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Five Great TV Pilots That Became Terrible Shows
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Five Great TV Pilots That Became Terrible Shows

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"desperate housewives"

2004

Underneath its smooth, botoxed surface, the pilotwhich began with a woman tidying up her house before shooting herself in the headhinted at a dark, trashy tale of domestic frustrations.

4

“cop rock"

1990

This show about policemen who break into song and dance every few minutesits composer went on to write the soundtrack for Toy Storywas so bizarrely ambitious that it worked. But only for one hour. Totally awful after that.

3

“glee"

2009

With its manic mix of waterboarding jokes and power ballads, this pilot raced through more plot in 47 minutes than some shows cover in a season. The episode was a perfect balance of caustic and sincere; unfortunately, “Glee” has long since toned down the Electionesque satire in favor of a cheesy after-school-special shtick.

2

“the newsroom"

2012

All of Aaron Sorkin’s famous flaws were there: flighty women, smug moralizing, toothless media criticism. But with one electric sequencedepicting a newscast coming together“The Newsroom” briefly seemed like a show that wouldn’t rely on Coldplay songs for emotional depth.”

1

“studio 60 on the sunset strip"

2006

Sorkin can certainly write a pilot. Six years before “The Newsroom,” he opened his behind-the-scenes look at late-night comedy with a riveting, threeminute tirade (taken wholesale from Network, but never mind). What came nextunfunny sketches and thinly veiled references to Sorkin’s ex-girlfriendsearned this gloriously terrible series its place in the annals of hate-watching.

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