Pilot Season

Pilot Season

There's a first time for everything! And this is a podcast all about the first (and sometimes last) episodes of TV shows. Your hosts Patrick and Alan look at everything from the humble beginnings of classic shows to the forgotten flops you were never meant to see.

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April 19, 2015

Did you know that Sam Raimi made a movie called Darkman? Well... There was also an attempt at a TV show based on Darkman - and we use the term "TV show" loosely. "HOW CAN THERE BE LAW WHEN THERE IS NO JUSTICE!?"

Listen   47:21

Pryde of the X-Men

April 11, 2015

So now it's Alan's turn to play expert as we dive into comic based pilots! This week Pryde of the X-Men the 1989 X-Men pilot with Australian Wolverine. He hates kids.



Listen   50:47

Tag Team

April 05, 2015

We finish up our month of Wrestling based pilots with Tag Team - where Roddy Piper and Jessie Ventura are a tag team banned from wrestling for not throwing a match who become unlikely cops.

Plus we start our rankings of all the pilots we've watch so far!

Listen   58:47

Star Trek - "The Cage" (w/Leon Thomas)

March 25, 2015

Leon Thomas of Renegade Cut joins us ahead of the revival of his series Attack of the Trek to talk about the original Star Trek pilot "The Cage". There's no Kirk, no McCoy, no Chekov not even a Yeoman Rand in sight. But we do get a disturbingly emotive Spock, a Doctor with a medical bag filled with booze, a female first officer and a guy who just stands by the turbo lift for no reason.

Listen   44:42

WWF Shotgun Saturday Night

March 20, 2015

This week we take a look at the debut episode of Shotgun Saturday Night! This was the WWF's attempt at doing an edgey, late night show and it's totally culturally sensitive and not at all denigrating to women.

Listen   65:39

Wrestling Society X

March 16, 2015

This week Alan returns and goes in blind to his first wrestling programme in over a decade. It's Wrestling Society X - MTV's over eager hyper active attempt at a wrestling show.

Listen   39:55

The XWF (w/Jason Mann)

March 06, 2015

It's the road to WrestleMania so what better way to celebrate then looking at failed attempts at wrestling TV shows? This week Alan tags out to be replaced by Jason Mann who is the host of Wrestlespective, The Alfred Hitchcast and The Over and Back podcast. Patrick and Jason get IN YOUR FACE as they talk about the XWF.


Listen   65:21

Mystery Science Theater 3000

March 04, 2015

OK, so we're slightly cheating this week. Since there's no full pilot available for MST3K we're going to be looking at the 4th episode of the original Mystery Science Theater 3000 series from Minneapolis-St. Paul area channel KTMA TV 23. Also this is the first time we look at the humble beginnings of a show that would go on to be become a classic series.Theme: Hustle by Kevin McLeod (http://incompetech.com)

Listen   39:58

Heatvision and Jack

February 21, 2015

After a 2 week hiatus because Alan went to China for a holiday, Pilot Season returns! And the recording of this podcast was the first time our hosts had spoken since his return. So, naturally, this weeks show includes a brief discussion of a China and tobogganing down The Great Wall of China. After that we get into the 1999 pilot Heat Vision and Jack. It's a pastiche of shows like The Six Million Dollar Man, Knight Rider and The Incredible Hulk that was co-created by Dan Harmon, starring Jack Black as a solar powered genius, Owen Wilson as his  motorcycle Heat Vision and Ron Silver as Ron Silver, actor and NASA  agent out to get Jack's super powered brain.

Theme: Hustle by Kevin McLeod  (http://incompetech.com)

Listen   35:05

Clarissa Now

January 31, 2015

This week we talk about the pilot for the failed spin off to the series Clarrissa Explains It All. Melissa Joan Hart's Clarissa Darling is 18, she's in New York and she's got an internship at a newspaper. ... That's about it. There may be tangents.

Listen   26:57

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