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Why It's Been An 'Unusually Difficult Pilot Season' Across The Board

WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 08:  Actor Kyle Chandler arrives at the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Super 8' at Regency Village Thea
WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 08: Actor Kyle Chandler arrives at the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Super 8' at Regency Village Theatre on June 8, 2011 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Broadcast and cable networks -- as well as new TV player Amazon -- are all participating in the current pilot season, which means that more than 100 new shows are scouting A-list actors and directors simultaneously. As a result, 20th Century Fox TV chairman Dana Walden says that it's been "an unusually difficult pilot season for everybody." The talent run means that shows like Bravo's "The Joneses," USA's "Horizon," and NBC's "Donor Party" had to be shelved because they couldn't attract suitable actors.

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