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** The original pilot script was rejected by NBC president Brandon Tartikoff. Although he liked the show's concept, Tartikoff felt the initial script was merely a series of individual scenes introducing each character; it lacked a developing storyline. Co-Creator David Lee later admitted this was a rookie mistake.



** Helen Chappel was originally conceived to be of Greek descent and the producers had Peri Gilpin (best known for playing Roz Doyle in ''Series/{{Frasier}}'') in mind for the part. NBC president Brandon Tartikoff felt Gilpin lacked experience in leading roles and suggested Crystal Bernard instead. Since Bernard had a Southern accent, Helen was rewritten as a transplanted Texan, and Gilpin instead appeared in the third season episode "Four Dates That Will Live In Infamy". Also, Joe and Helen were initially envisioned as an already-divorced couple, but NBC [[ExecutiveVeto nixed this idea]].

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** Helen Chappel was originally conceived to be of Greek descent and the producers had Peri Gilpin (best known for playing Roz Doyle in on ''Series/{{Frasier}}'') in mind for the part. NBC president Brandon Tartikoff felt Gilpin lacked experience in leading roles and suggested Crystal Bernard instead. Since Bernard had a Southern accent, Helen was rewritten as a transplanted Texan, and Gilpin instead appeared in the third season episode "Four Dates That Will Live In Infamy". Also, Joe and Helen were initially envisioned as an already-divorced couple, but NBC [[ExecutiveVeto nixed this idea]].


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** Peter Bonerz directed 11 episodes. Bonerz is best known for playing Dr. Jerry Robinson on ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow''.
** James Burrows directed an episode. Burrows is best known as co-creator and co-executive producer of ''Series/{{Cheers}}''.


** Creator/NickCassavetes, Creator/KevivConroy, Creator/BryanCranston and Creator/DanielStern auditioned for Joe Montgomery Hackett.

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** Creator/NickCassavetes, Creator/KevivConroy, Creator/KevinConroy, Creator/BryanCranston and Creator/DanielStern auditioned for Joe Montgomery Hackett.


* RealLifeRelative: Tim Daly's sister Tyne appeared in an episode, as did the spouses of Daly, Creator/TonyShalhoub, and Amy Yasbeck.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Some actors have early roles in the show, including Same Pancake and Megan Mullaly in the first season.
* SharedUniverse: With ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', characters from which appear several times during the show's run.[[note]]Cliff and Norm in "The Story of Joe," Frasier and Lilith in "Planes, Trains and Visiting Cranes," Rebecca in "I Love Brian."[[/note]] Theoretically, this means that ''Wings'' should also share its universe with ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', though there was never any direct crossover between the two shows (Frasier Crane's appearance came before the show ''Frasier'' had been created, so the crossover would still have been with ''Cheers''). Apparently they did consider having Antonio make an appearance on ''Frasier'', but Creator/TonyShalhoub asked to play a different character (Rebecca Schull also appeared on ''Frasier'' in a different role).

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* RealLifeRelative: Tim Daly's Creator/TimDaly's sister Tyne appeared in an episode, as did the spouses of Daly, Creator/TonyShalhoub, and Amy Yasbeck.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Some actors have early roles in the show, including Same Pancake and Megan Mullaly in the first season.
* SharedUniverse: With ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', characters from which appear several times during the show's run.[[note]]Cliff and Norm in "The Story of Joe," Frasier and Lilith in "Planes, Trains and Visiting Cranes," Rebecca in "I Love Brian."[[/note]] Theoretically, this means that ''Wings'' should also share its universe with ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', though there was never any direct crossover between the two shows (Frasier Crane's appearance came before the show ''Frasier'' had been created, so the crossover would still have been with ''Cheers''). Apparently they did consider having Antonio make an appearance on ''Frasier'', but Creator/TonyShalhoub asked to play a different character (Rebecca Schull also appeared on ''Frasier'' in a different role).
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** Creator/NickCassavetes, Creator/KevivConroy, Creator/BryanCranston and Creator/DanielStern auditioned for Joe Montgomery Hackett.


* BreakawayPopHit: "Live and Let Die."
* CreativeDifferences: More than once.
* CreatorBreakdown: Paul almost ''died'' during the ''Band on the Run'' sessions. And then there was that incident in January 1980

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BreakawayPopHit: "Live and Let Die."
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* %%* CreatorBreakdown: Paul almost ''died'' during the ''Band on the Run'' sessions. And then there was that incident in January 1980


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*** And the woman they fought over was played by Argentine model Fabiana Udenio.

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*** ** And the woman they fought over was played by Argentine model Fabiana Udenio.


* RetroactiveRecognition : Some actors have early roles in the show, including Same Pancake and Megan Mullaly in the first season.

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* RetroactiveRecognition : RetroactiveRecognition: Some actors have early roles in the show, including Same Pancake and Megan Mullaly in the first season.



** The show was initially planned to debut in the fall of 1989, but casting proved so difficult that its premiere had to be delayed. After casting was finally complete, Crystal Bernard had other commitments which delayed shooting the pilot for yet another three months. The series ultimately didn't begin airing until April, 1990, and only seven episodes were shot for its first season (one of which was held back for season 2).

