History Trivia / Cheers

1st May '18 1:43:52 PM LongTallShorty64
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** Creator/LucilleBall was a fan of the series and met with the producers about possibly playing Diane's mother, Mrs. Helen Chambers. 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 ended 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''.

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** Creator/LucilleBall was a fan of the series and met with the producers about possibly playing Diane's mother, Mrs. Helen Chambers. 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 ended up being played by Glynis Johns, Creator/GlynisJohns, 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''.
17th Apr '18 9:00:28 AM AnotherGuy
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** Adored by Brandon Tartikoff so much that after a disastrous first season coming in ''dead last'' in the ratings, Tartikoff refused to cancel it.
31st Mar '18 10:04:47 AM Brainbin
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* MissingEpisode: One special episode was filmed, but never aired on television, called "Uncle Sam Malone", in which the gang tries to convince Diane that U.S. Savings Bonds are a good investment. This is a special episode produced for the U.S. Treasury to be used during savings bonds drives. It was written by Ralph Phillips (who was a sitcom writer but never wrote a "real" episode of ''Cheers'') and directed by James Burrows, and was about half the length of a normal episode. It had a standard ColdOpen followed by the theme song, but the rest of the episode was basically a ten-minute ad for savings bonds (and the payroll savings program for small business owners like Sam - or the potential viewer).

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* MissingEpisode: One special episode was filmed, but never aired on television, called "Uncle Sam Malone", in which the gang tries to convince Diane that U.S. Savings Bonds are a good investment. This is a special episode produced for the U.S. Treasury to be used during savings bonds drives. It was written by Ralph Phillips (who was a sitcom writer but never wrote a "real" episode of ''Cheers'') and directed by James Burrows, and was about half the length of a normal episode. It had a standard ColdOpen followed by the theme song, but the rest of the episode was basically a ten-minute ad for savings bonds (and the payroll savings program plan for small business owners like Sam - or the potential viewer).
31st Mar '18 9:52:33 AM Brainbin
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* DeletedRole: One character who was cut from the pilot episode was an unpleasant, racist, wheelchair-bound old woman named Mrs. Littlefield, supposedly a regular customer of Cheers, who was intended to be a recurring character. Her lines were filmed as part of a rough cut of the pilot. However, the producers decided to cut the character out of the episode, as they found her character did not mesh with other characters or with the overall tone of the show. Nevertheless, the uncredited actress who played her can still be seen as a background performer in a few scenes. Some sources credit this actress as Elaine Strich, although the unidentified actress who is still seen on camera looks nothing like Stritch. In answer to a question about the actress, writer/producer Ken Levine has stated on his blog "that was not Elaine Stritch". The producers ultimately decided to eliminate Mrs. Littlefield completely from the show from that point forward, necessitating changes to some yet-to-be-filmed scripts for the first few episodes.

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* DeletedRole: One character who was cut from the pilot episode was an unpleasant, racist, wheelchair-bound old woman named Mrs. Littlefield, supposedly a regular customer of Cheers, who was intended to be a recurring character. Her lines were filmed as part of a rough cut of the pilot. However, the producers decided to cut the character out of the episode, as they found her character did not mesh with other characters or with the overall tone of the show. Nevertheless, the uncredited actress who played her can still be seen as a background performer in a few scenes. Some sources credit this actress as Elaine Strich, although the unidentified actress who is still seen on camera looks nothing like Stritch. In answer to a question about the actress, writer/producer Ken Levine has stated on his blog "that was not Elaine Stritch". A copy of [[http://www.zen134237.zen.co.uk/Cheers/Cheers_1x01_-_Give_Me_a_Ring_Sometime.pdf the original pilot script]] which was scanned and uploaded online identifies the actress as Margaret Wheeler - almost certainly [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0923912/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 this Margaret Wheeler]]. The producers ultimately decided to eliminate Mrs. Littlefield completely from the show from that point forward, necessitating changes to some yet-to-be-filmed scripts for the first few episodes.



* MissingEpisode: One special episode was filmed, but never aired on television, called "Uncle Sam Malone", in which the gang tries to convince Diane that U.S. Savings Bonds are a good investment. This is a special episode produced for the U.S. Treasury to be used during savings bonds drives. It was written by Ralph Phillips (who was a sitcom writer but never wrote a "real" episode of ''Cheers'') and directed by James Burrows.

