In a perverse – and certainly extra-legal – popularity contest, Fox’s Minority Report pilot was the hands-down winner among Internet thieves Monday, scoring about 210 links by mid-afternoon, within 12 hours of being leaked by pirates to a torrent website.
Fox’s Lucifer, a D.C. Comics-based actioner about the Lord of Hell, had notched about 150 links. That means that by mid-day Monday, hundreds of copies of the Fox pilots were sailing through the Internet ether, with Minority Report taking the lead, for better or worse, and Blindspot hitting 149 links. The Carmichael Show, from what Deadline could ascertain, had no public links.
No one’s sure yet how the pilots were stolen, but the usual route is via preview DVDs.
Minority Report, from 20th Century Fox TV, Paramount TV and Amblin TV, premieres September 21, while Lucifer is slated for a midseason 2016 premiere. The leak was first pointed out by a post in the Piracy subreddit. Deadline has reached out to both the studio and network for comment, with no response yet, but as of posting time the shows were still available online.
The four programs join a roster of other hot pilots recently leaked online, including The CW’s Arrow and Flash and CBS’ Supergirl.
Minority Report, based on the Philip K. Dick novel, is set in the year 2065, picking up 15 years after the action depicted in the 2002 Tom Cruise film. The series stars Stark Sands as Dash, a crime-predicting Precog, and Nick Zana, Laura Regan and Meagan Good.
Lucifer, a loose adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman and Lucifer comic books, stars Tom Ellis as the titular demon. Blindspot is a thriller produced by Supergirl producer Greg Berlanti, starring Sullivan Stapleton as an FBI agent assigned to deal with a mysterious amnesiac woman found covered with tattoos including the FBI agent’s name on the center of her back: it’s set for a September 21 debut. Family comedy The Carmichael Show bows August 26, starring Jerrod Carmichael, Amber Stevens West, David Alan Grief, Lil Rel Howery and Loretta Devine.