Last year, comedian-actress Sarah Silverman made a comedy pilot for NBC called 'Susan 313.' Unfortunately, like most pilots, the network failed to give it the green light. Unlike most pilots, however, this one will actually see the light of the day, thanks to YouTube.
In what's usually not kosher within the TV industry, Twentieth Century Fox, the studio behind the pilot, gave Silverman permission to post the entire thing on her YouTube channel on Oct. 22. Now fans of the comedian can determine for themselves whether NBC was correct with its decision.
'Susan 313' follows a woman (Silverman) who, after the breakup of her long-term relationship, moves into a new apartment and mingles with the other people who live there. Of course they also happen to be funny and quirky since Tig Notaro, June Diane Raphael, Harris Wittels, Eddie Pepitone, and Jeff Goldblum round out the cast.
The unveiling of Silverman's failed pilot follows in the footsteps of Greg Garcia's recent online posting of his single-camera pilot, 'Super Clyde,' which CBS declined to pick up. As in Silverman's case, Garcia was also given permission to show off his comedy in which a comic lover/fast-food worker (Rupert Grint) inherits a fortune from an uncle and embarks on a new life as a superhero with the help of his butler (Stephen Fry).
Well, you know what they say: one network's trash is YouTube's gain. Or something like that.