Sorry, X-Files Fans! Amazon Scraps Chris Carter's The After, Prior to the Show's Debut


Chris Carter’s big TV comeback is on hold again. The creator of The X-Files now has another ex-show (note the additional “e”) on his resumé, and this one didn't even get to air before it was canceled.

Amazon has decided not to move forward with Carter’s science-fiction drama The After, almost 10 months after ordering the project to series. The streaming-video provider did not provide a specific reason for its decision.

“We have decided to not move forward with The After,” Amazon Studios vice president Roy Price said in a statement released to Variety. “We would like to thank Chris Carter, the phenomenal cast, crew, and production for all their efforts.”

The After, whose pilot debuted last February as part of Amazon’s public pilot program, followed eight strangers who came together following an unexplained event that involved [is this a spoiler anymore?] aliens, or at least something creepy-crawly. Only the pilot was ever produced.

Of the three other shows that were ordered to series alongside The After, two are going strong and one has yet to debut. Family drama Transparent, which premiered in late September, has already been renewed for Season 2 and made several critics’ Best of 2014 lists. Mozart in the Jungle, about the inner workings of the classical music business, premiered just a couple weeks ago, on December 23; keep an eye out for our own Cory Barker's take on the show, which we'll publish later this week. And Bosch, which stars Titus Welliver as an L.A. cop who's hunting the murderer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial himself for the murder of a suspected serial killer, is expected to premiere within the first half of 2015.


Were you looking forward to The After?


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Apr 25, 2015
I am so sad about that, I really liked the pilot and was hoping to see how the story will unfold :(
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Jan 10, 2015
Yeah, I was. What a bummer! I'm glad I haven't seen the pilot. Would be much worse. But I really like the premise. Damn it!
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Jan 07, 2015
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUu-
been looking forward to this show for forever ;_;
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Jan 06, 2015
That was a mercy killing to say the least-- the only problem is they forgot to take out Chris Carter in the process.
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Jan 06, 2015
Thank goodness, that pilot was horrible. Just horrible.

With TWD expanding to another show and other similar apocalypse shows not doing that well like Dominion. I think they probably thought that they weren't going to be able to stand out. Plus it had Jaimie Kennedy in it and well that deserved a cancellation right there.
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Jan 06, 2015
This is surprising, because I thought the idea had been scrapped at least six months ago. The pilot was really, really bad. It didn't even look like it was made by professionals.
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Jan 06, 2015
Oh...wow. Pity. I was kind of looking forward to this. And just a short while ago Carter said that he wanted to make 99 episodes of this show. Well, now I have one less show to watch.
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Jan 06, 2015
Problem: Chris Carter is not that good of a writer. The best X-Files eps were always written by someone else (Vince Gilligan, David Amann) and the pilot was a mess so I'm not really surprised or saddened that Amazon has decided to bail on this...
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Jan 06, 2015
Could care less about Amazon canceling this. I'm still upset with them for cancelling The Rebels.
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Jan 06, 2015
Like others I saw the pilot and found it to be neither especially bad nor especially good. It was (IMO obviously) rather unoriginal and in my view this is the worst thing one can say for an original work of fiction.

I have no doubt that it would have found its audience (maybe even myself included) and it might even had found its footing and became groundbreaking TV, but in all honesty I kind of doubt that. Now we will never know.

RIP The After...
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Jan 06, 2015
The only pilot I actually liked.
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Jan 06, 2015
I saw the pilot and I'm surprised it was ever considered for a series. I'm a huge Chris Carter fan but the pilot was a MESS with old overused Carter tropes and characters so generic I couldn't give a stuff about any of them.
There wasn't a single original idea in it and it's sad to see a mind as fine as Carter's running on fumes.
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Jan 15, 2015
Yeah, because its better with more family drama, hospitals, policeshit, lawyers offices and other BS that is on right now? Sheesh. Now we'll never know if this show actually had some "original" ideas(like you so originally put it) for the would be episodes. With the budget they had for the pilot, I'm surprised they were able to pull out any mystery at all out from it...
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Jan 15, 2015
Feel better now? Good to vent but marshalling an argument takes a bit more control than just venting about unrelated shows. Other shows are on because they had good pilots with original ideas, good characters and a clear premise. THE AFTER had none of these. It seemed to be made up of scraps of other shows, some of them Carter's own but also stuff like FLASHFORWARD and THE HAPPENING. You have to put an amazing amount of work into the pilot to set up an entire world. The budget has nothig to do with it. The cheapest part of any show is the script as you just pay for the writer and some paper. However the writer has to create mystery etc ON THE PAGE or it isnt going to be up there on the screen. You can't film what isn't in the script and that is down to one man, Carter. You only get this one chance to sell the entire concept to the executives and the audience. This was crap so it didn't get a series.
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Jan 06, 2015
This sucks, the Pilot wasn't bad at all.
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Jan 06, 2015
Yes I was. :(
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Jan 06, 2015
Good. Now I won't have to be compelled into watching it as a sci-fi television fan, because that pilot was bad.
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Jan 06, 2015
I'm kinda sad to see they're scrapping it, especially since it tended to have the strongest buzz surrounding it after they premiered their pilots, but after this long without any real news, I guess I mostly expected this turn of events. Ah well, I'm still excited for Bosch, if for no other reason than to see Titus Weliver NOT play the villain for once.
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Jan 06, 2015
I would have thought they would have renewed it for a second season before scrapping it before the first episode aired. That seems to be the trend now.
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Jan 06, 2015
No reason from Amazon about the Go then No Go decision?
Chris Carter has been under the radar for years now so was looking forward to seeing his new series. Oh well.
I enjoyed The Lone Gunmen and loved Harsh Realm... both quickly cancelled.
The After cancellation beats all of them ... one episode.




