Goyer left after 10 episodes were shot. The series was canceled after one season.
‘‘I was so disheartened by that experience that I decided I wanted to try my hand at cable, because I'd heard that in cable they respect the creator more.’’
That’s what he says he found at Starz: ‘‘The eight episodes of ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ represents, by and large, the show that I want to make.’’
From Marjorie Kaplan’s perspective as president of Animal Planet, cable has become the go-to place for TV’s most creative producers.
‘‘They see you can do ‘The Shield,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ and the network won’t stop you,’’ she says. ‘‘Cable has been great at creating an incubator environment for unbelievably talented, idiosyncratic creators who can’t get their work done other places, or who don’t want their work molested other places.’’
Granted, the talented and prolific J.J. Abrams is a creator of NBC’s ‘‘Revolution,’’ and for next season he has not one but two pilots in the running: ‘‘Human’’ on Fox and ‘‘Believe’’ on NBC.
But will either erupt with the power to shock or rock audiences the way his groundbreaking ‘‘Lost’’ did when it burst on ABC a dozen years ago?
‘‘Lost’’ was a glorious game-changer, a rare shock wave on broadcast TV. Now can broadcast, so practiced at serving up new rounds of the familiar, deliver the level of surprise viewers are coming to expect from cable?
Broadcast’s 104 pilots hold an answer to that question. But it may not be much of a surprise.
EDITOR'S NOTE — Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore(at)ap.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier.