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Watch: 6 Minutes Of Clips From Emma Roberts' Unaired TV Pilot 'Delirium'

by Ken Guidry
February 6, 2014 11:32 AM
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Every year, TV networks typically order about a dozen pilots, then later decide which shows should be made into a series. These networks never have more than a handful of timeslots available, which means the majority of pilots ultimately never see the light of day. Last spring, “Delirium” was one of those pilots. It starred Emma Roberts as a 17-year-old girl who lives in a dystopian future where love is outlawed. Her character, of course, winds up falling in love. The show was based on the young adult novel by Lauren Oliver and it was rejected by Fox in favor of “Sleepy Hollow” and “Almost Human.”

However, if you've been curious to find out it looked like, six minutes worth of clips have landed online. The video was posted by the talent agency of actress Jeanine Mason, who plays Emma Roberts’ best friend in the show. While it’s interesting to see the first episode, perhaps it would have been best for Mason’s talent agency to keep this hidden away forever. Bad acting, cheap production values, and cheesy dialogue makes this six-minute reel a chore to get through (and no one comes out of this looking good). Fans of the novel may have cried foul when it was decided that the show would never get made, but after watching this video, it may have been for the best. If you ever wondered why so many pilots get rejected, watching this video should help answer that question. Check it out below. [Page To Premiere]

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  • Emilia | August 23, 2014 8:04 PMReply

    i was really sad when i heard they weren't going to make the show but I feel better without having the show at all than having this! the cast and just everything is so far from the book ugh

  • Christine | August 3, 2014 6:35 AMReply

    This basically took the book, spit in the author's face, tore the pages out and scribbled a bunch of absolute all-American-teenage-first-world-problem garbage all over it. Whomever scripted this should be ashamed.

  • Kris | August 3, 2014 12:34 AMReply

    Omg this was so awful. It looks like something a middle school film student made. So so so so awful.

  • Julianna | July 28, 2014 2:57 AMReply

    Seriously....just the simple fact>>> that Hana is blonde!!!!!!!!! ...STICK TO THE BOOK...why would you cast emma roberts???terrible decisions on all cast!!! They could have made something beautiful.....There is a whole world Ive created in my head throughout these 3 books.....and sadly it will not be wtf really you would have a black haired girl play hana it that hard to cast a blonde.....

  • Vera | July 3, 2014 8:46 AMReply

    I love the book so much, but this is awful.... They could actually make a beautiful movie or series based on Delirium...

  • Peyton | July 3, 2014 1:05 AMReply

    This is absolutely terrible- not even 2 minutes into the clips it's already so untrue to the book I don't think I would've recognized it as "Delerium" if I wasn't notified before hand.

  • Teshai | June 25, 2014 9:46 AMReply

    Watched it this weekend, didn't even know it was made into a show so long ago. Was not impressed at all, the acting was mediocre, her friend did not turn her in, it did not seem like the future, I don't remember, but did they get their results in the mail? The whole first book was condensed into one show. I like Emma, but this was so not her role.

  • Met | June 23, 2014 6:50 PMReply

    For so long I wanted them to make a film or a TV series Delirium, Pandemonium and Requim, but after seeing this 6 minute clip just just angers me that it's nothing like the books and is probably the reason it was never aired! - if they stuck to the books then it would have had a chance of getting popular! And I also think the casting is all wrong!!!!

  • maia | June 23, 2014 3:07 AMReply


  • Shana | June 13, 2014 4:54 PMReply

    I'm so happy that this wasn't aired.

  • Anna | June 13, 2014 1:58 PMReply

    That girl looks nothing like Hana!!!! This doesn't look like Delirium at ALL. For one thing Hana is a blond, and why is Julian in the story now!? He doesn't come in tell the second book. In my opinion this looks more like a story about teen drama.

  • Kat | June 10, 2014 11:29 PMReply

    MOVIE PLEASE. And re-cast too :))

  • Reno Garcia | June 4, 2014 2:45 PMReply

    Thank Jesus that wasn't aired I would've hated it

  • Shaswaty | June 1, 2014 3:37 PMReply

    That was horrible.. a big hanks for not airing this. I was like WTF! Emma Roberts is not the Lena material.. and Hana JUST NO! The guy picked for Alex is just no!
    The actor for Julian was actually pretty good... but like WTF he is not in the first book and he never ever meets Hanna. They screwed up the whole plot. That was WRONG!

  • Tess | June 1, 2014 3:25 AMReply

    That was awful. I love Emma Roberts but I don't think she's right for that role maybe more like Emily browning or something? And Hannah??? That looks nothing like the Hannah she describes in the book! This one isn't even pretty?! I agree with Paula Blake lively would have been a good choice. The Alex they picked really isn't good looking either. I think Julian's character was a good choice. But he never even met Hannah in the book? And Hannah was alright with the fact that Lena got the delirium. I agree with pretty much everyone else. This "show" doesn't seem dystopian at all more "American teen" they really screwed up an amazing plot. This would have been great as a movie trilogy.

