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 Posted:   Jun 19, 2019 - 3:09 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I won't contribute to this very often.

Dedicated mainly to pilots that didn't spawn a series, but I may also handle pilots to vey short-lived series where only the pilot had score worth mentioning (right now I only have one in mind).

You're welcome to contribute but please use the format I have set below. Don't just mention something and give a clip or two.

Island city:

By: Peter Bernstein
Score suite:

  • 0:00 in. The main theme can be heard in part briefly here.
  • 2:55 in. Also heard here, in full form (including what presumably would have been the opening credits piece). Over six minutes in length.
  • 34:30 in. And the piece after the commercial break.
  • 42:12 in.
  • 1:05:27 in.
  • 1:11:01/1:14:40 in.
  • 1:19:15 in.
  • 1:25:51 in. The end credits music.

    A terrible 1994 pilot (that deserved to fail). The only good thing about it was the score. One FSM user said it was "full of Conans", though I don't hear it.

    The terrific orchestral score with a memorably catchy theme, has still sadly not been released.

    Poor Devil:

    By: Morton Stevens
    Score suite: For some reason, at this time I can't locate the suite I made.

  • 0:00/2:27 in. Made of cool.*
  • 4:05 in.
  • 26:52 in.
  • 31:36 in.
  • 33:49 in.
  • 47:50 in.*
  • 1:00:07 in.
  • 1:01:00 in.
  • 1:11:27 in.

    An okay 1973 comedy pilot for a series that never happened.
    In it, Sammy Davis, Jr. works for the Devil and he's screwed u pa lot so he Devil is giving him another chance, to get a soul.

    The cool and fun score has still not been released.

    * = You can hear ideas from these cues in his one score for "Matt Helm".

     Posted:   Jun 19, 2019 - 3:27 PM   
     By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

    Good idea to do this!

    Hope you won't mind too much me piggybacking on your cool thread, but The Goldsmith Odyssey actually gave thorough coverage to Jerry's work on a couple TV pilots that weren't picked up, early in his career. The Sergeant and the Lady from 1958 would have been his first original TV series theme (we think), had it been picked up to series...and it's a darn good theme too!

    And then there's Man on the Beach, from 1959. Not quite as great of a theme, though there's a lot of snazzy underscore. This music in contrast will be familiar to some because of it being released as "Jazz Theme #1" on the Goldsmith Twilight Zone CD. But the episode itself revealed some extra cool music cues that were not included in that suite, and we cover every cue in this podcast:

    Later on in 1970 we hope to cover another pilot he did which didn't make it to series -- Prudence and the Chief (if I've heard correctly it's a western version of Anna and the King). Now if only there were a way to find out if that "Dusty" pilot IMDb credits him for in 1983 is a real thing, at all...


     Posted:   Jun 22, 2019 - 2:26 PM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    Palance Guard:

    By: Mike Post

  • 20:04 in.
  • 23:41 in.
  • 33:44 in.
  • 49:55 in. Joining a cue already in progress.
  • 52:10 in.
  • 59:49 in.
  • 1:23:08 in.
  • 1:25:49 in.

    This was a 1991 TV series that lasted eight episodes. The IMDb reviews I read really painted it as some kind of hidden gem, but the reality was an extremely overrated series that upon viewing, showcased why it was cancelled.

    The pilot had some promise, but I assure you it was squandered even before the pilot ended.

    Pete Carpenter died in 1987, so Post was doing scores solo. He scored all the episodes. Only the pilot, in my opinion, had some score worth taking away.

     Posted:   Jun 22, 2019 - 2:38 PM   
     By:   Thor   (Member)

    John Williams had several of these around 1965.

     Posted:   Jun 22, 2019 - 3:21 PM   
     By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

    I know I like the Cannon theme, but how’s the original TV movie score?

    I understand that both were created at the same time.

     Posted:   Jun 24, 2019 - 4:07 PM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)


    By: Dana Kaproff

  • 0:00 in.
  • 11:39 in.
  • 13:37 in.
  • 35:00 in.
  • 39:49 in.
  • 47:04 in. Solo piano and a flute. And the cue that follows it (which uses the water chime).
  • 58:40 in. Joining a cue already in progress,
  • 1:01:56 in. Also uses the water chime.
  • 1:08:46 in. And this cue uses the water chime, too. I can honestly say I've never heard a cue use sax' and a water chime (early on in the cue; the cue goes on for over eleven minutes).
  • 1:25:40 in.
  • 1:33:48 in. And the end credits which follow.

    A 1977 pilot for a series that did not get picked up. One reason, I think, might be the boring story couples with an hour and-a-half running time, but another reason ... might be the Exo suit -- hence the title of the pilot -- that only shows up over an hour into the pilot and then only gets used twice a little later on. And when you see the suit ... well, I'll let you come up with the words to describe what we were expected to see every episode: 1:13:50

    The score has not been released.

     Posted:   Jun 26, 2019 - 8:43 PM   
     By:   Avatarded   (Member)

    I don't have timecodes and all, but:

    The Visitor (David Arnold).



     Posted:   Jul 15, 2019 - 3:11 PM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    Code Name: Diamond Head:

    Failed 1977 pilot.

    By: Morton Stevens

  • 0:00 in.
  • 15:14 in.
  • 18:39 in.
  • 19:41 in.
  • 23:55 in.
  • 30:06 in.
  • 31:35 in.
  • 43:48 in.
  • 49:45 in.
  • 51:15 in. And after the commercial break.
  • 54:35 in.
  • 59:19 in.
  • 1:04:36 in.
  • 1:06:05/1:06:53 in.
  • 1:12:36 in.

    The Assignment:

    1985 episode of the George Burns Comedy Week (just another "show" that burned off failed pilots).

    By: Ernest Gold

  • 0:55 in.
  • 8:26 in.
  • 16:32 in.
  • 20:40 in.

    The "Superman" theme is obvious. I'm assuming as the opening and closing music was cut off to make way to the series theme.

     Posted:   Aug 6, 2019 - 5:21 PM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    Wolf Lake:

    By: Mark Snow

    The unaired pilot for a short-lived 2001 series. The rest of the episodes were scored by David Schwartz (I have not checked them out; don't have the time -- other things I want to check out). Falls about ten minutes short of being a full-length pilot.

    Fans of the type of scoring he did on shows like "The X-Files", should certainly check this out; it's like it came straight from that series. In fact, you'll be able to spot ideas and even a theme you know from the show (again, I'll cite The Truth and the Light...).

  • 0:00 in. And the acoustic and electric guitar cue that immediately follows it.
  • 6:15 in.
  • 12:00 in.
  • 28:00 in.
  • 30:17 in. And the cue after the commercial break.
  • 37:45 in.

     Posted:   Sep 24, 2019 - 12:32 PM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)


    A 1972 pilot for a series that did not take off.

    Music for Cutter: Oliver Nelson

  • 0:09 in.
  • 41:11/45:27 in. Would "moderate funky" be a good way to describe this?
  • 51:49 in.
  • 1:07:24 in. Chase music.
  • 1:13:43 in.

    I started this yesterday, so it's not like I skimmed the music.

    While I wouldn't oppose a release if the entire score, really I think all that needs to be released is what I cited.

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