History Trivia / ThreesCompany

25th Jul '17 5:27:24 PM PurpleWarrior13
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* TroubledProduction: The show is so notorious for its on-set drama, a TV movie was made in 2003 about its troubled history. Actual line from Brian Dennehy: "The inmates are {{running the asylum}}!"
** It was stuck in the pilot stage for a long time. Peter Stone wrote one pilot set in New York that was never filmed. Larry Gelbart wrote another one set in North Hollywood that ''was'' filmed (with Creator/JohnRitter, Valerie Curtain, and Suzanne Zenor), but not used when the show was ousted from ABC's fall schedule. CBS then offered to take the show, but ABC backtracked and agreed to air the show mid-season if the pilot was rewritten and reshot with a new cast. Don Nicholl, Michael Ross, and Bernie West wrote a third pilot script set in Santa Monica, and it was shot with John Ritter as Jack, Joyce [=DeWitt=] as Janet, and Susan Lanier as Chrissy (taking over for Denise Galick, who was fired two days before shooting). Executives disliked Lanier's portrayal of Chrissy, and producers were so desperate to find a new one, they basically fast-forwarded through all the audition tapes for the character before eventually settling on Suzanne Somers ''one day'' before she was supposed to be on-set. However, John Ritter was almost fired before the pilot taped again, with executives believing his performance was too effeminate. ABC's Fred Silverman successfully fought to keep Ritter on the show, and the pilot was shot a third time before it was finally on the air.
** Suzanne Somers didn't get along with any of her co-stars, especially Joyce [=DeWitt=]. Partway through the series, a TV Guide cover showed Somers front-and-center, with [=DeWitt=] and Ritter in the background, infuriating them both. Once contract re-negotiations began in Season 5, she demanded a higher salary than her co-stars, feeling that her being MsFanservice was partly responsible for the show's success. When executives refused, her diva antics began. She frequently showed up on set late, and often not at all. It got so bad, the writers had to pen two versions of the scripts: one ''with'' Chrissy and one ''without'' Chrissy. This prompted producers to severely reduce her role in the show for the remainder of her contract. It was explained that her character had gone away to be with her sick aunt, and she only appeared in quick telephone scenes toward the end of each episode, shot alone at night/early morning with no studio audience, and away from her angry co-stars. Once her contract was up, producers refused to renew it, and [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome her character completely vanished for the last few seasons with no explanation]], prompting Somers to sue ABC for $2 million, though she was only granted about $30,000. Somers' relationship with the rest of the cast and crew was severely strained, and she never spoke to Joyce [=DeWitt=] for over 30 years.
** Somers' [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replacements]] for the rest of the show didn't have it much better. Jenilee Harrison was brought on as Chrissy's cousin Cindy as a quick fill-in for Somers. While she got along well with the cast and crew, she was only seen as a temporary character, and her role got smaller and smaller until she was off the show for good. Priscilla Barnes (who played permanent new character Terri) had a miserable and "uncomfortable" time on set, and she asked to be released from her contract after taping only a couple episodes. The executives refused, and she remained on the show until the end, later referring to it as the worst experience of her life. Despite this however, she got along well with the cast and crew.
** Norman Fell and Audra Lindley were screwed over when their characters were spun off into their own show, ''The Ropers'', following the third season. Norman Fell was very uneasy about doing the spinoff because of the security he already had doing a regular sitcom. He came to a compromise, and he and Lindley were promised a return to ''Three's Company'' if ''The Ropers'' lasted less than a season. It did go on to last one successful (6-episode) season before getting ScrewedByTheNetwork and getting cancelled at the end of its second season for poor ratings. The Ropers made only one final guest appearance on ''Three's Company'', and they were permanently replaced with Creator/DonKnotts as Mr. Furley.
** Ann Wedgeworth was brought on in Season 4 as a regular cast member named Lana Shields, a neighbor attracted to Creator/JohnRitter's character. However, her schtick got old quickly (John Ritter himself complained to the writers, wondering why a character as sex-crazed as Jack would repeatedly refuse the advances of a beautiful, sexually voracious woman; the only explanation the writers would give him is that Jack would be turned off by the fact that Lana was older than him, though only by about ten years). Writers found themselves with less to do with her character, and her role was reduced after just a few episodes. Insulted, Wedgeworth successfully asked to be released from the show.
** In addition, the show's other spinoff/sequel, ''Three's a Crowd'', continued the story with Jack and his female roommate. Pre-production for the show was done in secret from the rest of the cast and crew, and auditions were held for Jack's roommate during the Christmas break. When Joyce [=DeWitt=] came in to set up her dressing room for the upcoming episodes, she accidentally walked in on the auditions. She and Priscilla Barnes felt betrayed by the goings-on, and [=DeWitt=]'s relationship with the producers and Ritter was strained for the rest of the show, although she reconciled with Ritter many years later. ''Three's a Crowd'', meanwhile, was axed after one season.
20th Jul '17 11:08:59 PM glickmam
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* IronyAsSheIsCast: Peter Mark Richman, who made three appearances on the show as Chrissy's Methodist minister father, Reverend Luther Snow, is actually Jewish in real life.
23rd Jan '17 8:36:30 PM Mdumas43073
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* YouLookFamiliar: Jeffrey Tambor, now fairly well known for playing [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment George Bluth Sr.]], appeared in several episodes, each time as a different character. And that's not even counting his regular role on the spinoff ''Series/TheRopers''.

