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"[Carole Lombard] came to me when I was deciding whether or not I should do "I Love Lucy", and she told me to 'give it a whirl'. And that's what I did. Then she came to me when I was deciding whether or not to sell Desilu. She told me I was done being a star, that it was time to start making stars. She knew I could do it, said I was the only one who could. (laughs) There's a reason everybody loved Carole."
Lucille Ball, in her 1986 interview with Baba Wawa
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An Alternate History work by user "Brainbin" of AlternateHistory.com, That Wacky Redhead explores the cultural side of the genre, showing how a different path taken in American television history could have altered not only popular culture, but also the wider world.

Lucille Ball, beloved comedienne, star of the classic 1950s sitcom I Love Lucy, and entrepreneur as the head of her television studio, Desilu, is visited in a dream by her late friend Carole Lombard. Once before, Lombard had persuaded Ball to "give [television] a whirl" and star in what would become I Love Lucy; Lombard's second visit, in late 1966, marks the Point of Divergence. Ball is on the verge of selling Desilu to media conglomerate Gulf+Western, but Lombard warns her away from it, assuring Ball that her destiny is to remain a studio chief.

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The rest of the timeline chronicles what changes have been wrought, and all on account of That Wacky Redhead!

Read it here. An indexed version can be found here.

As of July 9th, 2016, it is completed.


This work contains examples of:

