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* The pilot for ''ComicBook/TheAmazingScrewOnHead'' animated series. Though the series was not picked up, the (awesome) pilot is avaliable online and on DVD.


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* The pilot for ''ComicBook/TheAmazingScrewOnHead'' animated series. Though the series was not picked up, the (awesome) pilot is avaliable online and on DVD.
19th Sep '16 8:42:28 AM rjd1922
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* The pilot episode of TheMonkees ("Here Come The Monkees") was filmed in 1965. It is very different from the later episodes. In it, the band has a manager played by Bing Russell, Davy plays a guitar (which is bigger than he is!), the band wears yellow shirts and brown vests as stage costumes, Micky Dolenz is credited as Micky Braddock, etc. When the series got picked up, it was edited and aired as the tenth episode! As an added bonus, Davy and Mike's audition tapes were tacked on to the end of the episode.
* ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' has two pilots. One was aired as a TV special on FoxKids in 1999, though in an edited form and another pilot remains unaired but some scenes were used in "Big Sisters". The former had differences from the final version:

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* The pilot episode of TheMonkees ''Series/TheMonkees'' ("Here Come The Monkees") was filmed in 1965. It is very different from the later episodes. In it, the band has a manager played by Bing Russell, Davy plays a guitar (which is bigger than he is!), the band wears yellow shirts and brown vests as stage costumes, Micky Dolenz is credited as Micky Braddock, etc. When the series got picked up, it was edited and aired as the tenth episode! As an added bonus, Davy and Mike's audition tapes were tacked on to the end of the episode.
* ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' has two pilots. One was aired as a TV special on FoxKids Creator/FoxKids in 1999, though in an edited form and another pilot remains unaired but some scenes were used in "Big Sisters". The former had differences from the final version:



* ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam!'' had "Your Real Best Friend!" for Sniz and Fondue, Prometheus and Bob, and Henry and June, "WesternAnimation/KaBlam Gets Results!" had the Life with Loopy pilot, and the WesternAnimation/ActionLeagueNow pilot aired as part of ''Series/AllThat''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam!'' ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'' had "Your Real Best Friend!" for Sniz and Fondue, Prometheus and Bob, and Henry and June, "WesternAnimation/KaBlam Gets Results!" had the Life with Loopy pilot, and the WesternAnimation/ActionLeagueNow pilot aired as part of ''Series/AllThat''.



* The original and unaired pilot for ''{{WesternAnimation/Ben10}}'' had Gwen as Ben's friend than cousin and depicts her sporting a ponytail and a pink shirt.

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* The original and unaired pilot for ''{{WesternAnimation/Ben10}}'' ''{{WesternAnimation/Ben 10}}'' had Gwen as Ben's friend than cousin and depicts her sporting a ponytail and a pink shirt.
7th Aug '16 8:07:15 PM rjd1922
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* There was a short pilot for a ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' television series aired in early 2015 but the ensuing legal issues with the author's estate make it exceedingly unlikely as of this writing that it's going to continue.

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* There was a short 21-minute long pilot for a ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' television series called "Winter Dragon" that aired in early February 2015 but the ensuing legal issues with the author's estate make it exceedingly unlikely as of this writing that it's going to continue.
1st Aug '16 12:18:34 PM ChronoLegion
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* The original unaired pilot for ''Series/{{Moonlight}}'' featured different actors for three of the four main characters. Aside from Mick St. John (Alex O'Loughlin), the roles of Beth Turner (Shannon Lucio), Josef Kostan (Rade Šerbedžija), and Coraline Duvall (Amber Valletta) were recast for the re-shot pilot to Sophia Myles, Creator/JasonDohring, and Shannyn Sossamon, respectively. The change doesn't affect much for the characters of Beth and Coraline, but Josef's character underwent a radical change from an elderly Eastern European man full of Old World wisdom to a brash [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld youthful]] power businessman, whose occasional bits of wisdom come as a surprise.
23rd Jul '16 11:15:17 PM WarioBarker
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->'''Vincent''': What's a pilot?\\
'''Jules''': Well, you know the shows on TV?\\
'''Vincent''': I don't watch TV.\\
'''Jules''': Yes, but you're aware that there's an invention called television, and on that invention they show shows?\\
'''Vincent''': Yeah.\\
'''Jules''': Well, the way they pick the shows on TV is they make one show, and that show's called a pilot. And they show that one show to the people who pick the shows, and on the strength of that one show, they decide if they want to make more shows. Some get accepted and become TV programs, and some don't, and become nothing.

