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19th Jan '17 5:46:24 PM thatother1dude
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* The original and unaired pilot for ''{{WesternAnimation/Ben 10}}'' had Gwen as Ben's friend than cousin and depicts her sporting a ponytail and a pink shirt. One scene from the pilot managed to appear in "Washington B.C.", though with Pilot Gwen rotoscoped and replaced by her finalised version.

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* The original and unaired pilot for ''{{WesternAnimation/Ben 10}}'' had Gwen as Ben's friend than instead of his cousin and depicts her sporting a ponytail and a pink shirt. One scene from the pilot managed to appear in "Washington B.C.", though with Pilot Gwen rotoscoped and replaced by her finalised finalized version.
6th Jan '17 12:02:39 PM Gimere
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** 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 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.

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** 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 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 recent as ''Monopoly Millionaires' Club'' (2015-16) owe their basic formats to this little pilot.













* ''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 ''Cash'' was the only part of the format that execs liked.

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



** The 1990-91 revival had two pilots...and Creator/{{NBC}} accidentally aired the second one on the east coast instead of the series premiere. This was notable as Richard Kline hosted the pilots, but Gordon Elliott was the actual host of the series (for a few months, at least) and the set was entirely different.

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** The 1990-91 revival had two pilots...pilots, and Creator/{{NBC}} accidentally aired the second one on the east coast instead of the series premiere. This was notable as Richard Kline hosted the pilots, but Gordon Elliott was the actual host of the series (for a few months, at least) and the set was entirely different.










* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''' pilot was an hour and a half long, and many of the "lost" scenes and characters that didn't make it into the premiere were recycled in modified ways (the Terrorist character of The Engineer was changed to the neurotic Ted Sprague, for instance).

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\n* The ''Series/{{Heroes}}''' pilot was an hour and a half long, and many of the "lost" scenes and characters that didn't make it into the premiere were recycled in modified ways (the Terrorist character of The Engineer was changed to the neurotic Ted Sprague, for instance).






23rd Dec '16 12:15:24 PM fruitstripegum
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheGroovenians''.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bubsy}}''.
5th Dec '16 1:03:57 PM Saurubiker
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* ''Manga/DragonBall'' had one in the form of ''Dragon Boy.'' The main character who would be the inspiration for Goku was named "Tanton" and had bat-wings instead of a monkey tail. The character Bulma was an {{Expy}} for was a princess. The Dragon Balls had a small dragon instead of stars on them.

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* ''Manga/DragonBall'' had one two in the form forms of ''Dragon Boy.'' The Boy'' and ''The Adventure of Tongpoo'', both published in 1983. In the former, the main character who would be the inspiration for Goku was named "Tanton" and had bat-wings instead of a monkey tail. The character Bulma was an {{Expy}} {{expy}} for was a princess. The Dragon Balls had a small dragon instead of stars on them. The latter pilot was more sci-fi themed, focusing on space exploration, and introduce the Hoipoi Capsules that was a recurring element in ''Dragon Ball''.



* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' had Kenshiro as a teenager. He is then on the run after being framed for killing his girlfriend.

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* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' started as a couple of one-shots on ''Fresh Jump'' before being picked up for weekly serialization in ''Weekly Jump'' proper. In this prototype version of the manga, which took place in present-day ([=1980's=]) Japan rather than in the post-apocalyptic wasteland of [=199X=], had Kenshiro as a teenager. He is then teenage fugitive on the run from a corrupt police force after being framed for killing the murder of his girlfriend.girlfriend by the rival martial arts clan of the Mount Tai Temple school.
4th Nov '16 4:07:59 PM NWolfman
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* Depending on who you ask, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' either had several pilots or no pilot. First, there was the unofficial "Season 0," which aired as random shorts on ''The Tracy Ullman Show''. Then, when it became a series, the proper pilot, "Some Enchanted Evening," was so poorly animated that it had to be completely scrapped and redone, while the ChristmasSpecial "Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire" was picked at random to fill the air date, simply because it was finished sooner, making for some odd continuity when Santa's Little Helper was absent for most of the rest of the season. The episode after, "Bart The Genius," was the first episode of the show proper to air, while the pilot was moved to the end of the season.
28th Oct '16 1:37:49 PM nombretomado
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Even when a show is picked up and given a timeslot, there is no guarantee that a pilot will ever reach the air. They often do, usually as the {{premiere}}. Sometimes, usually with those shows whose producers were told "try again", [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the original pilot is so different from what reached the air]] that they don't try to use it (as is the case with ''GilligansIsland''), or they reuse it in an innovative manner later in the series. (A good example of the latter would be "The Cage", the first pilot episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', which was recycled into the two-part episode "The Menagerie".)

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Even when a show is picked up and given a timeslot, there is no guarantee that a pilot will ever reach the air. They often do, usually as the {{premiere}}. Sometimes, usually with those shows whose producers were told "try again", [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the original pilot is so different from what reached the air]] that they don't try to use it (as is the case with ''GilligansIsland''), ''Series/GilligansIsland''), or they reuse it in an innovative manner later in the series. (A good example of the latter would be "The Cage", the first pilot episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', which was recycled into the two-part episode "The Menagerie".)
16th Oct '16 11:51:51 PM AlternativeCola
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* The original and unaired pilot for ''{{WesternAnimation/Ben 10}}'' 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/Ben 10}}'' had Gwen as Ben's friend than cousin and depicts her sporting a ponytail and a pink shirt. One scene from the pilot managed to appear in "Washington B.C.", though with Pilot Gwen rotoscoped and replaced by her finalised version.
14th Oct '16 3:46:34 PM ThatFanwiththeGlasses
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** The pilot for ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', "Caretaker", is notable for its TroubledProduction and its cost to produce. There were numerous issues during production, including rewrites of the script, arguments over whether the captain should be male or female, and [[TheOtherMarty roles being recast]], which resulted in many reshoots and delays. The following four episodes were completed before the pilot was finished, resulting in jokes about whether or not the pilot would be shot by the time the series was over. As a result of all these complications, the final budget of the episode ended up being ''$23 million'', making it the most expensive episode of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' ever produced. For some perspective, when adjusted for inflation, this is more than it cost to make ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', and ''twice'' as expensive as the next most costly episode, "Broken Bow" from ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''.
19th Sep '16 12:28:15 PM rjd1922
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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.
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