Dead Pilots Society

Dead Pilots Society

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In Dead Pilots Society, scripts that were developed by studios and networks but were never produced are given the table reads they deserve. Starring actors you know and love from television and film, a live audience, and a good time in which no one gets notes, no one is fired, and everyone laughs. Presented by Andrew Reich (Friends; Worst Week) and Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel podcast; co-creator, Thrilling Adventure Hour).


48 - Elsewhere written by Corinne Kingsbury (In The Dark) and Noelle Valdivia (Little America)
Jul 16 • 109 min
We’re back to dead pilots this month! Get excited for our Max Fun Drive ELSEWHERE by Corinne Kingsbury (In The Dark) and Noelle Valdivia (Little America). Their show follows Grey, a successful but shallow woman who, after dying in a car accident, realizes…
Dead Pilots Society: Black Scribes Matter
Jun 18 • 91 min
Ben Blacker and Andrew Reich bring you Dead Pilots Society, a podcast in which pilots passed over by the networks finally get their due.
47 - Revival written by Sally Bradford McKenna (Will & Grace, The Grinder, Don’t Trust The B—)
May 14 • 91 min
Guaranteed laughs from our dead pilot this month! It’s REVIVAL from Sally Bradford Mckenna (Will and Grace, The Grinder, Don’t Trust the B—). REVIVAL centers around Elliot (Will Forte), formerly the little kid from a beloved 80’s sitcom, who is now…
46 - Eight written by Alison Bennett (You’re The Worst, Single Parents)
Apr 16 • 89 min
We have more laughs for you this month! Our dead pilot is Eight from Alison Bennett (You’re The Worst, Single Parents). After a whirlwind romance that resulted in a baby and a wedding (in that order), children of divorce Jillian and Trevor attempt to…
45 - Eternally Yours written by Joe Port & Joe Wiseman (The Office, New Girl)
Mar 17 • 91 min
You probably need some laughs more than ever, and we can definitely provide them with this month’s episode. Our dead pilot is Eternally Yours from Joe Port & Joe Wiseman (The Office, New Girl), about a family of normal looking but emotionally closed off,…
44 - Training Room written by Brig Muñoz-Liebowitz (People of Earth, Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Feb 6 • 103 min
Our episode this month is Training Room from Brig Muñoz-Liebowitz (People of Earth, Brooklyn Nine-Nine). Jamie (played by Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Melissa Fumero), the female physiotherapist for a men’s pro soccer team, has always been a guys’ girl. But when…
Special Executive Episode: Samie Falvey (Imagine Entertainment, ABC Comedy)
Jan 9 • 59 min
We’re kicking off 2020 with another true insider look at how television gets made! Andrew sat down with seasoned television executive, Samie Falvey. Samie spent many years as Head of Comedy at ABC, where she played a huge role in developing shows like…
43 - Whatever Happened to… Gigi’s Pants written by Jen Crittenden & Gabrielle Allan (Divorced, Veep)
Dec 5, 2019 • 87 min
This month’s pilot is a mock rockumentary, or, as we like to say, a mrockumentary. It’s called “Whatever Happened to… Gigi’s Pants” and it’s written by Jennifer Crittenden & Gabrielle Allan (Veep, Divorce). After twenty years of bad blood, a super cool…
42 - The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud written by Jeff Greenstein (Will & Grace, Parenthood, Desperate Housewives)
Oct 24, 2019 • 96 min
This month’s dead pilot is over ten years in the making. It’s called The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud and was written by Jeff Greenstein (Will & Grace, Parenthood, Desperate Housewives). The story centers around Penelope Cloud, a woman who who has…
41 - Sterling written by Dan Sterling (The Sarah Silverman Program, Long Shot)
Sep 26, 2019 • 99 min
