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5 TV Pilots The Networks Rejected (But You Can Still Watch)

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For every new show on TV, there are hundreds of pilot episodes that are produced but never picked up. Pilots get rejected for a multitude of reasons; maybe the budget is too high, or it simply doesn’t test well with audiences. But many rejected pilots actually sound like they’d have been good shows. Here are 5 such pilots that you can watch online right now.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

We all know that Buffy The Vampire Slayer became a massive success in its own right. But the show’s original pilot didn’t work out at all. Instead of Alyson Hannigan, Willow was portrayed by Sisters star Riff Regan. The pilot was also peculiar for its 25-minute runtime and extremely low production value.

20th Century Fox Television

Wonder Woman

Before Gal Gadot brought Wonder Woman new life, Adrianne Palicki had her opportunity. The pilot for NBC’s Wonder Woman was easily one of the most talked about in 2011. For Palicki, she was thankful for getting that role. “That was a childhood dream of mine and I’m proud of the outcome,” she told CraveOnline.

DC Entertainment

The IT Crowd

In 2007, Joel McHale took part in a U.S. adaptation of The IT Crowd. The pilot was shot by NBC, which was already seeing success with their U.S. version of The Office. They originally had plans to have both remakes air back-to-back. The show was dropped after the network changed management.

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Aquaman

After being introduced in Smallville, Aquaman was set to have his own series. The pilot episode didn’t sit well with the network, but they decided to release it anyway. It became the most downloaded TV show on the iTunes Store for a week. Showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar are still confused as to why the network passed on the show.

The CW

Zombieland

In 2011, CBS announced plans to create a series based on the popular zombie comedy flick Zombieland. While those plans fell through, Amazon decided to take a shot at the series. With the help of the film’s co-writer Rhett Reese, the pilot episode was unveiled worldwide in 2013.

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