ABC Entertainment president Lew Erlicht, who was also in charge of programming for ABC, felt certain the networks were going to be providing “more and more original programming in the summer” .CBS Broadcast Group’s research senior vice president David Poltrak agreed that something had to change.
The first two pilots were “Ace” with Bob Dishy as a bungling detective and “The Bureau” with Henry Gibson and Barbara Rhoades as the chief of and an agent for a secret government agency called the Bureau.returned on Tuesday, June 21st, 1988 with a special two-hour pilot called “My Africa,” with Carl Weintraub as a doctor working in Kenya whose children come to live with him after his ex-wife dies.It ran from 8-10PM; the regular time slot was 8-9PM. Paradise,” with Sally Kellerman as a doctor whose brother owns a tropical resort (he’s also a doctor); “Roughhouse,” with Ronny Cox and Robert Prescott as construction workers; “Old Money,” with Carolyn Seymour as a wealthy countess; and “Sniff,” with Robert Wuhl as a reporter whose dog is a talented partner. During the summer of 1989 was once again seen on Tuesdays. The first pilot, “Microcops,” starred William Bumiller and Shanti Owen as tiny intergalactic police officers on the trail of a nasty bad guy played by Page Moseley.D.” with Rue Mc Clanahan and Leah Ayres as mother and daughter doctors working at the same hospital; and “Faculty Lounge,” with Arte Johnson, Rose Marie, Larry Storch (and others) as teachers at a high school who suddenly find themselves on strike.The final episode of This half-hour series had an interesting broadcast history.Dozens of television pilots are produced each year. But the costs of making a pilot are high and starting in the mid-1950s it was commonplace for the networks to run summer replacement series made up entirely of unsold pilots.