The Paley Center for Media, at both its New York City and Los Angeles locations, will screen a collection of six
unaired unsold pilot episodes every Sunday during April. “Grounded Pilots,” part of the Curators Choice Screenings program, runs from 12:15-4PM (local time) April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th.
Produced between 1962 and 1983, the pilots feature the likes of Farrah Fawcett, Michelle Lee, Victor Borge, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eva Gabor, and Alec Baldwin.
Here’s the complete list of
unaired unsold pilots:
Inside O.U.T. (1971)
Bill Daily, Alan Oppenheimer, Mike Henry, and Farrah Fawcett star in this spy spoof as agents from the Office of Unusual Tactics (O.U.T.). Six years after its initial airing, NBC rebroadcast the pilot in 1977 at the height of “Farrah-mania.” (28 min.)
The Michele Lee Show (1974)
In this sitcom pitch, Michele Lee stars as an unlucky-in love-newsstand worker. (33 min.)
The Victor Borge Comedy Theatre (1962)
Desilu Productions created this proposed anthology series to utilize the comedic and musical talents of Victor Borge. Borge introduces comedic scenes; two of which were excerpts from previously unsold Desilu productions. Suzuki Beane stars Katie Sweet as a child beatnik who ends up bonding with a rich classmate (Jimmy Garrett) and The Sound and the Fidelity features Tom Ewell as a Hi-Fi obsessive. A new sketch, directed by Desi Arnaz, stars Lucille Ball as a first time flier on an airplane who drives seatmate Gale Gordon crazy. (41 min.)
The Zsa Zsa Gabor Show (1969)
Hostess Zsa Zsa Gabor welcomes Lucille Ball, Adam West, and Marty Allen as her guests in this unique talk show pilot. (35 min.)
Mickey and the Contessa (1963)
A widowed college football coach (Mickey Shaughnessy) hires a housekeeper sight unseen and is surprised when his new employee turns out to be a glamorous Contessa (Eva Gabor). (29 min.)
The Sheriff and the Astronaut (1983)
Alec Baldwin is the sheriff and Ann Gillespie is the astronaut in this drama about a couple on the hunt for a murderer killing off members of a prestigious family. (51 min.)
The screenings are opening to the public. Members can reserve seats.