In the television industry a pilot is either a hit or a miss. If you want that show to get more episodes, a full season, or even to see the light of day, you have to do it right. Who knew that there were so many shows we know that did it wrong the first time?

Charmed


The power of three will set us free! One of the classic shows during the late 90s/early 2000s, this show began fairly different than how we know it. The biggest difference? Alyssa Milano wasn’t cast as Phoebe! Previously filmed with Lori Rom as the youngest sister, this pilot is just all sorts of wrong.

What else is different:

Halliwell Manor is called Warren Manner
Andy Trudeu is played by Chris Boyd instead of T.W. King
All the music in the unaired pilot is way more dramatic.
The show was actually shot in the manor they show, and only the attic was a sound stage because the real attic was locked. However in the aired pilot, all filming is moved to a sound-stage.

Where you can watch it: Youtube

Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Oh how we love vampires now, but back in the day? It was all about Buffy, who slayed them! Before Edward Cullen came a long and captivated millions of girls with his sparkling demeanor, Buffy empowered millions of girls with her ability to kick butt and changed the stereotypical woman protagonist on television. In this unaired pilot we see Buffy as a brunette and it’s only about 24 minutes long.

What else is different:

Sunnydale High was originally named Berryman High.
Riff Regan plays Willow instead of Alyson Hannigan.
The final battle happens in the school auditorium instead of a crypt.
Joyce Summers, Angel, and the Master are nowhere to be seen.
The iconic library is way larger and completely different.

Where you can watch it: YouTube

Big Bang Theory


Bazinga! The Big Bang Theory goes to show that no matter how smart you are, when it comes to attraction and relationships you can still be pretty darn stupid. One of the biggest and most noticeable difference is the replacement of Penny with Katie, and Sheldon being not asexual.

What else is different:

There’s no Howard, Rajesh, or Penny.
The girl in the show is named Katie, and she’s sexy, sarcastic, and very non-Penny.
Sheldon loves big butts and he cannot lie.
There’s no broken elevator!
Sheldon likes to dance.

Where you can watch it: VideoSift

Game of Thrones


You would think that being based off a book they couldn’t really have changed the pilot episode of this drama too much, but you’d be surprised. Originally Alfie Allen, who plays Theon Greyjoy, kept his own blonde hair for the pilot. However in the aired pilot, he wore a brown wig to fit the character in the books. Good thing too, we wouldn’t want to mix him up for a Lannister!

What else is different:

Daenerys Targaryen is played by Tamzin Merchant instead of Emilia Clarke.
Catelyn Stark is played by Jennifer Ehle instead of Michelle Fairley.
Grand Master Pycelle was originally in the pilot before being removed and also switching actors from Roy Dotrice to Julian Glover.
They used Doune Castle for Winterfell instead of using several other locations and a soundstage for the rest of the series.

Where you can watch it: Unfortunately this pilot hasn’t even been available to download or be seen anywhere on the Internet.

Family Guy

There are actually two unaired pilots for this show. One was presented in 1995 by Seth McFarlane, and whilst it has the same general ideas is a completely different show. The next was presented in 1996, and that’s the one closer to our hearts as the original Family Guy pilot.

What else is different:

As far as we can tell, the pilot to preview to the network is only about 8 minutes.
Stewie is wearing a different colored outfit, green and purple instead of yellow and red.
Louis has blonde hair.
Meg is actually fairly better looking.
Chris has a deeper voice, and is really, really ghetto.

Where to watch: Youtube
Also watch: The first 1995 presentation of Family Guy. (Beware, adult language in first few seconds)

We may be biased because we love the shows as they are now, but all these changes are definitely weird to see!

When you see these changes, do you think you would have preferred the unaired pilots to ones that were aired?

After all that talk of inclusivity, Star Trek Beyond falls into the Hollywood trap of implied sexuality.

Mild spoilers for Star Trek Beyond.

Star Trek Beyond, already a wildly anticipated movie, made headlines ahead of its release because of the franchise’s decision to introduce the first openly LGBT character: Mr Sulu, played by John Cho.

While this decision was certainly met with excitement, there was disappointment, too. The original Mr Sulu, George Takei, openly voiced his opinion that they should have introduced a new LGBT character rather than expand on original canon (as they have been the whole trilogy), while Simon Pegg beautifully argued that there was power in using an established character who wouldn’t be defined by his sexuality.

Then came the movie itself, and while the introduction of gay Sulu is still a great thing, we’re left sorely disappointed by Beyond‘s decision to depict the LGBT relationship — or rather, hardly depict it at all.

