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Poochinski is a 1990 television pilot featuring a Chicago police detective (played by Peter Boyle), whose spirit is transferred into a flatulent English bulldog after he is killed in the line of duty. The canine detective then returns to solving crimes.[2][3]

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Written byDavid Kirschner
Brian Levant
Lon Diamond
Directed byWill Mackenzie
StarringGeorge Newbern
Amy Yasbeck
Peter Boyle
Theme music composerAndy Summers
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes1
Executive producer(s)David Kirschner
Brian Levant
Robert M.Myman
John Ritter
Producer(s)David Kirschner[1]
Production company(s)Adam Productions
Bedrock Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Original networkNBC
Original releaseJuly 9, 1990 (1990-07-09)

NBC decided not to pick up the series, but subsequently did air the pilot, on July 9, 1990.[2] In recent years, the show's premise has been recognized as one of the most bizarre in television history.[4][5][6][7][8]

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  1. ^ (27 August 1989). "The Plot Thickened", Daily News of LA ("It reported that NBC just bought a show called "Poochinski." According to its producer David Kirschner ....")
  2. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent. Encyclopedia of Television Pilots, 1937–2012 (2013)
  3. ^ (27 May 1990). Kup on Sunday, Chicago Sun-Times ("A proposed series about a dog, titled 'Poochinski,' failed to make the cut.")
  4. ^ (14 January 2012). The Greatest Show of All Time (That Was Never Made), VH1
  5. ^ Warder, Robin (6 October 2012). 6 TV Shows You Won't Believe Were Actually Made, Cracked
  6. ^ (5 August 2004). ABC special shines light on failed shows, Chicago Tribune
  7. ^ Lyons, Margaret (6 January 2010). Clip du jour: 'Poochinski' is the best/worst show that never was, Entertainment Weekly
  8. ^ (2 March 1995). "This humorous TV book assures BAD time for all", Milwaukee Sentinel

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