I had a discussion with Rich Johnston last month about the GF pilot. I loves it. He loves it. Anyone who doesn't loves it can pretty much eat me.
However, they picked the absolute worst issue to use as the basis for a pilot. No network is going to be able to stomach shooting the guy in the head, execution style, to save the day. Even HBO would second guess that one.
On top of that, in the current climate, with wacky thing coming up at the FCC, I'm not sure a show that anti-military/anti-government is going to get aired right now. Next year, maybe. Not this year, though.
Rich wondered if the X-Files would've made it past pilot stage in the Bush/Patriot Act age. It's an interesting question.
I wish they could do another pilot with a different script. You might be able to sneak that one in mid-season, but that one's just going to scare the suits.
I thought the show would work better if they could get it filmed in the UK, where political content in shows is a bit looser, and then syndicate it or resell it here. Rich agreed and might be suggesting that to Ellis. Not that he really has any say in the matter.
Definite fodder for Trio, though. (I miss not getting Trio on cable. Lovely, geeky little channel. I highly recommend Johnny Stacatto if they're still showing it.) -- Todd Allen