As reported by our friends at The Mary Sue, the scene featuring Sulu and his husband Ben depicts a “lukewarm” relationship, although Sulu is very affectionate with the pair’s daughter.

This is, unfortunately, a common problem in Hollywood when an LGBT couple — almost impossibly — makes it into a big franchise film. They’re allowed to be there, but having any kind of physical interaction even remotely resembling what a heterosexual couple might have still seems to be off-limits.

Related: Hollywood is failing the LGBT community: GLAAD slams Disney, Paramount and Warner Bros.

And, according to John Cho, there was actually a kiss filmed. “There was a kiss that I think is not there anymore,” he told Collider. “It wasn’t like a make-out session. We’re at the airport with our daughter. It was a welcome-home kiss. I’m actually proud of that scene, because it was pretty tough.”

Cho points out that Ben was played by a non-actor, writer Doug Jung, and says, “Obviously, I just met the kid, and then Doug is not an actor. I just wanted that to look convincingly intimate. We’re two straight guys and had to get to a very loving, intimate place. It was hard to do on the fly. We had to open up. It came off well, in my view.”

And we wish we could have seen it. Introducing a major LGBT character in the Star Trek franchise is a fantastic first step, and depicting two POC actors raising a child together is a great statement — but, unfortunately, the decision to cut out their kiss (which was already chaste, by the sounds of it) is emblematic of Hollywood’s continuous phobia of depicting LGBT relationships and intimacy on the big screen.

As Screen Crush also points out, this exact same scenario played out in Independence Day: Resurgence, too. In Finding Dory, the lesbian couple are only implied, in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sequence.

LGBT representation (when present at all) is always so subtle, evidently in fear of offending straight audiences while not totally erasing non-straight sexualities. And, sadly, even that is considered a big step forward — but maybe it’s time we start depicting humanity as it is, and not what society wished it was 100 years ago.

Here’s looking at you, Star Wars.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviews from theater critics are glowing, so when the hell can Americans get a chance to see the play in New York?

With just days to go until The Cursed Child script book is released around the world, The New York Post’s theater reporter has spoken to sources who say the play will be coming to Broadway sooner rather than later. Producers are currently holding discussions to bring the play to NY as early as 2017.

They haven’t yet announced a Broadway engagement for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” but New York theater people say it’s only a matter of time. Word is that Friedman and Callender are in negotiations for a Shubert theater possibly for next season. They may hit Toronto first, however.

The idea of The Cursed Child hitting Broadway so soon (“next season” could mean around May 2017) will come as a relief to American Harry Potter fans who would rather not travel overseas to see “the eighth story” (though it’s a little more affordable to do so right now thanks to #Brexit). It also speaks to this important fact: It’s important to see The Cursed Child rather than reading it.

If the show does go to Toronto first as The New York Post suggests it might, a trip to Canada would also be easier for Americans. Sorry, people who don’t live in North America.

This writer saw the play in June and absolutely loved the characters and magic happening on stage. But the story is… not the best. I’m very eager to see what fans, myself included, think of the story after reading the script book this weekend.

For her part, Rowling has promised that fans around the world will get to see the play. Only time will tell if she’s hinting at a movie or a world tour:

If ‘Cursed Child’ comes to Broadway next year, will you try to see it ASAP?

The West End production currently has dates running into May 2017, but additional dates are expected to go on sale in early August.

Present day Han Solo may’ve left the main Star Wars series after the events of The Force Awakens, but the character’s time in movie theaters is far from over.

The new Han Solo film from Lucasfilm — scheduled to hit theaters in May 2018 — might turn into a trilogy for the reluctant hero, according to the New York Daily News.

The paper reports that star Alden Ehrenreich has signed a three-picture deal, suggesting that the studio intends to expand the Han Solo spinoff into a trilogy. “They feel that his character has the right potential to become a central figure in several movies,” a source told NY Daily News. “They’re keeping things under wraps at the moment, but the deal is that he has signed for at least three movies.”

This makes a lot of sense given the popularity of the character coupled with his absence in Episode 8 and beyond. We also know that Lucasfilm and Disney have many, many grand plans for Star Wars in the years ahead: The very first Star Wars theatrical spinoff, Rogue One, opens later this year. Episode 8 then hits theaters a year later (2017), followed by Han Solo’s own movie (2018). Next comes Episode 9 in 2019, followed by yet another spinoff reportedly focused on Boba Fett in 2020.

As for 2021 and beyond? Only time will tell, but we expect more movies set in the worlds of The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and now Han Solo.

The Han Solo spinoff will be directed by LEGO Movie helmers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. They’re currently deep into pre-production, as this tweet from Lord this morning shows:

“This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with,” the directors said last July. “We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all.”