Chris and Grimes dig deep into the world of television pilot episodes. We don't talk about episode 2. We hate second episodes.
July 19th, 2018 | Season 3 | 44 mins 28 secs
comedy central, pilot episode, pilot tv, television, tv podcast
"Reno 911!," the cult "Cops" spoof, is the subject of Episode 68 of Pilot Study. This begins a dive into some of the more memorable programming choices in the history of Comedy Central. Chris and Grimes talk the unaired pilot and the program's history at Fox, using the "blurry face" to their advantage, and more.
Note: The pilot is available at the Comedy Central website.
Note 2: "The State" ran for 4 seasons ('93-'95)
May 28th, 2018 | Season 3 | 41 mins 33 secs
abc, pilot episode, podcast, scrubs, television podcast, tv podcast, zach braff
"Alex, Inc.," the (loose) adaptation of Alex Blumberg's "StartUp" podcast, is the newest series opening to be dissected on Pilot Study. Chris and Grimes discuss Zach Braff's return to network TV, the utilization of real-life investor Chris Sacca, and Pilot Study categories like Most Pilot-y Moment and MVP.
April 15th, 2018 | Season 3 | 49 mins 44 secs
fox, john mulaney, mulaney, television, tv pilot, tv podcast
Pilot Study returns with a look at "Mulaney," the John Mulaney Fox pilot that was cancelled following its first season. Chris and Grimes discuss a poorly written female lead, botched sitcom stereotypes and more.
January 15th, 2018 | Season 3 | 1 hr 1 min
amc, breaking bad, bryan cranston, emmy, pilot, pilot episode, television, tv
"Well technically, podcasting is the study of matter. But I prefer to see it as the study of change."
On its 10-year anniversary, the Pilot Study crew talks "Breaking Bad" and its depiction of Walter White's first steps into anti-hero territory. Assisted by Andrew Bloom (The Andrew Blog, Consequence of Sound), we talk the show's inception and pitch process, some casting what-ifs, and wonder if "Wipe Down This" would be an appropriate title change for this episode.
For longtime listeners of the pod, you'll notice improved sound quality (finally!) and some structure changes. New year, new Pilot Study.
"Well, that's all of life, right?"
December 26th, 2017 | Season 3 | 1 hr 6 mins
anti-hero, fox, peak tv, television, tv podcast
"It's a show for no one."
The newest episode of Pilot Study takes on the short-lived Fox drama, "Profit." An attempt at Peak TV before Peak TV, the title character of Jim Profit (really giving away his goals with that fake moniker) attempts to scheme his way up the corporate ladder. Oh...btw, he makes out with his stepmom a bunch and sleeps in a cardboard box.
November 26th, 2017 | Season 3 | 48 mins 32 secs
amc, halt and catch fire, pilot episode, television, tv, tv podcast
Podcasts aren't the thing. They're the thing that gets us to the thing.
The spiritual successor to AMC's "Mad Men" wasn't a ratings bonanza, but grew into a critically-adored, cult hit. The pilot for "Halt and Catch Fire" is the next to be dissected on Pilot Study, including talk on its beautiful title sequence, the "Power Move Power Rankings" of Joe MacMillan, and much more.
November 10th, 2017 | Season 3 | 46 mins 38 secs
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Tonight, on a "very special" Pilot Study.
Chris and Grimes welcome comedian and writer Brock Wilbur to the program to discuss the pilot of "Clone High." From its all-timer of a theme song, to the crazy circumstances surrounding its cancellation, we dive deep into the MTV animated program.
Correction: Bill Lawrence was not involved in "The Drew Carey Show" (but he was a creator on "Spin City"). We apologize for the error.
October 26th, 2017 | Season 3 | 49 mins 20 secs
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If you're gonna rip off X-Files, you better do it right.
Craig Robinson and Adam Scott get their long-awaited "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" reunion (thank you IMDB trivia) in "Ghosted," the new Fox half-hour comedy. Alan Miller, horror superfan, joins us, helping deliver....well, it's not exactly a love fest.
October 9th, 2017 | Season 3 | 46 mins 29 secs
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You better listen to this podcast....by sundown.
On the newest episode of Pilot Study, Chris and Grimes talk "Curb Your Enthusiasm," the long-running, recently restarted HBO comedy. Beginning with the mockumentary before the show, the hosts also talk the program's music and the magic of its improvised nature.
Listen to this podcast. The relationship's at stake.
September 22nd, 2017 | Season 3 | 57 mins 43 secs
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Step into a world where twins cannot simply look alike, but where twins have the exact same mustache. Step into the world of "The Deuce." Chris and Grimes talk the newest HBO drama from David Simon, along with the idea of Franco twins, a pilot without the show's hook, and of course, the half-smoke sausage.
At the end, we name our Pilot Study MVP for the episode.
September 13th, 2017 | Season 3 | 50 mins 44 secs
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Podcast listeners. Take your position in our roped off "Podcast Listeners" section. In the newest Pilot Study, the crew talks David Lynch and Mark Frost's "Twin Peaks" follow-up, "On The Air." Alan Miller joins to talk the quickly canceled sitcom, what Lynch finds funny (hint, he LOVES communication breakdowns), and fan-favorite Blinky.
September 10th, 2017 | Season 3 | 37 mins 7 secs
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The Pilot Study crew, joined by Nick Spacek (From & Inspired By) talk the newest iteration of "The Tick," which recently premiered its first 6 episodes on Amazon. They compare it to the previous Fox live action series, talk the increased attention on Arthur and mental health, along with much more.
September 1st, 2017 | Season 3 | 39 mins 50 secs
comedy central, pilot episode, south park, television, tv
Chris and Grimes dive into South Park's debut episode, "Cartman Gets An Anal Probe." It begins with a story about Grimes' high school popularity (it was very situational, let's be honest), while then getting into the program's history, some of the weird moments present, and a dismissive Hollywood Reporter review.
August 29th, 2017 | Season 3 | 38 mins 14 secs
modern vinyl, netflix, pilot, pilot episode, television, the state, tv, wet hot american summer
The Pilot Study crew discusses the newest addition to the "Wet Hot American Summer" mythology, the "10 Years Later" Netflix sequel. Here we talk how successful each character has become in their "Wet Hot" lives (and if that's a good thing), we obsess over JJ's video store, and Chris tries to compare it to "The Hobbit."
August 24th, 2017 | Season 3 | 40 mins 12 secs
cbs, how i met your mother, neil patrick harris, pilot episode, pilot study, sitcom, television
Pilot Study is back with an episode on the long-running CBS series "How I Met Your Mother." We dig into the first 20 minutes for the 5 main characters, tackling who gets the best pilot and why Ted is so annoying. As usual, you'll get some history of the show's development and reviews.
July 11th, 2017 | Season 3 | 30 mins 26 secs
Today's episode features our discussion on the 1974 "Land of The Lost" pilot.