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* YouLookFamiliar: Jeffrey Tambor, Creator/JeffreyTambor, now fairly well known for playing [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment George Bluth Sr.]], appeared in several episodes, each time as a different character. And that's not even counting his regular role on the spinoff ''Series/TheRopers''.
20th Nov '16 1:09:21 PM Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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* RetroactiveRecognition : Early appearances from some familiar faces, including Creator/JamesCromwell (as a cop in Season 2), and one of Creator/JohnLarroquette's first roles (also as a cop).
2nd Jul '16 11:48:01 PM shamblingdead2
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* RetroactiveRecognition : Early appearances from some familiar faces, including Creator/JamesCromwell (as a cop in Season 2), and one of Creator/JohnLarroquette's first roles (also as a cop).
14th Apr '16 6:09:08 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatGuy (May overlap with RetroactiveRecognition):
** David Ruprecht, later to become famous as host of the Lifetime/PAX game show ''SupermarketSweep'', appeared as Phillip Dawson, the man whom Janet married in the final episodes. Incidentally, ''Sweep'''s creator and executive producer Al Howard previously worked for ABC himself as an account executive and advertising copywriter, and in fact, ''Sweep'' originally first ran on ABC's daytime schedule from 1965 to 1967.
** Peter Mark Richman, an eminently recognizable face on TV, plays Chrissy's father Reverend Snow in several episodes.
** Anne Schedeen (aka [[Series/{{ALF}} Kate Tanner]]) appears in [[YouLookFamiliar five episodes]] over the course of the series: she plays Jack's girlfriend Linda in "Will the Real Jack Tripper...", "Double Date" and as a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replacement for Janet]] in "Stanley's Hotline" (the only episode in the series in which Joyce [=DeWitt=] doesn't appear). Also, Anne plays another of Jack's girlfriends, Lisa Page, in "Honest Jack Tripper" and Louise Prescott in "Jack Gets His Own Restaurant."
** Jeffrey Tambor plays [[YouLookFamiliar three different characters]] in as many episodes: Winston Cromwell III in "Father of the Bride," Dr. Miller in "Two Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and Dr. Greene in "Jack Goes to the Dentist" (he also played the Ropers' uptight neighbor [[TheDanza Jeffrey P. Brookes]] in their [[{{Spinoff}} spin-off series]]).
** Michael Bell (aka [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Groppler Zorn ["Encounter at Farpoint"]]], and a noted [[HeyItsThatVoice voice actor]] as well), plays Rama Mageesh in "Chrissy and the Guru" and Janet's sleazy dance instructor Michael in "Some of That Jazz."
** Joanna Kerns (aka [[Series/GrowingPains Maggie Seaver]]) plays Bobby Trilling in "The Love Lesson" and Cheryl in "Jack Be Quick."
** Terry Kiser (aka [[Film/WeekendAtBernies Bernie Lomax]]) puts in two appearances as well: Max in "Dying to Meet You" and Mr. Canon (the mobster who loves Jack's cooking) in "A Friend in Need."
** In the 2nd-season episode "Chrissy's Date": Dick Sargent (''Series/{{Bewitched}}'') and Joyce Bulifant (''Film/{{Airplane}}'') as Lloyd and Mrs. Cross.
** Sondra Currie (aka Linda Garner in the ''[[Film/TheHangover Hangover]]'' movies) puts in three appearances in the series: Sherry Lee in "Alone Together," Shelley Green in "Janet's Secret" and Arlene Price in "Jack Takes Off."
** James Cromwell (''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', ''Film/{{Babe}}'', ''Film/TheGreenMile'') plays Det. Lannigan in "Chrissy's Night Out."
** Natalie Schafer (aka [[Series/GilligansIsland "Lovey" Howell]]) plays a customer in Janet's flower shop in the 2nd-season episode "Jack in the Flower Shop."
** Loni Anderson plays Jack's old flame Susan Walters in the 2nd-season finale "Coffee, Tea, or Jack."
** In the 3rd-season episode "The Crush": Laurie Hendler (aka Julie Kanisky in the TV series ''Gimme a Break!'') plays Laurie and Steve Shaw (Eric Fairgate in ''KnotsLanding'') plays Albert.
** In the 3rd-season episode "Jack Moves Out": Cynthia Harris (aka Sylvia Buchman in ''Series/MadAboutYou'') plays the horny Mrs. Layton, and John Larroquette (''Series/NightCourt'', ''Series/BostonLegal'') plays the cop that comes to their apartment (Classic line: After finding out Jack lives there with two girls, he says "Never mind why you broke in. Why did you break ''out''?!")
** '80s TV buffs may recognize Barrie Youngfellow, who plays Jack's girlfriend Debbie (who's living with two guys!) in the 3rd-season finale "Triangle Troubles"; she played Jan Hoffmeyer in the series ''It's a Living.''
