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7th Jun '18 10:23:06 AM HeSupplanted15
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* Legendary GameShow host Creator/BillCullen was rarely seen walking on camera. This is because of a very noticeable limp, which he got after coming down with polio as a child, and he had it for the rest of his life. To avoid the obvious, Cullen was almost always seen sitting or standing at a podium after being introduced, in lieu of him walking on stage to greet the audience and home viewers; whenever he had to walk (such as offstage), the camera usually cut quickly so viewers would not notice Cullen's limp. It has been speculated that Cullen's physical ailment was the reason why he wasn't asked to host the 1972 revival of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', given plans to upgrade the show and the constant walking that would have been required. And when he was a celebrity partner on various versions of ''Series/{{Pyramid}}'' or ''Series/{{Password}}'', he and his celebrity opponent were shown seated at their desks with their respective contestants, instead of doing the traditional walk-on traditional of both shows.

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* Legendary GameShow host Creator/BillCullen was rarely seen walking on camera. This is because of a very noticeable limp, which he got after coming down with polio as a child, and he had it for the rest of his life. To avoid the obvious, Cullen was almost always seen sitting or standing at a podium after being introduced, in lieu of him walking on stage to greet the audience and home viewers; whenever he had to walk (such as offstage), the camera usually cut quickly so viewers would not notice Cullen's limp. It has been speculated that Cullen's physical ailment was the reason why he wasn't asked to host the 1972 revival of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', given plans to upgrade the show and the constant walking that would have been required. And when he was a celebrity partner on various versions of ''Series/{{Pyramid}}'' or ''Series/{{Password}}'', he and his celebrity opponent were shown seated at their desks with their respective contestants, instead of doing the traditional walk-on traditional of both shows.
6th Jun '18 11:26:52 AM Shinigamitwo
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* ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' was thrown into disarray by the sudden mental illness of star and writer CreatorSpikeMilligan. with Milligan out for an indeterminate length of time, other British character actors and impressionists such as Creator/EricSykes and Dick Emery were called in to cover his vocal parts. As Milligan's illness progressed, Sykes and other writers from the BBC's talent pool tried their hand at writing scripts. The BBC went to great lengths to prevent the end of their most popular programme, and the makeshifts held until Milligan was well enough to return.

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* ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' was thrown into disarray by the sudden mental illness of star and writer CreatorSpikeMilligan.[[Creator/SpikeMilligan Spike Milligan]]. with Milligan out for an indeterminate length of time, other British character actors and impressionists such as Creator/EricSykes and Dick Emery were called in to cover his vocal parts. As Milligan's illness progressed, Sykes and other writers from the BBC's talent pool tried their hand at writing scripts. The BBC went to great lengths to prevent the end of their most popular programme, and the makeshifts held until Milligan was well enough to return.
31st May '18 11:13:17 PM LadyNorbert
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* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': In the spring of 1978, Karl Swenson, who played beloved town founder and mill owner Lars Hanson, became terminally ill, and it took a very noticeable toll on his appearance and energy. At the same time, Michael Landon had commissioned a five-week-long story arc where -- building on the 1977-1978 finale -- Walnut Grove greatly suffers the ill effects of an economic depression, prompting the Ingalls, Olesons and Garveys to move to Winoka for better opportunity. It was decided that, given Swenson's failing health, the character of Mr. Hanson would play a key role in the final part of the episode's story, where he suffers a massive stroke and, bedridden, bitterly concedes the death of his town and wishes for his death. All of Hanson's scenes show him either in bed or -- in the final scene -- walking and talking with great difficulty. His death -- told as happening shortly after the events of the episode -- was written in with the expectation he was not coming back. He didn't; at age 70, Swenson died of a heart condition.
** The 1976 episode "Bunny" focused on Nellie [[ObfuscatingDisability pretending to be paralyzed]] after falling from a horse that Laura had sold to Mr. Oleson. Shortly before filming began, Alison Arngrim (who played Nellie) broke her arm and rather than wait for the arm to heal (thus delaying production); Arngrim's broken arm was written in as an additional injury.

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* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': In the spring of 1978, Karl Swenson, who played beloved town founder and mill owner Lars Hanson, became terminally ill, and it took a very noticeable toll on his appearance and energy. At the same time, Michael Landon had commissioned a five-week-long story arc where -- building on the 1977-1978 finale -- Walnut Grove greatly suffers the ill effects of an economic depression, prompting the Ingalls, Olesons and Garveys to move to Winoka for better opportunity. It was decided that, given Swenson's failing health, the character of Mr. Hanson would play a key role in the final part of the episode's story, where he suffers a massive stroke and, bedridden, bitterly concedes the death of his town and wishes for his death. All of Hanson's scenes show him either in bed or -- in the final scene -- walking and talking with great difficulty. His death -- death, told as happening shortly after the events of the episode -- episode, was written in with the expectation he was not coming back. He didn't; at age 70, Swenson died of a heart condition.
** The 1976 episode "Bunny" focused on Nellie [[ObfuscatingDisability pretending to be paralyzed]] after falling from a horse that Laura had sold to Mr. Oleson. Shortly before filming began, Alison Arngrim (who played Nellie) broke her arm and rather than wait for the arm to heal (thus delaying production); production), Arngrim's broken arm was written in as an additional injury.