We’re back to business as usual in this month’s Dead Pilots Society episode. Our dead pilot is Sterling, written by Dan Sterling (The Sarah Silverman Program, The Office, Girls, South Park, The Interview, Long Shot). Sterling is about a TV news producer…
Special Executive Episode: Jamila Hunter (ABC Network, Khalabo Ink Society)
Aug 29, 2019 • 77 min
No dead pilot this month, but we have something special instead! On this episode we get to hear a network executive’s side of the story. Andrew sat down with television comedy executive, Jamila Hunter. Jamila was the Senior Vice President of ABC Comedy…
40 - Small Town Love written by Sarah Haskins & Emily Halpern (Booksmart, Trophy Wife)
Jul 25, 2019 • 85 min
Our pilot this time is Small Town Love by Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern (Trophy Wife, Booksmart). Small Town Love is about a sparring mother and daughter in rural Michigan who are forced to lean on each other when they become pregnant at the same time.…
39 - Lenny’s Doing Great and His Family’s Terrific written by Alex Cuthbertson & Matt Fusfeld (New Girl, Community)
Jun 27, 2019 • 113 min
This week’s episode is called Lenny’s Doing Great and His Family’s Terrific written by Alex Cuthbertson & Matt Fusfeld (New Girl, Community). The log-line for this one one goes something like: a young man who’s been helicopter-parented within an inch of…
38 - Sexy Justice written by Johanna Stein (Kung Fu Panda, Jaws of Destiny )
May 23, 2019 • 86 min
Our pilot this month is called Sexy Justice and it’s written by Johanna Stein. Johanna has written on many TV shows including Kung Fu Panda, Jaws of Destiny and so many more! She’s also the author of the novel How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane. Sexy…
37 - Yogurt World written by Colleen McGuinness (30 Rock, Friends From College)
Apr 25, 2019 • 93 min
Yogurt World stars Britt Lower as Audrey Mills, Danny Pudi as Chris, Amanda Lund as Lisa Hewitt, Brad Morris as Bucky Simmons, David Walton as Seph, Andy Ridings as Vet/Guy #2/Newscaster/7-11 Employee, Ethan Peck as Guy #1/Chuck/Tough Guy, Keiko Agena as…
36 - Pearl written by Andrew Reich (Friends)
Mar 18, 2019 • 63 min
This month’s episode was recorded live at SF Sketchfest 2019 and it’s Andrew’s all-time favorite of his own dead pilots. Inspired by his own mother, “Pearl” tells the story of a woman who receives a diagnosis of terminal cancer, and decides to use the…
35 - Episode 35 - The Recent Calls of Annabel Phipps written by Billy Finnegan (Grace & Frankie)
Feb 28, 2019 • 89 min
This month’s episode is called The Recent Calls of Annabel Phipps written by Billy Finnegan (Grace & Frankie). It’s an unconventional romantic comedy where Girl meets Boy, Boy very much doesn’t notice. Girl meets bus, Boy notices… sort of. Stay tuned…
34 - Birthright written by Joel Kim Booster (Comedy Central, Conan)
Jan 31, 2019 • 50 min
Our dead pilot this month is Birthright written by Joel Kim Booster (Comedy Central, Conan). We recorded this one live from SF Sketchfest! Birthright is based in part on Joel’s real life. This outrageous and raw pilot centers on Joel Miller. Adopted by…
33 - American Alien written by Sierra Teller Ornelas (Superstore, Happy Endings)
Dec 20, 2018 • 69 min
Our dead pilot this month is called American Alien written by Sierra Teller Ornelas (Superstore, Happy Endings). We recorded this one live from The USC Comedy Festival! American Alien centers around Denise “Dee Dee” and Sonny Mendoza, a small-town…
32 - The Prince written by Mehar Sethi (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Bojack Horseman)
Nov 29, 2018 • 84 min
Our dead pilot this month is The Prince by Mehar Sethi (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Bojack Horseman). When Dave Whitney, a ruthless corporate fixer in Texas, is passed over for a promotion in his family’s oil business, he decides to take the whole…
