Will Jon Stewart's failed pilot get a new life on YouTube?
Patrick Goldstein of the L.A. Times spoke to the show's writers, Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck, about the "second life" phenomenon failed pilots experience these days. They have nothing but good things to say about their experience with Comedy Central, but both the writers and Goldstein wonder what the future holds for networks now that failed pilots like this one and Nobody's Watching have found an audience online.
Watching the videos, I can see why Comedy Central passed on it. It's not terrible, but it's not overly funny either. All of its humor lies in raunch -- the episode is about the team taking blind kids on a sex boat ride -- and too many bleeped-out words distract the viewer's attention. But, CC has approved worse shows, and Three Strikes had potential to become a decent cable sitcom if given the chance. In other words, the network could have gone either way on it, and decided to let it go.
Three Strikes is an interesting case study of how much of a crapshoot TV is. You can have a lot of TV experience, as Gregory and Hyuck have, and have a big name like Jon Stewart behind a project, and still get turned down. That's probably the reason why you'll see more failed pilots on YouTube and other services in the near future.