A LOOK BACK AT ‘SUPERTRAIN,’ TV’S MOST EXPENSIVE FLOP

Via metv.com:

The series was one part sci-fi, one part The Love Boat. It revolved around a nuclear-powered bullet train that could travel from New York to Los Angeles in 36 hours and had amentities like swimming pools and shopping centers.

Just like The Love Boat, the plot focused on the passengers and their connecting storylines. Supertrain could have been a minor a hit, but there was one issue. It cost way too much money.

Production problems plagued the series from the start. In order to create shots of the supertrain cruising along the countryside at 200mph, expensive models had to be created. One of them crashed before the first episode aired, causing major delays.

When the series finally premiered on February 7, 1979, the ratings were dismal. After a few episodes, the series retooled its format, bringing on famous guest stars like Tony Danza, Rue McClanahan and Zsa Zsa Gabor.

But not even slew of celebrities and midseason switch ups could save the (figurative) train wreck. After nine episodes, the series was canceled and aired its last episode on May 5.

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A LOOK BACK AT ‘SUPERTRAIN,’ TV’S MOST EXPENSIVE FLOP

Studio Ghibli’s first TV series coming to Amazon

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Via ArsTechnica:

Famed animation studio Studio Ghibli launched its first TV series, Ronja the Robber’s Daughter, in 2014, and fans’ wait for an official Western version is now coming to an end, thanks to Amazon.

After the series’ 26-episode run wrapped, the studio began shopping an English-language version to various international channels and distributors. That shopping apparently concluded this week, as Amazon confirmed via a Friday press release that Ronja’s dub will debut exclusively on Amazon Video in the US, UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan. The news didn’t include a release date, but it did confirm one familiar voice joining the Ronja cast: Gillian Anderson, whose voice previously appeared in famed Ghibli film Princess Mononoke.

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