Alan Spencer Bio
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After Sledge Hammer! debuted as a much-lauded TV series none other than his idol, Mel Brooks, tapped Spencer to collaborate on a short-lived NBC sitcom entitled The Nutt House."
Reviewing the show, Washington Post critic Tom Shales referred to Brooks and Spencer as two of the countrys nobler madcaps.
Alan followed this with his feature film directorial debut, Hexed, a low budget comedy which he also wrote.
The movie starred the exemplary Claudia Christian as a homicidal fashion model; with a story that explored the stress murder can put on a relationship.
Returning to television, Alan wrote and produced a science fiction comedy called Galaxy Beat for CBS.
Despite being christened uproarious, timid CBS executives decided against scheduling Galaxy Beat as a series.
The project was deemed too different from the networks standard fare at the time... like The Nanny, a sitcom designed for parents trying to wean their kids off watching television.
Demonstrating versatility, Spencer wrote and produced a dramatic two-hour science fiction pilot, also for CBS, entitled The Tomorrow Man starring Julian Sands and Giancarlo Esposito.
Unfortunately, the CBS regime that ordered The Tomorrow Man was fired before production was completed. The new management reacted with disappointment that Spencer hadnt crafted a wild comedy.
So far, The Tomorrow Man has only aired to positive response in Europe. It's available on video outside the U.S.
As a lark, Alan did a cameo in the well-reviewed indie flick Free Enterprise, a Swingers style romantic comedy about Star Trek fans whose lives are altered after meeting their idol, William Shatner, who spoofs himself with great aplomb.
The film was co written by Alans friends Mark Altman and Robert Meyer Burnett, who also produced and directed, respectively.