As a number of potential ‘real TV’ sitcoms face their demise with network cuts ahead of the new broadcast season later this year, one of their online counterparts has also suffered the same fate, with the big-name series remake of hit 2009 comedy survival film Zombieland shockingly being cancelled by the site.
The trial episode was made available for streaming on the US version of Amazon’s website last month alongside 14 other prospects (an unknown number of which will qualify as the first original series for the website’s ‘Instant Video’ service), though Rhett Reese, the creator of the most notable format in that batch (and alongside show collaborator Paul Wernick co-wrote the original movie), has revealed his show was not selected, and has been dropped out of contention early on in the process.
He tweeted the news to his followers, writing: “Our Zombieland series will not be moving forward on Amazon. Sad for everyone involved.”
Unlike many shows that publicly take the attitude of ‘better luck next time’, though, Reese did leave a parting shot at the people he felt were to blame, critics and fans of the movie who didn’t give it a sufficient chance. He summarized in another message: “I’ll never understand the vehement hate the pilot received from die-hard Zombieland fans. You guys successfully hated it out of existence. Anyway, we did our best, and we’re very proud of our team.”
With the show having been a heavy favorite for inclusion on the service, the lack of Zombieland in the Amazon viewers’ options to recommend for renewal will certainly shake things up for the remaining 13 formats as they compete for the groundbreaking honours, but only a few can remain standing by the end of the selection process…