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16th Apr '16 8:20:28 PM KoopaKid17
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** ''[[Series/Password Password Plus]]'': This would have been Allen Ludden's final show anyway as he would permanently retire in October that year. If this show went, we wouldn't have seen Tom Kennedy. ''Super Password'' may never have come to pass.

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** ''[[Series/Password ''[[Series/{{Password}} Password Plus]]'': This would have been Allen Ludden's final show anyway as he would permanently retire in October that year. If this show went, we wouldn't have seen Tom Kennedy.Kennedy take his place. ''Super Password'' may never have come to pass.
16th Apr '16 8:19:52 PM KoopaKid17
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* After ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' announcer Johnny Olson died in 1985, the show held on-air auditions with Gene Wood, Rich Jeffries, Bob Hilton, and Rod Roddy. Bob Hilton was apparently tapped to take the role, but he declined since he was hosting a pilot that ultimately never sold, so Rod Roddy got the job instead. Given that Hilton is only in his early 60s now, he could still be announcing today had he gotten the nod in 1985. (By comparison, Charlie O'Donnell announced ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' until his death at age 77, and Johnny Gilbert still does ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' in his upper 80s.)

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* After ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' announcer Johnny Olson died in 1985, the show held on-air auditions with Gene Wood, Rich Jeffries, Bob Hilton, and Rod Roddy. Bob Hilton was apparently tapped to take the role, but he declined since he was hosting a pilot that ultimately never sold, so Rod Roddy got the job instead. Given that Hilton is only in his early 60s now, he could still be announcing today had he gotten the nod in 1985. (By comparison, Charlie O'Donnell announced ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' until his death at age 77, and Johnny Gilbert still does ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' in his upper 80s.early 90s.)



* Speaking of game shows, one of the first things that comes to mind when one mentions ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' is longtime hostess Vanna White she was ridiculously popular in the 1980s, and no doubt helped entrench it as one of the longest-running game shows ever. One wonders how things would've panned out if original hostess Susan Stafford hadn't quit. (Interestingly, ''Wheel'' was not originally intended to have a hostess. The board was supposed to be mechanical and self-revealing like the original ''{{Series/Concentration}}'' board, but they didn't have time to finish it before taping of the {{pilot}}s, so they simply brought Susan in to turn the letters.) Furthermore, host Pat Sajak took over from Chuck Woolery about a year prior; one wonders where the show would've ended up today had Chuck stayed.

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* Speaking of game shows, one One of the first things that comes to mind when one mentions ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' is longtime hostess Vanna White she was ridiculously popular in the 1980s, and no doubt helped entrench it as one of the longest-running game shows ever. One wonders how things would've panned out if original hostess Susan Stafford hadn't quit. (Interestingly, ''Wheel'' was not originally intended to have a hostess. The board was supposed to be mechanical and self-revealing like the original ''{{Series/Concentration}}'' board, but they didn't have time to finish it before taping of the {{pilot}}s, so they simply brought Susan in to turn the letters.) Furthermore, host Pat Sajak took over from Chuck Woolery about a year prior; one wonders where the show would've ended up today had Chuck stayed.


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* In June 1980, NBC had six game shows on its daytime schedule and then-CEO Fred Silverman (who openly hated game shows) placed three on the chopping block in favor of a Creator/DavidLetterman talk show. The victims wound up being ''Series/ChainReaction'', ''Series/HighRollers'' and the fourteen-year LongRunner ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares''. Among the three survivors:
** ''Series/CardSharks'': If Jim Perry's version ended early, would we have eventually seen Bob Eubanks, Bill Rafferty or even [[TheScrappy Pat Bullard]]?
** ''[[Series/Password Password Plus]]'': This would have been Allen Ludden's final show anyway as he would permanently retire in October that year. If this show went, we wouldn't have seen Tom Kennedy. ''Super Password'' may never have come to pass.
** And perhaps the biggest example, ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' which had been airing for five and a half years by that point. Believe it or not, ''Wheel'' escaped cancellation ''twice'' during this time due to the hemorrhaging ratings of Letterman's show. Silverman eventually reduced ''Series/AnotherWorld'' from 90 minutes to 60 and later gave up on Letterman altogether. The questions still remain: Would ''Wheel'' had ever been proposed for syndication? Would the world ever be introduced to Pat and Vanna? Would there have been another syndicated smash after ''Series/FamilyFeud''?
10th Apr '16 4:32:03 PM crazyrabbits
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Stories of What Could Have Been have grown so numerous, we've had to split the page into to different sections.

