Coastocoast (almost known as Coast to Coast) was announced as part of NBC’s 1978-1979 schedule on May 15th and given the 8-9PM time slot on Thursdays . The series, an hour-long comedy, would focus on a pair of beautiful stewardesses flying between New York and Los Angeles. Gary Deeb referred to it as a “skin comedy” and “Charlie’s Stewardesses” . Starring as the two stewardesses would be Melanie Griffith and Linda Watkins. David Ankrum would play a third officer. I’m not quite sure what that is but apparently his character would be “zany” .
The series was produced by Saul Turtletaub, Bernie Orenstein and Bud Yorkin through their company T.O.Y. Productions. In a May 24th, 1978 article lambasting cheesecake, Gary Deeb wrote that Coastocoast “is similar to those despicable Continental Airlines commercials in which the stews ‘really move our tail for you.’ You’ve never heard of the stars and besides, their acting ability has nothing to do with their landing the roles” .
Then, on Wednesday Wednesday, June 14th, only six days after becoming president of NBC, Fred Silverman pulled Coastocoast from the network’s schedule, with an eye towards a mid-season debut . Bud Yorkin was actually happy with the move, having asked Silverman for more development time (he apparently had only five to six weeks). Said Yorkin: “I really take my hat off to the man. I was on the air (in September) if he didn’t show up” . According to Gary Deeb, however, NBC insiders felt the series would never air .
Coastocoast was officially cancelled, it seems, sometime in August. The New York Times reported that “the network and the producers had been unable to agree on what the show’s concept ought to be and that the time finally came when NBC felt it had to move on to other, more promising development ideas” . As far as I know, no pilot episode was completed. You can read more about how Fred Silverman overhauled NBC’s schedule in late 1978/early 1979 in my Midseason 1979 article.
2 Deeb, Gary. “Tempo TV: NBC fall ‘diet’ still heavy on cheesecake.” Chicago Tribune. 17 May 1978: D10.
4 Deeb, Gary. “It takes a lot of crust for networks to serve up this kind of cheesecake.” Chicago Tribune. 24 May 1978: D7.
5 “Silverman Puts Fall NBC Show on Hold.” Los Angeles Times. 15 Jun. 1978: I26.
7 Deeb, Gary. “Tempo TV: Silverman cracks a fast whip at NBC.” Chicago Tribune. 19 Jun. 1978: E7.
8 Margulies, Lee. “Inside TV: Caucus Hits Early Season.” Los Angeles Times. 14 Aug. 1978: H13.