Banned Disney Channel Pilot - Alan Smithee

Here’s a TV Pilot that went a little too far.

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Here’s the film - the director Crobin turned it into a 30 minute short film..

Just one of the many “interesting” extended scenes that happens in the pilot.

On Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 3:20 PM, Susan P. Ross ‪‬ wrote:

Hey Crobin.
Thanks for the rough cut of “Alan Smithee.” I really like where you went with it, but….

With that said, I don’t know if this could come close to being okay for the Disney Channel’s brand identity even with significant revisions. I know we asked you to shake things up a little for us but well there’s a lot wrong in the piece that we can’t use.

To start with - all the swearing, urination, and the homophobic buzzzwords that Alan says - we could technically bleep this out - but I don’t know if we can do that.

Also with the parents - the domestic fighting - it hits close to home but its too much I think - I think its too intense for our viewers. Again I know we said we wanted edgy and real, but again, I don’t know how our sponsors are going to like this.

Also of course the adult issues - the oral sex in the car, the extra-martial affair, again - I don’t know if this is something that could be taken out.

I know we asked you for Malcolm in the Middle style with a little more edge and a strong male character but this is probably going a little too far.

You still really made an excellent video and I’m personally going to ask my friend at HBO about the possibility of it as a project.

I’m going to send this to some of our people and see if there is a way to rework it.

Thanks again.

I’ll be in touch.

Susan P. Ross
Director, Content Acquisition
The Disney Channel
200 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

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