What's Alan Watching?

What's Alan Watching? was a 1989 CBS television series pilot.

What's Alan Watching?
Created byBob Tischler
Directed byThomas Schlamme
StarringCorin Nemec
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes1
ProducerEddie Murphy
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesEddie Murphy Television
Paramount Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseFebruary 27, 1989 (1989-02-27)[1]


Produced by Eddie Murphy and his company, Eddie Murphy Television, What's Alan Watching? starred Corin Nemec as Alan, a 17-year-old couch potato who views life, and his family, as if they were on television. Libby (Barbara Barrie) and Leo (Peter Michael Goetz) are his parents, Gail (future sitcom star Fran Drescher) is his sister, Jeff (David Packer) is his brother and Alyssa (Cheryl Pollak) is his girlfriend. Murphy also had a cameo in the episode, playing a protester decrying James Brown's incarceration, as well as Brown himself.

The episode was directed by Thomas Schlamme and aired on CBS on February 27, 1989. The network passed on making it a regular series,[1][2] but What's Alan Watching? did win the Television Critics Association's TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials.

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  1. ^ a b Atkinson, Terry (February 27, 1989). "TV REVIEW : 'What's Alan Watching? 'Eddie Murphy's Shot in the Arm for Ailing CBS". The Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ "What's Alan Watching?". The New York Times. 1989.

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