31 - Mr. Joyce’s Opus written by Brian Gallivan (The McCarthy’s, Happy Endings)
Oct 25, 2018 • 81 min
Our dead pilot this month was written by Brian Gallivan (The McCarthy’s, Happy Endings). It’s called Mr. Joyce’s Opus and it centers around Chuck Joyce, a catholic school teacher, who decides to throw out his curriculum to connect with his students…
30 - Talk Nerdy to Me written by Morgan Murphy (2 Broke Girls, Jimmy Kimmel Live)
Sep 27, 2018 • 83 min
Our pilot this month is so great and so special! It’s written by Morgan Murphy (2 Broke Girls, Jimmy Kimmel Live) and it’s called Talk Nerdy to Me. The log line for this one is a squad of four dorky but brilliant women sharing a house in Venice, CA deal…
29 - Suspended written by Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker (Powerless, S#*! My Dad Said)
Aug 23, 2018 • 87 min
This month’s pilot is hilarious! It’s written by Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker (Powerless, S#*! My Dad Said). It’s called Suspended and it centers around an honors English Literature teacher accustomed to teaching the best and brightest who winds up…
28 - Gold written by Jenji Kohan (Weeds, Orange is the New Black)
Jul 26, 2018 • 43 min
This month’s pilot is a special one written by the great Jenji Kohan! Jenji created Weeds, Orange is the New Black, and is the executive producer of the new hit Netflix series Glow. Her pilot this week is called Gold and it’s about a divorce lawyer named…
27 - Rob 5000 written by Caroline Williams (Arrested Development)
Jun 28, 2018 • 73 min
This month’s pilot is a special one written by Caroline Williams! It’s called Rob 5000 and it’s about two girls who buy a robot boyfriend and the chaos that ensues. We had such a fun cast for this one including Ayden Mayeri as Brenda, Yael Grobglas as…
26 - Adulting written by Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein (Never Been Kissed; He’s Just Not That Into You)
May 31, 2018 • 83 min
Adulting stars Jessica Rothe as Penny, Scott Michael Foster as Matt, Lucas Neff as Gil, Katelyn Tarver as Ruth, Toni Trucks as Sabine, Jamie Denbo as Faye, Hank Chen as Dave/Cop #1, Marc Evan Jackson as Frandon, Ayden Mayeri as Colleen/Lady/Cop #2/Clerk,…
25 - Airport Marriott written by Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi (The Invitation; Ride Along)
May 3, 2018 • 87 min
Airport Marriott stars Jason Ritter as Adam Finn, Toni Trucks as Jamie, Scott Michael Foster as Guy in Toilet/Jose/T1 Guy/Royce, Jessica Rothe as Erin, Brendan Hines as Karl, Hank Chen as Rudy, Marc Evan Jackson as Rick Parkman, Jamie Denbo as Yelena,…
24 - Totally Laime written by Elizabeth Laime - Story by Elizabeth Laime and Tami Sagher ((Totally Laime; Totally Married)
Apr 3, 2018 • 57 min
Totally Laime stars Ayden Mayeri as Molly, Jason Ritter as Andy, Jamie Denbo as Molly’s Mom/Gate Agent/Pilot, Toni Trucks as Kendall/Yvette, Lucas Neff as Burditt, Scott Michael Foster as BDT, Brendan Hines as Julian, Marc Evan Jackson as Waiter/Mountain…
23 - The Money Pit written by Justin Spitzer (Superstore, The Office)
Mar 8, 2018 • 53 min
The Money Pit stars Ben Feldman as Walter, Felicia Day as Anna, Steve Agee as Benny, Natalie Morales as Margot, Jenny Wade as Realtor, Mark McConville as Furniture delivery man, Jason Ritter as Restaurant delivery man, Khary Payton as Noel, and Andrew…
22 - Red State Blue State written by Adam McKay (The Big Short, Anchorman) & Chris Henchy (The Other Guys, Daddy’s Home)
Feb 8, 2018 • 61 min
Red State Blue State stars Dave Koechner as Billy, Busy Philipps as Janie, Baron Vaughn as Evan, Michaela Watkins as Wendy, Marcus Scribner as Oliver, Mikey Madison as Courtney, Craig Cackowski as Teddy, Sujata Day as Customer/Student/Elderly Woman, Joel…
21 - The Doulo written by Ted Cohen & Andrew Reich
Jan 11, 2018 • 48 min
