History Trivia / MurderSheWrote

20th Jun '16 2:49:49 PM gewunomox
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** In "Murder at a Discount", George Segal's character is named [[JanesAddiction Dave Navarro]].

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** In "Murder at a Discount", George Segal's character is named [[JanesAddiction [[Music/JanesAddiction Dave Navarro]].
28th Apr '16 12:39:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Recurring guest Harry [=McGraw=] is a lot more recognizable as ''Series/LawAndOrder''[='=]s Lennie Briscoe, and four-year series regular Sheriff Amos Tupper is equally more recognizable as ''Series/HappyDays''[='=] Howard Cunningham. Other well-known guest stars who had later roles:
** Kate Mulgrew of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' as a RichBitch who killed her husband/lover. [[YouLookFamiliar Twice]].
** Rene Auberjonois of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' played a murderer. [[YouLookFamiliar And a professor character in one of Jessica's novels]]. [[YouLookFamiliar And also a Southern doctor]].
** Creator/GeorgeTakei of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' played a janitor whose collection of celebrity trash helps Jessica.
** [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Jeri Ryan]] appeared in a later season episode.
** LeslieNielsen appeared twice in two consecutive seasons, first as a captain of a cruise ship on which Jessica was a passenger, and then as a treasure-hunting old friend of Jessica.
** John Astin from '' Series/TheAddamsFamily'' appeared four times. Three times as Harry Pierce, a Cabot Cove resident.
** Kevin Sorbo from ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' as a VR game designer.
** NeilPatrickHarris from ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' as a young fantasy writer who delivers Jessica's groceries.
** Creator/GeorgeClooney and Julianna Marguiles each appeared on the show, separately, years before their success on ''{{ER}}''.
** Courteney Cox of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' as Jessica's great-niece by marriage, the granddaughter of her late husband Frank's brother.
** William Christopher from ''Series/{{Mash}}'' was a birdwatching enthusiast who turned out to be a cold-blooded murderer.
*** Speaking of ''Series/{{Mash}}'', Larry Linville appeared in two different episodes, the latter as a cop who thought Jessica was a government agent.
*** Wayne Rogers played the recurring role of beleaguered P.I. Charlie Garrett after Jerry Orbach left to join ''Series/LawAndOrder''.3
*** David Ogden Stiers appeared as a Russian cop in one episode, and a radio host in the series finale. He also appeared in a post-finale movie "The Last Free Man" as a southern professor.
** Vicki Lawrence appeared twice, the first being notable as her character was named Phoebe ''[[Series/TheCarolBurnettShow Carroll]]''.
** Claude Akins, best known as Sheriff Lobo, played recurring character Ethan Cragg in the first season.
** Eileen Brennan guest stars in "Old Habits Die Hard". [[Film/{{Clue}} As a politician's wife]]. [[spoiler: [[DarkSecret With a secret]]. [[HeKnowsTooMuch And who's willing to kill to protect it]].]]
** "The Murder of Sherlock Holmes": One of the thugs who tries to mug Jessica in the alley is none other than a young [[Film/{{OceansEleven}} Andy Garcia]]!
** Bryan Cranston plays a tennis player who gets blown up in a car in "Menace, Anyone?" He's also a TV executive in "Foul Play in Flappieville". His being the killer is a lot easier to guess, post-Breaking Bad.
** [[RealTimeWithBillMaher Bill Maher]] shows up twice (as two different characters). Both times with a very impressive [[EightiesHair mullet]].
** Creator/JohnGlover -- twice. Once as an East German musician, and once as a falsely-accused convict looking to find the real murderer.
** JackieEarleHaley (with hair!) plays Billy Willetts in the Season 2 episode "Powder Keg".
** Famed actress Jean Simmons, who some younger viewers might recognize as Norah Satie from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', played a jealous mystery writer in the two parter "Mirror Mirror on the Wall".
** writer version: 'To the Last Will I grapple with thee' is widely regarded as one of the best-written and original episodes of the entire run. That's not so surprising when you realize it was written by J. Michael Straczynski - supreme creator of the ground-breaking Babylon5 and co-creator and writer of Sense8.
** The actors who played [[Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly Tuco Ramirez]] and [[Series/BreakingBad Tuco Salamanca]] both guest starred in seperate episodes.
16th Apr '16 5:04:52 PM FranksGirl
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** "Sticks & Stones" features Parker Stevenson as Michael Digby -- aka [[Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries Frank Hardy]] -- as a travel book writer/photographer. At one point Michael is trying to show his photos to a disinterested Jessica (which is funny enough, as Parker is a professional photographer in real life), Jessica asks him if he would like to play detective for her...

