Global Frequency: the best show that never was?

Sometimes, pilot episodes lead to a series getting picked up by a network and running for years and years. Sometimes, they don't.

Global Frequency

I’ve never seen a pilot that hasn’t led to a series; this is a new experience for me, definitely. After seeing the amount of pilots this year from TV.com, and the respective amounts of ones that get picked up, I’m not surprised that this show didn’t get picked up, but I’d like to know what was so good in 2005, that this was passed on.

I got passed this show out of the blue, and didn’t know what I was viewing until I researched it. I wasn’t expecting much, I rarely would of this kind of experience, but I am unhappy to say, it was fantastic. An ex-cop is dropped into this strange and confusing world called the Global Frequency, an underground network of information swapping world saving people. It is fantastically executed, written and directed, and with a cast as good as any other show around, this one should be picked up, without a doubt.

It has that wonderful ‘man who knew nothing’ feel to it, an Alias swagger and coolness, a fantastic Bond, Mission Impossible and 24 mix-up and an interesting Heroes underbelly. Sound like a confusing mix? It should be, but trust me when I say, It ain’t. This man is pulled into this new and urban-mythical place, and it feels like the viewer is too. If this the right marketing strategy was behind it? This should and could rightfully join the ranks of Lost, Heroes and 24 as the biggest shows in the US.

John Rogers, the show’s writer and executive producer loved the fact that it gave the show a new breath of life and was looking to use it as leeway to give the show a second chance, by releasing the pilot on DVD. “If that’s successful, that’s a pretty good argument to pick up the show,” he said. The WB however, had a hissy fit.

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“Whether the pilot was picked up or not, it is still the property of Warner Bros. Entertainment and we take the protection of all of our intellectual property seriously,” said Craig Hoffman, a company spokesman. “While Warner Bros. Entertainment values feedback from consumers, copyright infringement is not a productive way to try to influence a corporate decision.”

To me, this whole ‘leaked pilot’ thing is amazing. Not only does it become a talking point all over the internet, thus giving networks a kick up the arse (or ass, depending on your continent), but it serves as something brilliant, the chance to let the viewer, the recipient of the end product that networks serve, the chance to give their view on the programs. And it seems like they made a giant mistake.