The Doulo stars Adam Savage as Mal, Joshua Malina as Doctor/Guy/Man in Suit 1, John Ross Bowie as Paul, Janet Varney as Chrissy/Waitress, John Roderick as Colin, Hal Lublin as Ezekiel/Man in Suit 2, Mark Gagliardi as Mitch, Karen Smith-McGlynn as…
20 - Jetpackula written by Rob Schrab (The Sarah Silverman Program)
Dec 14, 2017 • 58 min
Jetpackula stars Patton Oswalt as Ben, Tony Hale as Jetpackula, Constance Wu as Megan/Receptionist, Rob Schrab as Dr. Veratu, Mel Rodriguez as Luis/Defenestrator/Announcer/Trent, John Owen Lowe as Jonah, Sujata Day as Future Moo Cow/Susan/Della, Joel…
19 - Women & Girls written by Kristin Newman (That ‘70s Show, How I Met Your Mother)
Nov 30, 2017 • 64 min
Women & Girls stars Constance Zimmer as Sarah Stuart, Ed Weeks as Hank Jessup, Janina Gavankar as Paula/French Flight Attendant, Suzy Nakamura as Lucy, Tony Cavalero as Tad/Tyler, Kathreen Khavari as Tad’s Mom/Rebecca/Old Woman, Amy Aniobi as Caitlin,…
18 - Robot Daughter written by Greg White (Brickleberry)
Nov 2, 2017 • 60 min
Robot Daughter stars Kiernan Shipka as Robbie, Jim Beaver as Ned, Jake Brennan as Dale, Tony Cavalero as Brian Kressler, Maria Blasucci as Shirley, Milana Vayntrub as Tiffany #1/Rhonda, Amy Aniobi as Tiffany #2/Girl in Class, Victoria Park as Tiffany…
17 - Tuned written by Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont (Mary + Jane, Can’t Hardly Wait)
Oct 12, 2017 • 60 min
Tuned stars Daniel Strauss as Nate, Allison Tolman as Penny, Retta as Olive, John Ross Bowie as Glenn, Jim O’Heir as Arlen/Dr. Singh, Kate Flannery as Deena, Christina Kirk as Bonnie, Tawny Newsome as Jennica/Female cop/Patient/Nurse/Crowd, Janina…
16 - Allah in the Family written by Reza Aslan & Andrew Reich
Sep 21, 2017 • 71 min
Allah in the Family stars Maz Jobrani as Hasan, Dominic Rains as Bobak/Little Bobak, Kathreen Khavari as Sissy, Necar Zadegan as Neda, Medalion Rahimi as Tina, Milana Vayntrub as Crystal, Reza Aslan as The Basij/Teenager/Brown-Skinned Student #1/Bearded…
15 - Front Man written by Emily Kapnek (Splitting Up Together, Suburgatory)
Aug 31, 2017 • 59 min
Front Man stars Josh Peck as Paul, Daniel Strauss as Ron, Allison Tolman as Vivian, Busy Philipps as Hope, Kate Flannery as Eileen, Jim O’Heir as Len, John Ross Bowie as Dr. Groener, Janina Gavankar as Raul/Choir, Matt Micucci as Chad/Keith, Michael…
14 - Assisted Loving written by Claudia Lonow (Accidentally on Purpose)
Aug 10, 2017 • 56 min
Assisted Loving stars Kevin Dobson as Joe,Tiffany Haddish as Kebe/Young Mother, Molly Shannon as Joie, Anna Camp as Vanessa/Michelle, Jamie Denbo as Irene, Sarah Chalke as Bonnie, Luka Jones as Mike, Pooch Hall as Gerald/Older Italian Cashier, Jonathan…
13 - My Cousin Thor written by Ira Ungerleider (Angie Tribeca, Friends)
Jul 20, 2017 • 74 min
My Cousin Thor stars Hayes MacArthur as Thor, Tony Cavalero as Knud/Stavros, Kyle Bornheimer as David, Anna Camp as Taylor, Jamie Denbo as Isabella/Doreen, Valerie Azlynn as Inger, Ted Cohen as Chase, and Ira Ungerleider with stage directions. In this…
12 - Punching Out written by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Horrible Bosses)
Jun 29, 2017 • 58 min
Punching out stars Kyle Bornheimer as Kenny, Cedric Yarbrough as Hank, Thomas Lennon as Bob, Robert Ben Garant as Man’s Voice/Mr. Barnhill, Ben Schwartz as Jake/Byron, Janet Varney as Old Lady/Janice/Jenny, Ana Ortiz as Stacy, Craig Cackowski as…
11 - Rollerworld written by Samantha McIntyre (Married, Bored to Death)
Jun 8, 2017 • 45 min
Rollerworld stars Jane Levy as Shane, Allison Tolman as Krista, Adam Scott as Cory, Mae Whitman as Janie, Hank Chen as David Lee, Zach Knighton as Jason, Casey Wilson as Lady #1, June Diane Raphael as Lady #2, Nicole Byer as Lady #3, Jack McGee as Grandpa…
10 – Bachelor Party written by JJ Philbin (New Girl, Saturday Night Live) & Josh Malmuth (New Girl, Superstore)
May 25, 2017 • 71 min
