Q. I just read a TV pilot (it's a possible mid-season replacement, but no epi orders yet) that is set in the same world as the original spec I've been laboring over like an idiot for a year and a half. Should I move on (maybe recycle the idea as a feature/backdoor pilot) or just finish the damn thing and call think of it as an uber-sample? I haven't sold anything yet, so it was mostly a sample anyway....
For the most part, your spec pilot is a sample, anyway. So long as it doesn't feel like your show is a rip-off of the other show, you can still use it.
Also, there may be room for competing series in the same world. Not at the same network. But each network has a very specific flavor it's looking for. The Sopranos
may be on HBO, but that doesn't mean there's no room for a gangster cartoon comedy on Fox.
Anyway, you've spent a year and a half on this thing. Finish it, send it out, and next time don't spend a year and a half on a spec!
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