Araki’s next venture [following Splendor was the ill-fated MTV series This Is How the World Ends (2000), which was meant to have a budget of $1.5 million. The network only gave him $700,000 and hoped to find partners to finance the difference. Araki offered to make the pilot episode for $700,000, and MTV took him up on it. After the pilot was shot, however, it was not picked up for broadcast, there are however circulating the internet bootleg copies of the ill-fated mini series. –Wikipedia
One of the angriest, most unconventional, and relentlessly intriguing voices in independent cinema, filmmaker Gregg Araki emerged on the film scene with the subtlety of a gunshot to the head with The Living End in 1992. His story of two HIV-positive gay lovers on a highway rampage quickly established him as one of the key figures in the “New Queer Cinema.” The film reached out to many of society’s more alienated members—gay and straight—who related to its energetic rage and identified with the anger of its principle characters.
Of Asian-American heritage, Araki is a native of Southern California. After attending film school at the University of Southern California—where he was particularly influenced by screwball comedies such as Bringing Up Baby— he made his directorial debut in 1987 with Three Bewildered People in the Night. With a budget of only $5,000 and using a stationary camera, he told the story of a romance between a video artist, her lover… read more
I can remember a time when I would have given a limb to see this pilot. Now it's on YouTube for anyone to watch! It's easy to criticize the show for merely being a hetero-normative take on Araki's own "Nowhere," but as a fan I still loved it. I'm convinced the only reason it never aired is that's still too racy, even for MTV (I can't recall ever hearing someone on cable get called a "rimjob"). The actors are attractive and well-cast, and the pangs of teen angst ring true despite the characters' upper class lifestyle. Loved the "Twin Peaks" reference too.