Pilot Question

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To quote IMDb guidelines: "In some cases, TV movies or specials are created with no intention of going to series, however, they become so popular that one ends up being commissioned. On these occasions, we would prefer to keep the original TV Movie separate, as was originally intended, even if it is subsequently packaged as part of the overall series in future airings and DVD releases."

This relates perfectly to "The Marcus-Nelson Murders", a TV movie which features the first appearance of Lt. Theo Kojak. Despite this fact, it was not produced as an episode of the series "Kojak", it doesn't bear that title or brand anywhere on the episode (the character's name is even spelt as Kojack), nor was it at first intended as a pilot, but as a stand-alone film. It also doesn't feature any other character from the series but Kojak as one of the several lead characters in this ensemble cast. And yet it's listed as an episode of the "Kojak" series (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070372/).

How do I correct this or can I rely on you to do so?
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Mateja Djedovic

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Michelle, Official Rep

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Hi Mateja -

In this case, the title should not be listed as an episode of the series, but should rather be listed as a stand-alone title.  I have now made the applicable adjustments so the title is now listed separately here.  Cheers!
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Since the Kojak TV movie pilot "The Marcus-Nelson Murders" was moved to a separate page, there will be submissions to move awards data to that page as well. Give a few days to review which data will need to be moved. 
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Mateja Djedovic

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Thanks a lot, Michelle! Just one thing. The movie now shows up as a feature film when it's, in fact, a TV movie.

As far as the awards go, these relate (only) to "The Marcus-Nelson Murders":

Primetime Emmy Awards (1973)

-  Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama - A Single Program (Joseph Sargent)
- Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama - Original Teleplay (Abby Mann)
- Outstanding Single Program - Drama or Comedy (Abby Mann, Matthew Rapf)
- Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Telly Savalas)
- Outstanding Achievement in Music, Lyrics and Special Material (Billy Goldenberg, Bobby Russell)

Directors Guild of America, USA (1974)

- Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television (Joseph Sargent, Ben Bishop, Alan Crosland Jr., Charles Walker)

Edgar Allan Poe Awards (1974)

- Best Television Feature or Miniseries (Abby Mann)

Best wishes,
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Hi GMJ and Metaja,

I have reviewed the title and can see that your submissions to correct the title type and awards have been received by our data editors. Once approved, these will display live on the correct titles.