** Extremely prolific character actor Phil Leeds (best known, perhaps, for ''Film/{{Ghost}}'' and ''Film/RosemarysBaby'') plays [[MeaningfulName Lyle Wormold]] in the 4th-season episode "The Life Saver."
** Veteran character actor J. Pat O'Malley, with roles in Golden-Age TV programs such as ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'', ''Series/{{Rawhide}}'', ''Series/MyFavoriteMartian'', ''{{Series/Batman}}'', and basically ''every TV series that aired'' during the '50s and '60s; plus films such as ''Franchise/{{Lassie}} Come Home'' and ''Theatre/HelloDolly''; ''and'' a Disney [[HeyItsThatVoice voice actor]] as well (''Disney/RobinHood'', ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'', ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'') plays Leo Moran in the 4th-season episode "Old Folks at Home."
** Roger C. Carmel (you may know him as [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Harcourt Fenton Mudd]]) plays the eponymous Merl Denker in the 4th-season episode "Ralph's Rival"; also in that episode is BMovie fave Reb Brown (''Film/YorTheHunterFromTheFuture'') as Chrissy's muscular boyfriend Elmo Hacker.
** '80s TV buffs may also recognize Philip Charles [=MacKenzie=], who plays Roger in the 4th-season episode "And Baby Makes Two." He was also Donald Maltby in the Showtime comedy series ''Brothers'' from 1984-1989; in the '90s and '00s he has been a very busy director of TV shows (''Series/AccordingToJim'', ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'').
** John Getz (''Film/TheSocialNetwork'', ''[[Film/TheFly1986 The Fly]]'', ''Film/BloodSimple'') plays Jack's eponymous brother Lee in the 4th-season episode "Lee Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother."
** Familiar TV face Barry Gordon plays the eponymous character Gilbert Larwin in the 4th-season episode "Secret Admirer."
** Ellen Travolta (John's sis; ''Film/{{Grease}}''; ''Series/CharlesInCharge'') plays Mrs. Marconi in the 5th-season episode "And Justice for Jack."
** Kate Murtagh (aka [[Film/DoctorDetroit "Mom"]]) plays Gertrude, the big woman who chases Mr. Furley around the ski lodge in the 5th-season episode "Downhill Chaser."
** Frances Lee [=McCain=] (who played moms in ''Film/StandByMe,'' ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' and ''Film/BackToTheFuture'') plays ''expectant'' mom Kelly in the 5th-season episode "And Baby Makes Four."
** Teresa Ganzel, who played "Art Fern's Tea Time Movie Lady" on Johhny Carson's ''Tonight Show'', and is a [[HeyItsThatVoice prolific voice actress]] on animated TV shows and Creator/{{Pixar}} films as well, plays the oft-spoken-of "Greedy Gretchen" in the 6th-season episode "Lies My Roommate Told Me" (she reprised that role in an episode of the SequelSeries, ''Three's a Crowd.'')
** Alan [=McRae=], who played Samuel Douglas Sr. in the ''Film/ThreeNinjas'' franchise, plays the robber in the 6th-season episode "Eyewitness Blues."
** Karen Austin (''NightCourt'', ''SummerRental'') plays Jack's controlling fiancee Denise in the 6th-season episode "Jack's 10."
** The late Edward Andrews (Grandpa Howard in ''SixteenCandles'') played Jack's grandpa (who thinks Jack is a doctor) in Season Six's "Doctor in the House."
** Barry Williams (aka [[Series/TheBradyBunch Greg Brady]]) plays the object of Janet's desire, David Winthrop, in the 6th-season episode "Up in the Air."
** Creator/LucilleBall plays herself as the host of the ClipShow that wraps up Season 6.
** The late Stanley Kamel (''Series/{{Monk}}'', ''Series/MelrosePlace'') played the "Clean-Cut Man" in the 7th-season episode "Opening Night."
** Earl Boen (aka [[Characters/{{Terminator}} Dr. Silberman]]) plays Reverend Gilmore in Season Seven's "The Brunch."
** Beau Starr ([[Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers Sheriff]] [[Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers Ben Meeker]]; Lt. Harding Welsh in ''DueSouth'') plays a police officer in the 7th-season episode "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do."
** [[TheGoonies Mama Fratelli]] uses an ATM in Season Eight's "The Money Machine."
** Season Eight's "Alias Jack Tripper" features both Rita Wilson (''Film/SleeplessInSeattle'', ''Film/JingleAllTheWay''; Creator/TomHanks's wife) and Lana Clarkson (star of the BMovie ''Barbarian Queen'' and its sequel but perhaps best known, sadly, as the murder victim of Music/PhilSpector).
** As with the J. Pat O'Malley example above, another extremely prolific character actor of '50s, '60s', 70s, '80s and '90s TV, Parley Baer, played Bert Landers in Season Eight's "Grandma Jack."



