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10th Oct '17 5:44:13 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/DavidLetterman hosted two pilots of a game show called ''The Riddlers'' in November 1977. The first pilot was shown on {{GSN}}, and Dave talks about it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHJDu-hPhDo here.]]

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* Creator/DavidLetterman hosted two pilots of a game show called ''The Riddlers'' in November 1977. The first pilot was shown on {{GSN}}, Creator/{{GSN}}, and Dave talks about it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHJDu-hPhDo here.]]
18th Sep '17 5:24:34 AM jormis29
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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'' (the very first of those was "Good Night," for the record). 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 bumped to the end of the season.

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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'' ''Series/TheTraceyUllmanShow'' (the very first of those was "Good Night," for the record). 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 bumped to the end of the season.
3rd Sep '17 2:25:59 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.

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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''.Show'' (the very first of those was "Good Night," for the record). 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 bumped to the end of the season.
26th Aug '17 7:05:49 PM AustinCarver13
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* ''Series/Lookwell'', a sitcom pilot written by Conan O'Brien in 1991 starring Adam West.

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* ''Series/Lookwell'', ''{{Series/Lookwell}}'', a sitcom pilot written by Conan O'Brien in 1991 starring Adam West.


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* Before he ended up making an actual show with ''WesternAnimation/BillyDilleysSuperDuperSubterraneanSummer,'' veteran cartoonist and storyboard artist Aaron Springer had attempted to create some shows before, with the silent-slaptick comedy ''Periwinkle Around the World'' and much more famously with ''WesternAnimation/KorgothOfBarbaria,'' a hyper-violent, well-animated parody of Conan the Barbarian.
26th Aug '17 6:58:41 PM AustinCarver13
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* ''Lookwell'', a sitcom pilot written by Conan O'Brien in 1991 starring Adam West.

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* ''Lookwell'', ''Series/Lookwell'', a sitcom pilot written by Conan O'Brien in 1991 starring Adam West.
2nd Aug '17 9:52:14 AM mariofan1000
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->'''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.
-->--''Film/PulpFiction''

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->'''Jules:''' Well, ->''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.
-->--''Film/PulpFiction''
nothing.''
-->--'''Jules''', ''Film/PulpFiction''


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* ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' had two pilots. One was created in a half-hour format intended for the premium station Creator/{{Showtime}}, but ended up being rejected. Creator/TheCW picked up the show, but the pilot had to be remade due to being ordered in an hour-long format and The CW being a broadcast station and thus having much stricter standards.
14th Jul '17 9:02:36 PM thegiggleloop
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* The pilot of ''Series/TheXFiles'' had NoThemeTune. Scully also had longer and darker hair, and laughed out loud with Mulder in one scene, which ends up being an out of character moment for her until at least the 6th-7th season.
13th Jun '17 9:25:50 AM Piterpicher
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The writing in a pilot can be significantly worse than in regular episodes. Introducing all the characters and setting up the situation in a limited time can be difficult to do in a natural way, and even the best pilots can be privy to [[AsYouKnow clunky exposition]]. In addition, pilots often are slightly differently-shaped than the series that coalesce if the show gets picked up; for example: in the pilot of ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' Sookie is a CuteClumsyGirl (this trait fades away by the fourth or so episode), Lorelai drives a different car, and many of the sets are not the ones used later in the show, as a real street in {{Toronto}} was used rather than the "Main Street" set at Creator/WarnerBrothers Studios which was used as Stars Hollow for the rest of the series. Pilots may also be filmed on a different stock than the rest of the series; the pilot may look more 'cinematic' in film story and cinematography than other episodes in the series. If it's the ''length'' of a film and presented as such, then it's a PilotMovie. The same rules roughly apply to animation, except that pilots in that industry usually never exceed eleven minutes unless it is the aforementioned pilot movie.

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The writing in a pilot can be significantly worse than in regular episodes. Introducing all the characters and setting up the situation in a limited time can be difficult to do in a natural way, and even the best pilots can be privy to [[AsYouKnow clunky exposition]]. In addition, pilots often are slightly differently-shaped than the series that coalesce if the show gets picked up; for example: in the pilot of ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' Sookie is a CuteClumsyGirl (this trait fades away by the fourth or so episode), Lorelai drives a different car, and many of the sets are not the ones used later in the show, as a real street in {{Toronto}} UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}} was used rather than the "Main Street" set at Creator/WarnerBrothers Studios which was used as Stars Hollow for the rest of the series. Pilots may also be filmed on a different stock than the rest of the series; the pilot may look more 'cinematic' in film story and cinematography than other episodes in the series. If it's the ''length'' of a film and presented as such, then it's a PilotMovie. The same rules roughly apply to animation, except that pilots in that industry usually never exceed eleven minutes unless it is the aforementioned pilot movie.
27th May '17 4:29:08 AM jormis29
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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.

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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/SophiaMyles, 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.
22nd May '17 6:16:48 AM ReddyWizard
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* ''Series/Hobocop'' had a Pilot called "Nose Corruption" which was mistakenly aired in the TPH children's cartoon block.

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* ''Series/Hobocop'' ''Series/{{Hobocop}}'' had a Pilot called "Nose Corruption" which was mistakenly aired in the TPH children's cartoon block.
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