It Was The Most Expensive TV Show Ever, And More You Never Knew About V
V is a science fiction franchise that was originally created by writer, producer and director Kenneth Johnson. It featured a group of humans trying to stop race of reptilian aliens known as the ‘Visitors’ from taking over the Earth, and we know that many of you have extremely fond memories of watching it on TV! Below are 10 things you might not have realised about this small screen sci-fi classic.
1. There Were Only 24 Episodes
If you consider yourself a fan of V, are you sure that you’ve seen the two miniseries’ as well as the weekly TV show?
Because V was first seen on TV in 1983 as a 2 part miniseries, which was followed by a 3 part miniseries in 1984 called ‘V: The Final Battle’, and then a 19 episode show (simply called ‘V’ but sometimes also referred to as ‘V: The Series’).
2. It Was The Most Expensive TV Show Ever
V: The Series cost $1 million each episode, meaning that at the time it was the most expensive series ever to be produced for TV.
To put that into perspective though, the current most expensive TV show ever made (Netflix’s ‘The Crown’), costs a whopping $12 million per episode.
3. There Should Have Been A 20th Episode
Believe it or not, there was supposed to be a 20th episode of ‘V: The Series’, but it was never filmed.
This 20th episode would have explained that the end of the war between humans and the Visitors as ordered by the Leader was in fact a trap to catch the human Resistance and conquer the Earth. This would have acted as a cliffhanger for another series, but once the show was cancelled they decided to not film the episode.
4. It Returned In 2009
A remake in 2009, usually identified as ‘V: The 2009 TV series’ saw a technologically advanced alien species arrive on earth, seemingly in peace but actually with sinister motives.
Sadly, despite the pilot episode drawing a viewing audience of over 14 million, the remake only lasted for 2 series and a total of 22 episodes before it was cancelled.
5. The Meaning Of The Show’s Title Changed Over Time
Did you ever wonder what the ‘V’ stands for? In the original series, a Holocaust survivor explains to a group of children that it refers to the ‘V for Victory’ sign.
However, in the 2009 remake ‘V’ simply refers to the alien ‘Visitors’.
6. It Wasn’t Just A TV Show
As well as the various V shows on TV, there were also a number of novels and comics, as well as a video game, released by Ocean Software in 1986 for the Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum.
V creator Kenneth Johnson’s novel ‘V: The Second Generation’ completely disregards ‘V: The Final Battle’ and ‘V: The Series’ (due to the fact that he had no involvement with them). Johnson was even in negotiations for it to be adapted for TV, but the new 2009 V series was created instead.
7. The Aliens’ Name Is Never Revealed
Can you name the species of alien that try to take over our lovely home planet?
Probably not, as the actual name of the lizard-like alien species is never revealed. They are only ever referred to as the ‘Visitors’ or the ‘Lizards’. The Leader’s name is also never revealed.
8. You Can Purchase Them All On DVD
We’re pleased to report that the entire V collection is still available to purchase on DVD, but sadly there has been no Blu-Ray release.
The DVD releases comprise of ‘V – The Complete Collection’, which consists of the original 2 part and 3 part miniseries’ as well as ‘V: The Final Battle’ and ‘V: The Series’, and also ‘V – Season 1-2’, which contains every episode of the 2009 remake.
9. It Was Due To Become A Trilogy Of Movies…
It was reported in 2018 that Desilu Studios had plans to turn the franchise into a brand new trilogy of films.
They had teamed up with the show’s original creator Kenneth Johnson, who at the time said he was “delighted to team up with Desilu to bring the timeless and timely story of resistance against tyranny into the 21st century. V will be the first of a cinematic trilogy which will tell the full epic tale in the manner I always envisioned.”
10. …But It May Never Happen
Sadly, Kenneth Johnson later revealed that Desilu Studio’s right to create the films had expired, and even claimed that Desilu claiming otherwise was defrauding their investors.
Sadly that’s all for now. Be sure to spread some nostalgic TV memories to your friends and family by sharing this post with them!