Watch the Sarah Silverman Sitcom That Never Was
2:53 pm, October 22nd | by Colette McIntyre
In 2012, Sarah Silverman taped a pilot for NBC called Susan 313. Produced and developed by Ron Howard, the semi-autobiographical show starred Silverman as a struggling musician who returns to her old life and apartment after her long-term relationship implodes. For whatever reason (Theory #1: We Can’t Have Nice Things), the promising series wasn’t picked up.
Usually that would be the end of the story — we peasants living outside of Hollywood’s main fortress would never know what we were denied and only the Eye of Sauron, watchful and intent, would see beyond the sitcom shadows, every once in a while striking down Dan Harmon with a glimpse (for the LOLs) — but Susan 313 has been pulled out of the ether. Silverman posted the previously unseen pilot, preceded by a charming intro, to her YouTube network Jash. It’s a shame Susan 313 never made it to series; with talented co-stars like Tig Notaro and June Diane Raphael, stellar cameo appearances by the likes of Jeff Goldblum, and ambitious manipulations of the sitcom form, the show had all the makings of something special.