Body Politic (TV pilot)

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Body Politic
Created by Bill Robinson
Jason Rothenberg
Starring Minka Kelly
Jason Dohring
Gabrielle Union
Brian Austin Green
Jay Hernandez
Jenny Wade
Brandon Scott
Tim Matheson
Country of origin United States
Running time 44 minutes

Body Politic is a television pilot that starred Minka Kelly, Gabrielle Union, Jason Dohring, and Brian Austin Green. It was produced by CBS Television Studios for The CW.

After much speculation on the show's status, the show did not appear in the CW's fall schedule in early 2009. However, on May 21, 2009, in an interview with Dawn Ostroff, the CW's CEO stated the show was still in consideration for midseason.[1][2] On August 4, 2009, Dawn Ostroff announced that the project was officially dead for the CW.[3]


Body Politic focuses on a young woman (Minka Kelly) who moves to Washington to work for a senator and the other eager up-and-comers with whom she becomes friends.[4] Kelly played Frankie, an all-American girl who leaves her life in Michigan after the death of her mother and heads to D.C., where her long-lost dad, Sen. Webster (Tim Matheson), has just been appointed Attorney General, and takes a job on his staff.[5]


The show was produced by CBS Productions, one of The CW's two parent companies. The filming started in March 2009 in Washington, D.C.


Critical response[edit]

Critics were positive enough with the 14–20 minute pilot presentation. E! Online describe it as the "Best Pilot you may never see" and that "if the CW ever wants us to take it seriously as a trademark network of our generation, it needs to branch out from its usual routine of picking up shows geared for a younger audience. The Body Politic is a cure to that problem".[8]


After the CW didn't pick up the pilot, the producers tried to promote the potential series to other networks including NBC and ABC. It was reported that NBC liked what they saw, but didn't have space for it and ABC was considering the series for midseason.[9]


  1. ^ Ghosh, Korbi (May 21, 2009). "Dawn Ostroff says 'Gossip Girl' spin off could still get a spot on The CW schedule". Zap2It. Retrieved May 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ Ghosh, Korbi (May 27, 2009). ""Body Politic": I've Now Seen the Pilot; The CW Needs to Pick It Up". Zap2It. Retrieved May 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ Ausiello, Michael (August 4, 2009). "Press Tour Diary: The CW Executive Session". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 27, 2010. 
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  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 11, 2009). "Minka Kelly part of CW's 'Body Politic'". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press. Archived from the original on January 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Development Update: Monday, March 23". The Futon Critic. March 23, 2009. Retrieved June 22, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Development Update: Friday, March 6". The Futon Critic. March 6, 2009. Retrieved May 27, 2010. 
  8. ^ Abrams, Natalie (June 6, 2009). "The Body Politic: The Best Pilot You May Never See". E!. 
  9. ^ C, Nick (June 19, 2009). "Body Politic Future". WordPress. 

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