  • Actor Allusion: A casting version in-universe: After Jimmy Stewart was picked to play Pa Kent, "the production team could not resist the opportunity to stunt-cast Ma Kent, choosing Donna Reed (Stewart’s one-time co-star in It's a Wonderful Life, his personal favorite film) for the role".
    "On-set lore had Stewart continuously flubbing his lines by referring to Reed’s character as “Mary” instead of “Martha”."
  • Allohistorical Allusion: invoked IOTL, there would've been a televised Star Trek / Doctor Who crossover (albeit with Star Trek: Enterprise and the 10th Doctor), but plans for it fell apart.
    • The date Elvis Presley and Desilu reached a licensing agreement that allowed him to be featured prominently in a couple episodes of Rock Around the Clock was August 16, 1977. You know. The day he died on the toilet IOTL?
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    • The response from Aquarius to Houston's inquiry about any problems with landing on the moon? "No, Houston, we haven’t had a problem here."note 
    • Similarly to the Elvis allusion, the date of the Futureshadowing Barbara Waters/Lucille Ball interview that opens the timeline is the date that Life With Lucy premiered IOTL.
    • George Lucas finds a use for the phrase "Never Tell Me the Odds!", just not in a movie.
    • What do John Lennon and Robin Williams have in common? The date December 8, 1980.note 
    • We still have a saying involving a president traveling to a foreign land as part of improving foreign relations: "Only Reagan could go to Moscow."note 
    • A subtle one: TTL's "Battlestar Galactica" (simply known as "Galactica") ends in 1980. ...get it?
    • invoked It's pointed out that the ceremony in 1984 ITTL that concerned Desilu being sold Paramount's half of the lot was similar to the one in 1967 IOTL that concerned the reverse: Paramount being sold Desilu.
    • In the final episode of Doctor Who, the Doctor reveals that his true name is a Gallfreyan word that means "doctor", explaining it as "not unlike your 'Baker' or 'Smith'".
      • Similarly, the Fifth Doctor dying instead of regeneratingnote  in TTL's "Requiem for a Time Lord" seems to be a nod to OTL's "The Caves of Androzani", where it seemed like that was what was going to happennote .
    • Desilu decide against calling the Mission: Impossible remake Mission: Impossible: The Next Generation, partly because nobody would take a show with that subtitle seriously. Despite the lack of a subtitle, fans call the new series TNG, and the original series TOS.
  • Alternate History: Obviously.
  • All There in the Manual: Sometimes, info regarding the timeline can only be found in the footnotes. Other times, it's in the comment responses Brainbin gives.
  • April Fools' Day: "Appendix E: A Taste of Pi, Part I: Fostering an Obsession"note 
  • Anvilicious: invoked The Star Trek 3rd season episode "Bondage and Freedom" uses a planet where a black ruling class keeps white slaves to comment on race relations. It's about as subtle as it sounds.
  • Artistic License – History: invoked Actually, compared with the OTL version, Monty Python and Camelot is more historically accurate in regards to medieval times.
  • Author Avatar: The Animated Adventures of Star Trek has Dr Joanna McCoy to D.C. Fontana and Commander Freeman (introduced in The Next Voyage as ST's first gay character) to David Gerrold.
  • Book-Ends: The last post brings us back to the 1986 interview that opened the timeline.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Thanks to Desilu picking it up, Night Gallery fares a tad better ITTL... but because of the more vigorous production schedule, Rod Serling ends up dying a few months earlier than IOTL.note 
    • "Those Were The Days" had one as the Series Finalenote :
    "Thus, the series concluded with Richard and Gloria departing Astoria, Queens, along with their son Michael, to the sunnier pastures of California (as so many Americans before them had done); Richard had accepted tenure at a small liberal arts college in the Bay Area, and Gloria had already arranged for interviews in hoping to secure a new management position at one of any number of the retail establishments there. Archie and Edith, by contrast, were now left alone at 704 Hauser St. The poignant final shot of the series finale framed the two, having retreated to their iconic living room chairs after saying their final goodbyes, and gazing into nothingness, overcome with their emotions, as if thinking “Well, what now?”."
    • The Muppet Show has one too: "Boss Lady", aka. Lucille Ball finally gets to appear on the show... only for Lucy-style antics to occur...
    "The episode, naturally, ended with the Muppet Playhouse in a wreck, and Ball livid to the point of incomprehensible babbling. Kermit, meanwhile, pledged to take his show on the road, instead."
    • The timeline itself was set to end this way from the very beginning, with a 1986 interview where Lucy announces she's retiring.
  • Bowdlerized: Pointed out in-universe, NBC's early 1970's nickname is referred to as "Negroes, Blacks, and Coloreds".
  • Breather Episode: In between "Fight the Power"note  and "Appendix C, Part IV: The Trial of the Century" is "You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby", which details ITTL's Women's Lib movement. Well... up to the last paragraph, anyway...
