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On Set: The Good Wife
Actor Julianna Margulies with showrunners Michelle and Robert King.   

MY BEST FAILED PITCH

The Pitch:
“There’s a real script floating around for a show called Time Jack, about a guy who, every time he masturbates, he travels through time. If he hates the time, he whacks off and he’s gone. If he loves it, he can stay—as long as he doesn’t masturbate. The idea is the low point of us as a society, but such a tremendous low point that I wish I’d created it.” —Kevin Biegel
REJECTED

The Pitch:
The Line followed Tijuana and San Diego police officers who combine to solve border crimes. ABC bought it, and it was our first experience with TV. We were very Bambi-eyed and sure it would get on the air—and then, um, turns out no one really wants to see such a grungy show on network TV.” —Robert King
REJECTED

The Pitch:
“The characters on my show worked in the dream industry, creating the dreams of people assigned to them. The collective unconscious as a Hollywood type of industry. Good luck getting that on air. It’s too Showtime-y even for Showtime.” —Dan Harmon
REJECTED

The Pitch:
“We pitched a bit when we were at Letterman: ‘Don Rickles Insults Animals at the Zoo,’ which is exactly what it sounds like. It kills me that it never got produced. Maybe Letterman will read the inevitable outpouring of support in your comments section and reconsider.” —Carter Bays
REJECTED

The Pitch:
“I wrote a script with my friend Remi Aubuchon called Quarto, about four guys at Cambridge in 1595 who do secret missions for the queen— basically Mission: Impossible meets Shakespeare in Love.—Graham Yost
REJECTED


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