Today marks the 3rd birthday of my comic, and I suppose now’s as good a time as any to tell you all about the failure of Interesting Times – The Series. Never heard of it? That’s because it was never aired, cancelled outright before we could even finish filming the first episode.
About half a year ago I was approached by a major television network to begin work on an outline for the first season of a sitcom based on my life and comic. We embellished a bit, to be sure, but in the end I had something that I was pretty proud of.
The backstory to the show was that I was engaged to a beautiful lady and writing my comic for a big-city newspaper. My fiancee and I have a huge argument, however, and we break it off. Despondent, I move back to my hometown, partly to get away and also because I can easily write my comic and send it in over the internet. While there, I meet up with old friends, make some new ones, and continue to have hilarious adventures and circumstances. The end of every episode would feature me summing things up in comic form, like “Doogie Howser MD” and of course there would be recurring tension as my old flame tries to get back into my life. Wacky neighbours, Very Special episodes, we had it all. It was going to be a hit.
We were going to get a nice spot on a weeknight on the FOX network, and things were really rolling along. However, tragedy struck because of another show that wasn’t cancelled: “Dollhouse“. When that show was announced to have a second season, FOX executives became enraged by the fact that they had apparently forgotten to cancel a Joss Whedon show before its time. Looking to vent their fury, they turned and canceled our production when all we had to show was a title sequence.*
I did manage to save that title sequence, though! Presented here for the first time anywhere, please enjoy the fruits of our labour and join me in reflecting on what might have been. And, from the bottom of my heart, thanks to all readers and well-wishers for supporting me and getting a chuckle out of my work for the last three years and six-hundred-thirty-five comics. Fourth season begins Monday, and you’re all invited!
*please note that I bear no ill will whatsoever toward Joss Whedon and his work, and in fact found Dollhouse rather enjoyable.