  • Butterfly of Doom: Played with: the world is surprisingly altered for what might at first seem to be a relatively minor pop-cultural change — but the resulting history is no worse than ours (in some ways, it is even a better world), just different.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": An interesting variation: various shows and movies IOTL have different titles ITTL.
    • Examples include: "The Journey of the Force" instead of "Star Wars", "Galactica" instead of "Battlestar Galactica", "Those Were The Days" instead of "All in the Family", "Greased Lightning" instead of "Grease", ect.
    • Atari? Surely you meant Syzygy? ... No, really.
    • VCRsnote ? Nope, VTRsnote .
  • Call-Back: Response-wise: The last (at the time) post to cover ITTL's Star Trek franchise brings up a post from waaay back:
    Brainbin: To answer this question, posed to me over four months ago: "How will Star Trek change?" There is your answer. That is how. There you go.
  • The Cameo: The person who discovered buckminsterfullerene ITTL was none other than Dr. Thomas W. Anderson... also known as Thande.note 
  • Casting Gag:
  • Character Title: The timeline is named after the person who makes the change possible, Lucille Ball.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Referenced by name in the entry on Star Trek: The Animated Series. Mark Evanier is one of that show's writers and is keen to avoid it.
  • Contested Sequel: In-universe, Star Trek acquires one in the form of a '70s miniseries Star Trek: The Next Voyage, with many fans disparagingly calling it either "Star Trek: The Soap Opera" or, more to the point, "Soap Trek".
  • Cousin Oliver: This comes up in both "Barefoot in the Park" and "The Bill Cosby Show". Ironically, this happens despite the trope namer not existing.
  • Cluster Bleep-Bomb: Thanks to "Censorface" to providing this trope on "The George Carlin Show".
  • Crapsack World / A World Half Full Thanks to Desilu not merging with Paramount changes occur both positively and negatively to the world (in the sense of pop culture), to keep things brief.
    Brainbin: I told you I wasn’t writing a utopia!
    • As a point of reference, "The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same" points out how "race relations are generally better" in 1971-2 ITTL, just generally.
    • Also, the economy is in "better absolute shape" in TTL's 1975.
    • Despite NASA going through difficulties, it's still a LOT better than OTL's NASA. And, given that John Glenn, who promised to revitalize the space program, won the 1980 election...
  • Creator Killer: invoked "Turn-On" for George Schlatter.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: As IOTL, the Soivet Union dominates the 1980 Summer Olymics, ultimately earning 50 medals. Why not OTL's 80? Well, you can thank East Germany and the USA for participating instead of boycotting the games.
  • David vs. Goliath: How the Canada-USSR 1980 Olympic hocky game was described: Canada being David, the USSR being Goliath.
    • This is also how Lucasfilm v. Paramount is described, at least going by C. A. Baxter's book David and Goliath: The Authorized Account of Lucasfilm v. Paramount, the Trial of the Century.
  • Dueling Movies: invoked The China Syndrome, about a nuclear power plant accident, and The Greenpoint Dilemma, about a microwave power plant accident, come out within months of each other in 1979. China Syndrome flops big time, lacking the resonance of the Three Mile Island disaster (which doesn't happen here) and tripping over the different political dynamic of environmentalism ITTL.
  • Deal with the Devil: A self-described methophorical one: in order to get a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives in 1980, the Democratic Party had to welcome George Wallace and his "schismatic Alabaman faction" back into it.
  • Dewey Defeats Truman: The troubled production on "The Journey of the Force" (plus some gossip floating around Hollywood) cause some of the trade papers (like The Hollywood Reporter and Variety) to label the movie "Lucas' Folly". And then it became a smash.
  • Different World, Different Movies: Rather than being incidental, this is the entire focus of the timeline.
  • Famous Last Words: "Punch my time card, boss! We’re going on a looong skiing trip in the Middle East this weekend!" - Robin Williamsnote 
  • Fan Nickname: An in-universe example: Desilu is known as the "House That Paladin Built".
    • Conversely, Paramount has "The House on the Other Side of the Wall".
    • "Star Trek: The Next Voyage" has "Soap Trek" and "Star Trek: The Soap Opera".
    • The American run of Doctor Who (from season 8 to season 12) is considered the "Yank Years" of the show.
    • The popularity of space that came about from the space program is most often referred to as "Moonshot Lunacy", with a fan-base of "Moonshot Lunatics" (or "Moonie Loonies").
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: It's pointed out that "[t]he New York Post went with the most regrettable headline possible (in hindsight), 'BLOODIED BLUHDORN', when they emphasized the damage [losing the 1983 trial] had done to [Charles Bluhdorn]" about a paragraph before it's revealed that he died of a heart attack two days later.
  • Follow the Leader: Its popularity on AlternateHistory.com has led to several other pop culture–focused timelines springing up. One such example is "Dirty Laundry: An Alternate 1980s".
    Ted Turner: I look at the example set by Miss Ball at Desilu, and I think: "Well gee, now there's a great way to get started".
