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)

Take Me to the Pilot

Development Hell Department (2005-06) A Special Report from Chris Gumprich MARCH 2005 Coming to a television set neat you? Er, don't hold your breath... We've come a long, long way from the glory days of the 1970s and early eighties when it seemed every other TV drama involved a private eye. In the 2005-06 season, … Continue reading Take Me to the Pilot

Elliot & T.C. Cooper (Quick and Quiet)

Created by Bruce Kalish & Sam Bobrick "Being dead ain't easy..."--official tagline A reboot of a failed pilot from the previous year, Landon, Landon and Landon, Quick and Quiet aired on August 8th, 1981. It was CBS' second pilot to feature William Windom playing a dead private eye, but this time his name was THADDEUS CHARLES “T.C.” … Continue reading Elliot & T.C. Cooper (Quick and Quiet)

Ben, Holly and Nick Landon (Landon, Landon and Landon)

Created by Bruce Kalish & Philip John Taylor As the private eye boom of the seventies on American television sputtered out (we'd already had fat eyes, blind eyes, old eyes and beach bum eyes), the gimmicks started to get wilder and wilder (and the shows lamer and lamer, generally), to the point where we finally … Continue reading Ben, Holly and Nick Landon (Landon, Landon and Landon)