Sam Valenti Jr. (The Ferret)

Created by Blake Edwards Pseudonyms include Sam O. Brown (1922-2010) In this comedy, Robert Loggia played legendary anti-terrorist UN Special Agent SAM “THE FERRET” VALENTI, whose disappearance sets off an global crime wave. It falls to his son SAM VALENTI JR. (Steve Guttenberg), a bumbling, accident-prone jazz musician and amateur inventor (and possibly a part-time private eye), operating under … Continue reading Sam Valenti Jr. (The Ferret)

A. Dunster Lowell (The Boston Terrier)

Created by Blake Edwards & Tom Waldman Blake Edward must have really liked this idea. After failing to interest any of the networks in his 60-minute pilot, The Boston Terrier, about the adventures of suave, Harvard-educated (and presumably dogged) private eye A. DUNSTER LOWELL in 1962, Edwards tried again the next year with a revamped thirty-minute version—in … Continue reading A. Dunster Lowell (The Boston Terrier)

Nikki Beaumont & Nora Delaney (Nikki & Nora: The N&N Files)

Created by Nancylee Myatt “Here come the girls!” — the official theme song (seriously) Once upon a time, there was a 2004 made-for-television movie, Nikki and Nora, about two female partners (and lovers) in the Special Crimes Unit of the New Orleans police department. Apparently, it was intended as a pilot for UPN, but it was never … Continue reading Nikki Beaumont & Nora Delaney (Nikki & Nora: The N&N Files)

Braddock

Created by Paul Monash Tom Sicox starred as BRADDOCK, a private eye in the not-distant-future on the trail of some stolen components for a new later device, while contending with a jealous lover or two. Braddock, supposedly "the last private eye in America," relied on “old fashioned methods”--none of those fancy-schmancy “computerized” tricks for him. A … Continue reading Braddock

Cheryl Singer (The Danger Team)

Created by Tom Greene and Michael Wagner Rookie gumshoe CHERYL SINGER worked her cases--or at least that was the plan--with some rather unusual assistants:  three animated clay characters in The Danger Team, an undercooked 1990 pilot from ABC. Unfortunately for the producers, like the much-loved Claymation Christmas Special, only a few who managed to catch it, and the … Continue reading Cheryl Singer (The Danger Team)

Alexander L’Hiboux (The Owl)

Created by Bob Forward "I am the Owl. And the Owl never sleeps." For those of you who like a little pulp baked right into the mix, you ought to get a kick out of Bob Forward's two explosive books featuring ALEXANDER L'HIBOUX, whose street name is "THE OWL" ("L'hiboux" is French for "owl"). When … Continue reading Alexander L’Hiboux (The Owl)

Eric Bolan (The Silent Whisper)

Created by Jonathan Betuel When the family of a San Francisco cop ERIC BOLAN (David Beecroft) discovered his wife and two young children had been targeted by the serial killer he had  been investigating, he rushed to defend them--but arrived too late, and had his throat and his vocal chords slashed. Left unable to speak, … Continue reading Eric Bolan (The Silent Whisper)

Dicky Barrett (Vegas Dick)

Created by Rich Wilkes Vegas Dick was a UPN pilot, scheduled to air during the 2003-04 season, centering on DICKY BARRETT, a former con artist who attempts to go straight, and ends up scamming his way into a gig as the house detective at a swanky Las Vegas casino. His boss (played by Katherine Heigl) … Continue reading Dicky Barrett (Vegas Dick)

Henry Lee (The Law and Mr. Lee)

Created by John Wirth The Law and Mr. Lee, a TV show tentatively scheduled for the 2003-04-05 season but so far unaired, focuses on an Oakland-based private eye HENRY LEE, played by Danny Glover. Lee is a former Oakland police officer who spent 18 months in prison for "protecting a fellow officer" (that's a crime?). … Continue reading Henry Lee (The Law and Mr. Lee)

Mrs. Wabash (Dicks)

Created by ?? Dicks was a pilot allegedly in production for a proposed TV series, possibly a mid-season replacement on the WB network. It revolved around a quartet of aimless twenty-somethings (a girl and three guys) in Los Angeles -- the smart, sophisticated Molly and three guys--who go to junior college and learn how to be … Continue reading Mrs. Wabash (Dicks)