Yes, 40 years ago tonight, ABC burned off an unsold comedy pilot at 8:00 P.M. That sitcom is...Bulba!
Now, it may have appeared as icomedy Special in the TV listings of the day, but isn't Bulba a much more exciting title?
Lee Goldberg's Unaired Pilots books lists August 3 as the airdate, but it looks like that was merely a rerun, and today, June 15, is the TRUE premiere! I may be stalling a bit because I don't have much to say about the show. Goldberg tells us it is "The misadventures of a U.S. embassy in the fictional, island country of Bulba. Variety summed it up by saying, 'No laughs, no chance.'"
The cast featured Joyce Van Patten, Lyle Waggoner, Miles Chapin, Jeff Altman, Gailard Sartain, Bill Hicks--Wait, the Bill Hicks? Yes, he played "Corporal Phil Repulski!" Anyone remember this show?
Well, guess what? It's on YouTube: