History Trivia / MurderSheWrote

19th Aug '16 9:12:09 PM cjqtwm
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* ActorAllusion:

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* ActorAllusion: Given [[Creator/AngelaLansbury who the lead is]], this is inevitable. [[Literature/DeathOnTheNile Playing drunk]] in "My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean" comes to mind.
16th Aug '16 10:36:08 AM cjqtwm
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* ActingForTwo: Lansbury played both main character Jessica Fletcher and her cousin Emma [=McGill=] in the episodes "It Runs in the Family" and "Sing A Song Of Murder".

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* ActingForTwo: Lansbury played both main character Jessica Fletcher and her cousin Emma [=McGill=] in the episodes "It Runs in the Family" and "Sing A a Song Of of Murder".
11th Aug '16 8:15:30 PM cjqtwm
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** George Hearn [[Stage/SweeneyTodd runs a restaurant]] in "Trials and Tribulations".
11th Aug '16 7:59:54 PM cjqtwm
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* ActingForTwo: Lansbury played both main character Jessica Fletcher and her cousin Emma [=McGill=] in the episodes "It Runs In The Family" and "Sing A Song Of Murder".

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* ActingForTwo: Lansbury played both main character Jessica Fletcher and her cousin Emma [=McGill=] in the episodes "It Runs In The in the Family" and "Sing A Song Of Murder".
11th Aug '16 7:59:10 PM cjqtwm
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* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Happened during the 12th and final season. The show had spent most of its run on Sunday nights and had gotten excellent ratings in the process. However, after Leslie Moonves became president of CBS Entertainment in 1995 before the 12th season began, he moved it to Thursday nights opposite ''Series/{{Friends}}'', a show that, ironically, he had previously helped to produce back when he was president of Creator/WarnerBros Television. Many longtime fans of ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' angrily protested the scheduling change, and openly suspected Moonves of deliberately making the move in order to kill the show and, therefore, make room for new programs which he had green lit.

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* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Happened during the 12th and final season. The show had spent most of its run on Sunday nights and had gotten excellent ratings in the process. However, after Leslie Moonves became president of CBS Entertainment in 1995 before the 12th season began, he moved it to Thursday nights opposite ''Series/{{Friends}}'', a show that, ironically, he had previously helped to produce back when he was president of Creator/WarnerBros Television. Many longtime fans of ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' angrily protested the scheduling change, and openly suspected Moonves of deliberately making the move in order to kill the show and, therefore, make room for new programs which he had green lit.greenlit.
11th Aug '16 7:56:41 PM cjqtwm
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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''. Not to mention the character's named "Chad Singer"...a reference to [[TeenIdol Shaun's pop music career]].
** "Sticks & Stones" features Parker Stevenson -- 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...

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** The episode "Murder In A 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''. Not to mention the character's named "Chad Singer"...a reference to [[TeenIdol Shaun's pop music career]].
** "Sticks & and Stones" features Parker Stevenson -- 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...
11th Aug '16 7:56:10 PM cjqtwm
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** [[Series/AdamTwelve Martin Milner]] plays a sheriff in "Reflections of the Mind".
25th Jul '16 3:41:56 PM cjqtwm
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** "Trial by Error": There's [[CastingGag something]] ''real'' [[CastingGag ironic]] about [[Film/{{ToKillAMockingbird}} Brock Peters]] as a juror most steadfastly convinced that the man on trial is guilty.
** "Birds of a Feather": JeffConaway as a man who used to be an aspiring actor who drove a {{Series/Taxi}}.

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\n** "Trial by Error": There's [[CastingGag something]] something ''real'' [[CastingGag ironic]] about [[Film/{{ToKillAMockingbird}} Brock Peters]] as a juror most steadfastly convinced that the man on trial is guilty.
** "Birds of a Feather": JeffConaway Jeff Conaway as a man who used to be an aspiring actor who drove a {{Series/Taxi}}.[[{{Series/Taxi}} taxi]].
** [[Film/AnimalHouse John Vernon]] ironically has a non-faculty role in "School for Scandal".
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.
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