chance that the series could change television forever. In a certain sense, it did -- the show ushered in several more dramas that emulated Lost's winning formula of flashbacks, mythology, and diverse casting -- and yet many of the would-be heirs to Lost's throne didn't last a season, and the few that are still around today are struggling as Lost barrels toward its conclusion. Here are five that tried and failed to unseat the big daddy of serialized storytelling:
Premiere Date: September 21, 2005
Summary: Nearly a year after Lost debuted came Invasion, the first series to capitalize on it -- so much so that it even got the time slot following Lost. Still, this William Fichtner-Eddie Cibrian alien invasion drama was hamstrung by several elements: a slow beginning, a hurricane-heavy series premiere that ABC became wary of in the wake of that year's Hurricane Katrina, and that once-attractive time slot. Turns out, Lost fans weren't always in the mood to watch another mythology-rich show afterwards, preferring instead to hash out the island drama online or with friends. It was a lesson ABC would learn all too late.
Number of Episodes Produced: 22
Premiere Date: October 4, 2006
Summary: The next series to follow Lost eschewed the show's sci-fi elements but retained its sprawling cast, flashback-based structure, and heavily serialized nature. The Nine's pilot seemed promising -- nine strangers survive a bank heist, with glimpses to come throughout the series on how it happened -- but later episodes were hemmed in by the high concept. The Nine failed to pick up an audience and never made it to a second season, but would it have abandoned its premise if it had?
Number of Episodes Produced: 13
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