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2nd Apr '16 5:17:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''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 ActionLeagueNow pilot aired as part of ''Series/AllThat''.

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* ''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 ActionLeagueNow WesternAnimation/ActionLeagueNow pilot aired as part of ''Series/AllThat''.
23rd Mar '16 4:37:21 PM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has three pilots. In the first one (''Jesus vs. Frosty'', 1992), Cartman is called Kenny, [[NoNameGiven no name is given to the other three]], and both "Kenny" (Cartman) & Nameless Kenny die. In the second pilot (''Jesus vs. Santa'', 1995), the town of South Park is firmly established and the characters have personalities, to the point where Kyle is Jewish. All of the characters have the names they currently have (all except Wendy, who didn't have a name yet), and Kenny's the only one who dies. This could be considered {{Canon}}, but in Season 4, the kids made it themselves, to provide example of something kids would make. ComedyCentral saw the second pilot, and they asked Trey Parker & Matt Stone to make a 22-minute pilot. They made it with cutout animation just like the previous two, and it was accepted (although alterations were made before it actually aired, such as dropping Kenny's BackFromTheDead stunt from the ending). Later episodes used Maya instead for ConspicuousCG.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has three pilots. In the first one (''Jesus vs. Frosty'', 1992), Cartman is called Kenny, [[NoNameGiven no name is given to the other three]], and both "Kenny" (Cartman) & Nameless Kenny die. In the second pilot (''Jesus vs. Santa'', 1995), the town of South Park is firmly established and the characters have personalities, to the point where Kyle is Jewish. All of the characters have the names they currently have (all except Wendy, who didn't have a name yet), and Kenny's the only one who dies. This could be considered {{Canon}}, but in Season 4, the kids made it themselves, to provide example of something kids would make. ComedyCentral Creator/ComedyCentral saw the second pilot, and they asked Trey Parker & Matt Stone to make a 22-minute pilot. They made it with cutout animation just like the previous two, and it was accepted (although alterations were made before it actually aired, such as dropping Kenny's BackFromTheDead stunt from the ending). Later episodes used Maya instead for ConspicuousCG.
19th Mar '16 7:49:31 AM Hossmeister
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5th Mar '16 2:48:56 PM ReelBigFan241
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bamimation}}'', a cartoon starring and created by Bam Margera, was pitched to MTV in 2006.
2nd Mar '16 3:18:08 PM Ccook1956
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* 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.
2nd Feb '16 2:36:21 PM rjd1922
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Battletoads}}'', an animated pilot based on [[VideoGame/{{Battletoads}} the video game]] which aired in 1993.



** The first one, in 2000, had ''Trevor!'', ''Nikki'', ''Foe Paws'', ''Uncle Gus'', ''Lucky Lydia'', ''Longhair and Doubledome'', ''Lost Cat'', and ''Prickles''. At least ''Longhair and Doubledome'' can [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes can currently be found on YouTube]]. Its two competitors were both picked up for series: ''TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' and ''WhateverHappenedToRobotJones''
** The second ''Big Pick'' produced these unsold shows: ''Captain Sturdy'', ''Yee-Haw and Doo-Dah'', ''Imp, Inc.'', ''My Freaky Family'', ''Major Flake'', ''Utica Cartoon'', ''Swaroop'', ''FerretAndParrot'', and ''A Kitty Bobo Show''.

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** The first one, in 2000, had ''Trevor!'', ''Nikki'', ''Foe Paws'', ''Uncle Gus'', ''Lucky Lydia'', ''Longhair and Doubledome'', ''Lost Cat'', and ''Prickles''. At least ''Longhair and Doubledome'' can [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes can currently be found on YouTube]]. Its two competitors were both picked up for series: ''TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' and ''WhateverHappenedToRobotJones''
''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones''
** The second ''Big Pick'' produced these unsold shows: ''Captain Sturdy'', ''Yee-Haw and Doo-Dah'', ''Imp, Inc.'', ''My Freaky Family'', ''Major Flake'', ''Utica Cartoon'', ''Swaroop'', ''FerretAndParrot'', ''WesternAnimation/FerretAndParrot'', and ''A Kitty Bobo Show''.



* Both CartoonNetwork and {{Nickelodeon}} irregularly upload various pilots onto their websites to gauge interest. Most of these pilots naturally end up in this category.

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* Both CartoonNetwork Creator/CartoonNetwork and {{Nickelodeon}} Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} irregularly upload various pilots onto their websites to gauge interest. Most of these pilots naturally end up in this category.



* 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.]]
* ''BabylonFive: Legend of the Rangers'', which was intended to be the lead-in to a new spinoff series (similar to the earlier TV film ''A Call To Arms'', which led into ''Series/{{Crusade}}'').

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* DavidLetterman 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.]]
* ''BabylonFive: ''Series/BabylonFive: Legend of the Rangers'', which was intended to be the lead-in to a new spinoff series (similar to the earlier TV film ''A Call To Arms'', which led into ''Series/{{Crusade}}'').
16th Jan '16 2:17:22 AM Cindylover1969
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* ''Series/GetSmart'' was filmed in black-and-white for the pilot, all of the other episodes were in color.

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* The pilots for both ''Series/GetSmart'' was and ''Series/HogansHeroes'' were filmed in black-and-white for the pilot, black-and-white; all of the other episodes were in color.
7th Jan '16 4:45:29 PM nombretomado
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** Following ATHF's success, the shelved ''SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' script ''Baffler Meal,'' featuring the original conception of the Aqua Teens was dusted off and made into WhatCouldHaveBeen a PoorlyDisguisedPilot had the script been used when it was originally written. Shake is even bossier (but humorless), Frylock is a completely different design and personality with a chipper high pitched voice, and Meatwad, looking closest to the actual character is less naive and much more an exaggerated TheEeyore.

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** Following ATHF's success, the shelved ''SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' script ''Baffler Meal,'' featuring the original conception of the Aqua Teens was dusted off and made into WhatCouldHaveBeen a PoorlyDisguisedPilot had the script been used when it was originally written. Shake is even bossier (but humorless), Frylock is a completely different design and personality with a chipper high pitched voice, and Meatwad, looking closest to the actual character is less naive and much more an exaggerated TheEeyore.
25th Dec '15 8:00:53 AM LongLiveRock
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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.
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