The Mountain with Penn Badgley, Anson Mount & Oliver Hudson

The Mountain with Penn Badgley, Anson Mount & Oliver Hudson

Back in 2004, a little show premiered on The WB, and given the premise, the location, and the cast, it didn’t seem like it could fail. But that’s precisely what happened to The Mountain. The series barely lasted a season and was quickly canceled. So how did a show with such promise fail so epically that even ChatGPT couldn’t shed any light on the series? It’s time to revisit The Mountain!

Let’s start with an obvious win: The Mountain was packed with young talent. This series has so many familiar faces and actors who now have their own shows. Maybe it was because they were all young and new to the game, but it’s hard to imagine these actors starring in a one-season wonder at any point in their careers. Yet, here we are.

Just take a look at some of the actors and actresses from The Mountain:

  • Penn Badgley (YouGossip Girl)
  • Anson Mount (Star Trek: Strange New WorldsHell On Wheels)
  • Oliver Hudson (The Cleaning LadyNashville)
  • Alana de la Garza (FBILaw & Order)
  • Tommy Dewey (CasualThe Mindy Project)
  • Mitch Pileggi (WalkerThe X-Files)
  • Barbara Hershey (Black SwanBeaches)

Some of The Mountain’s guest stars might sound familiar as well:

  • Amber Heard (AquamanThe Danish Girl)
  • James Marsters (Buffy The Vampire SlayerRunaways)
  • Carly Pope (PopularArrow)
  • Lindsay Price (Splitting Up TogetherBeverly Hills 90210)

The Mountain had all the ingredients for a great, early 2000s soapy drama series: a good-looking cast, producers with an excellent track record like McG and Shaun Cassidy, and a killer setting up at Whistler Blackcomb Resort in Vancouver, British Columbia. So why did it fail? Well, let’s say great ingredients don’t always mix well. This show never found its footing, and it seemed like it was created to make money rather than tell a story. Take all the cliches from all the other flashy teen dramas like The OC and One Tree Hill, but done poorly, and that’s the first (and only) season of The Mountain.

If you love messy, flashy dramas, you need to find yourself a copy of The Mountain. Otherwise, you can skip it – it’s not a classic gem that was canceled before its time; in fact, I can’t believe it aired as long as it did. But, for as long as it’s available, you can check out the full unaired pilot below:

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