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TV shows with similar themes

TV shows with similar themes — We break down the similarities of ”Dark Eyes,” ”On the Line,” and others

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They say that great minds think alike, but apparently so do the not-so-great minds that think up network TV shows. How else do you explain the similarities in these pairs of pilots (some with working titles) currently in the running for next fall’s prime-time schedules?

Dark Eyes (ABC) Blond ex-Tom Cruise costar Kelly McGillis (Top Gun) comes to TV as a tough cop. On the Line (NBC) Blond ex-Tom Cruise costar Kelly Lynch (Cocktail) comes to TV as a tough FBI agent.

Dudley Moore Project (CBS) Unlikely romantic lead Moore stars in a new domestic sitcom (after his CBS flop, Dudley). The Gene Wilder Show (NBC) Unlikely romantic lead Wilder stars in a new domestic sitcom (after his flop NBC pilot, Eligible Dentist).

Phil hartman project (NBC) Saturday Night Live alum Hartman gets his own sketch-variety show. Martin Short Project (NBC) Saturday Night Live alum Short plays a family man with his own sketch-variety show.

One West Waikiki (CBS) Charlie’s Angels‘ Cheryl Ladd stars as a forensic pathologist who goes to sunny Hawaii. Keys (CBS) China Beach‘s Marg Helgenberger stars as an ex-forensic pathologist who moves to sunny Florida.

OP Center (NBC) Mega-author Tom Clancy executive-produces this drama about a crisis-managing government team. E.R. (NBC) Mega-author Michael Crichton executive-produces this drama about a crisis-managing medical team.

Life Happens (ABC) Growing Pains teen idol Kirk Cameron grows up, playing a household head raising three younger siblings. Ralph Macchio Project (NBC) The Karate Kid teen idol Macchio grows up, playing a married household head raising a toddler.

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