Bachelor Party stars Matt Lauria as Hank, Frankie Shaw as Holly, Jason Ritter as Jay, Jenny Wade as Anna, Christina Pickles as Margaret, Khary Payton as Stan/Brandon, Janet Varney as Tina, Natalie Morales as Vera, Bruce McCulloch as Geoff, Steve Agee as…
9 – C-Company written by Steve Agee (New Girl, The Sarah Silverman program) & Rob Schrab (The Sarah Silverman Program)
May 4, 2017 • 56 min
C-Company stars Steve Agee as Steve Douglas, Paul F. Tompkins as Shade, Andy Richter as Paisley, Janet Varney as Tammy, Dave Foley as Major Schooley, Wyatt Cenac as Brock Fenton/Shorty Espejo, Matt Gourley as Murph, Joshua Malina as Fatty Espejo, Mark…
8 – The Housewives written by Casey Wilson (Gone Girl, Happy Endings) & June Diane Raphael (Grace & Frankie, Bride Wars)
Apr 13, 2017 • 56 min
The Housewives stars June Diane Raphael as Edie, Casey Wilson as Louise, Adam Scott as Henry, Laurie Metcalf as Flo, Zachary Knighton as Johnny, Mae Whitman as Woman #1, Nicole Byer as May/Sadie, Jerry O’Connell as Jerry, Paul Scheer as Sal/Mr. Johnston,…
7 – Big written by Mike Royce (Everybody Loves Raymond) & Kevin Biegel (Cougar Town, Scrubs)
Mar 20, 2017 • 76 min
Big stars Jason Ritter as Will, Janet Varney as Phoebe, Frankie Shaw as Norma, Steve Agee as Kyle, Felicia Day as Voice on Phone/Mom in Crowd, Natalie Morales as Tricia, Bruce McCulloch as Dr. Paul, Khary Payton as Zoltar’s Caretaker/Narrator/Trevor,…
6 – Galaxy Fighters written by Victor Fresco (Santa Clarita Diet)
Feb 8, 2017 • 52 min
Galaxy Fighters stars Ed Weeks as Chancellor Gartold Brock, Humphrey Ker as Lieutenant Thalamus Reed, John Ross Bowie as Policeman, Cedric Yarbrough as Troy, Janet Varney as Fruit Girl, Kerry Kenney-Silver as Beautiful Woman #2, Alison Rich as Beautiful…
5 – Angry Angel written by Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends with Benefits)
Jan 12, 2017 • 64 min
Angry Angel stars Aubrey Plaza as Alison Pyke, Ed Weeks as Barker, Cedric Yarbrough as Leonard/Middle Aged Man, John Ross Bowie as Male Judge/Co-pilot/Driver/Jogger, Kerri Kenney-Silver as Female Judge/Old Woman, Alison Rich as Teenage Girl, Janet Varney…
4 - Rabbit Hole written by Jamie Denbo (Yes Man, Daddy’s Home) & Kerri Kenney-Silver (Reno 911!, Bob’s Burgers)
Dec 15, 2016 • 53 min
Rabbit Hole stars Kerri Kenney-Silver as Dame Delilah, Craig Cackowski as Roy, Betsy Sodaro as Sarge, Alison Rich as Penny, Leslie Grossman as Mary, Danielle Nicolet as Crystal, Cedric Yarborough as Lou, Gary Anthony Williams as Carl, John Ross Bowie as…
3 - Wunderland written by Amanda Lund (Ghost Ghirls, Goosebumps) & Matt Gourley (Podcasts: Super Ego; I Was There Too)
Nov 17, 2016 • 50 min
Wunderland stars Amanda Lund as Jane, Kiernan Shipka as Young Blond Girl/Kelsea, Rich Sommer as Peyton, Skylar Astin as Juan Pablo, Laraine Newman as Kelsea’s Mom, Noah Galvin as Teenaged employee (Gary), Steve Agee as Petite Keith/Security Guard, Craig…
2 - Only Child written by John Hodgman (Pitch Perfect 2, Married)
Oct 13, 2016 • 48 min
Only Child stars John Hodgman as John Hodgman, Janet Varney as Bridget and Mom, John Ross Bowie as Dad, Abe Chabon as Miles, Mark Gagliardi as Ed, Simon, and Basoonist, Josh Malina as Alex and Dr. Horchow, Adam Savage as Paul, Sage Ryan as Tim Fitch, Hal…
1 - Formosa written by Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant (Reno 911, The State)
Sep 15, 2016 • 60 min
Formosa stars Paul F. Tompkins as Frank, Ben Schwartz as Frenchy, Craig Cackowski as Lou and Bellhop, Alessandra Torresani as Margaret O’Sullivan, Ana Ortiz as Carlita, Cedric Yarbrough as Machete Man and Hotel Detective, Carlos Alazraqui as El Coyote,…
Zero “Pilot Episode” - Laurel and Holly written by Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen
Sep 15, 2016 • 75 min
Laurel & Holly stars Molly Shannon as Holly, Sarah Chalke as Laurel, Hayes MacArthur as Steve, Tony Cavalero as Tony and Xander, Kyle Bornheimer as Shane, Anna Camp as Rita, Valerie Azlynn as Tanya and Danny, and Jamie Denbo as Steph. In this pilot…