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Starlit Stairway





Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 19, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Amateurs and Fans, Regionalism, Television, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s

The Clone Master

The premise of this proposed 1978 TV series doesn't sound that bad, but only one pilot episode was ever made. NBC decided not to pick up the full show. Description from ioffer.com:

Scientist Simon Shane (Hindle) is working on a project which will create human clones of himself. Years of failed experiments with his mentor (Bellamy) at his side have yielded breakthroughs but not a successful final product though one is set to be unleashed within days. With his mentor kidnapped and a mysterious new party having presented itself with designs on the project which are suspicious at best, Simon accelerates the project and clones himself a dozen times maintaining a telepathic link with each of his fully grown "children" each of whom is an exact replica of him with all of his memories and capabilities.

Unfortunately, the full pilot episode isn't available anywhere online. A clip is all that YouTube has.



The show was written by Frederik Pohl, who had this to say about it in a 1977 interview with Tangent magazine:

TANGENT: What do you think of science fiction expanding into all of the different media? We have the records, tapes, comic books, television, etc. plus the books.
POHL: I think that the other media are peripheral. I get involved in them from time to time. I’m making a record and I have a contract to do the pilot script – and the treatment – for a new television series. It’s called “The Clone Master” at the moment. It’s not an anthology series, it’s a series series. They trapped me into it by promising me that it would be an anthology series. Now, this is one that I generated. The producer asked me for some suggestions and I told him that it should be an anthology series and ultimately badgered me down to where I am now. The process is one of badgering down. You get into television and you find there are twenty-five people who are being paid to criticize what you do and they all have to justify their salaries. It’s no fun, I don’t like doing it. I do like it in the sense that I like experimenting on my own in areas that I haven’t done before.


source: Made for TV Movie Wiki

Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 01, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Television, Science Fiction, 1970s

Toni’s Boys

A male version of Charlie's Angels that never made it past a 1980 pilot episode. From Wikipedia:

ABC attempted to create a spin-off of Charlie's Angels in 1980 called Toni's Boys. The backdoor pilot aired near the end of season four, simply titled "Toni's Boys" (season 4, episode 23). The concept was essentially a sex reversal of Charlie's Angels, and starred Barbara Stanwyck as Antonia "Toni" Blake, a wealthy widow and friend of Charlie's who ran a detective agency. The agency was staffed by three good looking male detectives—Cotton Harper (Stephen Shortridge), Matt Parrish (Bruce Bauer), and Bob Sorensen (Bob Seagren)—who took direction from Toni, and solved crimes in a manner similar to the Angels. The show was not picked up as a regular series for the following season.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Sep 25, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Television, 1980s

Follies of the Madmen #386



Very convoluted ad for the Sir Galahad watchband that will add courage to your wrist.

By the way:

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 25, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Television, 1940s, Comedians

The Baileys of Balboa

The Wikipedia page, which says:

The show was primarily developed for the network because its president, James T. Aubrey, insisted that Gilligan's Island, which premiered the same season (and which he personally loathed), would have been a better show if it had centered on the exploits of a charter boat captain operating in a marina, and had his old friend Keefe Brasselle produce his version of the idea in order to prove his point.




Raquel Welch in this clip.





Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 26, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Humor, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Television, 1960s

Howie



Will Hutchins prefigures Jim Carrey in DUMB AND DUMBER.

Three subsequent parts of the episode separately on YouTube.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 17, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Television, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1960s

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