Snip (TV series)
|Created by||James Komack|
Lesley Ann Warren
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Executive producer(s)||James Komack
|Camera setup||Film, Single camera|
|Running time||approx. 24 minutes|
|Original release||Never Aired|
Snip is a 1976 comedy starring David Brenner about a hairdresser living in Cape Cod, Massachusetts who has his ex-wife, daughter and former aunt living with him in his apartment. He and his ex-wife are both in the same hairdressing business under their boss and friend who's an openly gay man (played by Walter Wanderman). It was a take-off of the movie Shampoo and was created by James Komack, the creator of Chico and the Man and Welcome Back Kotter.
Pre-broadcast reports about the show noted that it would include an openly gay character as a regular on the show, which was unusual for the time. The series was to premiere September 30, 1976 on NBC, but was cancelled at the last minute and never made it to air in the U.S. The cancellation was so abrupt even TV Guide was caught off guard, and listed the show in its "Fall Preview" issue for that year. Seven episodes were filmed. but two were never edited. The five which were completed aired in Australia. Variety later called this "the oddest case of a shelved show" and "one of the most infamous last-minute yanks" and David Brenner has opined that the show was cancelled because the network feared reaction to the gay character.
- Lee Winfrey, "Gay Role Cast in Fall Series", Knight News Service in Evening Independent, July 13, 1976.
- Diane Wertz, "Museum looks back at gay TV references", Chicago Tribune, April 6, 2004.
- "The unseen: 24 TV shows produced but never properly aired", The A.V. Club, February 20, 2012.
- Michael Schneider, "Waiting for a date: Shelved shows seek alternative outlets", Variety, July 9, 2006.
- Lynn Elber, "Comedian David Brenner Is 'Back With A Vengeance', The Register-Guard, February 18, 2000.