Trivia / The Dead Zone

The film:

The series

  • Author Existence Failure: The original showrunner, Michael Piller, became ill from cancer during Season 2. While still credited as Executive Producer, new writers took over his duties (Karl Schaefer for the last six episodes of Season 2 and then Season 3, Tommy Thompson in Seasons 4 - 5). It was Piller's approach to rewrite every script and without him, many distinctive aspects of the series and almost all ongoing arcs were lost. Piller would occasionally consult on individual episodes as health allowed during Seasons 3 - 5 (most notably "Symmetry" in Season 5), and he died shortly after Season 5 had been filmed (but before it aired).
  • American Accents: Maine has a pretty distinct accent, which is absent (or tend to be Canadian Accents due to the actors probably being on the other side of the continent). In "Descent," in a flashback showing miners (or "minahs"), they all try. It's very obviously not their native accents.
  • Prop Recycling: Johnny Smith's cane also appeared in the 1994 TV miniseries, The Stand. It also was used in the 1999 TV miniseries, Storm of the Century. The head of the cane was changed, however.
  • Really Gets Around: A tally of Johnny's real life encounters and "vision only" (in progress through Season 2)
    • Real: Dana, Sarah, and Rebecca (all originally in visions, interestingly enough — though he'd clearly impregnated Sarah with JJ before the coma).
    • Vision only: Abby, Penny (sort of, she's shown as pregnant), Nina, Natalia.
    • Though in Season 3, they seemed to have changed the visions, as he now just witnesses it instead of experiencing it.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • What Could Have Been: Anthony Michael Hall noted that, when it was revealed that the show wouldn't be renewed for a seventh season, the writing team planned on resolving the loose ends with a Made-for-TV Movie. Needless to say, that fell through.