It seems the Geico cavemen have upset some minority rights groups LOS ANGELES - The producers of ABC's "Cavemen" pilot, hammered by critics for relying on offensive stereotypes with strong echoes of those aimed at African-Americans, said they intended no such parallels. Moreover, they said, the pilot wouldn't air until four or five episodes into the series. "In terms of them standing in for any one group, that's not our intention," executive producer Josh Gordon, who co-directed the original Geico ads, told members of Television Critics Association. The "Cavemen" pilot, though, was described and denounced by critics as presenting its hairy heroes as sexually potent and aggressive, athletically gifted, relatively unmotivated and potentially violent. "We're aware that the pilot seems to lean a little bit more in that direction," Gordon said. "But in the episodes that we're sort of coming up with now, we never saw them as a stand-in for one group." Executive producer Mike Schiff raised the question of how how people might associate with cavemen if they existed in this world - a world in which most would look down at cavemen. "You know: thickheaded, primal, not as sophisticated or cultured as us," he said answering his own question. "And then, of course, what we want to show in the show is that all those stereotypes are incorrect." Schiff said that the pilot - which writer Joe Lawson (author of the original Geico ads) admitted was a rush job to be finished in time for pilot season and consideration by ABC for fall - may indeed have leaned too heavily on familiar stereotypes. "Is that something that concerns us?" Schiff asked. "Of course ... we want to make sure that we're not saying anything offensive with the show." Delaying the broadcast of the pilot until other episodes have been televised, he said, would help establish the show's characters and tone more effectively - and less offensively. "I actually didn't know," Lawson admitted, "we would catch so much hell."