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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 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: “Help Wanted”

Posted August 26, 2011 by Mitch Salem

>   See A Word About Busted Pilots We’ve gotten this far without using the word “ghastly” to describe any of the busted pilots from this year’s development season, but that streak is about to end.  HELP WANTED, which was produced by Warner Bros for NBC, is unaccountably bad.  Partly that’s a function of its […]

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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: 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’S BUSTED PILOT THEATRE: “Poe”

Posted September 2, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> See A Word About Busted Pilots We round out our survey of some of the more notable busted pilots of the season with the distinctive POE, produced by Warner Bros Television for ABC and written by Chris Hollier (a former writer for Kyle XY).  Unfortunately, this pilot stands for the proposition that “distinctive” doesn’t […]

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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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