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Minka Kelly of 'Friday Night Lights' Joins CBS Comedy Pilot

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 9th 2010 4:02PM
Minka KellyMinka Kelly might not be on 'Friday Night Lights' anymore but she is keeping busy. She has just signed on to star in the pilot for a new CBS comedy, 'True Love.' It comes from Matt Tarses of 'Scrubs.' It's about four close friends in New York City and their relationships.

I know, I know, everyone is going to say "hey, that sounds a lot like 'Friends,' doesn't it?" But is that really fair? There are just so many plots that a TV show can have before it starts to seem like they're copying it. I remember when a lot of 'Friends' clones popped up after that show became a hit, but that was more about the timing of those new shows. It's all about the writing and the cast and the direction and all of those elements, not that it's about single people living in Manhattan.

Besides, 'Friends' ended years ago. How much longer will we compare new shows to it?

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Best TV Pilots: Series Premieres That Made Our Jaws Drop

by Gary Susman, posted Nov 6th 2009 5:30PM
VThis week's 'V' debut episode on ABC has some dazzling moments, including a few that may shock and surprise even viewers with vivid memories of the original 1983 miniseries. But does it belong on the list of all-time great TV series premiere episodes? Compare and contrast with the list below, featuring 10 of our favorite TV pilot episodes of all time.

10. 'The O.C.'
"Welcome to the O.C., bitch," says snobby jock Luke (Chris Carmack) to poor newcomer Ryan (Benjamin McKenzie). "This is how it's done in Orange County." For that exchange alone, this episode belongs in the pilot Hall of Fame.

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'Cougar Town' on ABC - New TV Pilot Preview

by Kelly Woo, posted Jun 25th 2009 3:50PM

What should you expect from the new TV shows coming this fall? Read our first impressions of ABC's 'Cougar Town,' starring Courtney Cox ...

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TNT making more cop dramas

by Kelly Woo, posted Sep 30th 2008 5:04PM
The CloserAfter the success of The Closer, you can't blame TNT for going with a proven formula.

The cable network is close to greenlighting two police drama pilots, a project from Jerry Bruckheimer about young undercover officers and Bunker Hill starring Donnie Wahlberg (which actually already received an a pilot order).

TNT's certainly been a busy little bee, stacking up new series left and right. Besides these two pilots, they've got Time Heals, starring Jada Pinkett Smith as a hospital nursing director; Night and Day, with William Fichtner playing an agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; and Men of a Certain Age, a dramedy featuring Ray Romano, Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher.

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NBC to get rid of pilots

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 23rd 2008 2:04PM

NBC logoThis seems to be NBC Announcement Week. A day after we reported that the Peacock network was going to scrap their upfront presentation this year comes this news: they're getting rid of pilot episodes too!

Jeff Zucker says that pilots are too expensive and often aren't even a good indication of what the rest of the show's episodes will be like (we've seen this with many shows recently - the first episode is big and expensive and incredible and then the following episodes...not so much). Also, many shows never even get beyond a pilot episode, so he doesn't want to spend millions on pilots.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 23rd 2007 3:33PM

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Spot the fake pilot!

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 26th 2007 3:25PM

Every year, the networks have their pilot season. Many of the shows don't make it and you never hear about them again. Some actually make it on the air and onto the fall schedules. The networks are going to announce their new fall schedules in May (and we'll complete coverage here, of course), but Buzzsugar has a sneak peek at some of the pilots that are competing for a slot on the nets.

But it's not your typical sneak peek, it's a quiz! They list the plots for ten shows. Some of them are real, some of them are fake. Can you tell which is which? My favorite plot descriptions, whether they're real or not, are the comedy about "two soda salesmen on a never ending business trip," and the drama about "a girl raised by a pack of wolves who goes to boarding school."

(When you're done, the answers are here.)

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Is Shane West leaving ER?

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 8th 2007 5:23PM

Shane WestIn this roundup of all the latest casting and pilot news, it says that ER star Shane West has been added to the cast of Supreme Courtships, a new FOX comedy that really has to get a new title before it hits the air.

Hmmm...does that mean he's leaving the NBC drama? Not that all pilots get picked up of course, but just the fact that he's starring in the pilot is interesting. I think when he joined ER it wasn't supposed to be a long term role. But now it seems like he's smack dab in the middle of all the action at the hospital: concentrating on his medical career instead of his music, being in a possible triangle with Gates and Neela, etc.

In other casting news, The Nine's Daybreak's Adam Baldwin has joined the cast of NBC's Chuck, and LL Cool J will play a cop in CBS' Anthony Zuiker (CSI) drama The Man.

[via TV Tattle]

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What happens to pilots that don't make it?

by Bob Sassone, posted May 17th 2006 3:44PM
George ClooneyDuring this upfronts week, you'll not only hear about the shows that make the schedule, you'll hear about pilots that didn't make it. But what happens to the pilots that don't make it? The pilots that are never seen by the public (unless they make it to the internet, which couldn't happen years ago), what happens to them? Forbes has an interesting article about failed pilots (and if you'd like to read a great book on failed pilots, try to track down a copy of Lee Goldberg's two books, Unsold Television Pilots I and II.)

Forbe's also lists the Top 10 Failed Pilots, and while it doesn't include Samurai (with Riptide's Joe Penny as a lawyer by day, sword-wielding superhero by night!), it does include Ethel Is An Elephant, about a guy who moves into a NYC apartment with an elephant roommate; Poochinski, with Peter Boyle as a cop who is killed on duty and comes back as a dog; Rewrite For Murder, with George Clooney and Pam Dawber as mystery writers; Wil Wheaton in 13 Thirteenth Avenue, about a kid who moves into a new apartment building and has vampires and werewolves as neighbors (!), and L.A. Confidential, a TV version of the movie, with Kiefer Sutherland! Wow, I actually would have loved to have seen that.

[via TV Tattle]

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