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* MissingEpisode: One special episode was filmed, but never aired on television, called "Uncle Sam Malone", in which the gang tries to convince Diane that U.S. Savings Bonds are a good investment. This is a special episode produced for the U.S. Treasury to be used during savings bonds drives. It was written by Ralph Phillips (who was a sitcom writer but never wrote a "real" episode of ''Cheers'') and directed by James Burrows.Burrows, and was about half the length of a normal episode. It had a standard ColdOpen followed by the theme song, but the rest of the episode was basically a ten-minute ad for savings bonds (and the payroll savings program for small business owners like Sam - or the potential viewer).
31st Mar '18 9:47:24 AM Brainbin
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* MissingEpisode: One special episode was filmed, but never aired on television, called "Uncle Sam Malone", in which the gang tries to convince Diane that U.S. Savings Bonds are a good investment. This is a special episode produced for the U.S. Treasury to be used during savings bonds drives. It was written by Ralph Phillips and directed by James Burrows.

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* MissingEpisode: One special episode was filmed, but never aired on television, called "Uncle Sam Malone", in which the gang tries to convince Diane that U.S. Savings Bonds are a good investment. This is a special episode produced for the U.S. Treasury to be used during savings bonds drives. It was written by Ralph Phillips (who was a sitcom writer but never wrote a "real" episode of ''Cheers'') and directed by James Burrows.
30th Mar '18 5:52:50 PM Brainbin
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** There were rumours that Creator/ShelleyLong didn't get along with her co-stars. She often kept to herself between takes and was also said to be perceived as seeing herself "above" those with whom she worked on the show. She did get on with Nicholas Colasanto (Coach). His tragic death during the filming of season 3 not only demoralized the cast, but it left her without an ally among them, and this likely contributed to her decision to leave the show after season 5.

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** There were rumours that Creator/ShelleyLong didn't get along with her co-stars.co-stars, which have since been confirmed by most of the show's cast and crew in retrospect. She often kept to herself between takes and was also said to be perceived as seeing herself "above" those with whom she worked on the show. She did get on with Nicholas Colasanto (Coach). His tragic death during the filming of season 3 not only demoralized the cast, but it left her without an ally among them, and this likely contributed to her decision to leave the show after season 5.
27th Feb '18 12:58:30 PM Pinokio
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* TheWikiRule: The [[http://cheers.wikia.com/wiki/Cheers_Wiki Cheers Wiki]].
23rd Feb '18 11:30:35 AM AmuckCricetine
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* TheCastShowoff: Shelley Long's beautiful singing voice is featured quite a few times throughout the Diane era--most notably in the final sequences of "Father Knows Last" and "Coach Buries A Grudge".
** Played with, both with Frasier and Lilith. Creator/KelseyGrammer and Creator/BebeNeuwirth are both accomplished singers, but are shown in-show to be not very good. Frasier sings in the shower when he and Diane are away at a skiing lodge, and he's terrible (despite later canon that Frasier is a very good singer), and Lilith is a bad singer before she takes lessons.

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* TheCastShowoff: Shelley Long's TheCastShowOff:
** In "Mr. Otis Regrets," everyone jokes about Lilith's lack of singing ability when she takes lessons so she can sing to her baby, until the ending, when Lilith sings a
beautiful singing voice is featured lullaby. In RealLife Creator/BebeNeuwirth was (and is) an excellent stage singer who was famous for playing Velma Kelly in ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}'' long before she was cast on ''Cheers''.
** Shelley Long has
quite a few times throughout the Diane era--most notably beautiful voice, as well--which is used to dramatic effect in the final sequences of Season One's "Father Knows Last" and Season Two's "Coach Buries A Grudge".
** Played with, both with Frasier and Lilith. Creator/KelseyGrammer and Creator/BebeNeuwirth are both accomplished singers, but are shown in-show to be not very good. Frasier sings in the shower when he and Diane are away at a skiing lodge, and he's terrible (despite later canon that Frasier is a very good singer), and Lilith is a bad singer before she takes lessons.
Grudge."
22nd Feb '18 6:13:28 PM AmuckCricetine
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* DeletedRole: One character who was cut from the pilot episode was an unpleasant, racist, wheelchair-bound old woman named Mrs. Littlefield, supposedly a regular customer of Cheers, who was intended to be a recurring character. Her lines were filmed as part of a rough cut of the pilot. However, the producers decided to cut the character out of the episode, as they found her character did not mesh with other characters or with the overall tone of the show. Nevertheless, the uncredited actress who played her can still be seen as a background performer in a few scenes. Some sources credit this actress as Elaine Strich, although the unidentified actress who is still seen on camera looks nothing like Stritch. In answer to a question about the actress, writer/producer Ken Levine has stated on his blog "that was not Elaine Stritch". The producers ultimately decided to eliminate Mrs. Littlefield completely from the show from that point forward, necessitating changes to some yet-to-be-filmed scripts for the first few episodes.
22nd Feb '18 6:10:23 PM AmuckCricetine
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** Rhea Perlman's favourite was "Thanksgiving Orphans".
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