Scent of the Missing not picked up by TNT

20 Jun 2012
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Bad news. According to Dealine, TNT has not picked up Scent of the Missing; at the time of the UpFronts in May, TNT planned to keep the search-and-rescue drama pilot in contention and shoot a few more procedural pilots before making a decision after seing them all.
Apparently TNT has decided to not move forward with Scent of the Missing and deprive the fans of seing Tricia Helfer and Summer Glau on screen together, we can only hope that producer, working on an alternative solution to broadcast the pilot in one form or another.
However, Summer Glau will guest star in an upcoming episode of Alphas and we look forward to what she's going to be doing in the coming year.
Total comments: 10
  Message #1 | chrisdvanne | 20 Jun 2012, 11:35 GMT

Sad puppy biggrin

Thanks for the sense of humour! It's bad news of course but that's how tv works, ask Josh Friedman whose latest pilot "The Asset" has been rejected by FOX.
Summer Glau is a great actress, beloved by millions of fans and i have no doubt that she will land in other projects very soon.

  Message #2 | The1Russter | 20 Jun 2012, 15:54 GMT

As a fan I am so disappointed. I was looking forward to seeing this series. We'll never see the pilot now. They should have made a movie based on the book instead as a back-door pilot. Then more people would have been happy and money could be made off the project. Now it will just sit on a shelf gathering dust, marked as a loss in accounting, and no-one will have seen this novel brought to life on the screen. And we will never see Summer Glau's performance either.

I don't know if you ever had something like it on TV in France, but a long time ago there was a series in America that aired pilots of TV shows that never made it to series. It was fun to watch as you got to see a very wide range of programs. It would be nice if a program like that was resurrected for all these pilots. Networks, broadcast or cable, might discover there is an audience for that series they decided not to make after all.

  Message #3 | chrisdvanne | 20 Jun 2012, 16:06 GMT

I never heard about such a program but that would have been interesting indeed; also it could have been the opportunity to showcase a rejected pilot to other medias, kinda like what they did for Josh Friedman's pilot "Locke&Key" at last year Comic Con.

  Message #4 | chrisdvanne | 20 Jun 2012, 19:24 GMT

I'm not the kind of guy who spends his time lamenting or speculating on what Scent of the Missing could have been for Summer Glau; but i think TNT's decision needs a few explanations.

The quality of the pilot, the story or the acting is not to blamed; to make short, TNT would probably have picked it up any other year but they had higher profile shows in development this year, that's all.

Original programs like Scent of the Missing are considered risky by the channels, not only TNT; they will always prefer a franchise (tv show, movie, novels, authors) with an already existing fanbase to a new program with little buzz attached to it.

Let's see what kind of shows SotM was competing with :

First TNT ordered David E. Kelley's medical drama "Monday Mornings" to series, starring Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica); Kelley is behind hit show "Ally Mc Beal" but also old-skewing "Harry's Law (now cancelled) or Wonder Woman Pilot (not picked up).

There's also high profile L.A. Noir, the new pilot from former Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont, starring former Heroes Milo Ventimiglia; if it has not been ordered to series yet, it has a "strong pickup buzz".

King and Maxwell: Based on author David Baldacci's popular characters Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, the ex-PIs are former Secret Service agents who use and their unique skill set (not to mention their razor-sharp chemistry) to get a leg up on suspects and conventional law enforcement. Baldacci will consult executive producer Shane Brennan (NCIS: Los Angeles).

The Last Ship: The action-adventure drama is based on the novel by William Brinkley and revolves around the crew of a naval destroyer that is forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic decimates most of Earth's population. Michael Bay (Transformers!!!) will direct the pilot if it is greenlighted and executive produce.

Tom Clancy's Homeland Security: The event-based procedural written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Medium) and set in Tom Clancy's world of espionage pits a select team of domestic intelligence operatives against enemies from within and without, from narco-traffickers and nuclear terrorists to cyber-criminals and human smugglers. Clancy will exec produce alongside Michael Ovitz, Grillo-Marxuach and Chris George.

Legends: The action drama hails from Homeland's Howard Gordon, Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Mark Bomback (24) and is based on the novel by Robert Littell that follows Martin, an operative who has an uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job. His own identity, meanwhile, comes into question when a mysterious stranger suggests that Martin isn’t who he thinks he is.

And there's a few more; as you can see, TNT is partnering with some of the biggest names in Hollywood and relies on Novels from authors who have sold millions of books.

And if you're not convinced, seing how TNT's Dallas reboot performed last week may help you understand why TNT has quickened its decision to pass on SotM; the Dallas reboot gathered 6.9 million viewers for its premiere, ranking as the number 1 scripted series premiere on all of cable for this year.

As a conclusion, big names don't guaranty that the show will be a success but it helps the networks making the decision because broadcasting is a gamble and they have the feeling big names will reduce the risk.

  Message #5 | Alex | 20 Jun 2012, 20:25 GMT

Hello all. I have been away for awhile, working on some freelance gigs. I have a bit more time and I thought I would jump right back in.

I am very sorry to hear that Summer did not get to work her screen magic. We are all the poorer for this.

I recently listened to the Nerdist podcast which is based on panel interviews of writers, producers, and others involved in television programs. Josh Friedman and others were interviewed on the topic of pilots not picked up. From what the panelists said, it appears to be quite a brutal season for failed pilots and cancelled series. There seems to be a huge disconnect between what the network executives say they want and what they end up approving.

Friedman makes the point, and I am paraphrasing, that while the executives are very keen to launch a pilot based on a premise that the show creators put forth, it is quite a different story altogether when they screen the completed pilot for the executives and other people from the network. It seems to me, as a complete outsider, that the executives lack the courage of their initial convictions and thus pilots do not get picked up.

This is not, I believe, intended to say that the executives are doing a bad job nor that they are evil. They are after all only human and they have a very difficult job to do that just happens to have millions of dollars of profit or loss hanging in the balance. Rather, it is probably that this system just works in a certain way, in an organic and evolved fashion and a central feature of this system is that they have to make tough decisions that disappoint many people.

Well, here's hoping Summer is resilient and that she knocks another ball out of the park when it comes to her next appearance in Alphas.

  Message #6 | chrisdvanne | 20 Jun 2012, 20:32 GMT

Hi Alex!
FOX passing over Josh Friedman's high profile pilot "The Asset" was a total surprise for me (and presumably for Josh himself) and illustrates your comment.

  Message #7 | brendan stallard | 20 Jun 2012, 20:45 GMT


If others want to listen to that podcast, it is Nerdist, Writers Panel, no 42.


  Message #8 | Alex | 20 Jun 2012, 21:02 GMT

Hi Chris. I really liked the idea behind "The Asset" too. To add to what you said, in two of the podcasts, Friedman talked about how this show featured a female who was a prostitute and a spy for the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He spoke of asking the executives over and over whether or not they were sure about this and they said yes, yes, yes. Likewise, he said that for "Locke and Key," he was told to make it as scary as possible which he did. He got burned on that too.

I can only believe that the entertainment industry is full of bright, creative people who put their hearts and souls on the line. If they are to survive they must be very, very tough which is why I remain hopeful that Summer will soldier on.

  Message #9 | Alex | 20 Jun 2012, 21:06 GMT

Thanks - it is a really interesting podcast.

  Message #10 | chrisdvanne | 20 Jun 2012, 21:13 GMT

Indeed, JF's shows are too dark for broadcast network; but hearing that network executives wanted them that way then change their mind afterwards must be frustrating.
I don't think the creative process was the problem in SotM case though.

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