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Stories of What Could Have Been have grown so numerous, we've had to split the page into to different sections.
6th Apr '16 8:36:44 PM TrustBen
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* Lyle Waggoner was considered for the lead part on ''Series/{{Batman}}'', and got as far as doing a screen test with juvenile actor Peter Deyell as Robin. Waggoner's line readings are a little more tense than the cool style favored by Adam West. He'd play a DCUniverse character in the next decade as Steve Trevor on ''Series/WonderWoman''.
4th Apr '16 10:37:42 AM crazyrabbits
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen/TheWalkingDead



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1st Mar '16 5:54:43 AM talltalltree
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** Ricky Campbell's exit was supposed to involve him leaving town after failing his exams. This was filmed, and preview stills of him tearfully saying goodbye to his friends were released online and in several TV magazines, with members of the cast also speaking about it in interviews. All the viewers knew what was ''supposed'' to happen to Ricky - but ultimately, none of his final scenes were ever aired, and he simply [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome vanished from the show without a trace.]]
** Due to the departure of Stephanie Davis (who played Sinead O'Connor), Sinead's current storyline involving a LoveTriangle between her, Ste and Harry was cut short; and she leaves town after discovering via text messages that Ste has been cheating on her. Davis has stated that she had filmed a different exit that was ultimately not used in the show.
29th Feb '16 5:50:46 PM Wkenneth334
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* Two words: ''[[http://tv.gawker.com/#!5758177/jay-leno-digs-up-rare-footage-of-rob-lowes-unaired-80s-show-mean-jeans Mean Jeans]]''
18th Feb '16 7:31:25 AM RaiderDuck
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* If Patrick Duffy had not returned to ''Series/{{Dallas}}'', resulting in its "Dream Season" actually happening, these would have been the results of that season's cliffhangers:
** Pam would have opened the running shower to reveal a dead Mark Graison (this is what Victoria Principal filmed and believed had happened until the season finale with a returning Bobby Ewing actually aired). Pam would have inherited Graison's ginormous wealth, blamed JR for her new husband's death, and come after JR with everything she had.
** Sue Ellen would have survived the bomb explosion but been blinded. She, too, would have blamed JR for her tragedy and sworn revenge.
** The Jock Ewing lookalike Ben Stivers would have been revealed to actually BE Jock Ewing: he would have attempted to reclaim his rightful place as head of Ewing Oil, forcing JR out.
13th Feb '16 9:32:12 PM merotoker
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** Terry Nation wanted [[spoiler: the aliens invading the galaxy at the end of the second season to actually be the Daleks themselves. In fact, the idea of a Doctor Who/Blake's 7 crossover was popular with Tom Baker and some of the B7 cast.]]

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** Terry Nation wanted [[spoiler: the aliens invading the galaxy at the end of the second season to actually be the Daleks themselves. In fact, the idea of a Doctor Who/Blake's 7 crossover was popular with Tom Baker and some of the B7 cast.]]cast]].



* The [[http://www.tvshark.com/read/?art=arc3792 original ending]] of ''Series/HarpersIsland'' featured [[spoiler: SerialKiller Henry Dunn getting away with the murders he commits and winning the heart of the protagonist Abby Mills, who doesn't have a clue.]] ExecutiveMeddling said no.

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* The [[http://www.tvshark.com/read/?art=arc3792 original ending]] of ''Series/HarpersIsland'' featured [[spoiler: SerialKiller Henry Dunn getting away with the murders he commits and winning the heart of the protagonist Abby Mills, who doesn't have a clue.]] clue]]. ExecutiveMeddling said no.