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->'''Vincent''': ->'''Vincent:''' What's a pilot?\\
'''Jules''': '''Jules:''' Well, you know the shows on TV?\\
'''Vincent''': '''Vincent:''' I don't watch TV.\\
'''Jules''': '''Jules:''' Yes, but you're aware that there's an invention called television, and on that invention they show shows?\\
'''Vincent''': '''Vincent:''' Yeah.\\
'''Jules''': '''Jules:''' Well, the way they pick the shows on TV is they make one show, and that show's called a pilot. And they show that one show to the people who pick the shows, and on the strength of that one show, they decide if they want to make more shows. Some get accepted and become TV programs, and some don't, and become nothing.



* In April 1994, Mark Goodson Productions taped a pilot called ''[[http://gameshows.wikia.com/wiki/Cash_Tornado Cash Tornado]]'' hosted by Jim Perry, which took the ''Price Is Right'' idea of "games based around a central theme" and adapted it to luck. The show was intended for licensing to various state lotteries and, while not selling in this specific form, surfaced a few months later as ''Illinois Instant Riches'', spawning a plethora of lottery game shows based on the ''Cash Tornado'' format and changing the face of that subgenre. Even longtime California Lottery stalwart ''Series/TheBigSpin'' began using the format after a while.
** To put this into perspective: before ''Cash Tornado'', lottery game shows were either "spin a wheel for money" or "pick boxes for money", although a few shows had a twist on the latter [[note]](for instance, Wisconsin's lottery game show had the players stop the light on a row of boxes, while Michigan's had a "reach $1,000 exactly" goal)[[/note]]. After ''Cash Tornado'', lottery game shows became {{Minigame Game}}s and considerably more varied as a result; even shows as recently as ''Monopoly Millionaires' Club'' owe their basic formats to this little pilot.
** ''Cash Tornado'' itself remained pretty much under the radar until ''2014'', when Wink Martindale's group put up the show's sales presentation. Notably, it was taped at Television City, used many set pieces from the 1993 pilots of what eventually became the Doug Davidson ''Price'' later in '94, used a vamp of said version's theme as its own theme, and had longtime ''Price'' producer Roger Dobkowitz as a contestant (playing Force Field, which is shown in its entirety on the sales presentation).

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* In April 1994, July 1993, Mark Goodson Productions taped a pilot called ''[[http://gameshows.wikia.com/wiki/Cash_Tornado Cash Tornado]]'' hosted by Jim Perry, which took the ''Price Is Right'' idea of "games based around a central theme" and adapted it to luck. The show was intended for licensing to various state lotteries and, while not selling in this specific form, surfaced a few months later in July 1994 as ''Illinois Instant Riches'', spawning a plethora of lottery game shows based on the ''Cash Tornado'' format and changing the face of that subgenre. Even longtime California Lottery stalwart ''Series/TheBigSpin'' began using a variant of the format after a while.
in 1996 and began to be produced by Jonathan Goodson (Mark's son) in 1999.
** To put this into perspective: before ''Cash Tornado'', lottery game shows were either "spin a wheel for money" or (more often) "pick boxes for money", although a few shows had a twist on the latter [[note]](for instance, Wisconsin's lottery game show had the players stop the a light on a row of boxes, while Michigan's had a "reach $1,000 exactly" goal)[[/note]]. After ''Cash Tornado'', lottery game shows became {{Minigame Game}}s and considerably more varied as a result; even shows as recently as ''Monopoly Millionaires' Club'' (2015-16) owe their basic formats to this little pilot.
** ''Cash Tornado'' itself remained pretty much under the radar until ''2014'', when Wink Martindale's group put up the show's sales presentation. Notably, it was taped at Television City, used many set pieces from the 1993 pilots of what eventually became the Doug Davidson ''Price'' later in '94, used a vamp of said version's theme as its own theme, and had longtime ''Price'' producer Roger Dobkowitz as a contestant (playing Force Field, which is shown in its entirety on the sales presentation).



* ''Series/TheJokersWild'' had two pilots in 1968-69 hosted by [[Series/{{Password}} Allen Ludden]], the first having a panel of celebrities asking the questions. A third pilot comprised the last two-thirds of the awkward 90-minute ''The Honeymoon Game'' (1970), hosted by Jim [=MacKrell=] [[note]](the first third of said pilot was axed after the taping, replaced by a pitchfilm with creator Creator/JackBarry explaining that it wasn't good - as it turned out, it was a lame ''Newlywed Game'' derivative)[[/note]]. After airing for three months on KTLA in 1971, ''Joker''[='s=] wheels spun from 1972-75 on CBS and 1977-86 in syndication, an amazing run for a game show.

* ''Series/MatchGame'' had one for the more staid 1960s format and at least two for the more familiar 1970s format (all hosted by Gene Rayburn), a week for a 1990s revival that lasted one season (Bert Convy hosted the pilot week, but Ross Shafer hosted the series after Convy was diagnosed with a brain tumor), and an unsold 1996 pilot with Charlene Tilton and a radically-altered bonus round. The last one evolved into a shorter-lived 1998-99 revival hosted by Michael Burger.
** At least three pilots (one for ''What the Blank!'' in 2004 and two for ''Match Game'' in 2008) have been made since then, but it went nowhere until 2012, when the franchise finally saw the light of day again. Granted, it was in Canada, but it ''was'' the first English version in North America since 1999.

* The original version of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' was originally called ''Auction-Aire'', but when the pilot proved disastrous NBC wanted to buy out the show's contract and cancel it. Creator Creator/BobStewart asked for a leap of faith — 13 weeks, and if the show didn't click, NBC could cancel it. NBC agreed...and slotted ''Price'' opposite CBS megastar Arthur Godfrey. Despite negative initial reviews, ''Price'' managed to develop a following and was beating Godfrey pretty bad in the ratings by the end of February 1957.

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* ''Series/TheJokersWild'' had two pilots in 1968-69 hosted by [[Series/{{Password}} Allen Ludden]], the first having a panel of celebrities asking the questions. A third pilot comprised the last two-thirds of the awkward 90-minute ''The Honeymoon Game'' (1970), hosted by Jim [=MacKrell=] [[note]](the first third of said pilot was axed after the taping, replaced by a pitchfilm with creator Creator/JackBarry explaining that it wasn't good - good; as it turned out, it was a lame ''Newlywed Game'' derivative)[[/note]]. After airing for three months on KTLA in 1971, ''Joker''[='s=] wheels spun from 1972-75 on CBS and 1977-86 in syndication, an amazing run for a game show.

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* ''Series/MatchGame'' had one for the more staid 1960s format and at least two for the more familiar 1970s format (all hosted by Gene Rayburn), a week for a 1990s revival that lasted one season year (Bert Convy hosted the pilot week, pilots, but Ross Shafer hosted the series after Convy was diagnosed with a brain tumor), and an unsold 1996 pilot with Charlene Tilton and a radically-altered bonus round. The last one evolved into a shorter-lived short-lived 1998-99 revival hosted by Michael Burger.
** At least three pilots (one for ''What the Blank!'' in 2004 and two for ''Match Game'' in 2008) have been made since then, but it went nowhere until 2012, '''2016''', when the franchise finally saw the light of day again. Granted, it was again in Canada, but it ''was'' the first English version in North America since 1999.

