Talent Rants on Social Media Amplify Craziness of Pilot Season

Pilot season has become even more brutal now that the biz operates in the fishbowl of social media. Just ask Fox and Eric McCormack.

The former “Will & Grace” star toplined the Fox drama pilot  “Studio City,” which had positive buzz all cycle until the past 72 hours, when other projects thought to be dead began to pick up steam.

On Thursday night, McCormack took to Twitter to vent about the news (which Fox has not yet confirmed) that the network has passed on the show. The drama from writer Krista Vernoff and John Wells Prods. revolves around a young woman whose father is the drug dealer of choice for Hollywood stars.

The “Will & Grace” alum’s comments exemplify what the close public contact and immediacy of social media has created: an outlet for talent and creatives to discuss — in no uncertain terms — the craziness of pilot season like never before.

Vernoff, whose real-life experiences inspired “Studio City,” also took to Twitter on Thursday while she was playing the waiting game for her pilot news.

Vernoff hinted that the pilot is being shopped elsewhere: “Life is good,” she tweeted, in response to McCormack. “‘Studio City’ will land. Don’t doubt it!”

Also Thursday, “Cristela” creator and star Cristela Alonzo used the same venting forum to react to her sitcom being cancelled by ABC, after one season, with a series of tweets.

Alonzo’s tweets strike a note similar to those of “Fresh Off the Boat” producer Eddie Huang, who generated considerable attention during his comedy’s freshman run for his remarks against ABC for taking his series “so far from the truth” of Taiwanese-Chinese-American culture.

I’m happy people of color are able to see a reflection of themselves through #FreshOffTheBoat on @ABCNetwork but I don’t recognize it.

— RICH HOMIE HUANG (@MrEddieHuang) April 8, 2015

Despite Huang’s harangue, “Fresh Off the Boat” has found plenty of viewers — and a second season order from ABC.

A new series that didn’t get a second season? Fox’s short-lived “Backstrom,” which spanned 13 episodes this year. Upon Friday’s cancellation, star Rainn Wilson reacted on Twitter, but quickly deleted his tweet. However, he did keep a message with sad emojis on his feed.

Wilson’s showrunner Hart Hanson — who’s also behind “Bones,” which was handed a Season 11 renewal from Fox on Friday — also tweeted his feelings about “Backstrom’s” cancellation, showing that talent and creatives can not only find humor in bad news, but also be the prime example of a class act.

(Pictured: Eric McCormack)

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