  • Danielle | May 23, 2014 7:54 PMReply

    That was so, so bad. Nothing like the book. More like a typical teen drama than a dystopian society. I bet you CW would've greenlit this. So glad Fox chose Sleepy Hollow over this.

  • TMay | May 12, 2014 1:28 PMReply

    Okay, I am so glad that this didn't go through. Obviously the book was not considered when this was made. Julian isn't even in the same city! Hana is supposed to be a beautiful blonde, who the hell thought that what's -his-face would make a good Alex? And those are just the character flaws......SOOOO glad this was not actually released as a series.
    One Word to describe it:

  • esmeralda | May 12, 2014 1:11 PMReply

    im thankful they didn't go through with this and i agree that it doesnt seem like a dyspotian government, Hana is blonde, they are both bad at acting especially Hana's actress

  • Melody | May 9, 2014 2:42 PMReply

    I am certainly 100% sure that Hanna is a blonde. It isnt that hard to follow a novel, is it? There are plenty of blonde actresses in USA. And alex didnt throw rocks at lena's window. Hanna and Lena talked in real life about their husband matches because they couldnt reach each other through phone. Its like the director is deliberately changing the setting of the book. Why did Lauren Oliver even agree to the cast in the first place?

  • Tali | May 8, 2014 6:34 PMReply

    Seriously? This was not to look books AT ALL. It more seemed like an American teen life show, not a dystopian future. Didn't seem like there was really a "crazy government" and "forbiden love" at all. :/ Very glad this didn't go through.

  • Freddy rose | May 8, 2014 12:20 PMReply

    Aggreed with delirium lover...I felt as if Hanna should have been Gabriella Wilde (she played sue from Carrie)..and Lena should have been Mae Whitman or shaliene who played in divergent ...the casting was wrong the story plot was wrong it would have only ran one season with less views was for the best that fox rejected the would have gotten lots of bad the acting was the acting on a porno! ...future advice would be to go by the book and make it movie like the hunger games...way more income and better press!

  • Elly | May 4, 2014 5:40 PMReply

    First of all, that's not Hana. and second: Since when did Alex start to throw stones on her window and a lot of those things didn't even happen in the book. It's wrong. But I really think they should concidering making a movie or tvshow of the books BUT with other actors and they should really follow the book a little moooore. This really disappoints me. How could Lauren even accept this crap? o.O


  • Delirium lover | April 27, 2014 3:26 PMReply

    Okay so I'm just going to say that Hana was not supposed to look like that omfg, I'm so glad they didn't continue doing this, it looks awful. I like Emma Roberts but she's not my Lena. And Alex, in my imagination was like the most beautiful guy ever and ???? I can't. I'm mad. What the hell was going through Lauren's Oliver head when she accepted this??? Oh my god. Done.

  • Jennifer | April 24, 2014 5:03 PMReply

    That actually looked really good. I read the book, but don't remember too much about it (other than I did like it). I wonder what the next step is...a movie??

  • Manon | April 24, 2014 12:06 PMReply

    WHY LAUREN, why did you do this to me... Look Hana PLEASE.
    Books ♥ :(

  • Emma | April 22, 2014 1:28 PMReply

    Those 6 minutes are nothing like the books and Lena is meant to be from a poorish family! This was way to American high school and the fact it's meant to be set in a dystopian future didn't come across at all!
    Would love to see the books made into a film though!

  • Katherine | April 20, 2014 7:13 PMReply

    Very happy they didn't go through with this, the trailer did not follow the books at all. I would much rather like to see these books be made into movies like the hunger games, Harry potter, divergent, etc.

  • Cynthia | April 15, 2014 2:48 PMReply

    I prefer a movie than TV show, I don't like to much Emma as Lena. The books are amazing.

  • Laura | April 9, 2014 6:40 PMReply

    I'm very very glad they didn't get a TV show, the books are sooooo different, and Hanna is blonde! not like that girl. but I'm kinda sad too...

  • Jess | April 3, 2014 1:34 AMReply

    I could hardly make it through half. That being said, I've seen worse. .

  • Taylor | March 11, 2014 2:30 AMReply

    Omg I'm so sad they didn't get a TV show.. it was the best book series

  • Maria | February 27, 2014 7:03 PMReply

    I'm way happy they didn't go through with this. The delirium series is one of my favorite dystopian series, and this pilot sooo does not not do it justice.

  • Paula | April 9, 2014 6:03 PM

    I agree it's horrible, and the trilogy is so good! I really don't want Emma as Lena or Hanna's character. Hanna should be Blake Lively (you know, BLONDE!)

  • Kristina | February 21, 2014 11:32 AMReply

    I would totally watch this show. I would prefer the Hana character to be different, but all in all it looks like a show you would see on ABC family.

  • Ashley | February 7, 2014 1:59 PMReply

    This show I love I would of total watched it.

  • Sean | February 6, 2014 7:35 PMReply

    It's not THAT bad haha. Maybe I'm biased because I love Emma but I'm sure there are worse shows on air.

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