History WhatCouldHaveBeen / LiveActionTV

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'':
** The show
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.
25th Nov '16 6:18:41 PM KoopaKid17
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** From 1981-89, Sajak was hosting the daytime (NBC) and syndicated nighttime versions concurrently. He stepped down from daytime to host a talk show for CBS which didn't go anywhere. Creator/MervGriffin had several worthy candidates in mind for daytime host: tennis players Jimmy Connors and John [=McEnroe=], actor John Gabriel, sportscaster Roger Twibell, ESPN sports reporter [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7aufwkOVuQ Tim Brando]] (who reportedly did so well that Merv stated, "[Tim] could host the show tomorrow.") and then-announcer [[http://www.mgkelly.com/archive-21.asp M.G. Kelly]] auditioned with Vanna reportedly turning the job down. Merv went with the completely inexperienced Rolf Benirschke, a former place kicker for the San Diego Chargers who was completely out of his element. After a mere six months, the daytime version hopped over to CBS with new host Bob Goen (John Davidson, Bob Eubanks, Pat Finn, Bob Goen, Chuck Henry and Marc Summers also auditioned). While daytime game shows as a whole fell out of favor in the early 1990s, one can't help but wonder what would happen if a more capable name had helmed the last few months of NBC ''Wheel''.

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** From 1981-89, Sajak was hosting the daytime (NBC) and syndicated nighttime versions concurrently. He stepped down from daytime to host a talk show for CBS which didn't go anywhere. Creator/MervGriffin had several worthy candidates in mind for daytime host: tennis players Jimmy Connors and John [=McEnroe=], actor John Gabriel, sportscaster Roger Twibell, ESPN sports reporter [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7aufwkOVuQ Tim Brando]] (who reportedly did so well that Merv stated, "[Tim] could host the show tomorrow.") and then-announcer [[http://www.mgkelly.com/archive-21.asp M.G. Kelly]] auditioned with Vanna reportedly turning the job down. Merv went with the completely inexperienced Rolf Benirschke, a former place kicker for the San Diego Chargers who was completely out of his element. After a mere six months, the daytime version hopped over to CBS with new host Bob Goen (John Davidson, Bob Eubanks, Pat Finn, Bob Goen, Chuck Henry and Marc Summers also auditioned). While daytime game shows as a whole fell out of favor in the early 1990s, one can't help but wonder what would happen if a more capable name had helmed the last few months of NBC ''Wheel''.
25th Nov '16 1:50:44 AM LondonKdS
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* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}: Children of Earth'' was originally going to have Mickey and Martha on the team, but this was unfortunately scrapped due to actors' scheduling conflicts.

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* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}: Children ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'':
** ''Children
of Earth'' was originally going to have Mickey and Martha on the team, but this was unfortunately scrapped due to actors' scheduling conflicts.conflicts.
** Leaked casting calls for ''Miracle Day'' revealed that Rex was originally intended to be white and Esther African-American, with Esther having an unrequited crush on Rex that was played down in the finished season.
17th Nov '16 7:39:37 PM KoopaKid17
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** From 1981-89, Sajak was hosting the daytime (NBC) and syndicated nighttime versions concurrently. He stepped down from daytime to host a talk show for CBS which didn't go anywhere. Creator/MervGriffin had several worthy candidates in mind for daytime host, but went with the completely inexperienced Rolf Benirschke, a former place kicker for the San Diego Chargers who was completely out of his element. After a mere six months, the daytime version hopped over to CBS with new host Bob Goen. While daytime game shows as a whole fell out of favor in the early 1990s, one can't help but wonder what would happen if a more capable name had helmed the last few months of NBC ''Wheel''.

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** From 1981-89, Sajak was hosting the daytime (NBC) and syndicated nighttime versions concurrently. He stepped down from daytime to host a talk show for CBS which didn't go anywhere. Creator/MervGriffin had several worthy candidates in mind for daytime host, but host: tennis players Jimmy Connors and John [=McEnroe=], actor John Gabriel, sportscaster Roger Twibell, ESPN sports reporter [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7aufwkOVuQ Tim Brando]] (who reportedly did so well that Merv stated, "[Tim] could host the show tomorrow.") and then-announcer [[http://www.mgkelly.com/archive-21.asp M.G. Kelly]] auditioned with Vanna reportedly turning the job down. Merv went with the completely inexperienced Rolf Benirschke, a former place kicker for the San Diego Chargers who was completely out of his element. After a mere six months, the daytime version hopped over to CBS with new host Bob Goen.Goen (John Davidson, Bob Eubanks, Pat Finn, Bob Goen, Chuck Henry and Marc Summers also auditioned). While daytime game shows as a whole fell out of favor in the early 1990s, one can't help but wonder what would happen if a more capable name had helmed the last few months of NBC ''Wheel''.
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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