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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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Did You Ever Notice These Actors Were Replaced On Your Favorite Shows?

The thing about television shows—especially long-running ones—is that they’re on the air for years at a time. Actors grow and develop, seek new opportunities and, as it relates to the younger among them, go off to college. It’s a perfectly natural thing that directors and producers regularly have to deal with, often through recasts and plot twists. One actor’s decision to quit a show can send shockwaves through a script, and fans are always along for the ride. Other times, minor characters are replaced and certain viewers might not even notice. Here are the television actors who were replaced like it was nothing—some of them are sure to surprise you.

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The Most Eccentric Demands Actors Have Slipped Into Their Contracts

Contrary to popular belief, being a Hollywood actor is a tough job. Yes, it often comes with perks that most people could only dream of—but when it comes down to it, getting in the right takes on set requires long hours of tireless work in often difficult circumstances. As such, when actors move their way up the food chain, they allow themselves to negotiate more than just compensation. The various demands actors slip into their contracts range from practical to outright hilarious. Read on to learn about wackiest things actors have demanded in order to agree to take a role.

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DCEU’s Batman Movie Has Changed Its Name

The DC Extended Universe has gotten off to a rocky start. Thanks to tonal issues, directors leaving projects left and right, and significant studio interference, it's hard to tell which reports about the upcoming slate of films are reliable. Despite being one of DC's top properties, even the upcoming Batman movie has struggled to find its feet. Though it has...

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