Flops 101: Lessons from the Biz

From Ishtar and Waterworld to TV’s Cop Rock and Central Park West to Seussical and the Capeman on the Broadway stage, our Flops doc takes a look at those few show biz legends that have become one-word reminders of epic disaster, watermarks of profound disappointment, shows that will forever live in ignomy.

“Flops 101: Lessons from the Biz” is an hour-long documentary for Trio Television that takes a tongue-in-cheek look at some of the biggest failures in show business history. From Ishtar and Waterworld to TV’s Cop Rock and Central Park West to Seussical and the Capeman on the Broadway stage, our Flops doc takes a look at those few show biz legends that have become one-word reminders of epic disaster, watermarks of profound disappointment, shows that will forever live in ignomy. Narrated by that know-it-all diva of flopping, the actress Illeana Douglas, Flops 101 offers insights from key participants in each of these disasters as well as the critics and columnists who covered them. They each give us an anatomy of their flop and the lessons they learned from it. The lesson from our doc? Many flops are flops not because they’re bad but because people had really high expectations that were dashed. To become an icon of failure, several factors need to come together including bad press, excessive hype, the ego of some of the participants, high expectations, bad luck and, yes, bad ideas. Watch Flops 101: Lessons from the Biz it’s no flop.