* YouLookFamiliar: Jeffrey Tambor, now [[HeyItsThatGuy fairly well known]] for playing [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment George Bluth Sr.]], appeared in several episodes, each time as a different character. And that's not even counting his regular role on the spinoff ''Series/TheRopers''.

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* YouLookFamiliar: Jeffrey Tambor, now [[HeyItsThatGuy fairly well known]] known for playing [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment George Bluth Sr.]], appeared in several episodes, each time as a different character. And that's not even counting his regular role on the spinoff ''Series/TheRopers''.
23rd Dec '15 9:49:11 PM Mdumas43073
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** Lucille Ball plays herself as the host of the ClipShow that wraps up Season 6.

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** Lucille Ball Creator/LucilleBall plays herself as the host of the ClipShow that wraps up Season 6.
16th Dec '15 10:36:57 AM erforce
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** John Getz (''Film/TheSocialNetwork'', ''Film/TheFly'', ''Film/BloodSimple'') plays Jack's eponymous brother Lee in the 4th-season episode "Lee Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother."

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** John Getz (''Film/TheSocialNetwork'', ''Film/TheFly'', ''[[Film/TheFly1986 The Fly]]'', ''Film/BloodSimple'') plays Jack's eponymous brother Lee in the 4th-season episode "Lee Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother."
12th Oct '15 11:47:05 PM Morgenthaler
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** Anne Schedeen (aka [[{{ALF}} Kate Tanner]]) appears in [[YouLookFamiliar five episodes]] over the course of the series: she plays Jack's girlfriend Linda in "Will the Real Jack Tripper...", "Double Date" and as a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replacement for Janet]] in "Stanley's Hotline" (the only episode in the series in which Joyce [=DeWitt=] doesn't appear). Also, Anne plays another of Jack's girlfriends, Lisa Page, in "Honest Jack Tripper" and Louise Prescott in "Jack Gets His Own Restaurant."

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** Anne Schedeen (aka [[{{ALF}} [[Series/{{ALF}} Kate Tanner]]) appears in [[YouLookFamiliar five episodes]] over the course of the series: she plays Jack's girlfriend Linda in "Will the Real Jack Tripper...", "Double Date" and as a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replacement for Janet]] in "Stanley's Hotline" (the only episode in the series in which Joyce [=DeWitt=] doesn't appear). Also, Anne plays another of Jack's girlfriends, Lisa Page, in "Honest Jack Tripper" and Louise Prescott in "Jack Gets His Own Restaurant."
23rd Sep '15 11:36:01 PM tvinsomne
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* YouLookFamiliar: Jeffrey Tambor, now [[HeyItsThatGuy fairly well known]] for playing [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment George Bluth Sr.]], appeared in several episodes, each time as a different character. And that's not even counting his regular role on the spinoff ''Series/TheRopers''.
** Jordan Chaney appeared in a third-season episode as a used-car dealer who employs Jack as a live-in cook (and whose wife keeps hitting on him), before becoming a semi-regular as Jack's boss Mr. Angelino.
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