Conan's TV Show that Might Have Been: Lookwell!

After Batman, Before Tonight, Before Late Night
Long before he battled with Jay Leno over NBC's Tonight Show, Conan O'Brien was a television writer and producer, and was one of the brains behind the long-running Fox hit, The Simpsons.

During his producer days, he and Robert Smigel (more about him later) shot a pilot for a TV comedy called Lookwell.

The very funny premise -- a has-been over-the-top actor assisting the police in solving crimes -- was a perfect fit for the show's star, the post-Batman Adam West.

The pilot aired on NBC in the summer of 1991 but the show was passed over by the network.

That's too bad, in retrospect. By making the successful transition from a serious actor to a comedic actor, Adam West -- and Leslie Nielsen for that matter -- has done so well what William Shatner has made a lot of money doing but has yet to perfect, IOHO.

Here's the Lookwell pilot, if you'd like to check it out.

Robert Smigel, Conan's partner in crime on Lookwell, has a pretty impressive resume on his own.

As a writer on Saturday Night Live, Smigel helped to pull that show back from the cancellation brink in 1986. He is perhaps best known, though, for his puppet character, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

Hey, here's an idea for a TV pilot. Don Rickles and his pet dog, Triumph. What do you think?