Unsold Television Pilots: 1955-1989

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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Jul 5, 2015 - Performing Arts - 828 pages


This is the ground-breaking, exhaustively-researched book that revealed, for the first time ever, all of the details behind the thousands of TV series ideas that were developed and rejected by the networks since the dawn of television. 

The book was an instant, national sensation when it was first published in 1990, winning enthusiastic critical acclaim and enormous media attention, including on-air praise from TV legend Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show," and was adapted into two hour-long specials, "The Greatest Shows You Never Saw" on CBS and "The Best TV Shows That Never Were" on ABC. 

This is a landmark work of television history and research ... a must-read for anyone who loves TV... and who wants to know how shows get on-the-air...and how they don't.

"Full of fool's gold and genuine TV treasures," New York Post
"A must-browse for media freaks," USA Today

"A remarkable encyclopedia," TV Guide

"The best bathroom reading ever!" San Francisco Chronicle

"One of the best books ever written about television," TVParty.com

"A fascinating book," Johnny Carson

"Packed with amusing failures," Chicago Sun-Times

"Irresistible, enthralling, a page-turner. Goldberg puts just enough historical background in the book to make the bizarre psychology of the networks make sense," Hartford Courant

"Mr. Goldberg has collected some of the oddest pilots" Wall Street Journal

"The definitive reference book on pilots" Los Angeles Times

"If you're ever amazed at what the networks think will make a good series, imagine what they reject. Lee Goldberg has ransacked tube history for ideas nobody wanted," Entertainment Weekly

"among the finest books I've ever read about television. And given Lee's track record as writer, producer, director and historian you're not going to find more accomplished guide or judge anywhere," Ed Gorman, Mystery Scene Magazine

"To say UNSOLD TELEVISION PILOTS is exhaustive is an understatement; the index alone runs almost 150 pages! Weighing in at 3 pounds and 828 pages, it's an intimidating monster ... and yet, it's not meant to be read in the traditional sense, because it's a reference work. Whatever you do, don't miss the introduction, which gives a fascinating peek into the business of the pilot process -- from someone who's been there, no less, "Bookgasm

"This new paperback edition is the ultimate prize....copiously researched and often amusing" The Rap Sheet

"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!" Kings River Life Magazine

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About the author (2015)

 Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar & two-time Shamus Award nominee and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the fifteen Monk mysteries, "The Walk," "King City," "Watch Me Die," and the internationally bestselling Fox & O'Hare books co-written with Janet Evanovich. He's also written and/or produced scores of TV shows, including "Diagnosis Murder," "SeaQuest," "Monk," and "The Glades." As an international television consultant, he has advised networks and studios in Canada, France, Germany, Spain, China, Sweden, and the Netherlands on the creation, writing and production of episodic television series.

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