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Failed Pilots/Hypothetical Line-Ups

Discussion in 'Saturday Morning Forever!' started by superdude, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. superdude

    superdude king of cool

    Mar 6, 2016
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    What were some notable pilots that weren't picked up? I know that H-B had a pilot for 'Teen Titans' in 1983. When that wasn't picked up by ABC they added the character Cyborg to the final (85-86) season of Superfriends (Super Powers). Cute animal shows dominated that season as the networks were still searching for the next 'Smurfs' type break-out.

    Also the Super Powers episode 'The Fear' was originally produced as a pilot for a new Batman series. I assume for ABC as a companion for Super Powers.
    ABC 1985:
    8-9 Bugs Bunny Comedy Hour
    9-10 Star Wars: Ewoks/ Droids
    10 New Batman (a one-hour block could be titled 'Batman and The Super Powers Team')
    10:30 The Super Powers Team
    11 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (replacing Scooby-Doo repeat)
    11:30 The Littles

    Also NBC passed on a 'X-Men' pilot (Pryde of the X-Men) in 1989. I would've either picked it up over 'The Karate Kid' or cut the final season of Smurfs to a half-hour at 10:30.
    #1 superdude, Mar 10, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2016
  2. stephane dumas

    stephane dumas Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2006
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    Completely agree about the missed opportunity of the X-Men pilot of 1989. Gambling on this, NBC wouldn't relied too much on Saved by the Bell and the various similar series then SBTB producer Peter Engel did with California Dreams, Hang Time, City Guys.
  3. superdude

    superdude king of cool

    Mar 6, 2016
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    IRC ABC's 87-88 line-up was a disaster as they continued to get killed against Muppet Babies and Smurfs. A one-hour Flintstone Kids failed against the two the previous year. Maybe ABC should've expanded Pound Puppies in season two since it did well in its first season. ALso, maybe Real Ghostbusters could've expanded to an hour in season two instead of waiting unitil season three. It was an established property and a very anticipated series. Little Clowns and Little Wixards were DOA back in '87.

    ABC Hypothetical Fall 1986
    8:00 Super Powers Team (Superfriends)
    8:30 Care Bears
    9:00-10:00 The Flintstone Kids
    10:00 Pound Puppies
    10:30 The Real Ghostbusters
    11:00 Bugs Bunny/Tweety Show
    11:30 Ewoks
    12:00 The Littles (midseason: Weekend Special)
    12:30-1:30 American Bandstand

    ABC Hypothetical Fall 1987
    8:00 The Care Bears
    8:30 My Pet Monster
    9:00-10:00 Pound Puppies
    10:00-11:00 The Real Ghostbusters
    11:00 The Flintstone Kids
    11;30-12:30 Bugs Bunny/Tweety Show
    12:30-1:30 American Bandstand

    ABC Hypothetical Fall 1988
    8:00 Pound Puppies
    8:30-9:30 Disney's New Adventures of Winnie The Pooh
    9:30-10:30 Slimer and The Real Ghostbusters
    10:30 A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
    11:00-12:00 Bugs Bunny/Tweety Show
    12:00 The New Adventures of Beany and Cecil (replaced by The Flintstone Kids)
    12:30 ABC Weekend Special
  4. MikeDodgers

    MikeDodgers Member

    Apr 26, 2015
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    You're not gonna believe this, but FOX Kids actually passed on 'Phineas and Ferb' when it was first pitched in 1993!
  5. ToonJay723

    ToonJay723 Bingo Bongo

    Nov 24, 2012
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    I believe it. They pitched it to every network before Disney Channel picked it up in 2005.

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