Magazine article Variety

Aspirin, Benzedrine, Coffee

Magazine article Variety

Aspirin, Benzedrine, Coffee

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Everybody hates pilot season. Or so it seems, from the endless complaints about the annual development derby. A sampling from the pages of Variety

1957

Jan. 30: First reference to "pilot season"

July 31: MGM exec Charles C. "Bud" Barry, above, describes the frenzy in a bylined story with the provocative headline: The ABC's of Pilot-Making: Aspirin, Benzedrine, Coffee

1965

Dec. 22: "One of the more certain eventualities is that the 'pilot season' also faces shredding" - from a story about the Big 3 (the Only 3 back then) shifting to yearround programming schedules

wm 1974

Feb. 27: Industry orgs lead the charge for change: "We are pushing strongly for a 12-month year as opposed to the usual pilot season" - David Dortort, chairman of Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors

1982

Jan. …

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