Pilot Season
fiction by James Brubaker

“The book is funny, wise, and brilliantly observed.”
—Bayard Godsave, author of Lesser Apocalypses

“Each premise is filtered through the panache of modern TV programming, but in Brubaker’s hands they swerve so painfully and unnervingly close to home they become high-definition glimpses into the hyperreality we’re already living.”
—Jeff Simpson, author of Vertical Hold

“Brubaker paints an America of pixels and prose, probing into our TV-lit living rooms to expose our best and worst truths. He recognizes us for what we are—both viewer and viewee—and rather than condemning our culpability in what passes for entertainment, offers a story wonderful and weird enough to pull us from our sets.”
—Erin Flanagan, author of It’s Not Going to Kill You, and Other Stories

Pilot Season opens with a television executive attempting to save his floundering network’s fall roster. As his own anxieties, disappointments, and alienation from his family play out through a steady stream of absurd television pilots, we are treated to sardonic parodies of our contemporary reality show–obsessed media culture. While critiquing the cruelty and exploitation of the medium, Pilot Season also manages to laud the human spirit’s ability to trump our flaws.