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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: “Homegrown”

Posted August 20, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> See A Word About Busted Pilots The pilot for HOMEGROWN, produced for CBS by Warner Bros Television, seems determined to hit as many dysfunctional-but-loving-family cliches as it can.  We have one grouchy alpha male in a household of women (here played by Gerald McRaney), the multiple generations living in one sitcom (huge living room!) […]

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THE SKED @ BUSTED PILOT THEATRE: “Locke & Key”

Posted June 23, 2011 by Mitch Salem

>The FOX pilot LOCKE & KEY is a very effective hour of creepiness, but it’s not that hard to understand why the network didn’t put the project on its schedule.  The show screams “cult hit” at best, and the pilot feels more like a shortened feature film than the viable prototype for a continuing weekly […]

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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: “Hail Mary”

Posted July 22, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> See A Word About Busted Pilots If it’s a procedural, this must be CBS.  HAIL MARY was one of the pilots that had initial buzz around town, and it boasted a casting coup with Minnie Driver in the lead (her first network show after doing The Riches for FX), but it’s not hard to […]

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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’S BUSTED PILOT THEATRE: “Identity”

Posted August 30, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> See A Word About Busted Pilots IDENTITY is so clearly a Jerry-Bruckheimer-for-CBS procedural that it comes as a shock to realize that it was neither produced by Bruckheimer nor developed for CBS.  In fact, Mark Gordon’s company produced the show for ABC Studios and the ABC network, which must have remembered at some point […]

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THE SKED’S BUSTED PILOT THEATRE: “Grace”

Posted August 11, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> See A Word About Busted Pilots For those who like Six Degrees of Separation-ish linkages:  the protagonist of ABC’s busted pilot GRACE is Michael Grace, an aging, womanizing choreographer who bears some resemblance to Bob Fosse–or at least to Joe Gideon, the center of Fosse’s semiautographical All That Jazz.  The actor playing Grace is […]

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