** The episodes that were going to be filmed after the ''Film/CampRock 2'' Tour were going to deal with the damaged Sonny/Chad relationship, [[RealLifeWritesThePlot but then Demi had a breakdown and assaulted a dancer on the tour and ended up going to rehab]] so the episodes were retooled to focus more on the sketches because it's not really Sonny With A Chance without Sonny. Originally, Demi was supposed to go back to work after rehab, but she decided to focus on her personal problems and her music career so the ''entire show'' was retooled into a {{defictionaliz|ation}}ed version of the ShowWithinAShow, ''Series/SoRandom''. Unfortunately, it seems as though we're never going to get to see Sonny and Chad get back together.

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** The episodes that were going to be filmed after the ''Film/CampRock 2'' Tour were going to deal with the damaged Sonny/Chad relationship, [[RealLifeWritesThePlot but then Demi had a breakdown and assaulted a dancer on the tour and ended up going to rehab]] so the episodes were retooled to focus more on the sketches because it's not really Sonny ''Sonny With A Chance Chance'' without Sonny. Originally, Demi was supposed to go back to work after rehab, but she decided to focus on her personal problems and her music career so the ''entire show'' was retooled into a {{defictionaliz|ation}}ed version of the ShowWithinAShow, ''Series/SoRandom''. Unfortunately, it seems as though we're never going to get to see Sonny and Chad get back together.



* Speaking of ''Series/ICarly'', the title characters name was meant to be Sam, with the sidekick being named Kira. They couldn't get the website address for iSam though. So Sam became Carly and Kira became Sam. With Freddie keeping his name, it has the humorous consequence of swapping around what the PortmanteauCoupleName for the two main couples are. The JustFriends main character/male lead ship would have been called Seddie (instead of Creddie) and the JerkAss sidekick/male lead would have been called Kreddie (instead of Seddie) instead. Funnily enough, the LesYay ship on the show would almost be the exact same name, except it would be Kam (Kira/Sam) instead of Cam (Carly/Sam).

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* Speaking of ''Series/ICarly'', ''Series/{{iCarly}}'', the title characters name was meant to be Sam, with the sidekick being named Kira. They couldn't get the website address for iSam though. So Sam became Carly and Kira became Sam. With Freddie keeping his name, it has the humorous consequence of swapping around what the PortmanteauCoupleName for the two main couples are. The JustFriends main character/male lead ship would have been called Seddie (instead of Creddie) and the JerkAss sidekick/male lead would have been called Kreddie (instead of Seddie) instead. Funnily enough, the LesYay ship on the show would almost be the exact same name, except it would be Kam (Kira/Sam) instead of Cam (Carly/Sam).



** The biggest one right now: What if Cory Monteith lived instead of [[AuthorExistenceFailure died]], and thus Finn dosen't get [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim killed off]]?

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** The biggest one right now: What if Cory Monteith lived instead of [[AuthorExistenceFailure died]], and thus Finn dosen't doesn't get [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim killed off]]?



* Several different people could've been the host of ''FamilyFeud''. Geoff Edwards (best known for ''[[TreasureHuntUS Treasure Hunt]]'') confirmed on the newsgroup alt.tv.game-shows that he had been tapped to host the original ''Feud'' in 1976, but he was committed to a pilot at the time, so Richard Dawson got the job. Dawson confirmed in a 2010 interview that Creator/WilliamShatner got a crack, and it is believed that Jack Narz of ''{{Series/Concentration}}'' fame was in the running at one point. Joe Namath auditioned for the 1988 revival, which went to Ray Combs. And Music/DollyParton auditioned for the 1999 revival, for which Louie Anderson got the nod. (Anderson was replaced by Richard Karn, then John O'Hurley, then Steve Harvey.)

