History Trivia / Cheers

31st Jul '17 4:22:28 PM ClintEastwood
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* CreatorsFavoriteEpisode: Creator/ShelleyLong's favourite episode was "Let Me Count the Ways", while Creator/KelseyGrammer's favourite was "Dinner at Eight-ish".



* HideYourPregnancy: When Creator/ShelleyLong got pregnant during the third season, was mostly filmed behind the bar or from the neck up.
** When Rhea Perlman got pregnant, it was worked into the show.

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* HideYourPregnancy: When Creator/ShelleyLong got pregnant during the third season, was mostly filmed behind the bar or from the neck up.
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* HostilityOnTheSet: Creator/KelseyGrammer and Creator/ShelleyLong did not get along. Long did not like the addition of the character of Frasier who upset the romance between Diane and Sam. Grammer claimed that Long tried to have all of his punchlines removed from the script but Long denies this. Grammer stated that he and Long made peace with each other during her guest appearance on ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.



* StarMakingRole: True for almost the whole cast, except for Kirstie Alley who got her big break a few years earlier with ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', and arguably Bebe Neuwirth with her stage experience. Most dramatically true for Woody Harrelson, who went on to a very successful film career.

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* StarMakingRole: True for almost the whole cast, except for Kirstie Alley Creator/KirstieAlley who got her big break a few years earlier with ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', and arguably Bebe Neuwirth Creator/BebeNeuwirth with her stage experience. Most dramatically true for Woody Harrelson, Creator/WoodyHarrelson, who went on to a very successful film career.



** [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Ed O'Neill]] auditioned for Sam Malone.

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** [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Ed O'Neill]] Creator/EdONeill auditioned for Sam Malone.



* YouLookFamiliar: Paul Willson first appears in first-season episode "Someone Single, Someone Blue" as a character named Glen. In second-season episode "Little Sister Don't Cha" he plays a character named Tom. Then, in fourth-season episode "Fools and Their Money" he appears as Paul Krapence, the character he plays for 53 episodes, becoming a semi-regular in the show's later years.

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* YouLookFamiliar: YouLookFamiliar:
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Paul Willson first appears in first-season episode "Someone Single, Someone Blue" as a character named Glen. In second-season episode "Little Sister Don't Cha" he plays a character named Tom. Then, in fourth-season episode "Fools and Their Money" he appears as Paul Krapence, the character he plays for 53 episodes, becoming a semi-regular in the show's later years.
29th Jul '17 1:31:23 AM glickmam
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* DevelopmentGag: Former NFL star Fred Dryer (later of ''Series/{{Hunter}}'') was up for the part of Sam Malone and Julia Duffy (later of ''Series/{{Newhart}}'') was up for the part of Diane Chambers. Both later guest-starred on the show, Dryer as Sam's crasser, dumber sportscaster friend, Dave Richards, and Duffy as Diane's snootier and more pretentious best friend, Rebecca Prout. In addition, Robert Prosky was up for the role of Coach, and would later make a late run guest appearance as Rebecca's tough as nails father, Captain Franklin E. Howe, USN.

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* DevelopmentGag: Former NFL star Fred Dryer (later of ''Series/{{Hunter}}'') was up for the part of Sam Malone and Julia Duffy (later of ''Series/{{Newhart}}'') was up for the part of Diane Chambers. Both later guest-starred on the show, Dryer as Sam's crasser, dumber sportscaster friend, Dave Richards, and Duffy as Diane's snootier and more pretentious best friend, Rebecca Prout. In addition, Robert Prosky (later of ''Series/HillStreetBlues'') was up for the role of Coach, and would later make a late run guest appearance as Rebecca's tough as nails father, Captain Franklin E. Howe, USN.
29th Jul '17 1:30:28 AM glickmam
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* DevelopmentGag: Former NFL star Fred Dryer (later of ''Series/{{Hunter}}'') was up for the part of Sam Malone and Julia Duffy (later of ''Series/{{Newhart}}'') was up for the part of Diane Chambers. Both later guest-starred on the show, Dryer as Sam's crasser, dumber sportscaster friend, Dave Richards, and Duffy as Diane's snootier and more pretentious best friend, Rebecca Prout.

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* DevelopmentGag: Former NFL star Fred Dryer (later of ''Series/{{Hunter}}'') was up for the part of Sam Malone and Julia Duffy (later of ''Series/{{Newhart}}'') was up for the part of Diane Chambers. Both later guest-starred on the show, Dryer as Sam's crasser, dumber sportscaster friend, Dave Richards, and Duffy as Diane's snootier and more pretentious best friend, Rebecca Prout. In addition, Robert Prosky was up for the role of Coach, and would later make a late run guest appearance as Rebecca's tough as nails father, Captain Franklin E. Howe, USN.



** [[Series/{{Newhart}} Julia Duffy]] was the first choice for the role of Diane. [[Series/JustShootMe Wendie]] [[Series/HotInCleveland Malick]] also auditioned for the part. [[Series/{{Hunter}} Fred Dryer]] auditioned for the part of Sam. Creator/JohnLithgow was considered for the role of Frasier.

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** [[Series/{{Newhart}} Julia Duffy]] was the first choice for the role of Diane. [[Series/JustShootMe Wendie]] [[Series/HotInCleveland Malick]] also auditioned for the part. [[Series/{{Hunter}} Fred Dryer]] auditioned for the part of Sam. Creator/JohnLithgow was considered for the role of Frasier. [[Series/HillStreetBlues Robert Prosky]] was considered for the role of Coach.
29th Jul '17 1:16:46 AM glickmam
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* IronyAsSheIsCast: Lilith Sternin was initially depicted as a [[HollywoodToneDeaf terrible singer]], even though before ''Cheers'' Creator/BebeNeuwirth was mostly known for her singing roles in Broadway musicals; in 1986 she even won a Tony Award for a production of ''Theatre/SweetCharity''. Later on the writers had Lilith take some singing lessons, and all of a sudden she became [[TheCastShowoff a great singer]].

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Lilith Sternin was initially depicted as a [[HollywoodToneDeaf terrible singer]], even though before ''Cheers'' Creator/BebeNeuwirth was mostly known for her singing roles in Broadway musicals; in 1986 she even won a Tony Award for a production of ''Theatre/SweetCharity''. Later on the writers had Lilith take some singing lessons, and all of a sudden she became [[TheCastShowoff a great singer]].singer]].
** Although Carla Tortelli and her ex-husband Nick were depicted as devout and practicing Roman Catholics who were Italian, actors Rhea Perlman and Dan Hedaya are actually Ashkenazic Jewish in real life.
24th Jul '17 4:42:19 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. 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''.

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** Creator/LucilleBall was a fan of the series and met with the producers about possibly playing Diane's mother.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 would end 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''.
23rd Jul '17 4:53:50 PM Brainbin
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** 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.

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** 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 Littlefield".[[note]]Although some reports, she was reports indicate that Elaine Stritch - who seems to have been made a career out of all the parts she ''didn't'' get - was chosen for the part, [[http://www.zen134237.zen.co.uk/Cheers/Cheers_1x01_-_Give_Me_a_Ring_Sometime.pdf the original pilot script]] credits "Margaret Wheeler", presumably [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0923912/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 this Margaret Wheeler]], as having played by Elaine Stritch, marking another of her many career near-misses. the role.[[/note]] 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.
16th Jul '17 9:34:25 PM glickmam
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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.)

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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 1986.1987. (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.)
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.
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