Thirty years ago today the unsold pilot “W*A*L*T*E*R” aired on CBS. Or at least it aired in the Eastern and Central time zones. To this day it remains unclear if the pilot was ever broadcast in the Mountain and Pacific time zones. Set in October 1954, the pilot starred Gary Burghoff as Walter O’Reilly, a rookie cop in St. Louis living with his cousin Wendell, also a cop. The plot of the pilot involved a missing wallet, a missing bird, and a fight between two strippers.
Is there anyone reading this who remembers watching the pilot when it originally aired three decades ago? What were your reactions back in 1984?
If you’ve seen “W*A*L*T*E*R” hit the comments with your thoughts. Did it have potential? Would it have been a worthy addition to the M*A*S*H television universe or was it best left unsold? For those of you who haven’t seen it — and a May 2012 poll suggests that’s most of you — you can read all about it at Television Obscurities. I’m sure pilot has also been uploaded to YouTube if you’re interested in watching it.