  • Footnote Fever: As a result of the timeline becoming more and more detailed, this follows hand-in-hand. As a point of reference, this post has 30.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Like it or not, the timeline has ended at September 20, 1986, with Lucy's interview with Baba Wawa and the announcement of her retirement.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Consider this bit from the end of "Appendix C, Part IV: The Trial of the Century":
    More pressing for Paramount, and indeed, for every studio in Hollywood, was that all the details of the case were now a matter of public record – and in an election year, the gory details of Hollywood accounting being laid bare to the voting public had dangerous, and previously unforeseen, consequences...
    • "Appendix A, Part VII: The Search for More Money" ends with a scene at Desilu Studios, which ends with Lucy considering the idea of a Star Trek miniseries after seeing the success of Roots. And then "Star Trek: The Next Voyage" is announced.
  • Four Is Death: Quite literally with TTL's regeneration limit.
  • From Bad to Worse: A self-described example for Paramount: two days after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of Lucasfilm Limited (5 to 4) in Lucasfilm v. Paramount and awarded them $1,000,000,000 in damages, it was discovered that Charles Bluhdorn died of a heart attack.
  • Futureshadowing: The first portion of the 1986 interview in spades.
  • Genre-Killer: invoked Two things are attributed to the "death" of the variety genre ITTL: "The George Carlin Show", and the death of Robin Williams.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Since it's implied that George Carlin deliberately went over the top in... his "vocabulary" on "The George Carlin Show" to "demonstrate the absurdity of censorship regulations", this trope is in effect. There is a reason it's considered the next Turn-On.
    "[H]is little experiment, to put it bluntly, went horribly right. Several network affiliates did not return to show after its first commercial break – this on top of over a dozen that had refused to air the show in the first place."
  • Grand Finale: In-universe, Star Trek has one in "These Were the Voyages".
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In-Universe, the "Who Shot Robin" sketch on "The Richard Pryor Show".
    • The New York Post using the headline "BLOODIED BLUHDORN" as a means of emphasizing the damage losing the 1983 trial did to him.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Sulu preforms one in Star Trek: The Next Voyage.
    • The (Fifth) Doctor in the Series Finale for Doctor Who, "Requiem for a Time Lord".
  • Hide Your Gays: Commander Freeman in The Animated Adventures of Star Trek is meant to be the same character as the openly gay Lieutenant Freeman in Star Trek: The Next Voyage, but his sexuality is never mentioned.
  • History Repeats: In a way, that is how "The George Carlin Show" is described:
    If Richard Pryor could be described as Laugh-In for a new decade, the inevitable rush of imitators that followed in its wake naturally included a Turn-On.
  • Inherently Funny Words: This is why the counterpart to Airplane! (spoofing The Greenpoint Dilemma instead of Zero Hour) is called Catastrophe! instead of Disaster!
  • Insistent Terminology: Barbara Walters is generally referred to as "Baba Wawa".
  • In the Style of...: Funnily enough, the chapter "Love in the Afternoon" (which covers daytime programing, like Soapnote ), begins and ends like Soap.
  • Irony: "I love that, all this time after the PoD, the Paramount and Desilu lots are finally united after all."
  • It's All About Me: William Shatner gets a bad, bad case of it, due to Star Trek's greater success.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Behold:
    Gene Kranz: Say, Jim... would you say this is the dawning of the age of Aquarius?
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The second-to-last "More To Come... Right After These Messages", which takes place on August 12th, 1984, was posted on August 12th, 2015.
  • Missing Episode: invoked The "Feast of Steven" episode of "The Dalek's Master Plan". Due to Desilu stepping in to buy the syndication rights to Doctor Who after this episode got wiped, this is TTL's only missing episode.
  • Name's the Same: invoked As pointed out in the narrative, George Lucas's lawyer Andy Taylor and Hon. Warren J. Ferguson.
  • Never Tell Me the Odds!: Ironically said by George Lucas to Andy Taylor, his lawyer, after being told how small his chances of winning his lawsuit against Paramount were.
  • Non-Indicative Title: "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!". Obviously brings Star Wars to mind, right?
  • One-Episode Wonder: invoked Just like its counterpart in our timeline, Turn-On does not have a lengthy run. And it ruins producer George Schlatter's career to boot.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: In the in-universe Star Trek finale this is why Kor (established as Kirk's Arch-Enemy over the course of five seasons) makes a Heroic Sacrifice to defend the Enterprise from the Romulans.
  • Older and Wiser: In the 1985 relaunch of Mission: Impossible, Lynda Day reprises the role of Dana Lambert; introduced to the original Mission Impossible as a clueless new agent, she's now a hypercompetent voice of experience.
