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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’S BUSTED PILOT THEATRE: “Family Album”

Posted June 29, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> See A Word About Busted Pilots FAMILY ALBUM was one of the more buzzed-about FOX pilots of this past development season, and although it’s not on the network’s announced schedule, Deadline reports that it’s in contention for midseason and will even shoot a second prototype episode.  So this isn’t so much a postmortem as […]

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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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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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