Kate Bliss

Created by William Bowers, John Rester Zodrow Right after wrapping up her role as Emily on the popular The Bob Newhart Show, actress Suzanne Pleshette, still riding high, lit out for the territories, popped up in a string of TV pilots, all of them unsuccessful.  In the 1978 rom com Kate Bliss and The Ticker Tape Kid, … Continue reading Kate Bliss

Mike Hercules (Alias Mike Hercules)

Created by Herbert Margolis Hugh Beaumont, the affably bland fifties actor mostly known as the persistently perplexed dad, Ward Cleaver, on TV classic Leave It to Beaver (1957-63), had an earlier career as a sort of utility player, appearing in numerous films and television series. His resumé included several crime flicks, including roles in The … Continue reading Mike Hercules (Alias Mike Hercules)

Michael MacGruder (Cagney and Lacey)

Created by Steven Brown Intended as a possible spin-off from Cagney & Lacey, Orion Productions had high hopes for "The Bounty Hunter," an unsold pilot disguised as an episode in the popular show's third season. BrianDennehy starred as MICHAEL MacGRUDER, a tough guy manhunter from Michigan on the trail of a bail jumper, who's wanted in New … Continue reading Michael MacGruder (Cagney and Lacey)

Harry McGraw (The Law and Harry McGraw)

Created by Peter S. Fischer HARRY McGRAW first showed up as a recurring character on Murder, She Wrote, a slightly shady working class gumshoe from Boston who earned the respect of Cabot Cove's very own mystery novelist/amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) for his detective skills and his not-quite-hidden heart of gold. As played by … Continue reading Harry McGraw (The Law and Harry McGraw)

Not Quite Ready for Prime Time

Pilots That Didn't Fly & Spin-offs That Didn't Spin 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 … Continue reading Not Quite Ready for Prime Time

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 (This Girl for Hire)

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 (This Girl for Hire)

The Made-for-Television Movies & Pilots

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 & Pilots

Liz Stonestreet (Who Killed the Centerfold Model?)

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 slice of cheese, TV's I Dream of Jeannie trades in the harem pants and the flesh-covered belly button divot for a trenchcoat and a pantsuit (and sometimes considerably less) as LIZ … Continue reading Liz Stonestreet (Who Killed the Centerfold Model?)