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Trivia / The Glass House

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The Series:

  • Cancellation: The Glass House had been achieving its best ever ratings when the ABC axed it in 2006. This along with investigations into bias within the ABC at the time led many to believe the show's demise was politically motivated. Then-Prime Minister John Howard even had to put out a press release specifically denying any involvement.
  • Channel Hop: After it was announced that the ABC had not renewed the show for 2007, it was rumoured that Channel 10 would pick it up. It never happened.
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  • Friday Night Death Slot: Its time slot for most of its lifespan was "sometime late on Friday". This arguably worked to its advantage, as its humour was...not edgy, but certainly not mainstream either. Its Friday night slot was so ingrained that even when it moved to Wednesdays, it was still repeated late on Friday.
    Wil: It's on late at night, no one's watching.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: For many years after the Grand Finale, the only official release was the DVD of the best-of specials, as the ABC had ruled out releasing full seasons. People hoping for reruns had to make do with seasons 8 and 9 airing in the very early hours of the morning in 2009-10 with no fanfare and no chance of any earlier seasons - the ABC did not have the rights to replay anything from before 2005. Then seasons 1-5 were released on the iTunes Store in 2011 - but the ABC currently have no plans to release seasons 6-9 in any form.
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  • Milestone Celebration: Both the 100th and 200th episodes were acknowledged, with the 200th episode featuring four guests instead of the usual two, and an exploding cake to kick things off.
  • Missing Episode: Season 1, episode 6. The cast and crew begged the ABC not to run this episode - scheduled to air a few days after 9/11 - when they realised that an opening line of "It's been a big week, how about those Wiggles!" would be more than a little inappropriate.
  • Only Barely Renewed: After the first season. The ABC then only commissioned blocks of up to fourteen episodes at a time (and at very short notice for the cast and crew) before finally giving the green light to longer seasons from 2003 onwards.
  • Out of Order: While Wil was away in Edinburgh for a while in 2006, Corinne was supposed to host two episodes before two Double Glazed episodes were to air. Instead of the second Corinne-hosted episode, viewers got a Double Glazed as the ABC apparently didn't want a particular guest to be on two of its programs on the same night. When the second Corinne-hosted episode aired the following week, it had been severely edited to remove any reference to the fact it was supposed to air a week earlier.
  • Recycled Set: Most of the set was reused for The Sideshow, while some parts could be seen every now and then on Good News Week - both GNW-TV productions.
  • The Merch: A book and DVD were released - both containing healthy amounts of Self-Deprecation and Biting-the-Hand Humor, and both now out of print.
    • A t-shirt with the phrase "People who live in glass houses should always wear clothes" was also available to buy from ABC Shops. Those who attended the very first recording at the ABC's Ultimo studios in 2003 were given these shirts as a gift.
  • Working Title: The show was originally set to be titled Thank God It's Friday, until "God threatened legal action" (according to the liner notes of the DVD).

The 2001 Film:

  • Box Office Bomb: It only made $23.6 milion on a budget of $30 million. It's speculated that a big reason for this is because the film was released just three days after the 9/11 attacks, so lots of people didn't fancy watching a violent psychological thriller.
  • Deleted Role: Kip Pardue was considered to play Ruby's love interest, but his character was deleted.
  • Star-Derailing Role: Leelee Sobieski was fresh off the momentum from Never Been Kissed and Eyes Wide Shut when she took her first lead acting role, The Glass House, which was a critical and commercial flop (it made only $18 million domestic). Once the next "It Girl", she was reduced to working in lesser roles in films like the remake of The Wicker Man, 88 Minutes, and In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale. Her TV debut in the swiftly-cancelled NYC 22 doesn't look likely to change much in her career direction, either. She eventually quit acting altogether to focus on raising her children.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: It's very obvious the movie is set in the early 2000's; Ruby and her friends use pagers to communicate rather than mobile phones (which are also scarce amongst the rest of the cast), some of the teen characters' clothing and hairstyles follow late 90's and early 2000's fashion trends, Ruby has an iBook G3 laptop which was launched in 1999 and discontinued in May 2001, and Ruby uses dial-up to connect to the internet, among others.


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