15 Facts About Popular TV Shows You Didn't Know

Posted Jun 19, by Val Liarikos [+]

The reason why there’s a documentary crew on The Office is due to an employee suicide!

The US version of The Office is one of the best known and critically acclaimed comedy shows in recent memory.

Although it's a remake of the British show of the same name, it has lasted for far many more episodes and seasons.

The big innovation that The Office had when it premiered is that it was filmed in the style of a documentary, something not many shows had done before.

Have you ever stopped to think why a film crew would hang around an office for so long?

In an episode called Performance Review, Michael reads old suggestions from a suggestion box. One of them said "We need better outreach for employees fighting depression – Tom." Michael thinks it's a fake suggestion because there's no one named Tom. He is then reminded that Tom had shot himself.

The writers of the show later suggested that Tom Peets was an employee that had killed himself and was the reason Ryan the temp was hired.

Additionally, the film crew came to document how they handled the death of their employee. After realizing that a documentary about every-day events at an office would be more interested, they decided to stay for longer.

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Bill Murray gave Wes Anderson a blank check to cover the cost of a scene he was going to cut!

"Rushmore" is a 1998 comedy-drama film about an eccentric high school student, Max Fischer, his wealthy industrialist friend, Herman Blume and both of their love interests, Rosemary Cross. It was directed by high acclaimed director, Wes Anderson and stars Bill Murray as Blume and Jason Schwartzman as Fischer.

Rushmore won Best Director and Best Supporting Male at the Independent Spirit Awards and Murray earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance.

Filming started in November 1997 in Texas where Anderson grew up. Somewhat intimidated by the seasoned actor, Anderson, at first, delivered his instructions to Bill Murray in a whisper. That way, if the actor decided not to listen to him, Anderson wouldn't be publicly embarrassed.

However, Murray proved to be a huge support during the film. He openly deferred to Anderson's judgement and helped haul equipment on set. When Disney denied Anderson the $25,000 necessary to shoot a scene in which Fischer and Blume are riding in a helicopter, Murray handed Anderson a blank check to cover the costs.

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The Avengers had sounds from the original Hulk TV show!

The old Hulk TV series is one of those iconic shows that has stood the test of time in pop culture consciousness. Seeing Lou Ferrigno painted green kicking ass is still remembered and parodied.

Turns out, even though we can’t see Lou Ferrigno kick ass, we can hear him doing it still. When the sound designer of the 2009 Avengers movie were trying to come up with the perfect roar for the Hulk, they tried a mix of animals.

The director of the movie kept saying that the Hulk sounded too much like a monster and he wanted a human element in the roar. In the end, the sound designer decided to include a combination of Mark Ruffalo (who played The Hulk), Lou Ferrigno and a couple of other people in the final mix for the Hulk!

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Slash Refuses to let Glee use Guns ‘N Roses Music. Why?

So, there are two kinds of people in the world: those that love the TV show Glee, and those that…well, hate it. If you ever meet Slash from Guns ‘N Roses, ask him for his take on the subject. Or not, we’ll just tell you. He’s a Glee hater!

Slash has been approached by Fox to use Guns ‘N Roses music on an episode of Glee, and he flatly turned them down. Why? Basically, he thinks the show is horrible. He said, “Glee is worse than Grease and Grease is bad enough."

But before you think that the grungy guitarist is just stingy with the use of his former band’s tunes, think again. You can find Slash’s likeness in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

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After Star Trek was cancelled, one of the actresses was hired to work at NASA! Who was it?

Nichelle Nichols was the first black woman to portray a character on television that wasn't a servant whenever she acted as Lieutenant Uhura in the television series Star Trek.

Despite the show's huge success, it was eventually cancelled.It was at this moment that Nichelle Nichols life took an unexpected turn.

She began working at NASA, mainly recruiting aspiring astronauts!

In fact, she was responsible for recruiting the first American female astronaut Sally Ride, as well as the first African-American astronaut Guion Bluford.

She also hired some of the crew members that passed away in the fatal Challenger disaster in 1986. Learn more about this actress's life by clicking the source!


Alec Baldwin asked NBC to cut his pay by 20%! Why?

The show 30 Rock was one of the most cleverly written comedy shows on television recently.

However, at the end of its 7th season, the show came to an end on January 31, 2013. Not a lot of people know this, but Alec Baldwin tried extremely hard to prevent the show from being cancelled.

Before Alec Baldwin started filming the 7th season of 30 Rock, he approached NBC with an offer he thought they wouldn't refuse.

Baldwin offered to sacrifice 20% of his pay in order to film an entire 7th and 8th season.

What's curious is that Baldwin had threatened to quit after the show's fifthseason, which he considered weak; but after the sixthseason showed significant improvement, he decided to try to keep the show going.

Sadly, Baldwin's offer was refused by NBC, and 30 Rock is no more.

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The host of River Monsters has nearly died in several occasions making his show!

