History Trivia / Cheers

21st Apr '17 3:11:07 PM Brainbin
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** '''Three''' endings were [[http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1987/Mystery-Surrounds-Shelley-Long-s-Cheers-Departure/id-8294f32ebdf44c85c59b9994b00701a9 written]] for the Season 5 finale: Sam and Diane don't get married (which was used), Sam and Diane do get married, and a mysterious third ending which the production refused to divulge.

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** '''Three''' endings were [[http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1987/Mystery-Surrounds-Shelley-Long-s-Cheers-Departure/id-8294f32ebdf44c85c59b9994b00701a9 written]] for the Season 5 finale: Sam and Diane don't get married (which was used), Sam and Diane do get married, and a mysterious third ending which the production refused to divulge. The alternate ending where Sam and Diane successfully get hitched was actually shot before the live studio audience (to throw them off; it wasn't publicly known at the time that Shelley Long would be leaving the show), and this ending has since been broadcast.
4th Apr '17 1:35:13 PM AnotherGuy
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** '''Three''' endings were [[http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1987/Mystery-Surrounds-Shelley-Long-s-Cheers-Departure/id-8294f32ebdf44c85c59b9994b00701a9 written]] for the Season 5 finale: Sam and Diane don't get married (which was used), Sam and Diane do get married, and a mysterious third ending which the production refused to divulge.
26th Mar '17 8:56:52 AM Brainbin
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** At one point during the show's development, producers considered setting it in Chicago

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** Sam was originally written as a retired ''football'' player, and many auditionees for the role were former football players (see Fred Dryer and Ed O'Neill, below); he was rewritten as a retired ''baseball'' player because it better suited Danson's wiry frame.
** Diane was to be a sassy, career-driven businesswoman; if this sounds familiar, it's because the Charles Brothers recycled the concept when they introduced Rebecca.
** The draft pilot script included only one patron, a barfly named George, whose only scripted line was his order of "Beer!". Both George Wendt and John Ratzenberger auditioned for "George"; Ratzenberger, after having been rejected, pitched the role of Cliff for himself (see ThrowItIn) and Wendt was cast as George, who was radically rewritten into Norm. Another bar patron who appeared in the pilot but was cut was an irascible elderly woman (in a wheelchair, even though Cheers doesn't have wheelchair access) named "Mrs. Littlefield"; by some reports, she was to have been played by Elaine Stritch, marking another of her many career near-misses. The character can be seen in several scenes in the pilot, but all her lines were cut because she was found not to gel with the other characters or the general tone of the series, and she was never seen again.
** At one point during the show's development, producers considered setting it in ChicagoChicago.
26th Mar '17 8:43:24 AM Brainbin
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*** Tip O'Neill, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, made a cameo in a first-season episode (a writer later joked that he was the biggest star the low-rated show could attract at the time), firmly setting it before he retired in 1986. (Fun fact: Cheers - or rather, the Bull and Finch - was actually physically located within his constituency, making him one of the more plausible celebrity guests.)
17th Jan '17 9:20:32 PM MagnusForce
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* Timothy Treadwell of ''Film/GrizzlyMan'' fame originally auditioned to play Sam, but lost to Danson.

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* ** Timothy Treadwell of ''Film/GrizzlyMan'' fame originally auditioned to play Sam, but lost to Danson.
17th Jan '17 9:20:17 PM MagnusForce
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* Timothy Treadwell of ''Film/GrizzlyMan'' fame originally auditioned to play Sam, but lost to Danson.
26th Dec '16 11:48:34 AM Brainbin
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** The first season is set against the backdrop of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_1980s_recession early 1980s recession]] - Norm, an accountant, spends most of the season unemployed.

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** The first season is set against the backdrop of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_1980s_recession early 1980s recession]] - Norm, an accountant, spends most of the season unemployed. On the other hand, Cliff, a postal worker, enjoys the kind of job security that could only come in the days before the union-busting of TheEighties and TheNineties, followed by the rise of the internet as an existential threat to the very ''idea'' of postal service.
8th Nov '16 4:44:17 PM glickmam
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** Creator/LucilleBall was a fan of the series and met with the producers about possibly playing Diane's mother. But she backed out because she felt that viewers would not accept her as a character that was different then her "Lucy" characters.

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** Creator/LucilleBall was a fan of the series and met with the producers about possibly playing Diane's mother. But she backed out because she felt that viewers would not accept her as a character that was different then her "Lucy" characters. Instead, Diane's mother would end up being played by Glynis Johns, best known to Broadway fans for originating Desiree Armfeldt in ''Theater/ALittleNightMusic'' and best known to child audiences for playing Winifred Banks in ''Film/MaryPoppins''.
23rd Oct '16 6:53:48 PM Brainbin
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** In the pilot, Diane predicts that her (ex-)fiance Sumner Sloan will be on the cover of ''Saturday Review'' someday - unlikely, considering that it ceased publication that very year (1982).
** The first season is set against the backdrop of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_1980s_recession early 1980s recession]] - Norm, an accountant, spends most of the season unemployed.
** Many of the politician and pro athlete guest stars quite firmly date the episode in which they make their appearance:
*** Gary Hart's cameo in the fourth season finale (which aired on May 8th, 1986) really stands out here. When starstruck Diane meets him, she exclaims that he "could have been President" (a reference to his second-place finish in the 1984 Democratic primaries). Then she remarks that he "could ''still'' be President", and indeed he was considered a front-runner for the 1988 nomination... until the Donna Rice scandal broke out just over a year after the episode aired. (Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, who ''also'' appeared on ''Cheers'', won the nomination instead.)
4th Oct '16 5:55:53 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* RevisedEnding: An alternate ending was shot before the studio audience of Creator/ShelleyLong's final episode to hide the fact that Long was leaving the series. That ending, in which Sam and Diane actually go through with the wedding ceremony and get married, was discarded in favor of the real ending, which was filmed without a studio audience, in which Sam and Diane stop the ceremony before they are married.
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