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* The original version of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' has had several.
** In 1956, the show
was originally called ''Auction-Aire'', but when the pilot proved disastrous NBC wanted to buy out the show's contract and cancel it. Creator Creator/BobStewart asked for a leap of faith — 13 weeks, and if the show didn't click, NBC could cancel it. NBC agreed...and slotted ''Price'' at 10:30 AM Eastern, opposite CBS megastar Arthur Godfrey.Godfrey; barely a month later, on New Year's Eve 1956, ''Price'' was moved to 11AM against the second half of Godfrey's hour-long show (ABC had no programming in either slot). Despite negative initial reviews, ''Price'' managed to develop a following and was beating Godfrey pretty bad in the ratings by the end of February 1957.



** The short-lived 1994-95 version hosted by Doug Davidson taped two pilots in 1993: one hosted by Davidson, the other hosted by local Los Angeles weatherman Mark Kriski.

* ''The $10,000 Series/{{Pyramid}}'' evolved from an unsold pilot called ''Cash on the Line'', whose bonus round became the maingame of ''Pyramid''. Supposedly, the bonus round of the unsold pilot was the only part of the format that execs liked.

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** The short-lived 1994-95 version hosted by Doug Davidson taped two pilots in July 1993: one hosted by Davidson, the other hosted by local Los Angeles weatherman Mark Kriski.

* ''The $10,000 Series/{{Pyramid}}'' evolved from an unsold pilot called ''Cash on the Line'', whose bonus round became the maingame of ''Pyramid''. Supposedly, the bonus round of the unsold pilot ''Cash'' was the only part of the format that execs liked.






** ''Series/{{Whammy}}'' taped two pilots in February 2002: one with Peter Tomarken hosting, the other with Todd Newton at the helm. While Todd was chosen for the series, the editing job on the Tomarken pilot has led some to suggest he was never actually being considered for the revival.

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** ''Series/{{Whammy}}'' taped two pilots in February 2002: one with Peter Tomarken hosting, the other with Todd Newton at the helm. While Todd was chosen for the series, the editing job on the Tomarken pilot has led some to suggest theorize that he was never actually being considered for the revival.
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** The first was ''Shopper's Bazaar'' (1973), hosted by Chuck Woolery. It featured a vertical Wheel, a much larger emphasis on prize-buying over gameplay (even in comparison to the shopping rounds used until 1989), a phone that delivered clues to the contestants, no Bankrupts, a confusing scoring system, and a pretty easy Bonus Round. More info on this pilot can be found [[http://gameshowgarbage.com/ind128_shoppersbazaar.html here.]]

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** The first was ''Shopper's Bazaar'' (1973), hosted by Chuck Woolery. It featured a vertical Wheel, a much larger emphasis on prize-buying over gameplay (even in comparison to the shopping rounds used until 1989), a phone that delivered clues to the contestants, no Bankrupts, a confusing scoring system, and a pretty rather easy first attempt at a Bonus Round. More info on this pilot can be found [[http://gameshowgarbage.com/ind128_shoppersbazaar.html here.]]



** Instead of "Do it, Rockapella!", the pilots used "Hit it, Fellas!".

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** Instead of "Do it, Rockapella!", the pilots used "Hit it, Fellas!".Fellas!"
14th Jul '16 9:19:37 AM DracoKanji
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* ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' had [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXHME5248pM a four-minute clip]] made to celebrate the release of ''VideoGame/KirbyAirRide'' in Japan.

