Startup gurus and the stars of Syfy channel’s recently canceled series “The Bazillion Dollar Club,” Dave McClure and Brady Forrest, say they may have missed out on television stardom for now, but there’s still hope.
Forrest is the vice president of hardware accelerator Highway1, and McClure is co-founder of software accelerator 500 Startups. They came together to form a Silicon Valley reality show that follows startups making their way through their business bootcamps.
The show’s pilot was well-reviewed among tech circles, but apparently didn’t find the kind of broad appeal Syfy wanted. The show was cancelled and Forrest said they’re now looking for another network who will air the show’s remaining five episodes.
“It was a bit of a bummer to hear that,” McClure said. “We had to readjust our expectations. We thought we were going to be immediate TV stars, perhaps that may not be our future. … It was nice to have at least 15 minutes of fame.”
Asked what they think went wrong, Forrest said he thinks it had a lot to do with the fact that the first episode aired on the Syfy channel right after a show about special effects makeup.
“Maybe the audience didn’t quite follow,” he said. “So I think there may be another home for it.”