History WhatCouldHaveBeen / LiveActionTV

24th Sep '16 1:49:00 PM nombretomado
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* In the late nineties, there was talk of resurrecting the cult ChannelFour gameshow ''Wanted'' with celebrities as a one-off tie-in for Comic Relief- instead, we got the first ''Celebrity Series/BigBrother''.

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* In the late nineties, there was talk of resurrecting the cult ChannelFour Creator/Channel4 gameshow ''Wanted'' with celebrities as a one-off tie-in for Comic Relief- instead, we got the first ''Celebrity Series/BigBrother''.
20th Sep '16 1:17:51 AM NintendoNate25
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen/BreakingBad
7th Sep '16 1:51:24 AM AlternativeCola
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** WhatCouldHaveBeen/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine
** WhatCouldHaveBeen/StarTrekEnterprise
21st Aug '16 8:46:34 AM LarryMullen
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* The original plan for the ending of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', according to Creator/ChuckLorre's vanity card: "I know a lot of you might be disappointed that you didn't get to see Charlie Sheen in tonight's finale. For the record, he was offered a role. Our idea was to have him walk up to the front door in the last scene, ring the doorbell, then turn, look directly into the camera and go off on a maniacal rant about the dangers of drug abuse. He would then explain that these dangers only applied to average people. That he was far from average. He was a ninja warrior from Mars. He was invincible. And then we would drop a piano on him. We thought it was funny. He didn't. Instead, he wanted us to write a heart-warming scene that would set up his return to primetime TV in a new sitcom called The Harpers starring him and Jon Cryer. We thought that was funny too."
20th Aug '16 8:41:40 AM comicwriter
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** The spin-off was attempted ''again'' in Season 3, which is why Mockingbird and Hunter were PutOnABus. The proposed series was called ''Marvel's Most Wanted'', and would have seen the pair working for the wealthy adventurer Dominic Fortune (played by Delroy Lindo). A pilot was filmed, but ABC passed on it.



* Before getting picked up by Creator/{{Netflix}}, ''Series/JessicaJones2015'' was originally pitched to ABC, which likely would've meant toning down some of the content. Comicbook/MsMarvel was also originally going to appear as a supporting character (as she did in [[Comicbook/{{Alias}} the comic]]), but plans for the upcoming ''Captain Marvel'' movie killed any chance of that. Ms. Marvel was subsequently replaced with Comicbook/PatsyWalker.

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* Before getting picked up by Creator/{{Netflix}}, ''Series/JessicaJones2015'' was originally pitched to ABC, which likely would've meant toning down some of the content. Comicbook/MsMarvel was also originally going to appear as a supporting character (as she did in [[Comicbook/{{Alias}} the comic]]), but plans for the upcoming ''Captain Marvel'' ''Film/CaptainMarvel'' movie killed any chance of that. Ms. Marvel was subsequently replaced with Comicbook/PatsyWalker.



** After being impressed with her performance in ''Film/TheWolverine'', Fuller cast Tao Okamoto as Lady Murasaki from the novels. He changed the character to Chiyoh after becoming worried that Tao was too young to believable as Mads Mikkelsen's aunt. According to Fuller, this worked out for the best, since bringing Hannibal's childhood friend into the plot opened up new storytelling avenues the writers hadn't previously considered.

