Hang 10: The Year's Most Promising Failed Pilots

Roseanne, Sarah Silverman, Will Forte projects falter

Rebounding, Fox (Twentieth Century Fox Television)

Will Forte

A late spec script buy starring Will Forte as a guy recovering from the death of his fiancée with the support of his basketball buddies, Rebounding was hampered by a very tricky premise. (Dead fiancées are comedy killers.) Sure, the opportunity to watch Forte in a lead would have been tremendous—he even made the anvil-headed feature film MacGruber somewhat watchable, and he’s long been the funniest guest character on 30 Rock—but even with Modern Family’s Steven Levitan aboard as an executive producer, the script was a little light on laughs. Still, the pilot tested through the roof (Forte earned particularly high marks) and Rebounding had a shot at a series pickup right up until the week before Fox’s May 14 upfront presentation. Ultimately, the network decided to commit to the aforementioned live-action comedies Ben & Kate and The Mindy Project.