For every TV series that goes into production, there are at least five pilots that didn’t make the cut. Some of these sample shows are never seen again, some are aired as specials or TV movies, and a few are accepted but totally changed before becoming a real series. Josh Hadley has a collection of these shows for you, 19 of them in the first of two posts on TV pilots. Some are clearly awful, while others sound promising, like the one called Ice.
Really funny NON-LAUGH TRACK comedy (that was a rarity in the 90’s so it was to be savored) about an isolated research station in the arctic and it’s crew of misfits just trying to remain somewhat sane. Ryan Reynolds (!!!), Michael Jeter and Leland Orser are the only actors I could put names too (my copy has no credits) but there were a few other faces I knew from movies and whatnot.
The comedy was actually funny with odd sub-plots (a female penguin with a crush on Reynolds and Orser being so obsessed with Star Trek that he wears a uniform similar to Classic Trek and records all of his official logs with Stardates being two).
Could really have been a cool (no pun intended) series.
Some of the pilots have video evidence, others have pictures, and some have only synopses. Shows that bein with A through M are in part one. Read about them at Forces of Geek.