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** After being impressed with her performance in ''Film/TheWolverine'', Fuller cast Tao Okamoto as Lady Murasaki from the novels. He changed the character to Chiyoh after becoming worried that Tao was too young to be believable as Mads Mikkelsen's aunt. According to Fuller, this worked out for the best, since bringing Hannibal's childhood friend into the plot opened up new storytelling avenues the writers hadn't previously considered.
26th Jul '16 11:07:05 AM Pinokio
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* In ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'', the plan was to start with three TV movies and then begin the series, but after the pilot, the two remaining movies were shown as regular episodes.
29th Jun '16 6:11:31 PM MagnusForce
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* ''Franchise/UltraSeries''
** ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' went through several drafts before Creator/EijiTsuburaya settled on the iconic series recognized throughout Japan today. In fact, Ultraman's design was used from a scrapped villain from the predecessor series ''Series/UltraQ''.
*** The first draft was ''WoO'', a series about the eponymous bug-eyed PluckyComicRelief alien and his friend, a news reporter named Joji Akita. The series formula was that WoO had to fight monsters and avoid the armed forces who saw him as a threat; it was envisioned as something akin to a Japanese version Dr. Who with kaiju. The alien's name was recycled for a yeti-like monster while the concept was revived in 2006 as a separate series called ''Bio Planet WoO''.
*** Another early draft was ''Redman'', which was about a devil-like alien who fought the monsters from Planet X that destroyed his homeworld under their ruler Red King. Red King stuck around to become one of Ultraman's most popular enemies while the hero's name was recycled for an obscure series of low-budget shorts featuring the title hero fighting many ''Ultraman'' monsters.
*** One of the best-known proto-''Ultraman''s was ''Bemlar''. It featured most of the basic ideas like Science Patrol, this time as a top-secret organization disguised as a photography group, and a member of the team who could secretly transform into a giant hero to fight {{Kaiju}} and evil aliens. However, Bemlar, the title hero, was a bird-like monster instead. The concept was scrapped under concerns that children wouldn't be sure for what monster to root for. The name was recycled for Ultraman's first opponent while the design was reused for a monster called Hydra and later, the Nikkatsu Kaiju movie, ''Gappa the Triphibian Monster''.
** ''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.
** Despite what the title suggests, ''Series/ReturnOfUltraman'' does not actually star the original Ultraman, but a different hero named Ultraman Jack. This can be traced back to the fact that Eiji Tsuburaya had decided to make a SequelSeries where Ultraman would return to Earth and remerge with Hayata to continue their monster-fighting career. However, he died before it could come into full fruition, so his son Hajime Tsuburaya rewrote the idea a bit to feature a different hero with a different host, though it would not be until the 80s did Jack officially receive his name.
24th Jun '16 9:52:06 PM merotoker
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** Movies attempted to get but couldn't include the Creator/JohnTravolta and Lily Thomlin "romance" film ''Moment by Moment'' (which had the rights yanked at the last minute), the Creator/ElvisPresley western film ''Charro!'' (which was planned to be aired in Season 4) and the Creator/LeonardNimoy pilot movie ''Baffled!'' about a race car driver turned psychic occult detective.

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** Movies attempted to get but couldn't include the Creator/JohnTravolta and Lily Thomlin "romance" film ''Moment by Moment'' (which had the rights yanked at the last minute), the Creator/ElvisPresley Music/ElvisPresley western film ''Charro!'' (which was planned to be aired in Season 4) and the Creator/LeonardNimoy pilot movie ''Baffled!'' about a race car driver turned psychic occult detective.



* At one point in the 1970s, Creator/GeorgeLucas approached Creator/GeneRoddenberry to ask if the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise was for sale....
** [[FunnyAneurysmMoment ...and now]], of course, [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope they're both owned by Disney!]].

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* At one point in the 1970s, Creator/GeorgeLucas approached Creator/GeneRoddenberry to ask if the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise was for sale....
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sale.... [[FunnyAneurysmMoment ...and now]], of course, [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope they're both owned by Disney!]].



* The DVD commentaries for mid-90's show ''Series/{{Profit}}'' have co-creators David Greenwalt (''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'') and John [=McNamara=](''Series/LoisAndClark'') talking about their plans for the Season Two arcs:

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* The DVD commentaries for mid-90's show ''Series/{{Profit}}'' have co-creators David Greenwalt (''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'') and John [=McNamara=](''Series/LoisAndClark'') [=McNamara=] (''Series/LoisAndClark'') talking about their plans for the Season Two arcs:



* As much as Coy and Vance Duke were disliked amongst ''''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' fans, the idea of having all FIVE Duke cousins working together would have been pretty cool.

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* As much as Coy and Vance Duke were disliked amongst ''''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' fans, the idea of having all FIVE Duke cousins working together would have been pretty cool.



* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': Justin was originally meant to be a friend of Alex, and not her brother.
** This isn't mentioning the thousands of Jalex fics, a fandom that supports this incestuous pair in a childrens show, a bunch of viewers who obtained unwanted NoYay, and two teenage actors who can't help their {{U|nresolvedSexualTension}}ST.

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* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': Justin was originally meant to be a friend of Alex, and not her brother.
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brother. This isn't mentioning the thousands of Jalex fics, a fandom that supports this incestuous pair in a childrens show, a bunch of viewers who obtained unwanted NoYay, and two teenage actors who can't help their {{U|nresolvedSexualTension}}ST.



** Creator/DanSchneider has implied that he believes that ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'' was based on an idea he created and pitched to the Disney Channel a long time before that show actually aired. Had he ended up doing his version of the show he would probably still be working for Disney, it probably would have stopped him from making ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', and that would have ended the successor shows ''Series/{{iCarly}}'', ''Series/{{Victorious}}'', ''Series/SamAndCat'' and ''Gibby''. That would have left gaping holes in Nick's schedule, torched the finances (as iCarly was an unexpected mega-smash hit) for at least 5 years and would likely have killed the careers of Creator/MirandaCosgrove, Music/VictoriaJustice and Creator/JennetteMcCurdy before they ever got off the ground.
** One other potential alternate future would've been Dan making his Sonny With A Chance show, but still doing ''Drake & Josh'', just on Disney. Which would have meant Cosgrove (who was an accomplished singer even back then) becoming a Disney starlet around the same time Disney were trying to figure out what to do with DevelopmentHell project for what eventually became ''Series/HannahMontana''.