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* Several different people could've been the host of ''FamilyFeud''. ''Series/FamilyFeud''. Geoff Edwards (best known for ''[[TreasureHuntUS Treasure Hunt]]'') ''Series/{{Treasure Hunt|US}}'') confirmed on the newsgroup alt.tv.game-shows that he had been tapped to host the original ''Feud'' in 1976, but he was committed to a pilot at the time, so Richard Dawson got the job. Dawson confirmed in a 2010 interview that Creator/WilliamShatner got a crack, and it is believed that Jack Narz of ''{{Series/Concentration}}'' fame was in the running at one point. Joe Namath auditioned for the 1988 revival, which went to Ray Combs. And Music/DollyParton auditioned for the 1999 revival, for which Louie Anderson got the nod. (Anderson was replaced by Richard Karn, then John O'Hurley, then Steve Harvey.)



* ''PeepShow'' was originally conceived as a "live action ''BeavisAndButthead''" with Mark and Jeremy commenting on clips from various TV shows, never leaving their front room and using point-of-view shots to show their view of the TV set. After a pilot was made, Mitchell and Webb wanted to get more from the characters, which led to writers Armstrong and Bain opening up the world away from the sofa and turning the idea into a sitcom - but keeping the POV shots.

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* ''PeepShow'' ''Series/PeepShow'' was originally conceived as a "live action ''BeavisAndButthead''" ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead''" with Mark and Jeremy commenting on clips from various TV shows, never leaving their front room and using point-of-view shots to show their view of the TV set. After a pilot was made, Mitchell and Webb wanted to get more from the characters, which led to writers Armstrong and Bain opening up the world away from the sofa and turning the idea into a sitcom - but keeping the POV shots.



** [[spoiler: Kate Argent's return was meant to happen earlier, but along with the actress being unavaible the writers decided season 2 was packed enough as it is.]]

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** [[spoiler: Kate Argent's return was meant to happen earlier, but along with the actress being unavaible unavailable the writers decided season 2 was packed enough as it is.]]



* About two years before shows like ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' and ''Series/WonderWoman'' became front and center, there were actual plans for a series involving ComicBook/BlackWidow and ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}. Angela Bowie, then-wife of Creator/DavidBowie was to be the Widow and Ben Carruthers was to be Daredevil. However, all that came out of that was just photo shoots of the two actors in costume.

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* About two years before shows like ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' and ''Series/WonderWoman'' became front and center, there were actual plans for a series involving ComicBook/BlackWidow and ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}. Angela Bowie, then-wife of Creator/DavidBowie Music/DavidBowie was to be the Widow and Ben Carruthers was to be Daredevil. However, all that came out of that was just photo shoots of the two actors in costume.



** Apparently, Fuller initially considered Creator/LeePace as Will Graham ([[PushingDaisies The Pie Maker]] as a profiler?) and as Mason Verger, but there's the possibility Pace still might appear in future...

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** Apparently, Fuller initially considered Creator/LeePace as Will Graham ([[PushingDaisies ([[Series/PushingDaisies The Pie Maker]] as a profiler?) and as Mason Verger, but there's the possibility Pace still might appear in future...



** Fuller has stated multiple times (and has extended an offer) that he'd like the incomparable DavidBowie to play Hannibal's artist uncle Robert, the only stable parental figure in Hannibal's life after his parents were slain by Nazis. It would have been terrific to see Bowie interacting with Mikkelsen, for sure. Unfortunately, this was made impossible both by the show's cancellation in 2015 and [[AuthorExistenceFailure Bowie's death in January 2016.]]

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** Fuller has stated multiple times (and has extended an offer) that he'd like the incomparable DavidBowie Music/DavidBowie to play Hannibal's artist uncle Robert, the only stable parental figure in Hannibal's life after his parents were slain by Nazis. It would have been terrific to see Bowie interacting with Mikkelsen, for sure. Unfortunately, this was made impossible both by the show's cancellation in 2015 and [[AuthorExistenceFailure Bowie's death in January 2016.]]



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11th Feb '16 5:47:11 PM Blazer
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** The original Batsuit was much different in the test pilot than the one seen in-series. It sported a more-purpleish cowl with two different eyebrow expressions and longer ears and a Bat-emblem resembling the old comic emblems.
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