Originally Posted by Aleron Ives
I'd be happy if this became a regular companion for Grimm on Fridays. It's actually more entertaining than the other show by far.
Perhaps one problem with the show was that the producers spent too much money on it. If they had made the pilot in a more economical fashion, NBC might have had more interest in picking it up. There isn't much point in making a flashy pilot if you don't have enough money to maintain that budget in future episodes, and the more expensive a show is to produce, the better its ratings have to be to keep it on the air.
It's possible NBC might have suddenly gotten gun shy when they thought they might have another Terra Nova situation.
Either that, or they showed it to a focus group and there were too many points where the knobs went left instead of right.
For example, I'll bet women (mothers, in particular) might be uncomfortable with all the hair, puberty and nudity talk surrounding the kid. Men might roll their eyes at the "breaking heart due to too much love" references. Perhaps the lack of an attractive male lead (minus scars and other makeup effects) might have been a turn off for female viewers. Perhaps younger viewers were saying "what's the deal with the dragon?" It could be anything.
Or, it could be the recent news involving the Boy Scouts might have made NBC nervous.
The visual effects were nice, but the writing was what made the pilot fun to watch.
Which is likely why the show wouldn't work.
Clever writing only gets 3 million viewers or so.
You have to yell a lot and be insulting to others to get a good 8-10 million eyeballs.