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** "Sticks & Stones" features Parker Stevenson as Michael Digby -- aka [[Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries Frank Hardy]] -- as Michael Digby, a travel book writer/photographer. At one point Michael is trying to show his photos to a very disinterested Jessica (which is funny enough, as Parker is a professional photographer in real life), Jessica asks him if he would like to play detective for her...
16th Apr '16 5:03:42 PM FranksGirl
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* ActorAllusion: The episode "Murder In A Minor Key" has Shaun Cassidy playing a young college student who turns AmateurSleuth to solve a murder, a callback to Shaun's biggest role of Joe Hardy in the ''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries''.
** "Sticks & Stones" features Parker Stevenson as Michael Digby -- aka [[Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries Frank Hardy]] -- as a travel book writer/photographer. Not only is Parker a pro photographer in real life, but at one point (as Michael is trying to show his photos to a disinterested Jessica), Jessica asks him if he would like to play detective for her...

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The episode "Murder In A Minor Key" has Shaun Cassidy playing a young college student who turns AmateurSleuth to solve a murder, a callback to Shaun's biggest role of Joe Hardy in the ''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries''.
''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries''. Not to mention the character's named "Chad Singer"...a reference to [[TeenIdol Shaun's pop music career]].
** "Sticks & Stones" features Parker Stevenson as Michael Digby -- aka [[Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries Frank Hardy]] -- as a travel book writer/photographer. Not only is Parker a pro photographer in real life, but at At one point (as Michael is trying to show his photos to a disinterested Jessica), Jessica (which is funny enough, as Parker is a professional photographer in real life), Jessica asks him if he would like to play detective for her...
16th Apr '16 12:40:29 PM FranksGirl
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** "Sticks & Stones" features Parker Stevenson as Michael Digby -- aka [[Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries Frank Hardy]] -- as a travel book writer/photographer. Not only is Parker a pro photographer in real life, but at one point, Jessica asks him if he would like to play detective for her...

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** "Sticks & Stones" features Parker Stevenson as Michael Digby -- aka [[Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries Frank Hardy]] -- as a travel book writer/photographer. Not only is Parker a pro photographer in real life, but at one point, point (as Michael is trying to show his photos to a disinterested Jessica), Jessica asks him if he would like to play detective for her...
16th Apr '16 12:39:34 PM FranksGirl
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---->'''Michael:''' Play a ''detective?'' Me??? '''Sure!!!''

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---->'''Michael:''' Play a ''detective?'' Me??? '''Sure!!!''
YEAH!!!
16th Apr '16 12:39:05 PM FranksGirl
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-->'''Michael:''' Play a ''detective?'' Me??? '''Sure!!!''

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-->'''Michael:'''
---->'''Michael:'''
Play a ''detective?'' Me??? '''Sure!!!'''''Sure!!!''
16th Apr '16 12:38:30 PM FranksGirl
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** "Sticks & Stones" features Parker Stevenson as Michael Digby -- aka [[Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries Frank Hardy]] -- as a travel book writer/photographer. Not only is Parker a pro photographer in real life, but at one point, Jessica asks him if he would like to play detective for her...
-->'''Michael:''' Play a ''detective?'' Me??? '''Sure!!!''
19th Mar '16 3:31:02 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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** It's [[TheGodfatherPartIII Don Altobello]]!

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** It's [[TheGodfatherPartIII Don Altobello]]!The actors who played [[Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly Tuco Ramirez]] and [[Series/BreakingBad Tuco Salamanca]] both guest starred in seperate episodes.
9th Mar '16 6:54:14 AM Hossmeister
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Jean Stapleton, [[IAmNotSpock better known as]] [[AllInTheFamily Edith Bunker]], was first offered the role of Jessica Fletcher. Stapleton passed - ironically, given that she's on record as being unhappy with her TypeCasting as Edith, and this show likely would have rescued her from that fate. In any event, the producers then offered the role to their second choice, Angela Lansbury, who gratefully accepted.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Jean Stapleton, [[IAmNotSpock better known as]] [[AllInTheFamily [[Series/AllInTheFamily Edith Bunker]], was first offered the role of Jessica Fletcher. Stapleton passed - ironically, given that she's on record as being unhappy with her TypeCasting as Edith, and this show likely would have rescued her from that fate. In any event, the producers then offered the role to their second choice, Angela Lansbury, who gratefully accepted.
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