Video of the Week: “Nightside”

This week’s video is the pilot for the failed proposed television series Nightside. It first aired on June 8, 1980. The quality of the video isn’t so great, and it has the uploader’s contact info plastered all over it, but its rarity if nothing else makes it worth a look. Timothy doesn’t appear until about the last two minutes, as a coked-out pimp by the name of Slowboy. It will always rankle me that Tim has no screen time with the otherworldly Joe Spinell, who appears here in a separate story thread. The mind boggles at the thought of these two titans of the bizarre existing in the same space.

Nightside was co-written and co-produced by the legendary Glen A. Larson, who lost his battle with esophageal cancer just last Friday at the age of 77. Television would not be the same without his amazing contributions.

Pic of the Day: “Nightside” revisited

Today’s pic revisits Nightside (1980), the failed television series pilot directed by Bernard L. Kowalski. Timothy appears near the end as Slowboy, the coked-out pimp. He’s only on-screen about two minutes, but it’s worth the wait.


Tim’s not the only legendary character actor featured in this one. Also along for the ride are John de Lancie, Vincent Schiavelli, Joe Spinell, and Roy Jenson, the latter having co-starred with Tim previously in Waterhole #3 (1967). Pick yourself up a “collector to collector” copy right here!

Pic of the Day: “Nightside” revisited

We close out the work week with another look at Nightside (1980), the pilot for a TV series that was never picked up. It was directed by television legend Bernard L. Kowalski. Timothy appears briefly towards the end of the film as Slowboy, a violent pimp who’s even more dangerous when he’s flying high on cocaine.


Nightside was another project from those unstoppable writing /producing titans, Stephen J. Cannell and Glen A. Larson. It was the only time they worked together. They pretty much ruled television in the ’80s.

Video of the Week: “Nightside”

This week’s video is of extremely bad quality, but it’s the only one left on YouTube from Nightside (1980), the TV movie directed by the fabled Bernard L. Kowalski. Thankfully, it showcases Timothy’s great scene near the end as the coked-up psycho-pimp from hell, Slowboy.

Very sad that the producers did not take advantage of the fact that the incredible Joe Spinell is in this film as well, and have he and Tim duke it out as battling pimps or something. I would have paid good money to see that.

Pic of the Day: “He’ll Never See Daylight” revisited

Today’s pic takes another look at Matty Trifon, the glove-wearing, chicken-loving mobster of “He’ll Never See Daylight,” the inaugural episode of Baretta that first aired on January 17, 1975. Matty is in a somber mood as takes a phone call from his boss Frank Cassell (Joseph Mascolo) to discuss that pest Baretta (Robert Blake).

He'll Never See Daylight - 1975

Television legend Bernard L. Kowalski directed this episode. He also directed Timothy in the Rawhide episode “The Book” (1.8.1965), the Gunsmoke episode “Quaker Girl” (12.10.1966), the Columbo episode “Fade In to Murder” (10.10.1976), and the TV movie Nightside (1980). I’m guessing he had a few tales to tell about working with Tim! I wish I could have had a chance to talk to him before he passed away in 2007.

Pic of the Day: “Nightside” revisited

Closing out the work week is another shot of Timothy’s coked-up pimp Slowboy in the television movie Nightside (1980), directed by Bernard L. Kowalski. He is about to put the smackdown on his girl Rusty (Carol Newell).

Kowalski directed Tim several times, guiding him into some of his most memorable TV appearances. He began directing in the 1950s, hit his stride in the 60s, and pretty much owned television production in the 60s, 70s and 80s. He passed away in 2007. Sadly, they just don’t make ’em like that anymore.

Video of the Week: “Nightside”

EDIT 04/10/13: Video has been removed by the user. My apologies!

This week’s video presents the TV movie Nightside (1980) in its entirety, apparently the pilot for a series that never materialized. Timothy first appears at about 1:03:30 as Slowboy, an ill-tempered pimp strung out on coke.

After being talked about the whole movie, it’s a bummer that Slowboy only gets about 3 minutes total screen time. Television legends Bernard L. Kowalski (director) and Stephen J. Cannell and Glen A. Larson (writers and executive producers) were at the helm.

Pic of the Day: “Waterhole #3” revisited

Our pic for this Friday revisits Waterhole #3 (1967), the irreverent Western comedy starring James Coburn. Claude Akins is doing his best to avoid an altercation between Timothy and Roy Jenson.

“This was really demanding as I had to play a part-goat, part-human type,” Tim once said of his role as Hilb. “I would react by making the sound of a goat to reflect different moods. There was a simplicity about that role that I liked.” He and Jenson would later both appear in The Outfit (1973) and Nightside (1980).

Pic of the Day: “Nightside” revisited

Today’s pic (and you remember about clicking for embiggening) is another one from the failed television series pilot Nightside (1980). Tim unfortunately only has about 5 minutes total screen time as coked-out pimp Slowboy, but naturally they’re the best and most memorable 5 minutes of the movie.

Slowboy has just been apprehended by night-shift cop Doug McClure after crashing through a window during a gunfight. He’s so high it hasn’t fazed him a bit; in fact, he’s having a grand old time as you can see. Yet another example of Timothy making the most out of what could have been a brief throwaway appearance.

Pic of the Day: “Nightside”

Let’s start off the week with another rarity. This is from the TV movie Nightside (1980), the pilot for a proposed series that never got off the ground. Tim was directed once again by the legendary Bernard L. Kowalski. He portrays a coked-out pimp known as Slowboy. He’s pretty creepy.

Joe Spinell is also in this movie, but unfortunately he and Tim are in separate story arcs. Oh how awesome it would have been to see the two of them onscreen together! Another thing I learned from this movie is that Doug McClure does a very good, if rather scary, impersonation of Burt Lancaster.