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THE SKED’S BUSTED PILOT THEATRE: “Smothered”

Posted August 23, 2011 by Mitch Salem

>   See A Word About Busted Pilots SMOTHERED, which was produced for ABC by Warner Bros Television, falls into the category of “not as bad as you’d think.”  The concept is Predictable Sitcom 101:  a young couple (Kyle Howard and Brooke D’Orsay) whose daughter is about to celebrate her first birthday, is invaded by […]

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THE SKED’S BUSTED PILOT THEATRE: “Council of Dads”

Posted August 25, 2011 by Mitch Salem

>  See A Word About Busted Pilots Peter Tolan, who with Denis Leary created Rescue Me, knows something about the comedy that emerges when when men try to assert their masculinity in the most idiotic ways.  So you can understand why FOX developed COUNCIL OF DADS, which was meant to bring that kind of tone […]

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THE SKED’S BUSTED PILOT THEATRE: “Vince Uncensored”

Posted July 2, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> See A Word About Busted Pilots Not even the presence of Michael Chiklis and Elizabeth Perkins could make VINCE UNCENSORED endurable.   Deservedly consigned by CBS to its trash-bin, this isn’t one of those pilots you’ll be likely to hear about again.  The storyline of Vince Uncensored uses a contrivance to get to an […]

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THE SKED’S BUSTED PILOT THEATRE: “Other People’s Kids”

Posted August 25, 2011 by Mitch Salem

>   See A Word About Busted Pilots For the most part, actors only get one shot in a given pilot season.  Since the lion’s share of network pilots are produced during the same narrow Spring window–allowing them to be picked up and announced at the Upfronts in May–and since actors who play regular characters […]

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THE SKED PILOT REPORTS

Posted September 19, 2011 by Mitch Salem

>Stay tuned to SHOWBUZZDAILY’s THE SKED for advance reports on all the new Fall pilots (NOW INCLUDING BUSTED PILOTS TOO):      ABC      APT. 23 – Potential DVR Alert     CHARLIE’S ANGELS (ABC) – If Nothing Else Is On…     GOOD CHRISTIAN BELLES (ABC) – Change the Channel           LAST MAN STANDING (ABC) – Change the […]

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THE SKED @ BUSTED PILOT THEATRE: “Wonder Woman”

Posted June 20, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> This year’s WONDER WOMAN pilot did not fly under the radar.  Produced by Warner Bros Television for NBC, it was the subject of speculation before it was even placed with a network, scrutiny while it was being produced, and analysis after it had been rejected.  With the exception of Terra Nova and Smash, it […]

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THE SKED’S BUSTED PILOT THEATRE: “Weekends At Bellevue”

Posted August 3, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> See A Word About Busted Pilots It was widely rumored in the weeks before the networks announced their new schedules at the Upfronts that WEEKENDS AT BELLEVUE was destined to hit the air on FOX.  In fact, even its timeslot was supposedly set:  Mondays at 9PM, following House, where it would serve as a […]

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THE SKED’S BUSTED PILOT THEATRE: “Bad Mom”

Posted July 24, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> See A Word About Busted Pilots It’s entirely possible that BAD MOM wouldn’t have worked as a network TV series.  It represented an unusual attempt for a broadcast network (ABC) to step into the “edgy” sitcom territory that’s been the property of cable networks like HBO, Showtime and FX, and the pilot was clearly […]

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