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THE SKED’S BUSTED PILOT THEATRE: “Partners”

Posted August 31, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> See A Word About Busted Pilots Had it managed to become a full-fledged series, PARTNERS might have been a decent fit with ABC’s other female-oriented crime shows like Castle and Body of Proof, but based on the pilot, its only points of distinctiveness were probably too gimmicky and contrived to work.   The title […]

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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: “Little In Common”

Posted July 3, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> See A Word About Busted Pilots  The double meaning of “little” in the title of Fox’s busted sitcom pilot LITTLE IN COMMON is that the 3 couples at its center are brought together only because their respective kids all play on the same little league team.  That’s about it for cleverness, though, in this […]

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THE SKED’S BUSTED PILOT THEATRE: “Exit Strategy”

Posted July 1, 2011 by Mitch Salem

>See A Word About Busted Pilots On paper, EXIT STRATEGY looked like one of the hot FOX pilots this past season, a high-profile (Ethan Hawke’s first TV project) espionage thriller in the vein of 24 that could inherit that show’s Monday night slot and its House lead-in.  It didn’t happen:  the network chose Terra Nova […]

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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: A Word About Busted Pilots

Posted June 20, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> “Busted” pilots, for those who don’t know, are simply the ones not ordered by their commissioning networks to series.  We’re going to start taking a look at some of last year’s busted pilots here at THE SKED, so it’s worth saying a couple of things about them. First, not all busted pilots are terrible.  […]

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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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THE SKED’S BUSTED PILOT THEATRE: “A Mann’s World”

Posted July 15, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> See A Word About Busted Pilots  A MANN’S WORLD isn’t the usual run of busted pilot.  Produced by Warner Bros for consideration by NBC, it’s quite skillfully written and directed by Michael Patrick King, and it has a dramatic vision that sets it apart from mere failed genre efforts.  It also has a very […]

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