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Failed TV pilots that paved the way for breakout hits

Had these pilots been given the green light, we might have been without Breaking Bad, 24, Hannibal, Community and more…

It’s not all grumble and moan round here when TV networks decline to pick up pilots. Sometimes, we’re even grateful.

Hindsight teaches that every so often, passing on a particular show is the best thing a channel could have done. Not ordering one pilot to series spurs its creators on to start another, and frees up its cast to join new projects.

Had the failures below all thrived, there’s a chance we could now be living in a world with no Breaking Bad, Hannibal, or even South Park. Had these pilots gone on to enjoy healthy, lengthy lives, then Jack Bauer, Oberyn Martell, Chandler Bing and more might all be unrecognisable today.

Here then, are the TV pilots we’re grateful weren’t taken to series because their
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ICM Partners Signs Author Nelson DeMille

Exclusive: ICM Partners has bagged a big one. The agency’s publishing department has signed Nelson DeMille, the author of 15 bestselling novels. He was repped forever by Nick Ellison, but I’m told they quietly parted ways awhile ago. DeMille routinely sells millions of books with bestsellers By The Rivers Of Babylon, Cathedral, The Talbot Odyssey, Word Of Honor, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, The General’s Daughter, Spencerville, Plum Island, The Lion’s Game, Up Country, Night Fall, Wild Fire, The Gate House, and The Lion. He also co-authored Mayday with Thomas Block. DeMille is one of those authors who has made a ton of movie option deals, only to see most of them languish in development hell. The John Travolta-starrer The General’s Daughter was the one big feature (the 1999 film grossed $143 million worldwide). His books Mayday and Word Of Honor were turned into telepics. Sony
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ICM Partners Signs Author Nelson DeMille

ICM Partners Signs Author Nelson DeMille
Exclusive: ICM Partners has bagged a big one. The agency’s publishing department has signed Nelson DeMille, the author of 15 bestselling novels. He was repped forever by Nick Ellison, but I’m told they quietly parted ways awhile ago. DeMille routinely sells millions of books with bestsellers By The Rivers Of Babylon, Cathedral, The Talbot Odyssey, Word Of Honor, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, The General’s Daughter, Spencerville, Plum Island, The Lion’s Game, Up Country, Night Fall, Wild Fire, The Gate House, and The Lion. He also co-authored Mayday with Thomas Block. DeMille is one of those authors who has made a ton of movie option deals, only to see most of them languish in development hell. The John Travolta-starrer The General’s Daughter was the one big feature (the 1999 film grossed $143 million worldwide). His books Mayday and Word Of Honor were turned into telepics. Ipg
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'Housewives' leads double win, but CBS' 'Case' hot

ABC steamrolled the competition again Sunday with its murderer's row of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy. Housewives led the charge for the network, with 26.7 million viewers and an 11.8 rating/26 share in adults 18-49 demographic turning out for the second episode of the series' sophomore season, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. The show didn't quite match its own season-premiere numbers from last week, but it came close and still had enough pull to beat the 18-49 numbers of its broadcast competition combined, including NBC's Law & Order: Criminal Intent (12 million, 3.3/7) and the first hour of CBS' telepic thriller Mayday (10.5 million, 2.6/6). ABC's spike with Housewives was bookended at 8 p.m. by Extreme Makeover (14.2 million, 5.8/15) and at 10 p.m. by Grey's Anatomy (18 million, 8.3/20).

ABC Sunday lineup crushes competition

ABC steamrolled the competition again Sunday with its murderer's row of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy. Housewives led the charge for the network with 26.7 million viewers and 11.8 rating/26 share in adults 18-49 demographic turning out for the second episode of the series' sophomore season. The show didn't quite match its own season premiere numbers from last week, but it came close and still had enough pull to beat the 18-49 numbers of its broadcast competition combined, including NBC's Law & Order: Criminal Intent (12 million, 3.3/7) and the first hour of CBS' telepic thriller Mayday (10.5 million, 2.6/6). ABC's spike with Housewives was bookended at 8 p.m. by Extreme Makeover (14.2 million, 5.8/15) and at 10 p.m. by Grey's Anatomy (18 million, 8.3/20).

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