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Old 10-08-2020, 07:10 PM   #16
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Probably my favorite busted pilot, Garry Marshall's US adaptation of Are You Being Served for CBS. Croft/Lloyd worked on the US pilot, an adapation of the classic episode 'German Week.' I've always found AYBS to be the greatest britcom and the casting here is inspired. Charlotte Rae as slocombe and jonathan hillerman as peacock. The theme is so low-key opposed to the classic AYBS theme.
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Thanks CNNBCBS! I never knew there was a US pilot of AYBS. This feels both cool and strange at the same time. John Hillerman and Charlotte Rae are good, as always, but they can't replace the originals. And the show is nothing without the real Mr. Humphries.
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Review and video of Poochinski, a dog of a pilot (nyuk nyuk nyuk ) featuring a cop who's killed in the line of duty but whose mind lives on inside of a dog. Peter Boyle (later of Everybody Loves Raymond) is the star. I haven't watched the pilot yet, but it sounds craptastic!

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Tickets Please. 1988, CBS. With Cleavon Little, Marcia Strassman, Harold Gould and Bill Macy.
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https://youtu.be/f_wXFI4Ihm0
Baby On Board. CBS, 1989(?). Terri Hatcher is in the cast.

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King of the Building. 80s? Richard Lewis and Billie Bird. A James Komack production.

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Acting Sherrif. Robert Goulet. Touchstone Television for CBS, 1991. Would've made a fun show.
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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.

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Unsold US adaptation of the UK's New Avengers for CBS. Written by the same guy and produced by quinn martin productions.
“Slickers” wasn’t Carvey’s first attempt at a sitcom.

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Elvira Show. CBS, 1993. Would've paired well with The Nanny. Comedy vets Anne Beatts and Peter Bonerz behind the scenes. A post-WTB Katherine Helmond co-stars.
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Elvira Show. CBS, 1993. Would've paired well with The Nanny. Comedy vets Anne Beatts and Peter Bonerz behind the scenes. A post-WTB Katherine Helmond co-stars.
Watched this a few weeks ago. Fun show, definitely would have watched it during its original run had it got picked up. Definitely feels like it was inspired by the comic book Sabrina The Teenage Witch.
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Harry's Battles, based on a UK formats starring Dick van Dyke and Connie Stevens as a married couple with joe regalbuto (spelling?) as the foil, which would differ from episode to episode. Passed on by ABC in 1981.
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“Goodbye Charlie” came very close to being picked up, to the point where ABC started making publicity plans for it. Suzanne said she was heartbroken when ABC passed on it at the last minute.

It could have worked with some funnier writing and a different co-star than John Davidson. Suzanne was very good in it.
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“Goodbye Charlie” came very close to being picked up, to the point where ABC started making publicity plans for it. Suzanne said she was heartbroken when ABC passed on it at the last minute.

It could have worked with some funnier writing and a different co-star than John Davidson. Suzanne was very good in it.
Agreed, IIRC Davidson was better known on tv as a talk/variety personality. Richard Kline would've worked in the role.
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I thought John Davidson's acting was fine but yes, he already had a long TV career that defined him a bit. Richard Kline's history with Suzanne and Three's Company might also have presented a similar problem, plus I thought he was already a lead in another pilot with Shelley Fabares at the time.
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