  • Opinion-Changing Dream: The change in timeline's happens because Ball has a dream wherein the ghost of Carole Lombard tells her to stay a producer, similar to the actual dream she had that encouraged her to do I Love Lucy.
  • Original Character: It took 75 posts, but the first usage of this trope came in the form of Kirk Allen, the ITTL casting choice for Superman instead of Christopher Reeve.
    Brainbin: Allen is an original character - the first to be introduced so far for this timeline, but not the last!
  • Pet The Hound Dog: "Lonely at the Top" reveals some beneficial changes to the life of Elvis Presley. To name one specific change: he switched managers (from Colonel Tom Parker to Tom Hulett) which results in him going on his way to have international tours and starring in the 'A Star Is Born remake (opposite Barbra Streisand).
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: A crossover between Star Trek and Doctor Who (Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor), complete with a female American companion played by Connie Booth, intended to relaunch Doctor Who in a new format and introduce it to the American overseas market. It works.
  • Promoted Fanboy: invoked David Gerrold, much as he did in our timeline goes from science fiction fan to science fiction writer on Star Trek—and then he goes further.
  • Pun-Based Title: "The Roots of the Mini-series". That is all.
  • Retcon: A minor one: Since the post concerning The Trial of the Century is labeled "Appendix C, Part IV", three previous posts were declared also part of "Appendix C" in the footnotes: "Another Night at the Movies", "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!", and "Brand New Hollywood, Same Old Industry"note .
  • Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman:
    • Democratic North Carolina senator Andy Griffith.
    • Surprisingly enough, Steve Jobs becomes an infomercial pitchman (for their own direct retail company) after Apple Corps v. Apple Computer winds up bankrupting Apple Computers.
  • invoked Seasonal Rot: Naturally, this comes up a lot. This timeline's version of Star Trek suffers it in its fifth and final season, as opposed to our timeline's version, which suffered it (as well as underfunding) in its third and final one. Same applies to "Those Were The Days".
  • Shown Their Work: invoked The amount of research Brainbin puts into this is staggering. It helps that, among other credentials, he's a troper.
  • Shout-Out: The post concerning TTL's Star Trek merchandise? "Appendix A, Part VII: The Search for More Money".
  • Simple Country Lawyer: invoked This is literally how Andy Taylor, George Lucas' lawyer, is described.
    "Andy Taylor was, in fact, a “simple country lawyer”, from rural Maryland (which also qualified him – like his television namesake, who hailed from the fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina – as being from the South)."
  • The '60s, The '70s, and The '80s: The time-span of the timeline (specifically 1966 to 1986).
  • Something Completely Different: The appendix entries, which either (currently) discuss ITTL's Star Trek franchise (the Appendix A entries), "serious alternate history" (the Appendix B entries), anything George Lucas related ((retroactively) the Appendix C entries) or nothing, as it was an April Fools' Day post (the Appendix E entry).
  • Spiritual Successor: In-Universe, "Virtue and Vice" reveals that Scarface ITTL was filmed as being this to Dog Day Afternoonnote .
  • Status Quo Is God: Interestingly, Lucasfilm v. Paramount being overruled in 1982 by the Ninth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals is an attempted in-universe example.
    Certainly, it seemed that the dispassionate judges, stubbornly unimpressed with provocateurs such as the “rogue accountant” C.A. Baxter, were far more willing to back the status quo, and the major studios, than the populist juries.
    • Why "attempted"? George and Marcia Lucas decide to go to the Supreme Court to appeal the ruling. Oh boy...
  • Stealth Pun: The title of the April Fools' Day post "Appendix E: A Taste of Pi, Part I: Fostering an Obsession" written by forum member "e of pi".
  • The Stinger: An unusual example: Appendix A, Part VII: The Search for More Money uses a scene of Desilu Studios (the date being February 7, 1977) as one of thesenote .
  • Take a Third Option: President John Glenn plans to find a middle ground between Reganomics and the Great Society
  • Tempting Fate: invoked Thanks to Laugh-In being Screwed by the Network, when promoting Turn-On, Schlatter boasted that "Turn-On is going to make Laugh-In look like Lawrence Welk". And... well...:
    Well, he was right... so much so, that one might say he was a little too on-the-nose. “Turn-On” premiered on ABC on February 5, 1969, a Wednesday, at 8:30. It was cancelled fifteen minutes later.
    • Actually, this fate was tempted in an earlier chapter:
      Schlatter was enraged; he decided to teach the network a lesson and abandoned "Laugh-In" to its fate, quitting as showrunner to focus on a show he was developing for ABC called "Turn-On", which would have a strong counter-cultural bent that, he was sure, would attract audiences in even greater numbers than "Laugh-In" had.
  • 13 Is Unlucky: Defied Trope in this timeline as, thanks to better funding and scrutiny by the Humphrey Administration, the Apollo 13 moonshot goes off without a hitch.
  • Titled After the Song: "Those Were the Days"
