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Old 10-03-2020, 07:21 PM   #1
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Starting this catch all thread on the topic of unsold pilots. Did some Internet research lately, any additional information of the topic is appreciated.

Goodbye, Charlie. Unsold Suzanne Sommers/John Davidson pilot for ABC in 1985.
https://youtu.be/UwDyGl8gwUw
Not saying this should've been picked up but it could've been paired up with a hypothetical second season of Three's A Crowd on Fridays. Kinda a catchy theme tho.

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https://youtu.be/ZN1ItEZhp68
Another unsold pilot from 1985. Staff from Bosom Buddies wrote/created this pilot starring michael richards as the kramer-esque bumbling city cop and dana carvey as the easily impressed country cop.

https://youtu.be/Ws6EBXbie80
Unsold US adaptation of the UK's New Avengers for CBS. Written by the same guy and produced by quinn martin productions.

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https://archive.org/details/TheNerd1989Pilot

The Nerd, which was an unsold pilot from 1989 for NBC. The series was not optioned, but it was eventually broadcast in March 1996. John Dye, Harley Jane Kozak and Robert Joy were the cast members.
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Starting this catch all thread on the topic of unsold pilots. Did some Internet research lately, any additional information of the topic is appreciated.

Goodbye, Charlie. Unsold Suzanne Sommers/John Davidson pilot for ABC in 1985.
http://https://youtu.be/UwDyGl8gwUw
Not saying this should've been picked up but it could've been paired up with a hypothetical second season of Three's A Crowd on Fridays. Kinda a catchy theme tho.
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Another unsold pilot from 1985. Staff from Bosom Buddies wrote/created this pilot starring michael richards as the kramer-esque bumbling city cop and dana carvey as the easily impressed country cop.

http://https://youtu.be/Ws6EBXbie80
Unsold US adaptation of the UK's New Avengers for CBS. Written by the same guy and produced by quinn martin productions.
Those links don't work for me.
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Goodbye, Charlie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwDyGl8gwUw

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Starting this catch all thread on the topic of unsold pilots. Did some Internet research lately, any additional information of the topic is appreciated.

Goodbye, Charlie. Unsold Suzanne Somers/John Davidson pilot for ABC in 1985.
http://https://youtu.be/UwDyGl8gwUw
Not saying this should've been picked up but it could've been paired up with a hypothetical second season of Three's A Crowd on Fridays. Kinda a catchy theme tho.
Not bad, this could've worked. What were the show(s) that ABC chose instead of Goodbye, Charlie? John Davidson is a better actor than game show host, that's for sure.
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Not bad, this could've worked. What were the show(s) that ABC chose instead of Goodbye, Charlie? John Davidson is a better actor than game show host, that's for sure.
Never mind, a summary of the 72 pilots in contention at ABC/NBC/CBS for the 1985-1986 TV season are listed here:

https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-...075-story.html

Looks like Growing Pains was the one comedy hit for ABC that season. I also remember seeing Jeffrey Tambor as a blind professor in "Mr. Sunshine" when ABC showed the pilot that summer, but don't remember any of the other ABC comedies.
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Here is a new link for Escapade:

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Never mind, a summary of the 72 pilots in contention at ABC/NBC/CBS for the 1985-1986 TV season are listed here:

https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-...075-story.html

Looks like Growing Pains was the one comedy hit for ABC that season. I also remember seeing Jeffrey Tambor as a blind professor in "Mr. Sunshine" when ABC showed the pilot that summer, but don't remember any of the other ABC comedies.
Mr sunshine was a summer burn-off. I've seen several promos for it on youtube. Henry Winkler was a producer on it.
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Never mind, a summary of the 72 pilots in contention at ABC/NBC/CBS for the 1985-1986 TV season are listed here:

https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-...075-story.html

Looks like Growing Pains was the one comedy hit for ABC that season. I also remember seeing Jeffrey Tambor as a blind professor in "Mr. Sunshine" when ABC showed the pilot that summer, but don't remember any of the other ABC comedies.
Mr sunshine was a summer burn-off. I've seen several promos for it on youtube. Henry Winkler was a producer on it.

That was an intersting article, I'd love to read more of those. ABC should've picked up In Like Flynn, a Romancing the Stone ripoff but a light adventure show with a female lead. Pilot is on Youtube, produced by glenn larson.
http://youtu.be/4sujU9LPc-o

Northstar has an awesome theme with some fantastoc imagery. While I enjoyed the pilot, ABC was wise to pass on this because it would've bombed hard.
http://youtu.be/xi23kQXoggI
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http://youtu.be/bS-Uy1zoNJM
She's With Me, 1986 for NBC by the future creators of Married With Children. Awful. Dinah Manoff is fine but Herry Hall is awful---that voice.

http://youtu.be/6hRp_aTEPjU
Mr and Mrs Dracula. 1980 pilot for ABC starring Dick Shawn as Dracula. There was a second pilot in 1981.
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