CBS Should Have Picked Up Super Clyde and Now You Can See Why (VIDEO)
Surprise! Sometimes major TV networks make mistakes. I know! Crazy, right? And there's no better example of how frequently TV executives screw up than the television development process, where bad ideas (like a divorced gay dad raising his daughter alone) rise to the top while good ideas are thrown out.
One such good idea that made it all the way to the pilot stage was the CBS single-camera comedy Super Clyde, a show with a logline that was intriguing enough to land it on our annual list of pilots we hoped would make to series. The premise was that a fast-food worker came into riches after an uncle died, and he planned to use the money to help fund his transformation into a superhero. The project had an impressive cast, with Harry Potter's Rupert Grint set to star alongside comedy legend Stephen Fry and the ever-awesome Tyler Labine. But alas, CBS passed on it, and Super Clyde, like so many other failed pilots, would never be heard from again.
Except that's totally incorrect! In a rare move, CBS has posted the pilot online for all to see for free, and you know what? With great power comes great responsibility, and I think CBS blew it by not picking up this charming series. It's way better than I even imagined. In fact, it easily would've been my favorite new comedy of the fall season. You never know what a pilot will truly look like until you see it (unless it's about a divorced gay dad raising his daughter alone), and Super Clyde's boasts Pushing Daisies levels of whimsy, with more wit and charm than the rest of the networks' new comedy slop combined. It's colorful, weird, goofy, and sharp, everything that the current slate of new comedies is not. Plus, it's an interesting, feel-good take on the idea of everyday superheroes.
From a business standpoint, I can see why CBS passed on the show: It's way off brand. But why would CBS put the pilot online if they were completely done with it? Well, I'm guessing they're not. CBS must have some interest in reviving the project, either on its own or through one of its sister networks or some CBS TV Studios deal, particularly considering the ratings failures of its new comedies We Are Men and Mom. So watch it, and if you like it, write your local Congressman to bring their attention to this injustice so we can all get it on the air. Or just Tweet about it and like it on Facebook or whatever it is that kids do to change the world.
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