Here is the teaser for the original broadcast of the pilot movie featuring a voiceover by ABC announcer Ernie Anderson. Anderson performed voiceovers for all the teasers/previews in the 1st season. This teaser expertly edited catches the "feel" of the series right away, and spotlights many of the great scenes from the TV movie. Notice the close up of Katt flying featured at the end of the teaser, it never appears in the finished pilot.
After ABC aired The Best Desk Scenario the network repeated the pilot movie. The pilot teaser was a minute long, with the "next week" preview needing to come in at 30 seconds this new edition was created. Again it uses most of the same scenes from the teaser, but concludes with Ralph's flip into bushes instead of the flying close-up included previously. Ernie Anderson does a different voiceover, and check out the bizarre "yelp" heard as Ralph crashes into the billboard.That's NOT heard in the pilot teaser or the finished pilot itself.
This is the teaser for the rebroadcast of the pilot movie. While the scenes remain the same as featured in the original, Ernie Anderson's voiceover is changed in some areas to reflect the fact that this is a repeat showing audiences how Ralph was given the suit.
In most cases the previews shown at the end of each episode were used the following week as that episodes teaser, minus the mention of "next week" in the voiceover. Here is another example of a different cut with the preview of The Hit Car that aired ofter the pilots original broadcast. While this preview includes some of the same scenes found in next weeks teaser, it also has many that are not. Also the person responsible for voicing "Next on The Greatest American Hero" was NOT Ernie Anderson. Perhaps this preview was put together quickly (given the fact the teaser next week is different) and Anderson was not available.
Here's the original teaser for The Hit Car, still perfectly edited catching the "feel" of the show. If only the ones responsible for putting together the promos in ABC's promotions department could have been as skilled when cutting the network ads for the series.
My local ABC station joined the network almost a second late for the broadcast of Saturday on Sunset Boulevard. You will notice Ernie Anderson's voiceover has already started by the time my clip starts.
Joining the network a second late was better than 30 seconds late, which is what happened when the local station aired Reseda Rose. So included here is the 30 second "next on TGAH" preview from the previous week.
Did my local station join the network 30 seconds late for the broadcast of My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys? Did I hit RECORD too late on the VCR? I can't say for sure, as the facts are lost in my almost 30 years ago hazy memory. So instead I've uploaded the "next week" preview of My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys.