Report: Pretty Handsome's future is ugly

In a pilot season full of shows featuring the typical (hot, young lawyers/doctors/high-schoolers!), borrowed (adaptations by the boatload!), and rehashed (J.J. Abrams' X-Files 2.0!), at least one show stood out as a daring unique drama: Ryan Murphy's Pretty Handsome.

Murphy, the brains behind FX's raunchy and gut-wrenching Nip/Tuck, received a pilot order from FX for Pretty Handsome, a show about a man who realizes he is a transsexual and opts for gender-reassignment surgery. Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) and Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) were assigned the leads, and things were looking up for the controversial show.

But apparently the project has stalled and may be an early casualty of the fall season. The Hollywood Reporter reports that FX passed on the show, costar Christopher Egan has moved on to NBC's Kings, and that Pretty Handsome has hit "the end of the road."

20th Century Fox Television, the producers of the show, have reportedly tried to shop the show around to other networks, none of which are biting.

Surely, with the outstanding cast and Murphy's pedigree, someone will roll the dice on the promising show, right? We're not ready to throw dirt on Pretty Handsome yet, but at the same time, we won't keep our hopes up--we've been hurt before.

Sex sells, but apparently transsex doesn't.

If you want to check out a clip and make your own decision, YouTube has a few previews of Pretty Handsome for screening (probably TV-MA material), and the pilot has allegedly leaked online. Have a peek at the previews and voice your opinion below!

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the pilot was interesting, but the problem is the show cant go anywhere since obviously the actors not really going to go through with it.
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I'm so bummed that it might not make it to air! The pilot episode was so great, I would really love to see it as a series.
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exactly what *cinnarose* said ...
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I wanna watch this show
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You have to be kidding me! I was looking forward to this show so much. I saw the pilot and it was powerful and not the ordinary crap out there. Not that I don't love Gossip Girl and its ilk, but it's nice to have an adult show to watch. This is officially a Very Bad Day for me.
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I have just watched the pilot and thought it was great. I cant believe that this will be trashed but then when have TV execs ever known what is a good show with the amount of trash they pump out all the time.
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This HAS to be picked up!! I just saw it,and I can't wait to see the rest...
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It has to happen FX!
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I recently (an hour ago) heard/saw/watched the leaked pilot, and I can't believe this show isn't being picked up. This is the best pilot I've seen since Pushing Daisies.
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Booo to FX!
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it would be a shame if the show isn't pick up. pilot is amazing. narrow minds :/
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I don't get it!
I watched the leaked show 2 weeks ago and it was great. Nice actors, nice attitude, not kitschy at all. It's a kind of Nip/Tuck but with still brings something new. I hope this year cable tv won't miss the chance for good "mature" tv shows.
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lol, transsex doesnt sell, clasic.
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WOW!!! (not!) nothing surprises me anymore
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wow... why are so many people knocking it without even haveing seen the pilot? I guess if even the people watching that filthy gratuitous boring crap Nip/Tuck can be squeamish about a show with a transexual character, FX was probably right to pass... and yet so many people have no problem with Alex in Ugly Betty, guess it's because she's played by Rebecca Romijn post-transformation.

with the level of uneasiness still about homosexuality, I think Murphy probably was jumping the gun a little too fast hoping that Bigottown, USA would be willing to respect even what they don't understand. In fact I'm even surprised FX had the uh... courage to even produce the pilot. Guess that's progress.

Anyway, the pilot was pretty good. Not overly melodramatic, well acted. Direction was a little rough but I think they could have overcome that.
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This would have been cool as a miniseries. If it did get picked up I could predict 2-3 seasons tops since I didn't see the show lasting as long as Nip/Tuck, an awesome but aging show. Murphy should be focusing all his energy on making Nip/Tuck better than it has been in a long while. The fifth season premiere showed a lot of promise but kind of went to Hell. I love the show but Murphy can do a lot better next season.
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did not sound like something i would watch
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The PREAiR was good.
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Not something I would watch, but at least it's original.
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A show about something that does not conform to “normality” and is not a comedy, who would want to risk it? Sad.
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Hadn't even heard of the show/pilot until this news item, sounded interesting so I download the pilot and just finished watching it, very enjoyable, human sexuality is a fascinating subject, especially regarding all the deviations and facets involved and the pilot handled the topic really well, sometimes amusing, often thought provoking, always intelligent, shame it's not getting a series.
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I have yet to see the pilot (but I so want to) but I think this show looks original, promising and just something that could have been great. It's such a shame to see that it might not/probably won't get made. I think it really could have been a hit.
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It deserves a chance at least. It's got Blythe Danner! That alone is Emmy worthy! Then again, the last show she was on was cancelled before its time (Huff).
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this is unbelievable, whoever watched the pilot cant denied how great it was ... if you are just a little open minded... but well, puritanical america has been shoked
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Good riddance.
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I saw the pilot, and I found it rather poor. I am a fan of both Fiennes and Moss, I admire transsexuals for going against society and being who they want to be, so I was very much interested. But the pilot fell flat and I wouldn't watch another episode, I hardly made it through that one!
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Sounds like an interesting show, but not my cup of tea... I still can't look at Famke Jensen the same way after Nip/Tuck.
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Does not sound appealing in the least.
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this show sounds like it would have been really great
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I was looking forward to this show. (I really enjoyed the allegedly leaked pilot) What a shame that it is not going to air!
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