In 2000, one of the most-talked-about TV pilots came from Fox, and starred edgy standup Robert Schimmel. Industry folks couldn’t stop talking about “Schimmel’s” audacious opening scene, which featured the star on his hands and knees, getting a proctology exam.
Fox gave “Schimmel” a 13-episode order. But then Schimmel was diagnosed with non hodgkin’s lymphoma, and the show was pushed — and ultimately scrapped.
Above, that famous scene from the “Schimmel” pilot.
Schimmel, 60, died Friday of injuries sustained from a car accident.
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