8 Teen TV Shows That Were Rejected After the Pilot Episode
TV is always changing — and there are a LOT of complications that come throughout the process. While some of your favorite actors and actresses almost turned down their now-iconic drama roles, other stars are happy always playing the same type of character. Yes, there are some series that should’ve ended already (*cough* The Vampire Diaries *cough*), but for the most part, you NEVER want your go-to show to stop airing.
The saddest thing about television, however, is when a series never actually airs. There are SO many teen TV pilots that we never saw, or were shot down before they even got a real chance. Remember when Delirium was made into a TV pilot and had a killer cast — Emma Roberts! Daren Kagasoff! Gregg Sulkin! — only to be put to a halt before making it to series? At least the pilot eventually aired on Hulu; most shows are not that lucky:
After the huge success of dystopian YA novels, FOX decided to capitalize on the genre and picked up an adaptation of Lauren Oliver's Delirium in 2013.
Sadly, in May 2013, FOX rejected the pilot, which featured Emma Roberts & Daren Kagasoff as lovers who lived in a society in which love was considered a disease.
Luckily for fans of the YA book trilogy, Hulu ended up airing the pilot for a few weeks in 2014, but it didn't change the fate of the pilot becoming a full-blown show.