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When Do You Start Caring About TV Pilots?

TV pilot season was slow to start up because of the strike this year, but now it's definitely in full swing. It seems like you can't look at the Internet without seeing news of another casting for the 90210 spinoff — today's is the totally adorable Jessica Stroup of Reaper and Prom Night, who will play video blogger Daphne Silver — and Joss Whedon's highly anticipated Dollhouse already has its own fully functional fan community. Things will probably only get crazier in a couple of weeks, once the networks hold their Upfronts and announce which Fall pilots are a go.

Some people are early adopters who become interested in TV projects based on concepts and cast alone; others have to wait until the show is actually on the air to start caring. So, where do you fall?


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LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 8 years
It depends how interested I think I'm going to be in the show...
geohiker geohiker 9 years
I don't usually care too much until they air (although I do read descriptions as the fall season starts to see what looks interesting). The big exception is Joss Whedon - I'll watch anything he puts out, any time!
ehadams ehadams 9 years
I usually do a little research before they air to find out what the new shows are about and when they are on. Then I plan out my viewing schedule and see how it goes.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i dunno. i decided to watch a bunch last time and all the shows, save private practice and pushing daisies that i liked (like jezebel james!) got cancelled or i just ended up not having time to watch... plus, maybe this next time around i'll wait to see what you (Buzz!) have to say about shows once they've gone on the air...although this 90210 thing has quite the buzz already.
angelcakesugar angelcakesugar 9 years
With the way things are cancelled left and right for shows like 'Farmer takes a Wife' and other ridiculous nonsense (still peeved about CW's 'brilliant' idea to cancel Veronica Mars), I don't care about pilots until they've got three years on the air and a commitment to a fourth season pickup. I'm already too far in with Gossip Girl to be anything but disappointed by that shows new low numbers since they've taken it off line and moved it to Mondays. So pilots, smilots. I'll watch them but know they're not going anywhere but off into half season land. I was watching Buffy season 1 on and it occurred to me that Buffy was a MIDSEASON replacement on the old WB. And yet the network had faith in it and look how long it ran. The only reason it went to UPN was because it was too high a budget for WB to continue. If Buffy had started now in mid sesason, it would've been gone probably after the first episode.
Kazagirl Kazagirl 9 years
Truthfully I don't care much for pilots. Many of them get canceled after the first few weeks anyway so why get attached. I may like the idea of a show but I never get excited. I usually don't start watching new shows until they are in their second or thirds season. I would just hate to get attached to a show and have it be canceled.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i usually only get really excited when i know that the show is going to premier. i think that there are so many shows that are talked about that i'm not going to get into it if i don't know that they are coming.....
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