Experimental Television, Test Films, Pilots and Trial Series, 1925 through 1995

Seven Decades of Small Screen Almosts


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About the Book

Test films, pilots, trial series, limited runs, summer tryouts—by whatever name, televison networks have produced thousands of experimental shows that never made it into the regular line-up. Some were actually shown, but failed to gain an audience; many others never even made it on the air.
This work includes more than 3,000 experimental television programs, both aired and unaired, that almost became a series. Entries include length, network, air date (if appropriate), a fact-filled plot synopsis, cast, guest stars, producer, director, writer, and music coordinator. Fully indexed.

About the Author(s)

Vincent Terrace has worked as a researcher for ABC television and is the television historian for BPOLIN Productions (an independent film and television producing company for which he has created two projected televisions series: April’s Dream and April and May: Ghost Hunters (both starring actress-ventriloquist April Brucker). He has also written more than 50 books, about television and radio.

Bibliographic Details

Vincent Terrace
Format: softcover (7 x 10 in 2 vols.)
Pages: 798
Bibliographic Info: 69 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2009 [1997]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4096-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3223-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Volume 1

Acknowledgements      vi

Preface      1

The Programs: Aaron’s–Nancy      3

(Entries 1–1753)

Volume 2

The Programs: Nancy–Zorro      411

(Entries 1754–2908)

Index      687

Book Reviews & Awards

“thoroughly intriguing…. A useful book for historical research in television and communication arts”—Choice; “Terrace is arguably the most prolific developer of television reference material, with more than 30 books to his credit…excellent and unique reference work…more than 3,000 programs…almost anyone with even a vague aesthetic sense would benefit from reading these entries”—ARBA.