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  • Creator Backlash:
    • Rue McClanahan disliked the concept, and had trouble adjusting to Blanche as a businesswoman compared to her previous characterization. McClanahan wished the producers had simply kept the original show running and found a replacement roommate for Dorothy.
    • Betty White also had reservations about the new series, criticizing the dip in quality of the writing and saying the series was just trying to be "Golden Girls in the lobby without Bea [Arthur]." Harold Gould, who played Rose's on-screen boyfriend Miles Webber, also criticized the new series' writing, saying the "ping" went out of it.
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  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The series hasn't been seen anywhere on (American) television since 2006. Walt Disney Home Entertainment also hasn't even considered releasing the series on DVD, despite a fair amount of interest.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The series' production staff really, really wanted Bea Arthur back as Dorothy full-time, and tried everything they could think of to entice her back — offering to cut down the number of episodes per season, offering to work around her schedule, and many other proposals. Had Arthur finally relented, they would've swept the Palace premise under the rug and reverted the series back to The Golden Girls.
    • The hotel chef was originally from eastern Europe, and was to have been played by British comedian Alexei Sayle. The character was retooled into Chuy Castillos sometime before the pilot was shot, and Cheech Marin was hired as Sayle's replacement.
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