Tinseltown (lost LGBT sitcom pilot; 2007)

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The logo for the pilot.

Status: Lost

Tinseltown was a 15-minute television pilot made by The Jim Henson Company for the Logo Network, under its "Henson Alternative" banner. The pilot aired as part of the "Alien Boot Camp" programming block in 2007, and featured both puppets and live actors as characters.[1] The series was not picked up by the network, and it fell into obscurity.

The pilot starred Bill Barretta and Brian Henson as Bobby and Samson.

Premise[edit | edit source]

The pilot revolves around a couple named Bobby and Samson, an anthropomorphic bull and pig - both portrayed by puppets - balancing their lives in Hollywood, alongside a cast of supporting human characters consisting of Samson’s ex-wife Lena, their foster son Foster, and their manservant Arturo.[2]

If the pilot were made into a series by Logo, it likely would’ve been similar to the lost pilot.

Cast[edit | edit source]

  • Bill Barretta as Bobby Vegan
  • Brian Henson as Samson Knight
  • Mia Sara as Lena
  • Paul Butcher as Foster
  • Francesco Quinn as Arturo
  • Michelan Sisti as assistant puppeteer for Bobby Vegan
  • Drew Massey as assistant puppeteer for Samson Knight

Status[edit | edit source]

The pilot used to be available on Logo’s website, but it was later removed. Currently, the pilot is not available online, but videos featuring characters Bobby and Samson (unrelated to Tinseltown) can be viewed on YouTube.

Legacy[edit | edit source]

Bobby and Samson later appeared in the improv stage show Stuffed and Unstrung, as the show’s producers.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

A video featuring Bobby and Samson, in celebration of Jim Henson's 75th birthday.
ObscureMediaTV's video on the subject.

External Links[edit | edit source]

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