Dilbert (unaired live-action pilot; 1997)
Dilbert was a 1997 live-action pilot directed and written by Scott Adams, based on the newspaper comic strip. The pilot was never aired but appeared in many newspaper articles, and in the Advertising Age's 1997 TV Season, a yearly report of all television shows in development for various networks.
During a presser for the UPN animated "Dilbert" series, Dilbert creator Scott Adams only furthered confirmation of this lost pilot by referring to it numerous times. Adams did not specify who was cast in the pilot, but confirms that Dilbert was played by an actor, whom Adams quotes, is "fit for a starring role in a romantic film." Adams, in another interview, talks about "Dogbert", stating that it was an "animatronic version that apparently looked like it was done on the cheap."
To date, neither scripts nor images of the pilot have surfaced, and it's likely that nothing more will ever be known about this lost pilot.
- An AdAge.com article on the 1997 TV pilot season that included the pilot of Dilbert. Retrieved 13 Nov '13
- A Deseret News article wherein Scott Adams reveals information about Dogbert. Retrieved 13 Nov '13
- A Chicago Tribune article mentioning the description of the leading character. Retrieved 13 Nov '13
- A Sun Sentinel article mentioning the pilot. Retrieved 13 Nov '13
- A New York Times article mentioning that a Pilot had been shot. Retrieved 13 Nov '13