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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.

NBC

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.

Amazon Studios

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She Went From Trapped In Her Own Body To Dancing With The Stars

Victoria Arlen was born just before her triplet brothers. As such, the young girl was always an ambitious and energetic trailblazer. Always active, she took an interest in sports – particularly swimming and dancing – from a young age. She dreamed of winning gold medals and dancing with stars. Then, at age 11, disaster struck. Out of nowhere, Victoria became a prisoner, trapped inside her own body, in a nightmare that seemed to never end. She could see and hear, but didn’t have control over anything else. Victoria worked tirelessly to escape from her nightmare against all odds, and went on to grab headlines and inspire lives everywhere. Was she able to overcome her dismal condition? Read on to find out.

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These Celebrity Doppelgangers From The Past Have Us Seeing Double

Time travel is a mystifying concept. Much like the idea of extraterrestrial life, it has captured the human imagination for as long as we have existed. Today, it’s at the forefront of famous movie plots, most famously ‘Back to the Future,’ and pops up in late-night conversations about the universe and meaning of life. As of now, scientists have not been able to confirm whether traveling through time is possible, and though there isn’t any kind of hard evidence that proves human beings can time travel, these photos of celebrities alongside what appear to be them in other time periods will sure make you wonder.

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Is It Even Christmas If You Haven’t Seen Die Hard Yet?

The Holiday Season is upon us and you know what that means – time to watch Die Hard! Your televisions and movie theaters are probably already flooded with cheesy Christmas movies, and the radio is just Mariah Carey’s “All I want For Christmas Is You,” but there’s one thing that we can all agree on, Die Hard is a perfect piece of holiday cheer. We know the debate has raged on for nearly 30 years: Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? We’ve done the leg work (watched Die Hard so many times we’ve lost count) and we have the definitive answer. Yippee ki-yay it’s Die Hard season!

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