Minority Report, Blindspot, and Lucifer TV pilot episodes all leaked online
Another day, another round of big American TV shows leaking to the internet weeks ahead of their official premiere dates.
It’s not quite as long a lead as the upcoming live action Supergirlshow, which saw its pilot episode unofficially released six months early, but at least four brand shows have hit torrent and streaming sites.
In what appears to be a coordinated action, HD-quality pilots for at least four upcoming 2015-16 season TV shows — Fox’s “Minority Report” and “Lucifer,” and NBC’s “Blindspot” and “The Carmichael Show” — popped up on Internet piracy sites early Monday weeks before their scheduled TV premieres.
Conspiracy theorists are minded of the fact that three of these shows are of interest to notoriously picky geek audiences.Minority Report follows precognitive Dash (Stark Sands) and detective Lara Vega (Meagan Good), and is set 15 years after the events of the 2002 Tom Cruise movie (itself very loosely based on a Philip K. Dick story). Blindspot sees Thor actor Jaimie Alexander as an amnesiac woman covered in tattoos, each of which guides the FBI to solve a particular crime. Lucifer, incredibly loosely based on the Vertigo comic series, follows the First Fallen (played by Brit actor Tom Ellis) after he gets bored of his role as lord of Hell and quits the job to open a piano bar in Los Angeles…. and help a detective solve crimes. The fourth series leaked so far is a sitcom, The Carmichael Show.
There are a few links between the shows too, which might factor into how they all leaked at once. Lucifer and Blindspot were both produced by Warner Bros. Television, while Minority Report andThe Carmichael Show are from 20th Century Fox. Carmichael andBlindspot will air on NBC in the US, while the others are set for Fox. There’s a curious degree of overlap there.
The pirated copies appeared on torrent websites at about 2 a.m. ET Monday, according to antipiracy analytics firm Excipio.
As of 12 noon ET, “Lucifer” had been accessed by 141,498 torrent clients across the globe, while the pilot for “Minority Report” (pictured above) was at 111,269 and “Blindspot” had hit 81,887, Excipio data shows. Figures for “The Carmichael Show” were not available at press time. The copies are authentic and bear no visible signs of digital watermarks, according to Excipio.
It’s not clear how the pilots made their way into the wild, but in the past such early leaks have been ripped from preview DVD copies.
Leaks of TV show episodes prior to their airing on television have not been rare. This past April, the first four installments of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” season 5 showed up on torrent-sharing sites a day prior to the season premiere. After the leak of “GoT” — with the dubious distinction of being the most-pirated TV show online — the premium cabler said it would shift to streaming-only releases of review screeners instead of distributing DVD copies.