CBS Summer Playhouse
|CBS Summer Playhouse|
|Directed by||Paul Bogart|
|Presented by||Daphne Reid (1987)|
Tim Reid (1987)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||46|
|Running time||45–48 minutes|
|Original release||June 12, 1987 –|
August 22, 1989
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.
|Title||Original U.S. air date|
|01||01||"The Saint in Manhattan"||June 12, 1987|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|A children's show puppeteer (Fred Newman) is torn between spending time with his visiting 5-year-old son and saving his show in this Muppet sitcom from Jim Henson.|
|06||06||"Sawdust"||July 3, 1987|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Comedy about two female police officers (Dinah Manoff and Loretta Devine).|
|16||16||"In the Lion's Den"||September 4, 1987|
|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|
|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|
|A father (Dorian Harewood) and daughter (Marie-Alise Recasner) run a bowling alley.|
|19||19||"Sons of Gunz"||September 18, 1987|
|Comedy about a New Jersey auto dealer (Kenneth McMillan) and his four sons. Actor Robert Firth portrayed his philandering son Charley.|
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|01||20||"My Africa"||June 21, 1988|
|In 1952, a divorced doctor (Carl Weintraub) brings his children to live with him in Africa after their mother's death.|
|02||21||"Real Life"||June 28, 1988|
|Comedy about homemaking from the viewpoints of a blue-collar worker's wife and an ex-career woman.|
|03||22||"Old Money"||June 28, 1988|
|Comedy about a fabulously wealthy family, and the servants who work for them.|
|04||23||"The Pretenders"||July 5, 1988|
|An FBI agent (Amanda Pays) finds herself teamed up with the twin brother of her former partner and boyfriend to solve his murder.|
|05||24||"Baby on Board"||July 12, 1988|
|A successful career couple in their forties (Lawrence Pressman and Jane Galloway) adjusts to the pressures of a new baby.|
|06||25||"Dr. Paradise"||July 12, 1988|
|Comedy about a health resort located on a small tropical island, and the staff that works there.|
|07||26||"The Johnsons Are Home"||July 19, 1988|
|Off the wall family finds their version of domestic bliss in Minneapolis.|
|08||27||"Limited Partners"||July 19, 1988|
|Two pals (Joe Flaherty and Kevin Meaney) try to get rich quick by buying a busted burger joint, and serving only British fast food.|
|09||28||"Silent Whisper"||July 26, 1988|
|A San Francisco police detective is rendered voiceless and vows revenge when his family is murdered by a serial killer.|
|10||29||"Fort Figueroa"||August 2, 1988|
|A farming family from the mid-west inherits an apartment building in East LA.|
|11||30||"Whattley by the Bay"||August 9, 1988|
|A big-city newspaper editor decides to return home to the town where he grew up.|
|12||31||"Sniff"||August 9, 1988|
|An unsuccessful reporter (Robert Wuhl) finds his luck changing when he becomes the owner of a talented dog.|
|13||32||"Off Duty"||August 16, 1988|
|Comedy set in a bar frequented by cops and ex-cops.|
|14||33||"Roughhouse"||August 16, 1988|
|Two would-be carpenters try to finish a custom house by morning.|
|15||34||"Mad Avenue"||September 23, 1988|
|Drama about the 'frantic professional and personal' lives of the staff at a national advertising agency.|
|16||35||"Further Adventures"||August 30, 1988|
|Two photographers (David Bowe and John Scott Clough) accompany a Princess (Ada Maris) around the world in search of her missing parents.|
|17||36||"Tickets, Please"||September 6, 1988|
|A sitcom focusing on patrons of a bar car on one of New York City's commuter railways. Shown as one of the last features on CBS Summer Playhouse.|
|18||37||"Some Kinda Woman"||September 6, 1988|
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|01||38||"Microcops"||June 20, 1989|
|Two intergalactic 'Microcops' chase a cosmic crook named Cloyd (Page Mosely) to Earth, where their size becomes cellular.|
|02||39||"B-Men"||June 27, 1989|
|The "B Men" are high-schoolers who take up bounty hunting after "relying on their wits" to nab a serial killer.|
|03||40||"Coming to America"||July 4, 1989|
|Based on the film of the same name, this pilot places Prince Tariq of Zamunda (Tommy Davidson) and his assistant Oha (Paul Bates) in the house of a family in Queens, New York.|
|04||41||"Shivers"||July 4, 1989|
|A divorced father (Mark Lindsay Chapman) and his children move into a house haunted by a Revolutionary War-era troublemaker and his girlfriend.|
|05||42||"Elysian Fields"||July 11, 1989|
|Nate Goodman (Jeffrey DeMunn) moves to New Orleans and into a boardinghouse filled with eccentrics, led by the divorced proprietor and her lustful sister.|
|06||43||"American Nuclear"||July 25, 1989|
|A New York columnist (James Farentino) and a mayoral aide marry and create a blended family with his rebellious daughter and her uptight children.|
|07||44||"Curse of the Corn People"||August 1, 1989|
|In Kansas, a group of friends in their 20s undertakes the making of a horror movie called Curse of the Corn People about a feminist zombie who stalks farmers, but things don't go as planned.|
|08||45||"The Heat"||August 8, 1989|
|Five Federal marshals are out to burn a maniacal bandit and his cohorts who have stolen three truckloads of Stinger missiles.|
|09||46||"Road Show"||August 15, 1989|
|A Philadelphia restaurant critic becomes intrigued by the big-city antics and small-town charms of an enigmatic traveler, and joins him on his journeys.|
|10||47||"Outpost"||August 22, 1989|
|Rachel Morgan is the marshal of a sleepy human "Outpost" on the planet Icarus, where a vicious alien leads a group of native Icari on the warpath.|
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