What happened to all the 'leaked' pilots this year?

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  1. Sep 9, 2011 #1 of 14
    TonyTheTiger

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    Last year and previously, there were a number of 'leaked' pilots for new show floating around on the 'net. Many, if not all of these were almost certainly released by the studios to help create buzz for the shows.

    This year I haven't seen anything about any pre-releases, authorized or otherwise. Have I just been asleep or did the studios decide that it didn't work?
     
  2. Sep 9, 2011 #2 of 14
    dowalker

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    Maybe because there are not any good shows this year?

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  3. Sep 9, 2011 #3 of 14
    TonyTheTiger

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    Precisely my thinking!
     
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    mwhip

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    I think it was always the studios "leaking" them thinking if they got out more of their shows would be embraced. I think they figured out "leaking" them does not help one way or another...if it sucks it sucks.
     
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    sieglinde

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    The worst thing is sometimes the pilot is not very good and the show turns out to be alright. 30 Rock comes to mind. I watched the pilot and said "meh" and everyone I know who watches the show is still enjoying it.
     
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    Maui

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    At this stage, pilots are in the can and ready to air. It would be nice to be able to catch some prior to the start of the season. Because once the season starts I prbably won't have the time or inclination to sample them all.

    3 or 4 years ago I remember when Amazon had free previews of Chuck, Life and Bionic Woman. I watched them all and that got me to watching them during the regular season. I think not releasing pilots a little early in some form is a mistake. Put them on Amazon, Hulu or iTunes and give people a chance to sample them on their own schedule before they are aired against more established shows.
     
  7. Sep 9, 2011 #7 of 14
    dylanemcgregor

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    I just checked Amazon today to see if they had any of the pilots available. I ended up buying a number of episodes of Chuck after that promotion. More recently I got hooked on The Killing thinks to the free promo, and ended up buying the whole season through Amazon. I'm pretty sure Terriers was also offered free and ended up buying the whole thing. I don't have cable, so free pilots are pretty much the only way I'll end up sampling a new show.
     
  8. aadam101

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    Last summer while staying in a hotel, their OnDemand had the Raising Hope and Lonestar pilots. It did nothing for Lonestar. I think Raising Hope would have done just fine without the early release.

    I think we can safely assume that is was the networks who were leaking them in the past. You think they all got together and decided not to do it this year?
     
  9. Graymalkin

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    TiVo offered a pre-release of "New Girl," the new FOX comedy with Zooey Deschanel.
     
  10. allan

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    ^This!
     
  11. aadam101

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    How do I get it?
     
  12. Maui

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    Comcast had it on their On Demand section. I watched it a few days ago.
     
  13. lew

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    I always thought it was the opposite. Bad shows, meaning shows that are likely to get panned by the critics, are candidates for being "leaked" Hope to get good word of mouth prior to the reviews.

    Maybe the idea of encouraging non-traditional methods of viewing shows, PC and Amazon for example, isn't in the networks (current) interest.
     
  14. DevdogAZ

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    The problem is that in today's culture, it's all about the ratings for the pilot episode. The entertainment media will immediately report a show that bombed in the ratings and the show will be dead in the water. Therefore, no execs* are willing to cannibalize the audience for their pilots.

    *Except for the FOX execs, but they know that because The New Girl is airing after Glee, it will get a huge sampling anyway, regardless of whether they leak it early or not.
     

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