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Comedian Sarah Silverman is a polarizing figure, to be sure. (She'll milk laughs out of anything from sex to religion to the Holocaust.) But she has enough fans that a primetime sitcom could be within her reach. And Ron Howard -- a guy who's shepherded Arrested Development and scores of big movies -- produced the pilot for her new show, Susan 313.
But in the end, NBC passed on the offbeat, single-camera sitcom, whose pilot you can watch below.
While the show has some charming moments, it's also a bit odd. And as a fictional audience member on Susan 313 tells Silverman, her character is "unlikable." So it's somewhat understandable that NBC opted for other, broader comedies like Sean Saves the World.
As for the other shows whose pilots never made it to the air in 2013, here are four with notable stars whose rejections surprised us:
CBS passed on the TV remake of Beverly Hills Cop (which starred Brandon T. Jackson as Axel Foley’s son and Eddie Murphy reprising his signature role as Axel). According to Entertainment Weekly, "We’re told the pilot felt too retro, and that guest star Murphy stole the show from the main character." Here's an interview from the set:
CBS also passed on Super Clyde, a single-camera show starring Harry Potter's Rupert Grint, about a shy kid who inherits a lot of money and wants to spend it like a superhero. "The 22-minute episode is funny and easy to watch, " says USA Today's Whitney Matheson. "Though I can understand why CBS passed -- the premise doesn't seem sustainable for a long-running series -- I'm not sure the network did the right thing by picking up Greg Garcia's other show, The Millers, instead." You can watch the pilot on the CBS website.
FOX passed on the teen sci-fi drama Delirium, which was based on a best-selling young adult novel series and starred Emma Roberts. The trilogy's author, Lauren Oliver, signed an online petition from fans of the book who wanted to see the story on the small screen. Alas, it was to no avail.
Here's a trailer for the hour-long series:
CBS also chose not to go ahead with its NCIS spinoff, NCIS LA: RED, starring John Corbett. Network chief Nina Tassler told E! Online that "there's limited shelf space," and that protecting the original NCIS was "really important." She did add that the network would love to try launching it again in the near future. You can watch the stars preview the new series below:
Have no fear, though. We wouldn't be surprised if these stars crop up in other small-screen series. And, hey, there's always movies to fall back on!
Jennifer Graham Kizer is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+