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Jan 06, 2015
The After = FlashForward and Avatar had have a baby, but it turned out to be the child of Lost LMAO

Seriously though, they threw a LOT at you in the pilot. Like, 9 episodes of WTF into one pilot. Needed to watch it 2 times to get everything, and I still didn't understand.
BUT....
I still had planned on watching it (Hey, i sat through MOST of Season 1 of Under the Dome LMAO). Let's see what Chris Carter does from here.
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Jan 06, 2015
take the show to netflix as they just made marco polo which was so badly done andthe after looker so great and chris carter is awesome and should have been given the chance
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Jan 06, 2015
I really like the pilot of The After until the ending. The odd assortment of characters combined with some strange event was intriguing. The reveal of what looked like a monster at the end of the show (spoiler alert not needed) took a lot of the air out of the show for me. I was hoping for a better reveal. Still sorry to hear that it won't be a series but hopefully Amazon will try again with some show having a sci-fi flavor.
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Jan 06, 2015
tip toes in

The pilot was bad.

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Jan 06, 2015
It was really bad. As an X-Files fan I don't understand how other X-Files fans thought the pilot was worthy of an order to series.
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Jan 06, 2015
Too bad. It was the ONLY interesting show from Amazon...
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Jan 06, 2015
bummer i was intrigued
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Jan 06, 2015
I would argue that carter was responsible for the least enjoyable episodes of the x-files, the serialized ones. also it's highly unlikely I'll ever watch an amazon original as even the netflix ones have yet to be a true draw. and tried an amazon prime free trial and all of the new / big movies they had netflix did as well.
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Jan 06, 2015
Saw the pilot thought it had potential. But Amazon has gone way beyond that now, they are actually making damn good shows and probably figured that was below their standard.
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Jan 06, 2015
I'd also bet that whatever Carter had in mind for future episodes didn't quite hit their expectations—though you'd imagine they knew some of that before ordering the show. I wonder if they sort of gave the pilot a pass for the name recognition.
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Jan 06, 2015
What!?! What the sh*t, Amazon?? Okay never heard of it but seriously, someone needs to give Chris Carter another show. Let's forgive him for seasons 8 and 9 already and move on.
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Jan 06, 2015
He's apparently making an Area 51 show for AMC. I need that right now.
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Jan 06, 2015
This is the best news.
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Jan 06, 2015
I guess I didn't hear about it, or pay much attention. Hmm, they hadn't even started filming yet?
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Jan 06, 2015
The Pilot was interesting, but it never really grabbed me. I would have watched it when it came out because of Chris Carter, but it wasn't anywhere near the top of my list.

Bosch, on the other hand, looked really good and I am eagerly anticipating this show debuting. I loved Titus Welliver's character in this. Made me think of Vick Mackey of The Shield. Also, The Killing Season 4 came to mind.

I'm not surprised this show got axed. I also liked Rebels, the football comedy that didn't get picked up.
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Jan 06, 2015
This really diminishes Amazons credibility with their shows. They chose pilots that had the strongest viewer reactions and Amazon wanted the viewers to decide what they wanted to see. But this shows that even if you like what they have to offer, there's no guarantee that it'll make it to series, even though that was the reason for amazon showing the viewers the pilots in the first place! So obviously Amazon doesn't really care about your opinions.
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Jan 06, 2015
I've written a lot about this in my other job, but yes, they probably don't care about our opinions. The entire Pilot Season process is more or less a marketing gimmick.
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Jan 06, 2015
What's your other job/where can I find what you've written on the topic? I'm interested in reading it!
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Jan 06, 2015
GRAD STUDENT
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Jan 06, 2015
shame I enjoyed the pilot. I'm guessing the problem was budget Amazon just don't spend a lot of money on their shows and all their shows so far have come off looking cheap.
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Jan 05, 2015
With Continuum ending, there won't be very much sci-fi on television, and I blame Fringe for being one the worst constructed series and ruining sci-fi in the eyes of television executives.
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Jan 06, 2015
After your Continuum comment you should have stopped.
Fringe was a good sci-fi show that grew into a great sci-fi series.
And Fox executives gave it an opportunity for proper closure...
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Jan 06, 2015
dude fringe was a great show
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Jan 06, 2015
What was wrong with Fringe? I thought it was actually one of the best constructed sci-fi series of recent time.
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Jan 07, 2015
I am looking for a modicum of science and intelligence in my science fiction shows. That's not to say that I can't make leaps of faith: I am okay that the "Deflector Array" can do anything they want in Star Trek and I love Farscape. Fringe is always skirting the line between science and fantasy. I'd be okay with an alternate timeline/alternate universe plot-line if it made sense, like it does in Continuum. Fringe had to retool itself twice because it couldn't get a good foothold in some any kind of reality. SPOILER ALERT: First, time gets rewritten, then they travel into the future and have to fight the Observers, which, even ignoring the blaring paradoxes, doesn't make any sense. I never picked up on their evil-non-personality in any of the other parts with Observers. I understand that a show sometimes needs to take step back but there were so many little things that don't make sense; why does Olivia lose her powers? Why is everyone from the past really good at killing robots who can do whatever they want? I think rules control the fun, so when there are no rules and the science is just made up with no ties to actual science, THAT makes a bad science fiction series.
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Jan 05, 2015
Wow, this sucks! I loved the pilot.
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Jan 05, 2015
I was thrilled when "The After" was picked up, and was really looking forward to it, especially with the way the pilot ended. I'm just so disappointed by this. I really hope Netflix can pick this up.
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Jan 05, 2015
Netflix should put it on instead, Amazon is clearly stupid.
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