Not Quite Ready for Primetime

Unsold Television Pilots Television has always been a battlefield when it comes to getting a show actually on the air, and the P.I. genre has had it as rough as any other genre, although the nineties were particularly brutal. Some of these aired and nobody bit, and some of them may have never been aired … Continue reading Not Quite Ready for Primetime

Lucius Crane

Created by Blake Ritchie Pseudonym of Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts LUCIUS CRANE was a corpulent, harpsichord-playing gourmet and private detective hired by the friends of a murdered women to find her killer in the failed 1959 TV pilot The Fat Man: The Thirty-Two Friends of Gina Lardelli. Crane was played by "hefty, beetle-browed character … Continue reading Lucius Crane

B.T. Brady

Created by Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday, Barney Rozenweig, Terry Louise Fisher, Steve Brown, Clifford Hoelscher and Jean Hoelscher "Just like in a Dick Powell movie, a gigantic black hole opened up at my feet and I dived right in..." -- B.T. Brady, in voiceover How many people does it take to write one of these things, anyway? In … Continue reading B.T. Brady

The Made-for-Television Movies

Of course, the line gets damn blurry sometimes. Is a two-hour Rockford Files episode a TV movie? Should Banacek be listed as a series or a series of TV movies? Was The Dain Curse a mini-series or a multi-part TV movie? Does a two-hour pilot get listed as a TV movie only if it fails? … Continue reading The Made-for-Television Movies

Liz Stonestreet

Created by Leslie Stevens "I've got a .38, I'm licensed, and I shoot 290!" In Stonestreet: Who Killed the Centerfold Model?, a 1977 made-for-television movie, TV's I Dream of Jeannie trades in the harem pants and a belly button divot for a trenchcoat and a pantsuit (and sometimes considerably less) as LIZ STONESTREET, a former … Continue reading Liz Stonestreet