Check out the TV rejects of Conan, Ben Stiller, and Judd Apatow
Ever find yourself hypnotically fixed to the couch, rounding out the third hour of an overly laugh-tracked sitcom binge (we, um, surely don’t) and wondering in awe at what manner of programming didn’t make the cut if this piss-poor excuse for entertainment did? Well, incidentally, it’s the awesome stuff that gets cast aside, at least according to The Other Network, a festival of the best unaired TV pilots ever made. For two nights, never-before-seen shows will be screened that were either too controversial, like 1998’s Five Houses about a gay couple moving into a suburban neighborhood; too hilarious, like the original Saturday TV Funhouse, a sketch show hosted by a drunken clown; or just too weird, like Ben Stiller’s masterpiece Heatvision & Jack, in which Jack Black plays an ultra-smart ex-astronaut with a talking motorcycle sidekick voiced by Owen Wilson. See other denied titles by Judd Apatow, Brent Forrester, and Conan O’Brien and decide for yourself if the network execs were right.

Fri., July 23, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., 2010