Brilliant but Cancelled


Whilst reading about the recent re-imagining of Fargo as a TV series, I discovered that the new FX show isn’t the first time that the 1996 film has been turned into a TV show.

A Fargo pilot was filmed in 1997 but failed to get a full commission, despite being directed by Kathy Bates. Eventually aired in 2003, you can get an idea of where they were headed with the show in the footage below.

Whilst finding footage for that cancelled show, I then discovered a documentary called Brilliant but Cancelled which inspired a whole programming block on the Trio TV network. This umbrella title was used by Trio to repeat a number of shows that had either failed to make it past pilot or reach the desired viewing figures.

The excerpt below from the documentary highlights some great shows, including Buffalo Bill and Eerie Indiana!

Did you watch the ’97 pilot for Fargo? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Better yet, if you know where I can watch the full show, let me know!

Hayden Yale

Child of the 80's. Born, raised and living in the Cheshire countryside, England.Lover of fan art, especially if it is based on my childhood heroes from Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, Transformers and TMNT. Penchant for almost anything retro, especially movies, games and art.

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