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** The show was initially planned to debut in the fall of 1989, but casting proved so difficult that its premiere had to be delayed. became impractical. After casting the cast was finally complete, assembled, Crystal Bernard had other commitments which delayed shooting the pilot for yet another three months. The series ultimately didn't begin airing until April, 1990, and only seven episodes were shot for its first season (one of which was held back for season 2).


* SharedUniverse: With ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', characters from which appear several times during the show's run.[[note]]Cliff and Norm in "The Story of Joe", Frasier and Lilith in "Planes, Trains, and Visiting Cranes", Rebecca in "I Love Brian".[[/note]] Theoretically, this means that ''Wings'' should also share its universe with ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', though there was never any direct crossover between the two shows (Frasier Crane's appearance came before the show ''Frasier'' had been created, so the crossover would still have been with ''Cheers''). Apparently they did consider having Antonio make an appearance on ''Frasier'', but Creator/TonyShalhoub asked to play a different character (Rebecca Schull also appeared on ''Frasier'' in a different role).
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Helen Chappel was originally conceived to be of Greek descent and the producers had Peri Gilpin (best known for playing Roz Doyle in ''Series/{{Frasier}}'') in mind for the part. NBC president Brandon Tartikoff felt Gilpin lacked experience in leading roles and suggested Crystal Bernard instead. Since Bernard had a Southern accent, Helen was rewritten as a transplanted Texan, and Gilpin instead appeared in the third season episode "Four Dates That Will Live In Infamy". Also, Joe and Helen were initially envisioned as an already-divorced couple, but NBC [[ExecutiveVeto nixed this idea]].

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* SharedUniverse: With ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', characters from which appear several times during the show's run.[[note]]Cliff and Norm in "The Story of Joe", Joe," Frasier and Lilith in "Planes, Trains, Trains and Visiting Cranes", Cranes," Rebecca in "I Love Brian".[[/note]] Brian."[[/note]] Theoretically, this means that ''Wings'' should also share its universe with ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', though there was never any direct crossover between the two shows (Frasier Crane's appearance came before the show ''Frasier'' had been created, so the crossover would still have been with ''Cheers''). Apparently they did consider having Antonio make an appearance on ''Frasier'', but Creator/TonyShalhoub asked to play a different character (Rebecca Schull also appeared on ''Frasier'' in a different role).
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The show was initially planned to debut in the fall of 1989, but casting proved so difficult that its premiere had to be delayed. After casting was finally complete, Crystal Bernard had other commitments which delayed shooting the pilot for yet another three months. The series ultimately didn't begin airing until April, 1990, and only seven episodes were shot for its first season (one of which was held back for season 2).
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Helen Chappel was originally conceived to be of Greek descent and the producers had Peri Gilpin (best known for playing Roz Doyle in ''Series/{{Frasier}}'') in mind for the part. NBC president Brandon Tartikoff felt Gilpin lacked experience in leading roles and suggested Crystal Bernard instead. Since Bernard had a Southern accent, Helen was rewritten as a transplanted Texan, and Gilpin instead appeared in the third season episode "Four Dates That Will Live In Infamy". Also, Joe and Helen were initially envisioned as an already-divorced couple, but NBC [[ExecutiveVeto nixed this idea]].


* FakeNationality: Creator/TonyShalhoub, Lebanese by birth, played Italian cab driver Antonio Scarpacci.

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* FakeNationality: FakeNationality:
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Creator/TonyShalhoub, Lebanese by birth, played Italian cab driver Antonio Scarpacci.


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* AdoredByTheNetwork: In the late 1990s and early 2000s, there was good reason that the Creator/USANetwork was nicknamed "The Wings Network", and [=ReelzChannel=] is quickly taking the same title with their airings of the series in 2012.

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* AdoredByTheNetwork: In the late 1990s and early 2000s, there was good reason that the Creator/USANetwork was nicknamed "The Wings Network", and [=ReelzChannel=] is quickly taking took the same title with their airings of the series in 2012.



* RetroactiveRecognition : Some actors have early roles in the show, including Creator/MeganMullaly in a first-season episod.
* SharedUniverse: With ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', characters from which appear several times during the show's run.[[note]]Cliff and Norm in "The Story of Joe", Frasier and Lilith in "Planes, Trains, and Visiting Cranes", Rebecca in "I Love Brian".[[/note]] Theoretically, this means that ''Wings'' should also share its universe with ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', though there was never any direct crossover between the two shows. (Frasier Crane's appearance came before the show ''Frasier'' had been created, so the crossover would have still been with ''Cheers''). Apparently they did consider having Antonio make an appearance on ''Frasier'', but Creator/TonyShalhoub asked to play a different character.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Helen Chappel was originally conceived to be of Greek descent and the producers had Peri Gilpin (better known for playing Roz Doyle in ''Series/{{Frasier}}'') in mind for the part. NBC president Brandon Tartikoff felt Gilpin lacked experience in leading roles and suggested Crystal Bernard instead. Since Bernard had a Southern accent, Helen was rewritten as a transplanted Texan, and Gilpin instead appeared in the third season episode "Four Dates That Will Live In Infamy". Also, Joe and Helen were initially envisioned as an already-divorced couple, but NBC [[ExecutiveVeto nixed this idea]].

