History WhatCouldHaveBeen / LiveActionTV

23rd Apr '17 4:21:29 PM Freezer
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** The producers planned to have Sam leap into [[Series/MagnumPI Thomas Magnum]] for the season four finale, but the plan was nixed by reluctance from Tom Selleck (who apparently hadn't been in on the idea until late) and rumors that a ''Magnum P.I.'' movie was in the works, so they might not be allowed anyway.

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** The producers planned to have Sam leap into [[Series/MagnumPI Thomas Magnum]] for the season four finale, but the plan was nixed by reluctance from Tom Selleck Creator/TomSelleck (who apparently hadn't been in on the idea until late) and rumors that a ''Magnum P.I.'' movie was in the works, so they might not be allowed anyway.
18th Apr '17 4:46:57 PM RoarkTenjouin
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** While ''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger'' kept the space theme it was originally proposed to have, the idea of a space-themed sentai actually dates as far back as ''Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman'' - originally, the series was going to be called ''Uchu Sentai Cosmoman'', and have a space exploration theme. Elements of this do exist in the final product, such as the villains being aliens, the design of Change Robo, and the Shuttle Base. ''Changeman'', the title they actually went with, was likely chosen because the team's uniforms already had "CM" on it, which could stand for "Changeman" or "Cosmoman".
12th Apr '17 7:43:34 PM Pinokio
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* An ''Film/{{Alien}}'' TV series was planned in 1980.
31st Mar '17 2:30:48 PM nombretomado
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* Music/MichaelJackson's 1995 ''Primetime Live'' interview, the first he granted after his 1993 child molestation scandal, could have been a lot different if all of his ideas for it were used. According to ''Esquire'', Diane Sawyer wouldn't have been the only person interviewing him -- she would have been joined by Barbara Walters, Peter Jennings, OprahWinfrey (who interviewed him before the scandal broke), and '''Creator/HowardStern!''' ''Vanity Fair'' noted that Jackson also appealed to the Royal Family to have Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth II make appearances -- the former to support his complaints on the tabloid press and the latter to ''knight him for his charity work''.

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* Music/MichaelJackson's 1995 ''Primetime Live'' interview, the first he granted after his 1993 child molestation scandal, could have been a lot different if all of his ideas for it were used. According to ''Esquire'', Diane Sawyer wouldn't have been the only person interviewing him -- she would have been joined by Barbara Walters, Peter Jennings, OprahWinfrey Creator/OprahWinfrey (who interviewed him before the scandal broke), and '''Creator/HowardStern!''' ''Vanity Fair'' noted that Jackson also appealed to the Royal Family to have Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth II make appearances -- the former to support his complaints on the tabloid press and the latter to ''knight him for his charity work''.
13th Feb '17 6:07:32 PM comicwriter
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* An Comicbook/XMen TV show called ''Hellfire'' was announced in 2015, with the premise revolving around a special agent who tries to thwart the Hellfire Club's plans for world domination during TheSixties. The planned series was cancelled by Fox in favor of a different X-Men series by Matt Nix.
26th Jan '17 9:20:59 AM Ambaryerno
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** Seasons 3 and 4 were both renewed for 13 episodes, and then received late orders for additional episodes. Rather than take the planned story line for each season and rework it to fill a full season, they instead opted to run the back half of each season as if it were a completely ''separate'' season. Thus the back 9 of season 3 was the plot planned for season 4, while season 4 consisted of the story planned for seasons 5 and 6. Fans generally agree that this ultimately worked to the detriment of the show, leading to ArcFatigue since seasons 3 and 4 lacked the stand-alone episodes that offered a breather from season 2's Fulcrum arc, while many plot elements were overly compressed and poorly established (such as the Intersect causing damage to Chuck's mind late in season 3, despite no prior buildup).



** Reported possibilities for the aborted Season Five as well as the main Scarran-Sebacean arc that got [[WrapItUp wrapped up]] as "The Peacekeeper Wars": return appearances by previous villains Furlow and Natira, and the long-awaited Chiana-centric plot arc picking up on the Nebari and their plan for galactic domination through VD.

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** At the time of its cancellation, ''Farscape'' was contracted for two additional seasons. Part of this would have included the resolution of the Scarran-Sebacean conflict covered by the ''Peacekeeper Wars'' miniseries/TV movie. [=SciFi=] originally offered the Henson company a 13-episode miniseries to wrap up the show, however the Henson company declined in an attempt to retain the (previously contracted) 5th and 6th seasons, citing 13 episodes was insufficient to wrap up all their outstanding plot-lines.
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Reported possibilities for the aborted Season Five as well as the main Scarran-Sebacean arc that got [[WrapItUp wrapped up]] as "The Peacekeeper Wars": return seasons: Return appearances by previous villains Furlow and Natira, and the long-awaited Chiana-centric plot arc picking up on the Nebari and their plan for galactic domination through VD.
1st Jan '17 11:43:35 AM wuggles
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* ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' was originally going to be on Showtime rather the CW and thus had more adult elements included. In the pilot, instead of kissing Greg and asking him about Josh, Rebecca was supposed to ask him about Josh while giving him a handjob. And in the second episode, the song "Feeling Kinda Naughty" was originally titled "I Want to Grow a Dick and Fuck You With My Jealousy Dick," before Rachel and the songwriters reworked it.
31st Dec '16 4:27:01 PM Pichu-kun
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* The producers of the show ''Series/OnceUponATime'' originally wanted to cast Lady Gaga as the Blue Fairy, but her management never replied back to them.

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* The producers of the show ''Series/OnceUponATime'' originally wanted to cast Lady Gaga Music/LadyGaga as the Blue Fairy, but her management never replied back to them.



* ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'' was originally intended to play up a Nico/Sonny/Chad love triangle. For example, the pilot doesn't include Chad, and has Nico kissing Sonny's hand. A few hints of the Nico/Sonny side of the triangle survived into the 1st season scripts, but on the whole the show is only ever going to be Sonny/Chad.

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* ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'' ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'':
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was originally intended to play up a Nico/Sonny/Chad love triangle. For example, the pilot doesn't include Chad, and has Nico kissing Sonny's hand. A few hints of the Nico/Sonny side of the triangle survived into the 1st season scripts, but on the whole the show is only ever going to be Sonny/Chad.



* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' has a few. Two which revolve around Adam are: He was supposed to be an androgynous lesbian named Zoe, and his birth name was originally not Gracie (it was Chelsea).
** YMMV on Zoe: only WordOfGod would confirm it, but that might've been a way for them to audition different girls for the role while remaining tight-lipped about their plans to introduce a transgender character.

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* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' has a few. few:
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Two which revolve around Adam are: He was supposed to be an androgynous lesbian named Zoe, and his birth name was originally not Gracie (it was Chelsea).
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Chelsea). YMMV on Zoe: only WordOfGod would confirm it, but that might've been a way for them to audition different girls for the role while remaining tight-lipped about their plans to introduce a transgender character.



* The Creator/AdamWest ''Series/{{Batman}}'' was cancelled by ABC, but NBC was willing to pick up the show for a fourth season. Unfortunately, all of the sets had been destroyed just a week before and NBC was unwilling to pay for new sets.

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* ''Series/{{Batman}}'':
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The Creator/AdamWest ''Series/{{Batman}}'' was cancelled by ABC, but NBC was willing to pick up the show for a fourth season. Unfortunately, all of the sets had been destroyed just a week before and NBC was unwilling to pay for new sets.



** Music/MileyCyrus had originally auditioned for The Lilly Truscott role, which went to Creator/EmilyOsment. And Lilly's last name was to be "Romero".

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** Music/MileyCyrus had originally auditioned for The the Lilly Truscott role, which went to Creator/EmilyOsment. And Lilly's last name was to be "Romero".



* ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' was originally called ''Love, Teddy''

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* ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'':
** ''Good Luck Charlie''
was originally called ''Love, Teddy''



* Blue of ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'' was supposed to be a cat, but they said that there were too many TV shows where the main character was a cat on when the show was produced (''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' and ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'', to name two), so she was changed into a dog.



* In a Creator/DisneyChannel example, there was originally to be a duet in the first ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' that was basically a song fight between Ms. Drabus and Coach Bolton. Ms. Darbus was played by Alyson Reed, a former Broadway actress, and this cut meant that she didn't get to sing a note in any of the three movies.


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* The original pilot to ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', which has never shown to the public, featured a different and unknown actor as Drake's and Josh's father. He was [[TheOtherDarrin replaced]] for the final product.
31st Dec '16 1:06:00 AM Anddrix
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* Matthew Daddario auditioned for Jace Wayland on ''Series/{{Shadowhunters}}''. Creator/CassandraClare saw his audition and said he would make a better fit for Alec Lightwood.
26th Nov '16 6:09:53 PM merotoker
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** Sometimes, early promotional material will mention character titbits that ultimately never made it into the show (such as ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'''s pre-release material stating that Kotoha worked in a wood carvings shop before becoming a Shinkenger) or planned character details later changed in on-screen canon (early ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' information stated that Blue Ranger Hyde was to be the team leader, but they ultimately didn't have one, even going so far as to base an episode around the characters agreeing that they don't need an official leader.)

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** Sometimes, early promotional material will mention character titbits tidbits that ultimately never made it into the show (such as ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'''s pre-release material stating that Kotoha worked in a wood carvings shop before becoming a Shinkenger) or planned character details later changed in on-screen canon (early ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' information stated that Blue Ranger Hyde was to be the team leader, but they ultimately didn't have one, even going so far as to base an episode around the characters agreeing that they don't need an official leader.)



** ''Series/UltraSeven'' also went through many drafts. The first idea was ''The Ultra Garrison'', which was about a team of astronauts and their RobotBuddy who fought of alien invaders. It was changed at the request of the executives for being too similar to another show called ''Captain Ultra''. Other ideas tossed around were something akin to a Japanese ''Alice in Wonderland'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Film/TheRedBalloon'', the adventures of a time-travelling family, a [[XMeetsY mix]] of ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' and ''Series/LostInSpace'', and even a revival of the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}''. The concept that became ''Ultraseven'' was ''Ultra Eye'', which was very much like the final concept except that Seven was Ultraman Jr. (Redman was proposed too, as well as Seven being a HalfHumanHybrid) and he would be helped by the good Earth monsters to fight the evil space monsters.

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** ''Series/UltraSeven'' also went through many drafts. The first idea was ''The Ultra Garrison'', which was about a team of astronauts and their RobotBuddy who fought of alien invaders. It was changed at the request of the executives for being too similar to another show called ''Captain Ultra''. Other ideas tossed around were something akin to a Japanese ''Alice in Wonderland'' [[XMeetsY [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] ''Film/TheRedBalloon'', the adventures of a time-travelling family, a [[XMeetsY [[JustForFun/XMeetsY mix]] of ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' and ''Series/LostInSpace'', and even a revival of the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}''. The concept that became ''Ultraseven'' was ''Ultra Eye'', which was very much like the final concept except that Seven was Ultraman Jr. (Redman was proposed too, as well as Seven being a HalfHumanHybrid) and he would be helped by the good Earth monsters to fight the evil space monsters.
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