Pilot season RIP

So I see by Nikki Finke that NBC is basically going to abandon pilot season, and in the comments there's a lot of crowing about how this proves the strike was bad (sample comment: "Congrats, WGA! You lost.")

About this I have two things to say:

1. They're right, but
2. It doesn't matter.

I don't believe it's in the best interest of a union to keep uneconomic practices alive, and pilot season -- even, or especially, the way NBC conducted it -- was uneconomic. I myself got a six-figure sum for a pilot pitch a few years back, which they didn't even greenlight to pilot. And they wound up taking none (0) of their pilots to air that year.

That can't continue. The strike merely hastened the inevitable doom of the pilot process, at least in its most profligate form.

Of course, NBC is probably doing the usual network thing of overreacting. When networks discover they've been driving on the left shoulder of the road, they think the cure is to drive on the right shoulder.

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