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Posted on Mar 28, 2012 8:18:39 PM PDT
I have to wonder what Rice thought of the Norliss movie...I know he got really upset when they made a Kolchak series without his permission and he sued them.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 7:46:18 AM PDT
Pulpman says:
The tv movie is great I have it on DVD it was not written by Jeff Rice. I did hear or read once that it was supposed to be a third movie in The Kolchack films.

Posted on Mar 25, 2012 12:07:29 AM PDT
THE NORLISS TAPES.A series about a reporter who while trying to debunk the supernatural disapears leaving only a collections of tapes to tell his tale. Starring Roy Thennis. Created by Jeff Rice.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 23, 2012 12:03:29 AM PDT
Lee Goldberg says:
Thanks!

Lee

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 6:47:00 PM PDT
Just going a little off-topic here...Lee, I see via the back cover of the latest Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine that you're receiving the Poirot Award at Malice Domestic 24 during the last weekend of April...Congratulations!!!

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 5:19:27 AM PDT
Pulpman says:
Ron Ely did a pilot many years ago. I believe it was called The Seal. I liked the show but nothing ever came of it. I always felt that Ely was an under rated actor who should have done better.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 7:21:41 AM PST
This book sounds right up my alley - does it mention one "Alfred of the Amazon"? I remember seeing this around 1967 as a summer anthology of (I assume) failed pilots. A parody of 'Jungle Jim' adventure shows starring, if I recall correctly, Wally Cox? No mention at all on a Google search...

Posted on Feb 4, 2012 3:48:26 AM PST
I've watched a number of them. Among my favorates were two Science-Fiction Pilots based on the George Pal Movies Conquest of Space and War of the Worlds (The latted did become a series 30 years later) along with an Aviation-Oriented Pilot called Test Pilot. Too bad they didn't become series, they had Potential.

Posted on Feb 3, 2012 4:09:23 PM PST
William, have you watched any of those?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 3, 2012 1:48:48 PM PST
Lee Goldberg says:
I know those pilots well! In fact, I used clips from them in my CBS special "Greatest Shows You Never Saw" and my ABC special "Best TV Shows That Never Were" (you can see clips from those specials on YouTube). Charlie Rocket starred in D5B-Steel Collar Man. It was awful.

Posted on Feb 3, 2012 1:21:10 PM PST
I bought a collection of over 300 Pilots that never made it to a full-fledged series from ioffer a few years ago. Mostly from the 1950s to 1970s. Fun to watch, and I can't help but wonder what would TV be like today IF these had became Series? I guess we'll never know.

Posted on Feb 3, 2012 1:03:58 AM PST
I remember Northstar...Mason Adams from Lou Grant played the villain.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 7:05:05 AM PST
J. Dean says:
I remember a scifi one called "Steel Collar Man." If I recall correctly, the character was supposed to be a robot.

Another one was a double feature from ABC: "Northstar" with Greg "BJ and the Bear" Evigan, and "Condor" which was about a cop with a female android partner.

But the one I saw once that seems to be impossible to find was a scifi half hour comedy called "Earthlings" (At least, that's what I THINK the title was). In the show, they had a transporter a la Star Trek, but they kept complaining about aching elbows every time they used it.

Yes, I watched too much TV as a kid.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2012 11:44:39 PM PST
Lee Goldberg says:
Bruce Boxleitner starred in SPORTING CHANCE, with a script by Remington Steele creator Michael Gleason.

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 8:23:09 PM PST
I actually saw that Scott Bakula pilots. I think during the 80's writer's strike they aired it and some other similar unsold stuff to fill time. If I remember right CBS had some show where they showed a diffrent one every week (including one called "Sporting Chance", don't remember the star but he was a washed up or discredited ex-jock who solved sports related crimes or something). I think the showcase show was hosted by Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis. :)

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 7:43:42 PM PST
No one picked it up, but Warburton survived pretty nicely, I would say...

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 11:41:25 PM PST
I was at one of those TV preview surveys where they show a pilot episode from a prospective new TV show. This was about 12 years ago.

The sitcom, named Blind Men, starred Patrick Warburton, and was a comedy about competing window blind salesmen. It was pretty funny, along the lines of King Of Queens. Too bad no one picked it up. It was promising.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 9:01:04 PM PST
Lee Goldberg says:
It wasn't considered a series...they were two, one-hour pilots (as I mentioned in my Aug 2009 post above). No additional episodes were shot or ordered.

Lee

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 8:00:07 PM PST
A series did arise from those Griffith movies, Adams of Eagle Lake, but it only lasted two episodes.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2012 8:38:03 PM PST
Lee Goldberg says:
I know -- I have'em both. I also bought KONA COAST and GENESIS II, two other busted pilots, as well as the pilots for HARRY O, MEDICAL CENTER and SEARCH.

Lee

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2012 7:47:36 PM PST
Warner Archive offers both Winterkill and Deadly Game on DVD.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2012 7:24:16 PM PST
Lee Goldberg says:
Thank you so much, Richard. I am glad you enjoyed it. Good luck finding the one-armed man!

Lee

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 6:54:33 PM PST
I borrowed your book from the library some time ago, Lee...I enjoyed it a lot, just like I enjoyed many of the TV scripts you and your partner worked on.

Posted on Aug 22, 2009 8:43:19 AM PDT
Lee Goldberg says:
I just discovered that the manuscript I posted was riddled with errors... I accidentally posted the *uncorrected* scan of the book, not the corrected, final one. I was mortified. I have since repaired that error...but I want to apologize to anyone who endured the error-laded book.

Lee

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2009 11:03:08 AM PDT
Grandma Bev says:
Thanks for responding, Lee -
I thought they pretty good episodes. Don't know why they were not picked up for a series. But I only know what I like - not some big executive pushing the buttons on yes or no.
Gran Bev
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