  • Tough Act to Follow: invoked Ratings wise, it took some time until something was able to pass the "47 rating" set by "These Were the Voyages": Roots.
  • Trash the Set: Done in The Muppet Show's Series Finale. It helps that the guest star was That Wacky Redhead herself.
  • T-Word Euphemism: The author never refers to "the V-word" explicitly, only referring to it as an "overseas quagmire", as part of an In-Joke about how that topic tends to dominate American-penned Alternate History timelines set in this period. It helps that it apparently ended in 1969 through peace talks.
  • Vindicated by Cable: invoked Currently, thanks to its copyright being renewed in 1974 ITTL, it looks like this won't happen to It's a Wonderful Life.
  • Waxing Lyrical: Occasionally. For instance the potted biography of Bruce Lee suddenly breaks into the theme to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, then smoothly carries on as if nothing had happened.
  • Wham Episode: "Appendix C, Part IV: The Trial of the Century". Paramount lost the trial, with damages of one billion dollars awarded... in 1980 dollars.
  • Wham Line: "Where No Man Has Gone Before" both opens and ends with one:
    "'That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.' - Neil Armstrong, on the surface of the Moon, July 21, 1969." note 
    "Returning to Earth on July 24, they were all personally welcomed home by President Hubert H. Humphrey..."
    • There's also one in "Appendix E: A Taste of Pi, Part I: Fostering an Obsession", albeit, it's... weird:
      Finally, as the President left the rally, making his way down the ropeline, shaking hands and expressing his unmatched charisma, Hinckley saw his opening and took it. Opening the box he had smuggled into the event, Hinckley let loose with the first of six 9” diameter lemon curd pies, and then a second before being wrestled to the ground by courageous onlookers and restrained by the Secret Service.
    • "Brand New Hollywood, Same Old Industry", while at first seeming like just another ITTL Oscar post, drops one of the bigger bombshells of the timeline:
      Less than 72 hours after George and Marcia Lucas had won their Oscars for The Journey of the Force, they (on behalf of their studio, Lucasfilm Limited) filed suit against Paramount Pictures for breach of contract, fraud, and negligent misrepresentation. Thus began the Trial of the Century...
    • Two from "Triumph and Tragedy", appropriately enough:
      In celebration of another job well done, Pryor and Williams headed to their favourite haunt, the Medina nightclub in Century City, to pursue a weekend-long bender in the private backrooms. Two would enter the glittering, Arabian Nights-style façade that night, but only one would leave. Robin Williams died of a cocaine overdose early in the morning of December 8, 1980; the funeral was held shortly before Christmas, with a visibly shaken Pryor delivering the eulogy.
    • From Appendix C, Part VI: Rendering of the Verdict:
      Unsurprisingly, stock prices for all the Gulf+Western subsidiaries plummeted precipitously as a result of the verdict. There would be no further appeals, as there had been after the 1980 ruling; the conglomerate was on the hook for a billion dollars. Then the situation went from bad to worse. Two days after the verdict was handed down, on February 25, 1983 (a Friday), Charles Bluhdorn was found dead in his bedroom at age 56. The cause of death was a massive heart-attack; observers ranging from his closest intimates to his fiercest critics judged that the shock of the verdict had essentially killed him.
    • From "Upsetting the Applecart":
      The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the use of VTR technology which allowed for the recording of existing media by the end consumer, be it through direct transmission or tape duplication, was a violation of copyright and that the availability of such technology (which was, on most VTR machines sold in the United States, simply a "record" button on the control panel) would have to be eliminated.
    • From "The Doctor is Out", after the Fifth Doctor's actor, Richard Griffiths, announced he was leaving the series:
      The press and the fandom naturally went into overdrive with speculation as to the casting of the Sixth Doctor... until they were faced with a rather rude awakening. Lewin announced in a press conference mere days after word of Griffith's departure was leaked that Doctor Who would be ending its 22-year run upon conclusion of the current (and thus final) season. The Fifth Doctor would therefore be the last – it was never specified just how many regenerations each Time Lord was allowed, although the implication had always been that it was a finite number. No one had expected that number to be as low as four, but so it went.
  • What Could Have Been: In-universe, Steven Spielberg opted against directing a third James Bond film ("tentatively planned as For Your Eyes Only") in lieu of pursuing other films/genres.
    • This is not the only example; Word of God is that such 'sub-PODs' are sprinkled through the timeline
      • For example, Tartikoff toyed with making his and Roddenberry's Deep Space series into a Star Trek spin-off, but Herb Solow vetoed it.

The tropes that have been affected by butterfliesnote :

    Doctor Who 
    Monty Python 

Monty Python's Flying Circus

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python's Life of Brian

    Star Wars 


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