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Stern began his television endeavours in May 1987 when WNYW, the flagship television station of the Fox Broadcasting Company, searched for a new late night talk show to replace The Late Show hosted by Joan Rivers. Five hour-long pilots were filmed at a cost of around $400,000, yet no air dates were finalised. By mid-July, with no formal announcement, Fox cancelled its option to carry the shows. Paul Noble, former executive producer for WNYW, was never told as to why the network set the pilots aside. “By today’s standards, they were absolutely tame.” But Noble added: “They were not the kind of thing that a local New York television station was prepared to get involved with at that time. It was more like off-the-wall radio.”
The five pilots featured Leslie West of rock band Mountain as band leader and Steve Rossi as the announcer.