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* ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'' had [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXHME5248pM a four-minute clip]] made to celebrate the release of ''VideoGame/KirbyAirRide'' in Japan.
22nd Jun '16 2:43:51 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''ReBoot'': Did not have a pilot because of the expense of CGI hardware back then. It was an entire season or nothing.
* ''InspectorGadget'''s pilot had the inspector himself with a mustache and a British accent (provided by GaryOwens). When the show was picked up as a series, they had to throw in a HandWave in the aired version explaining the mustache. US tropers, however, can see the aired version [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/83128/inspector-gadget-original-series-winter-olympics#s-p5-so-i0 here]].

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* ''ReBoot'': ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'': Did not have a pilot because of the expense of CGI hardware back then. It was an entire season or nothing.
* ''InspectorGadget'''s ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'''s pilot had the inspector himself with a mustache and a British accent (provided by GaryOwens). When the show was picked up as a series, they had to throw in a HandWave in the aired version explaining the mustache. US tropers, however, can see the aired version [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/83128/inspector-gadget-original-series-winter-olympics#s-p5-so-i0 here]].



* ''DangerMouse'' had two pilots, but only one exists. "The Mystery Of The Lost Chord" featured different voices for the characters and would be retooled in 1980 as series 1 episode "Who Lost The Bagpipes?"

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* ''DangerMouse'' ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' had two pilots, but only one exists. "The Mystery Of The Lost Chord" featured different voices for the characters and would be retooled in 1980 as series 1 episode "Who Lost The Bagpipes?"



* The finale for ''HongKongPhooey'' was a full half-hour episode ("Comedy Cowboys"), a thinly disguised pilot which featured characters that Hanna-Barbera hoped to groom for a separate series. One set of characters, Posse Impossible, would become a segment of ''CBBears'' three years later.

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* The finale for ''HongKongPhooey'' ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'' was a full half-hour episode ("Comedy Cowboys"), a thinly disguised pilot which featured characters that Hanna-Barbera hoped to groom for a separate series. One set of characters, Posse Impossible, would become a segment of ''CBBears'' ''WesternAnimation/CBBears'' three years later.
10th Jun '16 12:03:18 AM AlternativeCola
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** Trini was played by Audri DuBois than Thuy Trang.

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** Trini was played by Audri DuBois [=DuBois=] than Thuy Trang.



** In its unaired and unedited form, Zords were originally called Droids, Zordon was originally named Zoltar and the Power Morphers were referred as the Transmorphers.

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** In its unaired and unedited form, Zords were originally called Droids, Zordon was originally named Zoltar and the Power Morphers were referred as the Transmorphers. Transmorphers.
** In its unaired and unedited form, Zords were originally called Droids.
2nd Jun '16 8:11:10 PM ImNotMonty
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* {{WebVideo/Googlebrains}}' The Nonsense Show. He probably just didn't feel like expanding it.
30th May '16 5:03:55 AM AlternativeCola
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* ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' has two pilots. One was aired as a TV special on FoxKids in 1999, though in an edited form and another pilot remains unaired but some scenes were used in "Big Sisters". The former had differences from the final version:
** Trini was played by Audri DuBois than Thuy Trang.
** The local hangout was not the Angel Grove Juice Bar but a bowling alley.
** The Rangers used physical violence towards the bullies.
** Skull was played by Bobby Val than Jason Narvy.
** Kimberly was far more self-absorbed and had little to no martial arts or gymnastic talent that was shown.
** Bulk and Skull were part of a gang of five bullies.
** Alpha's appearance was more boxier.
** King Sphinx was the primary monster the Rangers confronted.
** Billy's glasses were thick framed than wire framed.
** The morphing sequence resembled more like its Sentai counterpart.
** In its unaired and unedited form, Zords were originally called Droids, Zordon was originally named Zoltar and the Power Morphers were referred as the Transmorphers.


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* The original and unaired pilot for ''{{WesternAnimation/Ben10}}'' had Gwen as Ben's friend than cousin and depicts her sporting a ponytail and a pink shirt.
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