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Trivia / Central Park West

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  • Dueling Shows: With Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place, infamously. Both shows were on a competing network (FOX), and it is widely believed that CPW's scheduling against anniversary episodes of the two former shows is what led to it bombing in the ratings.
  • Follow Up Failure: Much like Models Inc, CPW was a failed attempt by Darren Star to create a Sequel Series to Melrose Place.
  • Friday Night Death Slot: The show aired on Wednesday nights and couldn't find its footing (keep in mind that this is the same timeslot Lost would make a killing in when it premiered less than a decade later), so it was moved to Friday evenings for the duration of its second-season run, where the ratings plummeted even further.
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  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Two decades later, it still hasn't been released on DVD. Episodes can still be found on YouTube, however.
  • McLeaned: Muriel Hemingway (Stephanie), the main character, asked to be written out via exercising a clause in her contract. As a result, Stephanie was Put on a Bus between seasons and said to have gone back to her original home she had before coming to New York.
  • Missing Episode:
    • Episodes 10-13 of the first season never aired on American stations, as the show was pulled from CBS' schedule after the ninth episode and retooled. As a result, the wrapping up of the Stephanie/Mark storyline (where they get fed up and go back to Seattle) was never addressed until the second season aired months later, and Alex's "fake pregnancy" storyline had several of its scenes reused in the second-season premiere to maintain continuity.
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    • U.S. airings of the second season chopped out the conclusion of the Nikki Sheridan storyline (where she falls in love with a hitman who eventually tells her to run away), which were only shown in foreign markets. As a result, Nikki becomes the Unperson who randomly disappears for several episodes before showing up, summarizing her storyline for Carrie's benefit and disappearing for good.
  • Network to the Rescue: CBS spent so much money making the show (the first season alone cost roughly $13-15 million, at a million per episode plus advertising) that when it suffered in the ratings, they had no choice but to stick with it in the hope that it would get better.
  • Screwed by the Network: In addition to airing the first two episodes opposite hour-long anniversary shows of Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place, the network switched the theme of the show in the second season from "the glitzy world of socialites and magazine publishing seen through the eyes of Gen-X'ers" to "Dynasty in New York".
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  • Unintentional Period Piece: The show is a time capsule of mid-90s culture, including email (which had just been introduced into the workplace at the time the series was produced, and looks very primitive), songs from the era, bulky cell phones, 90s fashions, references to the 1996 election and more.


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