STATUS: previously in development (2007-2008 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
DESCRIPTION: (from FOX's press release) JOEL SALSBERG, D.D.S., is at the end of his rope. Chronic, debilitating back pain has left him jobless, penniless and worst of all, sexless. His parents are tired of lending him money and his girlfriend JESSICA is ready to bail. A despondent Salsberg is given a new lease on life when he meets the one man who has the technology to rebuild him: actor LEE MAJORS (playing himself). Turns out that since "The Six Million Dollar Man" went off the air, Lee has been so obsessed with bionics that he constructed a fully functional, state-of-the-art laboratory in the basement of his Beverly Hills mansion. He hired genius surgeon/scientist/Cordon Bleu chef BLITT to bring his idea to fruition not "bionics," technically, but Prosthetic Replacement & Integrated Cyberkinetics. Now Lee and Blitt need a human to experiment on, and Salsberg becomes the unwitting guinea pig in their grand scheme. He is tricked into undergoing surgery far more radical than they've discussed, and when he awakens from the operation, he is shocked to discover that his inner body has been replaced with state-of-the-art bionics technology. Now Salsberg can bench-press 300 pounds and run 60 miles per hour. Nothing hurts anymore. But his new life of physical enhancement and freedom from pain comes at an unforeseen cost: his privacy. Along with electrically charged prosthetic limbs, Lee also installed eyeball cameras and intercranial speakers so that he sees everything Salsberg sees and can talk to him at will. To Salsberg's annoyance, this often-inebriated, old and possibly evil 1970s TV icon is now an everpresent voice in his head that won't seem to shut up about how Salsberg should live his life. From the writers of "Weeds" and directed by Paul Dinello ("Strangers with Candy"), ME & LEE? is a buddy comedy about one man's relationship with his unlikely creator. It's an offbeat exploration of the highs and the many drawbacks that come with being half-man, half-machine. Joel's back pain is gone, but his headaches have just begun.