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The 5 Most Surprising Pilot Passes This Season

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Sometimes big name IP, stars and even corporate synergy just aren't enough to get a pilot picked up to series.

This season, ABC, CBS and Fox each passed on high-profile projects that were all considered early frontrunners. ABC said no to both Marvel and Shonda Rhimes; CBS opted for Katherine Heigl over Nancy Drew; and Fox could have brought a Friends star back to primetime.

Here's a look at the five most high-profile pilots that were not ordered to series — and the likely reasoning behind them.

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