May 30, the Psychotronic Film Society’s weekly, award-winning series of underappreciated and/or marginalized movies at The Sentient Bean continues with its third installment of something they call the “FPS.” That stands for “Failed Pilot Society,” those few nights a year when the organization hosts a mystery screening of lost or merely forgotten pilot episodes of network or cable TV series that were either never subsequently made or were quickly canceled, never making it to syndication, and essentially vanishing from public view.
On these FPS nights, the exact titles of the pilots being shown are not revealed publicly in advance. In other words, no one knows just what will appear on screen until it does. It could be one lengthy made-for-TV movie meant to launch a weekly hour-long action, sci-fi, mystery or drama series. Or, it could be two or more half-hour pilots for sitcoms or game shows. The pilots in question could be terrific, in which case it’s a real loss they were never greenlit. Or, they could be laughably misguided or terribly made, in which case it’s a chance to stare in amazement at a bullet dodged by the viewing public.
Either way, it’s highly unlikely most folks will have even heard of these programs, let alone have seen them before. Adventurous viewers are encouraged to take a chance, buy a ticket and prepare to be pleasantly surprised. Showtime is 8 p.m. with discounts on craft beer and organic wine during the program, and a full vegetarian menu available.