Pilot to Series

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My comedy show was originally filmed as a pilot but is now a series about to launch Season 2 - Should I edit original listing or add a new listing? THANKS
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Lisa Hughes

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Lisa: What is the name of the series? It will be easier to explain how to fix the situation if you provide the title and link to the show's current IMDb page.

Is only the pilot episode listed in the database -- as though it were a TV movie -- and none of the other Season 1 episodes are listed yet? Do you intend to have the pilot renumbered as episode #1.1 of the series?

Once you provide the details, someone here will be able to advise you.
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Thank you for your reply. It is called The Actress Diaries (2010). I have five episodes from Season 1 of the 2012 Series and twelve episodes about to launch for Season 2 in January. I big issue is that the actors listed in IMDB are a mix of pilot cast and series cast. Only the pilot episodes is listed. I imagine 1.1 to be first episodes of the series but its currently referring to the pilot.

Any help is wonderful :) 
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Lisa: This will be easy to deal with. "The Actress Diaries" is already listed as a TV series (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2526154/) -- it's just that only one episode is listed so far. If the pilot (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2631342/) needs to be renumbered to be episode 1.0, you can do that by submitting an Episode Title/Number correction for that episode only. (I don't know if that's necessary, but it sounds like that's what you want.)

All the other episodes can be added by going to the main page for the series and clicking "Add episode". For each episode, you will need to provide at least one of the following three pieces of information -- the episode title, the episode number (for example, episode 2.1 is the first episode of the second season), and the premiere date. If you have all three pieces of information, please provide all three. During the episode-adding process, you can submit the cast, writer, director, plot summary, and other information for the episode.

Each episode must be added separately, but as soon as you finish submitting one episode, you can start submitting the next episode -- you don't need to wait.

The only complication is that if there is going to be a different episode 1.1 from the one currently listed as the pilot episode (which you may be renumbering as 1.0), you should wait until the episode number change for the pilot has been completed before submitting the "new" episode 1.1. But that shouldn't stop you from submitting any other episodes that don't have a conflict as to the episode number.

The cast corrections will largely work themselves out -- as the cast of each episode gets added, the cast list for the series will change so that the people who appear in the most episodes will go to the top of the series cast list.

Good luck!
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Thank you so much for all your advice. I really appreciate it. Do I go through 'edit' for the change in episode number and name??? I'm not sure where I can change the pilot to 1.0. Thanks :) 
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Lisa: Specifically, here is how you would make the change.

Go to the page for the pilot, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2631342/. Click "Edit page".

On the next screen, on the Episode Title/Number line (near the bottom of the page), select "Correct". Click "Continue".

On the next screen, there will be a box for the Series, a box for the Episode Title, and a box for the Number. Leave the first two boxes as they are. Change the Number in the third box from 1.1 to 1.0 instead.

Check the box marked "provide an explanation to assist in processing this change". Click "Check these updates".

On the next screen, there will be a box in which to enter an Explanation. Enter something like "The pilot episode of this series is being renamed from 1.1 to 1.0 to differentiate it from the regular first season of the show. The pilot was filmed in 2010 in a 30-minute made-for-television sitcom format, while the first season was not filmed until 2012, in a 5- to 9-minute webisode format and with a mostly different cast." (Assuming that is correct.) Click "Re-check these updates".

On the next screen, if everything looks correct (nothing will really have changed since you entered the Explanation), you should be able to click "Submit these updates".

Good luck!


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All done. Wonderful. Thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate it :)