FOX Opts Out of Navy Drama Pilot 'Wild Blue'


Aircraft Carrier


After ordering a pilot for and partially casting the drama 'Wild Blue,' it appears that FOX has gotten sea sick, opting to cancel the program's maiden voyage before it even left port.

'Wild Blue' was initially ordered to pilot with the intention of debuting the series during the 2012-2013 TV season, but as sometimes happens, the network decided to push it to "off-cycle" status. This means that development is delayed, and the show in question's chances of getting picked up shrink. It should be noted that this is not always a death sentence however. Current ABC comedies 'Trophy Wife' and 'Super Fun Night' are examples of two off-cycle pilots that eventually did get ordered to series. Unfortunately for 'Wild Blue,' FOX isn't being quite so accommodating

'Wild Blue' served as a look behind the scenes of a naval aircraft carrier, spotlighting both the high ranking commanding officers and the lower level recruits. 'Justified' producers Graham Yost and Michael Dinner oversaw the creation of the pilot, and Mykelti Williamson, Josh Salatin, Will Rothhaar, Alano Miller and Gina Rodriguez had all been cast as series regulars. FOX had been in heavy negotiations with country star/actor Tim McGraw to play the lead, but he ultimately dropped out.

The major factor in FOX passing on the project is that 'Wild Blue's pilot was intended to be shot on a real Navy aircraft carrier. No such carrier was available initially, and issues with getting access to one caused multiple production delays. With the cast's options all set to run out next week, FOX chose to cut its losses.

- The Wild Blue

Written by: msd85
Dec 24th, 2013, 12:12 pm

Department of Defense photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dusty Howell, U.S. Navy

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