Doing the Lord’s Work: Albert Brooks


NBC has trouble on its schedule, and fresh ideas are few and far between. The year: 1976. The solution: pitches from Albert Brooks.

Okay, let’s starts with some history. Here is the NBC 1975-76 “super season” preview:

Look’s like Lloyd Bridges picked the wrong week to quit the peacock. Anyway, this past weekend I watched the delightful movie Camp, a coming-of-age story about teens at a performing arts summer camp. If you enjoyed Smash, watch this movie (it’s on Netflix). The end credits have a number of tags, the second-to-last featuring the opening lines from a children’s production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? This reminded me of an interstitial short Albert Brooks did for Saturday Night Live in the mid-70s, featuring pitches for mid-season replacements for NBC. I can’t seem to find video online for the segment, but this transcript tells you everything you need to know.

40 years later and not much has changed, huh?

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Mike has been writing about TV online since 2008, when he started the blog WTF Little House on the Prairie? The blog was a project to practice writing about television analytically prior to getting an MA in Television-Radio-Film from Syracuse University, or as he likes to call it "TV Camp." After a lengthy stint at TVLatest, Mike wanted to launch a site that brought in classic TV, diamonds in the rough, and the shows everybody watches. E-mail: