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CBS Summer Playhouse is an American anthology series that ran from June 12, 1987 to August 22, 1989 on CBS. It aired unsold television pilots during the summer season.

CBS Summer Playhouse
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Genre Anthology
Directed by Paul Bogart
James Burrows
Martha Coolidge
Joseph Sargent
Luis Valdez
Presented by Daphne Reid (1987)
Tim Reid (1987)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 46
Production
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 45–48 minutes
Release
Original network CBS
Original release June 12, 1987 (1987-06-12) – August 22, 1989 (1989-08-22)

Contents

OverviewEdit

Tim Reid and Daphne Maxwell Reid acted as hosts during the first season, introducing each pilot. Viewers were also encouraged to call a 1-800 number at the end of each episode, to voice their preference. However, the "winning" pilot chosen by the viewers was never picked up as a series.

The series was revamped during the second and third seasons, and featured no hosts or viewer voting.

EpisodesEdit

Season OneEdit

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Season
Title Original U.S. air date
Season One
01 01 "The Saint in Manhattan" June 12, 1987 (1987-06-12)
In this revival of The Saint, Andrew Clarke starred as Simon Templar. His restlessness upon returning to New York is relieved and his interest is aroused after receiving a note from an old flame. She's Margot (Liliana Komorowska), a ballerina performing at Lincoln Center who's being threatened.
02 02 "Kung Fu: The Next Generation" June 19, 1987 (1987-06-19)
A modern-day descendant of Caine (David Darlow) hopes to turn his estranged son (Brandon Lee) away from a life of crime in this revival of Kung Fu.
03 03 "Changing Patterns" June 26, 1987 (1987-06-26)
Two housewives trying to enter the fashion industry (Valerie Perrine and Brenda Vaccaro) can't find a store willing to buy their designs.
04 04 "Mickey and Nora" June 26, 1987 (1987-06-26)
An ex-CIA agent (Ted Wass) can't convince anyone that he's no longer a spy. Co-starring Barbara Treutelaar as Nora.
05 05 "Puppetman" July 3, 1987 (1987-07-03)
A children's show puppeteer (Jack Burns) is torn between spending time with his visiting 6-year-old son and saving his show in this Muppet sitcom from Jim Henson)
06 06 "Sawdust" July 3, 1987 (1987-07-03)
A bored accountant (James Eckhouse) buys a run-down circus and has a go at running it himself, much to the displeasure of his wife and children.
07 07 "Barrington" July 9, 1987 (1987-07-09)
A small-town New England police chief (Matt Salinger) is assigned to keep his eye on a government-protected witness (Robert Beltran) whose cover may have been blown.
08 08 "Doctors Wilde" July 17, 1987 (1987-07-17)
Life's a zoo for husband-and-wife veterinarians (Joseph Bottoms and Jennifer Hetrick) who treat wild animals in their home.
9 9 "Mabel and Max" July 31, 1987 (1987-07-31)
New York actress Mabel (Geraldine Fitzgerald), who has not worked since a heart attack, opens her home to an aspiring young actress (Mary B. Ward) and becomes her acting coach.
10 10 "King of the Building" July 31, 1987 (1987-07-31)
A doorman on Park Avenue (Richard Lewis) gets involved in the lives of his tenants.
11 11 "The Time of Their Lives" August 7, 1987 (1987-08-07)
A recent widower (James Widdoes) asks his ex-vaudevillian father (Buddy Ebsen) to help him raise his four daughters.
12 12 "Infiltrator" August 14, 1987 (1987-08-14)
A scientist (Scott Bakula) experimenting with teleporter technology manages to merge himself with an experimental probe that is designed to adapt automatically to any threat. The scientist is then recruited by a secret government agency to go on missions. As the probe technology adapts itself to higher and higher threat levels, the scientist becomes less and less human.
13 13 "Reno and Yolanda" August 21, 1987 (1987-08-21)
Comedy about a ballroom-dancing couple (Louis Giambalvo and Suzie Plakson) who teach in an Atlantic City hotel.
14 14 "Day to Day" August 21, 1987 (1987-08-21)
While planning their parents' anniversary party, three sisters (Linda Purl, Deborah Harmon and Noelle Parker) catch up on their lives.
15 15 "Sirens" September 4, 1987 (1987-09-04)
Comedy about two female police officers (Dinah Manoff and Loretta Devine).
16 16 "In the Lion's Den" September 4, 1987 (1987-09-04)
A former game-show producer (Wendy Crewson) finds herself producing a kiddie puppet show. Directed by James Burrows.
17 17 "Travelin' Man" September 11, 1987 (1987-09-11)
A burned-out Boston surgeon (James Naughton) decides to hit the road and reconnect with his father (Richard Farnsworth) and daughter, both of whom he has been estranged from.
18 18 "Kingpins" September 18, 1987 (1987-09-18)
A father (Dorian Harewood) and daughter (Marie-Alise Recasner) run a bowling alley.
19 19 "Sons of Gunz" September 18, 1987 (1987-09-18)
Comedy about a New Jersey auto dealer (Kenneth McMillan) and his four sons.

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