* The only Franchise/{{Power Ranger|s}} that has ever been killed off on the show is Kendrix Morgan, after actress Valerie Vernon collapsed on the set of ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' and was diagnosed with leukemia. (It SEEMS insensitive, but the series takes place on a space station, and there are no [[PutOnABus Peace Conferences]] in the Lost Galaxy. And she dies with an epic HeroicSacrifice). Her character returns to life in the GrandFinale and, fortunately, she recovered. In time to film the ReunionShow, even.
* Timothy Odmundson was riding his bike to the set of ''Series/{{Psych}}'' when he fell and broke his collarbone. This prompted last minutes rewrites, Buzz being called in to do Lassiter's lines, and Lassiter showing up in a cast and refusing to say what happened. This injury persisted until the end of the season. In a deleted scene, he reveals to the Police officers that he had slipped and fell in his bathtub. That was NOT what they were asking about.

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* The only Franchise/{{Power Ranger|s}} that has ever been killed off on the show is Kendrix Morgan, after actress Valerie Vernon collapsed on the set of ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' and was diagnosed with leukemia. (It SEEMS ''seems'' insensitive, but the series takes place on a space station, and there are no [[PutOnABus Peace Conferences]] in the Lost Galaxy. And she dies with an epic HeroicSacrifice). HeroicSacrifice.) Her character returns to life in the GrandFinale and, fortunately, she recovered. In the actress recovered - in time to film the ReunionShow, even.
* Timothy Odmundson was riding his bike to the set of ''Series/{{Psych}}'' when he fell and broke his collarbone. This prompted last minutes rewrites, Buzz being called in to do Lassiter's lines, and Lassiter showing up in a cast and refusing to say what happened. This injury persisted until the end of the season. In a deleted scene, he reveals to the Police police officers that he had slipped and fell in his bathtub. That bathtub.... which was NOT ''not'' what they were asking about.



* Creator/CynthiaWatros (Erin on ''Series/{{Titus}}'') broke her leg and they wrote the event into the storyline, saying that she stumbled trying to chase a burglar down. They even made it into a clever character moment when Papa Titus commented that she hurt herself running ''after'' a burglar, instead of running ''away'' from him.

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* Creator/CynthiaWatros (Erin on ''Series/{{Titus}}'') broke her leg and they wrote the event into the storyline, saying that she stumbled trying to chase a burglar down.burglar. They even made it into a clever character moment when Papa Titus commented that she hurt herself running ''after'' a burglar, instead of running ''away'' from him.



** Creator/JohnSpencer, who played chief of staff Leo [=McGarry=], had suffered from heart troubles. When the time came for him to resign from his position in show, his character had a heart attack. He later wound up being named as a vice presidential nominee in the show's final season, but during the course of filming the final season (during which his character's health and capacity to continue such a grueling campaign schedule was repeatedly questioned by the press), Spencer suffered a fatal heart attack. The first new episode after his death again prominently featured Leo, and included some very uncomfortable lines when viewed with the knowledge of what had happened -- which even the most shut-in viewer had, as Creator/MartinSheen recorded a touching tribute to Spencer at the start of the episode.

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** Creator/JohnSpencer, who played chief of staff Leo [=McGarry=], had suffered from heart troubles. When the time came for him to resign from his position in show, in-show, his character had a heart attack. He later wound up being named as a vice presidential nominee in the show's final season, but during the course of filming the final season (during which his character's health and capacity to continue such a grueling campaign schedule was repeatedly questioned by the press), Spencer suffered a fatal heart attack. The first new episode after his death again prominently featured Leo, and included some very uncomfortable lines when viewed with the knowledge of what had happened -- which even the most shut-in viewer had, as Creator/MartinSheen recorded a touching tribute to Spencer at the start of the episode.



** Martin Sheen has limited movement in his left arm, which is why he puts on his suit coat with that characteristic flipping gesture. In the episode "Two Cathedrals" the younger Jed does it as well (the movement is used to link the two time periods).

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** Martin Sheen has limited movement in his left arm, which is why he puts on his suit coat with that characteristic flipping gesture. In the episode "Two Cathedrals" Cathedrals," the younger Jed does it as well (the movement is used to link the two time periods).



* In ''[[Series/YesMinister Yes Prime Minister]]'', Jim Hacker spends most of his time sitting. This is because Paul Eddington had T cell lymphoma. It was so well written no one twigged.

