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Originally Posted by CreativeMind View Post
Actually, a little fun trivia for you: UFO was actually the genesis for Space:1999.
From UFOseries.com...

Most of Gerry & Sylvia Anderson's series only lasted 39 episodes or less, as financier Lew Grade was more interested in making a brand new series than continuing old ones. So, when UFO finished filming 26 episodes in the fall of 1970, it wasn't even expected that there would be a second season. And sure enough, Lew asked Gerry to start filming the detective/crime-fighting series "The Protectors".

In America, ITC syndicated UFO over 136 TV stations during the 1972-73 season, two years after filming had been completed. This was not part of a network showing, although many articles at the time associate it with CBS because it was shown on CBS stations in the largest markets of New York and Los Angeles. UFO did very well in the ratings on these two stations for the first several months. It did so well in fact that CBS was thinking about ordering a second season.

As a result, Gerry Anderson and his team began pre-production on a sequel series which would take place in the year 1999. The battle with the Aliens would have escalated, and SHADO HQ would have been moved to the moon in a much larger moonbase. Models, sets, and costumes were prepared, but then the ratings began to fall and the series was canceled. However, Gerry used this pre-production work for a brand new series, which turned out to be SPACE: 1999.
Thanks for the info as i never know this, The idea shows promise kinda wish they made it but then SPACE 1999 was a great series i alway like the shapeshifter they introducted in the second season, UFO is on my next to buy list Jennifer
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