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03:40:07 PM Dec 17th 2011
Change back to "Back Door Pilot". Please.
04:22:03 PM Jun 3rd 2012
10:26:16 PM Dec 15th 2012
Actually it should be changed back to "Back Door Pilot". Calling it "Poorly Disguised Pilot" makes absolutely no sense especially if the creator(s) of a show/book clearly state there will be a spinoff with the character leaving.
12:58:41 PM Nov 16th 2013
I second theLonelyGun's position. 'Poorly Disguised Pilot' implies that it's always a secret. Oftentimes, it's really not.

Backdoor Pilot is a much better name, because it avoids implications.
08:17:11 PM Jun 2nd 2011
Am I the only one noticing that these pilots never really lead into anything? The shows either don't materialize or are cancelled after a few episodes.
10:20:32 AM Apr 2nd 2011
Hmm, question: is Iron Man *really* an example of this trope? Implicit in Poorly Disguised Pilot is that the show exists primarily to launch a different, separate show. In the case of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, however, their main purpose is to succeed in their own right. They just are designed to exist in and support a larger setting, too.
11:13:33 AM Mar 6th 2011
I don't think the replacement of the quote is really justified here. It used to be:
"Chief Wiggum, I can't wait to hear about all the exciting, sexy adventures you're sure to have against this colorful backdrop."
Lisa Simpson, The Simpsons, "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase"

The new quote is effectively no more and no less than a verbatim restatement of the trope definition.
09:27:11 PM Nov 29th 2010
I took out the line about the 2009 Star Trek film begging for a series because it's not at all. Abrams was definitely shooting for a movie series (which he got), but nobody involved has ever said a thing about TV. Which wouldn't make sense anyway; given all the actors' other commitments, a TV show in that continuity would be impossible.
06:42:21 PM Mar 16th 2010
Is there an example of a well-disguised pilot?
09:00:12 AM Sep 28th 2010
A well-disguised pilot would just be a normal episode, except that one of the characters gives the executives ideas.
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