Pilot Study



Chris and Grimes dig deep into the world of television pilot episodes. We don't talk about episode 2. We hate second episodes.


  • Reno 911!

    Reno 911!

    19/07/2018 Duración: 44min

    "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).

  • Alex, Inc.

    Alex, Inc.

    28/05/2018 Duración: 41min

    "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. Note: You can watch the pilot through ABC.go.com for free.

  • Mulaney


    15/04/2018 Duración: 49min

    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 the Pilot Study categories of Title Talk, Pilot Study MVP, Name Change and Most Pilot-y Moment. Note: The Griffin Newman part from the previous pilot was not just recast. He was originally cast as someone named "Seymour." Courtesy of Deadline Hollywood: "Gould and Pedrad will reprise their roles, while Smith’s character Motif will now be one of John’s roommates, replacing Seymour, played in the pilot by Griffin Newman. Zack Pearlman has been cast for a newly conceived character that wasn’t in the pilot." And they even have an old cast photo: https://tinyurl.com/yd34gepo Note 2: Of course that's Ice T in the title sequence. Confirmed. Book it. Note 3: The first line Elliott Gould speaks? "Oh, hello." The name of the broadway play that Mulaney wrote and starred in with Nick Kroll. Note 4: The episode is a

  • Breaking Bad

    Breaking Bad

    15/01/2018 Duración: 01h01min

    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. Special Guest: Andrew Bloom.

  • Profit


    27/12/2017 Duración: 01h06min

    "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. Special Guest: Brock Wilbur.

  • Halt and Catch Fire

    Halt and Catch Fire

    26/11/2017 Duración: 48min

    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.

  • Clone High

    Clone High

    10/11/2017 Duración: 46min

    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. Special Guest: Brock Wilbur.

  • Ghosted


    26/10/2017 Duración: 49min

    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. Special Guest: Alan Miller.

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm

    Curb Your Enthusiasm

    09/10/2017 Duración: 46min

    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.

  • The Deuce

    The Deuce

    22/09/2017 Duración: 57min

    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.

  • On The Air

    On The Air

    13/09/2017 Duración: 50min

    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. We also do some reviews and a round of "Spin-off." Note: There's some background noise in the first 10-15 minutes. It's not too distracting, but we apologize. Also, Miguel Ferrer's last name is actually pronounced "Fa-rare."

  • The Tick (2017)

    The Tick (2017)

    10/09/2017 Duración: 37min

    The Pilot Study chums, joined by Nick Spacek (From & Inspired By), talk the newest iteration of "The Tick," which recently premiered its first 6 episodes on Amazon. The Flag 3 compare it to the previous Fox live action series, talk the increased attention on Arthur and mental health, along with much more. NEAT!

  • South Park

    South Park

    01/09/2017 Duración: 39min

    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.

  • Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later

    Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later

    29/08/2017 Duración: 38min

    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 the show to "The Hobbit."

  • Episode 54: How I Met Your Mother

    Episode 54: How I Met Your Mother

    24/08/2017 Duración: 40min

    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.

  • Episode 53: Land Of The Lost

    Episode 53: Land Of The Lost

    11/07/2017 Duración: 30min

    Today's episode features our discussion on the 1974 "Land of The Lost" pilot. We talk its unexpectedly required theme, if the show is weird enough to actually revisit, and much, much more. This concludes our "Saturday Morning" theme month.

  • Episode 52: Bill  Teds Excellent Adventures

    Episode 52: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures

    29/06/2017 Duración: 33min

    We continue our "Saturday Morning" theme month with a look at CBS's animation version of the Bill & Ted franchise. The two season show, starring the real Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, begins with an episode titled "One Sweet and Sour Chinese Adventure to Go." On the back end, we continue our extended Saturday Morning talk, discussing our favorite Pop-Tart flavors. Watch the pilot here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60kqk0Z_cWM

  • Episode 51: Saved By The Bell

    Episode 51: Saved By The Bell

    14/06/2017 Duración: 39min

    We continue our "Saturday Morning" theme month with a look at NBC's "Saved By The Bell." We talk the history of the show, and its beginnings with "Good Morning, Miss Bliss," along with the pilot's Zack/Jessie relationship and of course, some title talk. On the back end, we continue our extended Saturday Morning talk (27:52), discussing discontinued cereal products.

  • Episode 50: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

    Episode 50: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

    05/06/2017 Duración: 57min

    Today we kick off both season 3 and our "Saturday Morning" theme month with "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers." Joined by guest Michael Escanuelas (@missingartwork), we talk the show's numerous connections to "Zyuranger," Zack's constant dancing and of course, the terrifying-as-hell putty patrol.

  • Episode 49: The Life  Times of Tim/The Leftovers

    Episode 49: The Life & Times of Tim/The Leftovers

    30/04/2017 Duración: 01h40s

    The newest episode of Pilot Study and our season finale features talk on both "The Life & Times Of Tim" and "The Leftovers." In this finale, the co-hosts each suggest a show for one another, while Chris and Grimes then talk the pilots. Will either of them continue on to episode 2? See you in season 3, beginning on May 23.

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