We’re all familiar with the idea of a pilot episode, the one-off test run of a series to see whether or not it could ever work as a television show. But what happens to the shows that never make it past that stage? Usually they’re cast aside and disappear from the public eye forever, doomed to fade into obscurity.
But Melbourne comedy troupe The Consumption say “No more!” We are reaching deep into the bowels of television history to bring you back hot, steaming piles of TV's many bizarre miscarriages. All while mixing the most disgusting metaphors possible.
We’ll seek out and expose ourselves to the worst television pilots ever made so you don’t have to. Each episode will see us dissect and discuss another horrible failed pilot for our amusement. Join us in our schadenfreude as we talk about wrestlers solving crimes, invisible monsters, kung-fu ravers, talking dogs solving crimes, teleporting stand-up comedians, cross dressing misogynists, magicians solving crimes and a whole bunch of other terrible ideas, most of which involve crimes being solved.
Welcome to Failure to Launch! The only TV podcast about shows that don’t exist.
Defenders of Dynatron City
A tie-in cartoon for a videogame that flopped. Obviously includes Tim Curry.
507 - Bermuda Triangle
A family's boat trip ends when they wash up on an island in the Bermuda Triangle, but don't worry, it's aggressively All Good.
506 - Suburban Beat
80's housewives team up to crack an incredibly inappropriate case, but tbf the cops are shit.
Creating Rem Lazar
Old friends Michael Williams and Sarah Baggs follow Ferris down a centrist musical rabbit hole.
Robert Wagner (Dr. Evil's Number 2) as a cut rate Bond goes up against Bette Davis (her own eyes) as a full-blown Bond villain.
Growly, 80s-style vigilante justice dispensed by a flying-animal-themed anti-hero. Hero is more homeless than usual.
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One of my favorites
Hilarious. Great group.
Get rid of the obnoxious mansplainer
I like the concept for the show; it’s a good idea and there are lots of ways to do it. However, this show doesn’t do that. This show *would* be good if they would delve deeper into the shows that they review, if they got creative, and if they discussed the show instead of inside joking with each other.
They also get a LOT of details wrong, which is disappointing, considering that the shows they review only have 1 season. You only have to remember stuff about 1 season - you can’t take notes? They also just babble a lot without saying anything intelligent or funny.
But by and large, the biggest downer is the mansplaining nasal-voiced male who takes over the entire show by speaking at least 90% of the time. He does not share space with either of his two female co-hosts. His voice is obnoxious, nasally, way too loud, and he just won’t shut up.
He interrupts his female co-hosts, doesn’t do his research AT ALL (unlike one female co-host, the one who speaks fast) often with his dumb and irrelevant opinions. The women are way better than him at knowing why a show was canceled. He clearly thinks very highly of his opinions but fails to deliver on it. He is a great example of that saying that has thankfully gained traction - “have the confidence of a mediocre white man.”
The slow-taking female co-host who makes good points, and notices sexism in shows (which the male co-host painfully interrupts with his nonsensical blather) sounds drunk often times. She’s from Arkansas and grew up in the Bay Area, and I’ve lived down south and in CA, and in the deep South folks very much talk slower), but she sounds drunk to me. I’m guessing she’s not, but it’s really distracting because to me it is worrisome.
Bottom line: If they got rid of the mansplaining, obnoxious, and constantly interrupting insufferable male host, they would have a good show.
They actually tell this loser to “wait” and “stop” and speak over his unrelenting interruptions because he will not shut up with his useless blather (he contributes NOTHING to this show.....he behaves like a badly trained dog, reminds me of a real life Michael Scott).
Lose the guy, gain a TON. A life lesson that transcends many, if not most, situations.
A Australian diamond in an Australian rough.
I love this podcast. I love Harry Brimmage. I want more Lucy Shaw. Keep it up everyone.