Virtuality crashes and burns on Fox, so don't expect a series

If you watched Fox's TV movie Virtuality on Friday and want more, well, like the ill-fated Commander Pike, you shouldn't hold your breath.

The sci-fi pilot, from Battlestar Galactica producers Ronald D. Moore and Michael Taylor, crashed and burned in its only outing, drawing only 1.8 million viewers and scoring a wan 0.5 adult demo rating, The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed column reported:

"... tying ABC's The Goode Family as the lowest-rated program on a major broadcast network Friday night and putting Fox into fourth place for the evening.

"Considering its airless time period, Fox didn't forsake this project entirely. The network generated a fair amount of publicity for the program in recent weeks rather than simply throwing it on. Critics were pretty warm to the story, which followed astronauts on a mission to save the planet (some whined that spending time watching a two-hour movie that probably wouldn't get a series order was pointless—but one could say that about every new show that airs in the fall that could get axed at any moment)."

To be frank, we kinda liked Virtuality but weren't really clear on what Fox was doing with it. If they really wanted to test it as a series, why put it on Friday night in the summer? On the other hand, if they were trying to burn it off and bury it, why promote it so heavily? Weird.

R.I.P. Phaeton.

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