History Trivia / Cheers

15th Dec '17 4:40:42 PM Brainbin
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** When ''Cheers'' finally went off the air on May 20, 1993, Creator/{{NBC}} dedicated a whole night to the show's final episode. The night began with a "pregame" show hosted by NBC Sports commentator Bob Costas, followed by the final 98-minute episode itself. NBC stations, O&Os and affiliates alike, then aired tributes to ''Cheers'' during their local newscasts, and the night concluded with a special edition of ''Series/TheTonightShow'' broadcast live from the Bull & Finch Pub.

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** When ''Cheers'' finally went off the air on May 20, 1993, Creator/{{NBC}} dedicated a whole most of the night to the show's final episode. The night episode.[[note]]''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' aired its own two-part fourth season finale, "The Pilot", at 8:00 PM to kick off the night, having been moved from its usual 9:30 PM timeslot. It would replace ''Cheers'' in the 9:00 berth starting in the 1993-94 season, where it would remain for the rest of its run.[[/note]] It began at 9:00 with a "pregame" show hosted by NBC Sports commentator Bob Costas, followed by the final 98-minute episode itself. NBC stations, O&Os and affiliates alike, then aired tributes to ''Cheers'' during their local newscasts, and the night concluded with a special edition of ''Series/TheTonightShow'' broadcast live from the Bull & Finch Pub.
15th Dec '17 4:31:57 PM Brainbin
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** Creator/ShelleyLong did not get along with any of her co-stars, with the sole exception of 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 no doubt contributed to her decision to leave the show after season 5.

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** Creator/ShelleyLong did not get along with any of her co-stars, with the sole exception of 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 no doubt likely contributed to her decision to leave the show after season 5.
15th Dec '17 4:30:50 PM Brainbin
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** The timing of Colasanto's death coincided with the introduction of the character of Dr. Frasier Crane, played by Creator/KelseyGrammer. Long, who was what we would today call a big Sam/Diane shipper, and didn't appreciate the character of Frasier interfering with their romance. Grammer, for his part, claimed that Long tried to have all of his punchlines removed from the script but Long denies this. The writers of the show loved Grammer and what he brought to the role of Frasier, tending to side with him over Long whenever there were any disputes between them. (Grammer stated that he and Long made peace with each other during her guest appearance on ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.)

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** The timing of Colasanto's death coincided with the introduction of the character of Dr. Frasier Crane, played by Creator/KelseyGrammer. Long, who Long was what we would today call a big Sam/Diane shipper, and didn't appreciate the character of Frasier interfering with their romance. Grammer, for his part, claimed that Long tried to have all of his punchlines removed from the script but Long denies this. The writers of the show loved Grammer and what he brought to the role of Frasier, tending to side with him over Long whenever there were any disputes between them. (Grammer stated that he and Long made peace with each other during her guest appearance on ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.)
2nd Nov '17 8:01:07 PM EverybodyGetUp20
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* {{Defictionalization}}: ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' eventually did record two weeks’ worth of episodes in Boston in 1998: five regular games [note:(as of 2017, still the only regular episodes recorded away from the show’s home base in Culver City)] followed by a Teen Reunion Tournament.

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* {{Defictionalization}}: ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' eventually did record two weeks’ worth of episodes in Boston in 1998: five regular games [note:(as [[note]]as of 2017, still the only regular episodes recorded away from the show’s home base in Culver City)] City[[/note]] followed by a Teen Reunion Tournament.
2nd Nov '17 7:56:57 PM EverybodyGetUp20
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* [[Defictionalization]]: ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' eventually did record two weeks’ worth of episodes in Boston in 1998: five regular games [[note:(as of 2017, still the only regular episodes recorded away from the show’s home base in Culver City)]] followed by a Teen Reunion Tournament.

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* [[Defictionalization]]: {{Defictionalization}}: ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' eventually did record two weeks’ worth of episodes in Boston in 1998: five regular games [[note:(as [note:(as of 2017, still the only regular episodes recorded away from the show’s home base in Culver City)]] City)] followed by a Teen Reunion Tournament.
2nd Nov '17 7:54:48 PM EverybodyGetUp20
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* [[Defictionalization]]: ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' eventually did record two weeks’ worth of episodes in Boston in 1998: five regular games [[note:(as of 2017, still the only regular episodes recorded away from the show’s home base in Culver City)]] followed by a Teen Reunion Tournament.
8th Oct '17 8:33:36 AM Brainbin
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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}}''.

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* HostilityOnTheSet: Creator/KelseyGrammer and HostilityOnTheSet:
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Creator/ShelleyLong did not get along. Long did along with any of her co-stars, with the sole exception of Nicholas Colasanto (Coach). His tragic death during the filming of season 3 not like only demoralized the addition cast, but it left her without an ally among them, and this no doubt contributed to her decision to leave the show after season 5.
** The timing
of Colasanto's death coincided with the introduction of the character of Dr. Frasier Crane, played by Creator/KelseyGrammer. Long, who was what we would today call a big Sam/Diane shipper, and didn't appreciate the character of Frasier who upset the romance between Diane and Sam. Grammer interfering with their romance. Grammer, for his part, claimed that Long tried to have all of his punchlines removed from the script but Long denies this. The writers of the show loved Grammer and what he brought to the role of Frasier, tending to side with him over Long whenever there were any disputes between them. (Grammer stated that he and Long made peace with each other during her guest appearance on ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.)
** One of Long's biggest enemies on set was Rhea Perlman, [[EnforcedMethodActing which no doubt enhanced the antipathy between their characters]].
8th Oct '17 8:20:33 AM Brainbin
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The show is soaked in '80s style and culture.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The show is soaked in '80s (and very early '90s) style and culture.


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** Cliff's appearance on ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' is firmly dated to when it was shot (late 1989) and aired (January 1990) due to the set design (even at the time, the set was frequently renovated between seasons), the musical cues (the synth-heavy intro was dumped and a mix emphasizing the percussion debuted in 1991), the sound design (most of the "classic" sound effects have now been replaced), and Alex's appearance (the mustache is still present, and his hair is salt-and-pepper, not to mention thicker and wavier than it is today).
** Diane's return for the series finale is predicated on the gang at the bar seeing her winning a [=CableACE=] award and Sam taking the opportunity to invite her back to Boston to reminisce. The joke is that Diane leaving the bar to realize her potential as a writer had her go no further than slumming it writing for ''cable television''. In the quarter-century since then, cable television has come to produce some of the most acclaimed and popular shows on the air, to the point that the [=CableACE=] awards ''don't even exist anymore'' because they were deemed superfluous, since cable shows now win ''Emmys'' with much greater regularity than network shows. (A network show has not won Outstanding Drama Series at the Emmy Awards since 2006.)
8th Oct '17 8:05:14 AM 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. 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.

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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.broadcast (on retrospective specials about ''Cheers'', never as part of an episode of ''Cheers'' itself).
1st Oct '17 11:08:01 AM OlfinBedwere
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** [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Joel Hodgson]] [[http://www.whmpodcast.com/2012/01/joel-hodgson-whm-interview.html revealed in a recent interview]] that he auditioned for the role of Woody Boyd.

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** [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Joel Hodgson]] [[http://www.whmpodcast.com/2012/01/joel-hodgson-whm-interview.html revealed in a recent an interview]] that he auditioned for the role of Woody Boyd.


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** Al Rosen was considered for elevation to the main cast around Season 7, but turned the offer down for health reasons. Rosen ultimately died of cancer just before filming of Season 9 got underway.
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