The story of a TV pilot as it goes through the Network TV process of casting, production and finally airing.

Director:

Jake Kasdan

Writer:

Jake Kasdan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Mike Klein
Sigourney Weaver ... Lenny
Ioan Gruffudd ... Richard McCallister
Judy Greer ... Alice
Fran Kranz ... Zach Harper
Lindsay Sloane ... Laurel Simon
Justine Bateman ... Natalie Klein
Lucy Davis ... Chloe McCallister
Willie Garson ... Brian
M.C. Gainey ... Hutch
Wendle Josepher ... A.D.
Phil Rosenthal ... Exec. #1 / Cooper
David Doty David Doty ... Exec. #2 / Rose
Matt Price ... Exec. #3 / Berg
Simon Helberg ... TJ Goldman
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Storyline

A television network is making a pilot of Mike's quirky comedy based on the aftermath of his brother's suicide. As the network suits ask for change after change, and as Mike struggles with compromise, there are strains on families, execs who show rushes to their children, leads who feel each other out, and assistants who put a smile on everything. Can an honest show get made in the world of reality TV chasing an audience of teen-aged boys? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A place where dreams are canceled

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The role of Lenny was written with Ben Stiller in mind. See more »

Quotes

Lenny: [to a colleague whose spouse has moved out] Spouses are not necessarily a fixture of the schedule.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits an elimination round from the fictional reality show "Slut Wars" plays, featuring Seth Green as the host. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Californication: The Devil's Threesome (2007) See more »

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Sheri
Written and Performed by Stanley Turrentine
Courtesy of Time Records
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Sad But True
18 April 2007 | by shark-43See all my reviews

I can see how this film might not be for everybody, but I make my living writing for television and this movie is actually pretty dead on. The satire works because I felt they keep it real. Stuff that might seem absurd I have seen happen (actually real stuff that happens in the development of a pilot would make people shout at the screen and say "come on - that couldn't happen!!). The film is very well cast - everyone from Lindsay Sloane to Ion Gruffudd give strong performances. Many of my fellow writers begged me to see it, so I finally went and I thought Kasdan does an excellent job. But the film could pretty much play like a documentary - without fail, the nets will almost instantly try and change the ONE thing about a project that makes it unique - they want it to be like everything else (Weaver's character has the great line - "it seems original and original scares me!"). It is a real marathon filled with danger to get a pilot sold, then possibly get it filmed, then edited, then tested and then through literally winning a lottery - getting it on the air!! But at the end of the day - it is the viewers who decide what stays on - if something gets numbers, it stays - if it doesn't - it goes. And every now and then a unique and smart show will get on the air and more times than not - no one will watch it. Viewers SAY they want something different, but most of the time when you try to do that - they go "what the hell is this?? This is too different" and then they go back to watching Jim Belushi.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,531, 8 April 2007

Gross USA:

$265,198

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$265,198
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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