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TV: "Dr. Kildare" Episode to Serve as Pilot for Possible Spin-off Series

Jan. 26, 1962 - An upcoming episode of “Dr. Kildare” will serve as a pilot film for a possible future series on NBC. The episode, which will air on March 8, will bring in Wendell Corey (pictured right with Jack Ging) as a psychiatrist in an installment called “The Eleventh Hour.” Ross Donaldson, director of program services for NBC, explained that the episode might inspire a series built around the psychiatrist. The concept would make the psychiatrist’s office the springboard for a variety of dramas, he said. Mr. Donaldson said that the showing would enable the network and the producers to gauge public reaction and would provide a pilot film that can be shown to prospective sponsors.


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