Before They Were Stars (2-for-1 Special): Rachel McAdams and Malin Akerman in “Shotgun Love Dolls”

“Well, the way they make shows is, they make one show. That show’s called a pilot. Then they show that show to the people who make shows, and on the strength of that one show they decide if they’re going to make more shows. Some pilots get picked and become television programs. Some don’t, become nothing. She starred in one of the ones that became nothing.”

Yes, in the immortal words of Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction, there are indeed thousands of pilots filmed for TV shows that go on to become nothing. Such was the case with this 2001 Toronto-shot pilot for MTV called Shotgun Love Dolls, a show which, of course, was never picked up and went on to become nothing. However, it did happen to feature a couple of actresses who went on to become something. The lead role was played by none other than Rachel McAdams, who was making her official acting debut, and the show also featured an early role for an unknown Malin Akerman. What’s funny is that Shotgun Love Dolls actually bears a bit of a resemblance to Fox Force Five, the failed TV pilot Mia Wallace describes having worked on in Pulp Fiction.

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