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* In ''[[Series/YesMinister Yes Prime Minister]]'', Jim Hacker spends most of his time sitting. This is because Paul Eddington had T cell T-cell lymphoma. It was so well written written, no one twigged.
26th May '18 7:17:25 AM DeepRed
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* Erik Estrada was in a motorcycle accident during one season of ''Series/CHiPs'', so the same thing happened to Ponch. After the accident, Estrada literally shot scenes from his hospital bed.

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* Erik Estrada was in a motorcycle accident during one season of ''Series/CHiPs'', ''Series/{{CHiPs}}'', so the same thing happened to Ponch. After the accident, Estrada literally shot scenes from his hospital bed.
23rd May '18 6:26:33 PM Hjortron18
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->'''Fan on Twitter''': [[https://twitter.com/haydenpanettier/status/585989050764492800 I'm so glad they wrote in Hayden's pregnancy in the storyline cuz they couldn't of hid it]]
->'''Creator/HaydenPanettiere''': Trust me there was no hiding it! ''(indeed, when you're a touch over 5' and not skinny it's hard to hide it)''

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->'''Fan on Twitter''': Twitter:''' [[https://twitter.com/haydenpanettier/status/585989050764492800 I'm so glad they wrote in Hayden's pregnancy in the storyline cuz they couldn't of hid it]]
->'''Creator/HaydenPanettiere''': ->'''Creator/HaydenPanettiere:''' Trust me there was no hiding it! ''(indeed, when you're a touch over 5' and not skinny it's hard to hide it)''
23rd May '18 5:41:15 PM pidget_spinner
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** Creator/AlysonHannigan's pregnancy was handled quite efficiently. Barney tells her a (supposedly) mind-bogglingly dirty joke... "And we didn't see Lily for four weeks." She did film a scene late in her pregnancy... [[BalloonBelly of Lily winning an eating contest]].

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** Creator/AlysonHannigan's pregnancy was handled quite efficiently. Barney tells her a (supposedly) mind-bogglingly dirty joke... "And we didn't see Lily for four weeks." She did film a scene late in her pregnancy... [[BalloonBelly of Lily winning an eating contest]]. Her next pregnancy was written into the story.
15th May '18 8:57:30 PM ultimomant
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* Kevin Sorbo suffered from an aneurysm and three strokes in 1997. To help him take time off, ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' had several {{Clip Show}}s and other episodes where Hercules had a reduced role.

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* Kevin Sorbo Creator/KevinSorbo suffered from an aneurysm and three strokes in 1997. To help him take time off, ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' had several {{Clip Show}}s and other episodes where Hercules had a reduced role.
22nd Apr '18 1:04:24 AM jormis29
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** John Spencer, who played chief of staff Leo [=McGarry=], had suffered from heart troubles. When the time came for him to resign from his position in show, his character had a heart attack. He later wound up being named as a vice presidential nominee in the show's final season, but during the course of filming the final season (during which his character's health and capacity to continue such a grueling campaign schedule was repeatedly questioned by the press), Spencer suffered a fatal heart attack. The first new episode after his death again prominently featured Leo, and included some very uncomfortable lines when viewed with the knowledge of what had happened -- which even the most shut-in viewer had, as Creator/MartinSheen recorded a touching tribute to Spencer at the start of the episode.

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** John Spencer, Creator/JohnSpencer, who played chief of staff Leo [=McGarry=], had suffered from heart troubles. When the time came for him to resign from his position in show, his character had a heart attack. He later wound up being named as a vice presidential nominee in the show's final season, but during the course of filming the final season (during which his character's health and capacity to continue such a grueling campaign schedule was repeatedly questioned by the press), Spencer suffered a fatal heart attack. The first new episode after his death again prominently featured Leo, and included some very uncomfortable lines when viewed with the knowledge of what had happened -- which even the most shut-in viewer had, as Creator/MartinSheen recorded a touching tribute to Spencer at the start of the episode.
9th Apr '18 9:09:09 AM Bisected8
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* When Kaitlin Olsen became pregnant, her character Dee from ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' also became pregnant. An entire episode was dedicated to the gang trying to find out who got her pregnant; by the end, they stop caring. It was later revealed that she was a surrogate for a {{transsexual}} woman and her husband.

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* When Kaitlin Olsen became pregnant, her character Dee from ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' also became pregnant. An entire episode was dedicated to the gang trying to find out who got her pregnant; by the end, they stop caring. It was later revealed that she was a surrogate for a {{transsexual}} {{Transgender}} woman and her husband.
19th Mar '18 3:14:46 AM LadyNorbert
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* Michael Zaslow, who played David Renaldi on ''Series/OneLifeToLive'', was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease and confined to a wheelchair. The character, who was absent from the show for several years, was given the same diagnosis when he returned. Also a case of TheCharacterDiedWithHim, as David was written to have passed away in 1998 when Zaslow did.
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