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* RetroactiveRecognition : Some actors have early roles in the show, including Creator/MeganMullaly Same Pancake and Megan Mullaly in a first-season episod.the first season.
* SharedUniverse: With ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', characters from which appear several times during the show's run.[[note]]Cliff and Norm in "The Story of Joe", Frasier and Lilith in "Planes, Trains, and Visiting Cranes", Rebecca in "I Love Brian".[[/note]] Theoretically, this means that ''Wings'' should also share its universe with ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', though there was never any direct crossover between the two shows. shows (Frasier Crane's appearance came before the show ''Frasier'' had been created, so the crossover would have still have been with ''Cheers''). Apparently they did consider having Antonio make an appearance on ''Frasier'', but Creator/TonyShalhoub asked to play a different character.
character (Rebecca Schull also appeared on ''Frasier'' in a different role).
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Helen Chappel was originally conceived to be of Greek descent and the producers had Peri Gilpin (better (best known for playing Roz Doyle in ''Series/{{Frasier}}'') in mind for the part. NBC president Brandon Tartikoff felt Gilpin lacked experience in leading roles and suggested Crystal Bernard instead. Since Bernard had a Southern accent, Helen was rewritten as a transplanted Texan, and Gilpin instead appeared in the third season episode "Four Dates That Will Live In Infamy". Also, Joe and Helen were initially envisioned as an already-divorced couple, but NBC [[ExecutiveVeto nixed this idea]].


* MissingEpisode: "There's Always Room for Cello", in which Roy's son comes out of the closet, was the third episode produced but was not broadcast until halfway through the second season. Homosexuality was still something of a taboo topic for a sitcom in 1990, and NBC had reservations about such a relatively new show tackling the issue.

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"There's Always Room for Cello", in which Roy's son comes out of the closet, was the third episode produced but was not broadcast until halfway through the second season. Homosexuality was still something of a taboo topic for a sitcom in 1990, and NBC had reservations about such a relatively new show tackling the issue.


* SharedUniverse: With ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', characters from which appear several times during the show's run.[[note]]Cliff and Norm in "The Story of Joe", Frasier and Lilith in "Planes, Trains, and Visiting Cranes", Rebecca in "I Love Brian".[[/note]] Theoretically, this means that ''Wings'' should also share its universe with ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', though there was never any direct crossover between the two shows. (Frasier Crane's appearance came before the show ''Frasier'' had been created, so the crossover would have still been with ''Cheers''). Apparently they did consider having Antonio make an appearance in ''Frasier'', but Creator/TonyShalhoub asked to play a different character.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Crystal Bernard's character Helen Chappel was originally of Greek descent and played by Peri Gilpin (better known for playing Roz Doyle in ''Series/{{Frasier}}''). Since Bernard had a Southern accent, Helen was rewritten as a transplanted Texan, and Gilpin appeared in the third season episode "Four Dates That Will Live In Infamy". Also, Joe and Helen were initially envisioned as an already-divorced couple, but NBC [[ExecutiveVeto nixed this idea]].

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* SharedUniverse: With ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', characters from which appear several times during the show's run.[[note]]Cliff and Norm in "The Story of Joe", Frasier and Lilith in "Planes, Trains, and Visiting Cranes", Rebecca in "I Love Brian".[[/note]] Theoretically, this means that ''Wings'' should also share its universe with ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', though there was never any direct crossover between the two shows. (Frasier Crane's appearance came before the show ''Frasier'' had been created, so the crossover would have still been with ''Cheers''). Apparently they did consider having Antonio make an appearance in on ''Frasier'', but Creator/TonyShalhoub asked to play a different character.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Crystal Bernard's character Helen Chappel was originally conceived to be of Greek descent and played by the producers had Peri Gilpin (better known for playing Roz Doyle in ''Series/{{Frasier}}''). ''Series/{{Frasier}}'') in mind for the part. NBC president Brandon Tartikoff felt Gilpin lacked experience in leading roles and suggested Crystal Bernard instead. Since Bernard had a Southern accent, Helen was rewritten as a transplanted Texan, and Gilpin instead appeared in the third season episode "Four Dates That Will Live In Infamy". Also, Joe and Helen were initially envisioned as an already-divorced couple, but NBC [[ExecutiveVeto nixed this idea]].


* BackedByThePentagon: One of the earlier examples; the Air Corps supplied both planes and pilots for the film.

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* BackedByThePentagon: One of the earlier examples; the Air Corps supplied both planes and pilots for the film. The rest of the Army, meanwhile, coughed up $16 million (a huge amount at the time) to help with budget problems, and supplied soldiers and tanks for the battlefield scenes.

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* RetroactiveRecognition : Some actors have early roles in the show, including Creator/MeganMullaly in a first-season episod.

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