Plans for a TV series from documentary filmmaker Michael Moore have been scrapped after being in the works for some time, Variety reports. Turner pulled the plug on its plan to revive Moore’s landmark series “TV Nation,” according to the report.
“The show, first announced in 2017 as a series order, had been pushed back several times but never received an official premiere date,” Variety reports. “Moore had hoped to get ‘Michael Moore’s TV Nation’ on the air this past October, in time for the midterm elections. TBS had even released a teaser promo for the show this summer, but has been quiet about ‘TV Nation’ ever since. The show doesn’t appear on its website.”
The report adds: “According to insiders, the decision to scrap ‘TV Nation’ came due to Moore’s commitments to other projects, leaving him with little time to focus on the TBS show. ‘TV Nation’ was originally set to be Moore’s first regular TV series since ‘The Awful Truth’ went off the air in 2000. It was originally greenlighted in 2017 as ‘Live from the Apocalypse’ and developed for TNT. As ‘Live from the Apocalypse,’ Moore’s series was set to premiere in fall 2017, and then in early 2018.”
Turner said at its upfronts back in May that the project had moved to TBS and would be renamed “TV Nation” — the same title Moore used for his NBC show back in 1994.
“The original ‘TV Nation’ earned Moore a Primetime Emmy — the first-ever for a non-fiction series,” Variety notes.