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Fred Astaire's 1962 TV Pilot "7 Against The Sea" - TV Noir That Became Television Camp Comedy As "McHale's Navy", Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Black/White,1962, 51:50 ) #SevenAgainstTheSea #ErnestBorgnine #AlcoaPremiereTheater #PremierTheater #AlcoaPremiere #FredAstaire #McHalesNavy #TVPilots #TV #Television #TVShows #TelevisionShows #TVPrograms #TelevisionPrograms #TVProgrammes #TelevisionProgrammes #TVDramaSeries #DramaSeries #PacificWar #PacificOceanTheatreOfWWII #PacificOceanTheaterOfWWII #SouthWestPacificTheatreOfWWII #SouthWestPacificTheaterOfWWII #AsiaPacificWar #AsiaticPacificTheater #EmpireOfJapan #WorldWarII #WWII #WW2 #WorldWarTwo #WorldWar2 #SecondWorldWar #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
FRED ASTAIRE'S PREMIERE THEATER (ALCOA PREMIERE THEATER) - 7 AGAINST THE SEA
A hard-bitten piece of dark drama that through the most unlikely of turns ended up the old time television favorite "McHale's Navy". With Ernest Borgnine as McHale & others from his comedy series crew in evidence in this pilot, one can only imagine how Tim Conway would have played such a heavy #2. Great substantive drama.
Alcoa Premiere (also known as Premiere, Presented by Fred Astaire) is an American anthology drama series that aired from October 1961 to July 1963 on ABC. The series was hosted by Fred Astaire, who also starred in several of the episodes. Each episode presented a new story, with no overriding theme to the series as a whole. While some episodes were light entertainment, and at least one variety show was aired, the dramatic episodes often offered powerful stories on painful or controversial subjects as opposed to classic drama. The series showcased writers such as Ray Bradbury, Howard Rodman, Ernest Kinoy, Donald S. Sanford, Alfred Bester, and Gene L. Coon, amongst others. The program also featured actors such as James Stewart, John Wayne, Charlton Heston, James Whitmore, Maureen O'Sullivan, Arthur Kennedy and Ray Milland. Both Stewart and Wayne appeared in an episode directed by John Ford.
A Television Pilot, also known as a Pilot, TV Pilot or a Pilot Episode, and sometimes marketed as a Tele-Movie) is a standalone episode of a television series that is used to sell the show to a television network. At the time of its creation, the pilot is meant to be the testing ground to gauge whether a series will be successful. It is, therefore, a test episode for the intended television series, an early step in the series development, much like pilot studies serve as precursors to the start of larger activity. In the case of a successful television series, the pilot is commonly the first episode that is aired of the particular series under its own name -- the episode that gets the series "off the ground". A "backdoor pilot" is an episode of an existing successful series that heavily features supporting character(s) or guest stars in previously unseen roles. Its purpose is to introduce the characters to an audience before the creators decide on whether or not they intend to pursue a spin-off series with those characters. Television networks use pilots to determine whether an entertaining concept can be successfully realized and whether the expense of additional episodes is justified. A pilot is best thought of as a prototype of the show that is to follow, because elements often change from pilot to series. Variety estimates that only a little over a quarter of all pilots made for American television proceed to the series stage.