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** Creator/DanSchneider has implied that he believes that ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'' was based on an idea he created and pitched to the Disney Channel a long time before that show actually aired. Had he ended up doing his version of the show he would probably still be working for Disney, it probably would have stopped him from making ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', and that would have ended the successor shows ''Series/{{iCarly}}'', ''Series/{{Victorious}}'', ''Series/SamAndCat'' and ''Gibby''. That would have left gaping holes in Nick's schedule, torched the finances (as iCarly ''iCarly'' was an unexpected mega-smash hit) for at least 5 years and would likely have killed the careers of Creator/MirandaCosgrove, Music/VictoriaJustice and Creator/JennetteMcCurdy before they ever got off the ground.
** One other potential alternate future would've been Dan making his Sonny ''Sonny With A Chance show, Chance'', but still doing ''Drake & Josh'', just on Disney. Which would have meant Cosgrove (who was an accomplished singer even back then) becoming a Disney starlet around the same time Disney were trying to figure out what to do with DevelopmentHell project for what eventually became ''Series/HannahMontana''.



* 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:

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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 {{Long Runner|s}} ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares''. Among the three survivors:



* ''Beane’s of Boston'', an Americanization of the popular Britcom ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'', was developed by series creators Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft in collaboration with producer GarryMarshall. It never got past the pilot stage, and the pilot has never aired anywhere. The cast included John Hillerman (''Series/MagnumPI'') as Capt. Peacock, Tom Poston (''Newhart'') as Mr. Rumbold, Alan Sues (''Laugh-In'') as Mr. Humphries, Charlotte Rae (''The Facts of Life'') as Mrs. Slocombe and Lorna Patterson (the TV series version of ''Private Benjamin'') as Miss Brahms.

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* ''Beane’s of Boston'', an Americanization of the popular Britcom ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'', was developed by series creators Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft in collaboration with producer GarryMarshall.Creator/GarryMarshall. It never got past the pilot stage, and the pilot has never aired anywhere. The cast included John Hillerman (''Series/MagnumPI'') as Capt. Peacock, Tom Poston (''Newhart'') as Mr. Rumbold, Alan Sues (''Laugh-In'') as Mr. Humphries, Charlotte Rae (''The Facts of Life'') as Mrs. Slocombe and Lorna Patterson (the TV series version of ''Private Benjamin'') as Miss Brahms.



* 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''.
* Patty Duke [[WordOfGod mentioned]] in a number of interviews that had ABC been able to convince United Artists to invest in transitioning ''ThePattyDukeShow'' [[ItWillNeverCatchOn from black & white to color]] (an expensive process in 1966-67), the series would have likely carried on for one or more extra seasons, as it was still pulling in high ratings. The next season very likely would have concentrated on the Patty Lane/Richard Harrison relationship had it been produced.

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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 [[Franchise/TheDCU DC Universe]] character in the next decade as Steve Trevor on ''Series/WonderWoman''.
* Patty Duke [[WordOfGod mentioned]] in a number of interviews that had ABC been able to convince United Artists to invest in transitioning ''ThePattyDukeShow'' ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow'' [[ItWillNeverCatchOn from black & white to color]] (an expensive process in 1966-67), the series would have likely carried on for one or more extra seasons, as it was still pulling in high ratings. The next season very likely would have concentrated on the Patty Lane/Richard Harrison relationship had it been produced.
18th Jun '16 2:42:24 PM Schroeder1174
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** The series would also have likely been entirely produced in California rather than New York, [[TheChessmaster partially as a result]] of Patty's handlers Bob & Ethel Ross wanting Patty to avoid seeing the much older cameraman Harry Falk Jr, whom Patty married and soon divorced, partly to escape the dominerring handlers' clutches. Patty Duke still fired the Rosses on her 18th birthday.

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** The series would also have likely been entirely produced in California rather than New York, [[TheChessmaster partially as a result]] of Patty's handlers Bob & Ethel Ross wanting Patty to avoid seeing the much older cameraman Harry Falk Jr, Jr., whom Patty married and soon divorced, partly to escape the dominerring domineering handlers' clutches. Patty Duke still fired the Rosses on her 18th birthday.
18th Jun '16 1:20:32 PM Yet_One_More_Idiot
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** [[FunnyAneurysmMoment ...and now]], of course, [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope they're both owned by Disney!]].
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