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Dead Pilots Society

Pilots inspired by ''Ghost'' -- A number of potential fall series try to land on network lineups

A year after Patrick Swayze made being dead a romantic proposition in Ghost, the networks are clamoring to get spirits of their own on the air. The dearly departed presently under consideration for fall series include an inner-city kid, an unhappily married couple, and a Biblical murderer. Here's the last- curtain call:

* Moe's World (ABC) Eleven-year-old Moe Baker loves basketball, hates girls, and thinks he knows it all. The catch: He's dead. But, like Ghost's Sam Wheat before him, Moe is still able to observe the living — and to affect them.

* Till Death Do Us Part (ABC) Jack and Marilyn Prince can't stop fighting with each other — even after they die in a car accident. St. Peter sends them earthward to assist the brokenhearted.

* Cain (NBC) Abel's brother gets reincarnated in modern times and repents by helping those in need.

* Esme's Little Nap (CBS) The title character isn't dead, but she's not exactly conscious, either. Esme bumps her head, goes into a coma, and narrates the story from her bed's-eye-view while her mother moves in to take care of the family. (Carrie Fisher created the series, but doesn't appear in it; Fisher's mom, Debbie Reynolds, stars as Esme's mother.)

While the Fisher-Reynolds combination should win Esme a place in the CBS lineup, the destiny of the rest will remain in limbo until late May, when network programmers set their fall schedules.

Originally posted Apr 05, 1991 Published in issue #60 Apr 05, 1991 Order article reprints