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Monday, November 30, 2015

Unsold Television Pilots by Lee Goldberg

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review.

If you are a TV fanatic like me, you will love Unsold Television Pilots by Lee Goldberg. Ever wonder what shows never made it to the light of day? Well here is your answer to a bunch of them!


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This is an exhaustively researched book that reveals the details behind thousands of TV series ideas that were developed but rejected by the networks. Lee Goldberg states that he began writing this book when he was nine and by the time he finished he was in his early twenties and one of the entries that he had by then was an unsold pilot of his own, a potential spin-off of Spenser: For Hire.

Originally written and published before you could Google pretty much anything, unsold pilots at that time were a mystery and this was the first resource to them of its kind. To Lee's surprise it became a huge sensation, even turning into two TV specials and being mentioned on The Tonight Show.



Image source: Lee Goldberg

Since that first edition, readers have informed Lee of some mistakes which are corrected in this edition. The book covers unsold pilots from 1955 to 1989.

If you love TV, this book is a must have, filled with hours of fun. Get it and find out all of the TV that you missed because the networks said no. You may be surprised what you find! I know we now have Google, but it's a lot nicer to have all that fun info at your finger tips.

To enter to win a copy of Unsold Pilots, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “pilots,” or comment on this article and please include your email address. A winner will be chosen December 2, 2015. If entering via email please include your mailing address.


Lorie Lewis Ham is KRL's editor-in-chief/publisher. She has published in many venues through the years and has 5 published mystery novels. You can learn more about Lorie's writing on her blog Mysteryrat's Closet.


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