Jeremy Wade, host of the popular Animal Planet show River Monsters, and Dr. House lookalike, doesn't always have the easiest time on his adventures, especially when it comes to the Amazon. 

In between catching fish (or, on some journeys, not catching fish), he's narrowly escaped drowning from a sinking boat in the Amazon, been threatened at gunpoint also in the Amazon at a different time, survived a plane crash relatively unscathed on yet another Amazon expedition, and on his last trip to the Amazon was rammed in the chest by a 6-foot Arapaima. 

It's safe to say that the Amazon and Jeremy Wade do not get along. Aside from those, he has also caught malaria in the Congo where the locals thought he would die, been detained as a suspected spy while fishing at the Mekong River, and had a machete accident where he hacked thumb to the bone, then had to perform surgery with super glue. 

The next time you're watching River Monsters and thinking how lame reality T.V. shows are, just remember what this man has been through for the sake of our entertainment and maybe a little obsession on his part. 

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There's an artist named Walter White who has an album called Breaking Good!

Walter White is a real person, but he doesn't make meth. He's a jazz musician whose first instrument was his brother's Boy Scout bugle horn at the age of 5. He was influenced at an early age by Beethoven and Louis Armstrong.

He learned to play the baritone and tube, but settled on the trumpet by the age of nine. Among the schools he has attended The Julliard School is among them.

He's worked with numerous great musicians and orchestras. He embraces the jokes he must get about the TV show on AMC Breaking Bad whose main character is named Walter White, because his newest album is called 'Breaking Good'.

Walter's playing has graced the sound tracks of records, movies, and television; most notably network sitcoms TAXI, and The Cosby Show. As a recording studio owner, Walter produces music for records, television, and film, and has authored the Walter White Long-tone Accompaniment, a play-along CD for music practice, which has garnered worldwide acclaim.

Walter has composed over forty original works for large jazz ensembles and has been commissioned to write for choirs, woodwind and brass ensembles, and symphonic orchestra.

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The Walking Dead has a 2.8 million dollar budget. Per episode.

The Walking Dead is a popular horror/drama television series that premiered in 2010 on AMC. It features both zombies and regular people. Both popular with audiences and critically acclaimed, The Walking Dead is now in its third season.

In the series’ first season, it had an amazing $3.4 million per episode budget. This is far more than most shows. The Walking Dead, however, strives for an authentic look and hence, uses many extras, shoots on a variety of locations and utilizes intense zombie makeup.

However, after the first season, AMC decreased the show’s per episode budget to a mere $2.8 million. Considering this is more than most people make in their lifetime, it’s probably plenty for one television episode.

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Bill Nye, the science guy invented an improved version of ballet shoes!

Children of the 1990's know Bill Nye. They know him better as "Bill Nye the Science Guy." Wonderful were the days when a substitute wheeled a portable television in the classroom and put on an episode of "Bill Nye" for your entertainment. He was cooky and his experiments were fun. You know he wears bow-ties and a white lab coat and loves science but bet you didn't know that he has a patent pending for an updated ballet shoe.

Apparently, Bill was doing a program on muscles and tendons for his show and as part of that, visited a ballet. While there, he noticed that all the ballerina's pointy shoes were bloody. This is part of the struggle of dancing on pointe, yes, but Bill decided that ballet shoes needed an update badly. Since ballet shoes really haven't been updated in tens, maybe hundreds of year, Nye decided to create a new one. He likes his update to Nike's athletic shoes compared to the original Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers. Who knew Bill was so in to ballet?

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Donald Sutherland made $40,000 from Animal House when he could have earned at least $1,416,000! Why?

Donald Sutherland is known for many roles, including appearing in such films as The Italian Job, Pride and Prejudice, and he was even in the television show M*A*S*H! He also starred in the film Animal House, which is a great movie. If you haven’t already seen it, you should. Unfortunately for Donald Sutherland, he made a crucial error after being offered a role in the movie Animal House.

Sutherland was given an ultimatum; he could either accept $40,000 upfront, or he could take a percentage of whatever profit the movie made. He thought the film would be an absolute failure, so he decided to take the $40,000! He was wrong, and the film became a classic comedy! If he had taken just 1% of the film, he would have made $1,416,000! Oops? Learn more about Donald Sutherland’s life by reading the source

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The Walking Dead has a 2.8 million dollar budget. Per episode.

The Walking Dead is a popular horror/drama television series that premiered in 2010 on AMC. It features both zombies and regular people. Both popular with audiences and critically acclaimed, The Walking Dead is now in its third season.

In the series’ first season, it had an amazing $3.4 million per episode budget. This is far more than most shows. The Walking Dead, however, strives for an authentic look and hence, uses many extras, shoots on a variety of locations and utilizes intense zombie makeup.

However, after the first season, AMC decreased the show’s per episode budget to a mere $2.8 million. Considering this is more than most people make in their lifetime, it’s probably plenty for one television episode.

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The Incredible Hulk’s green skin color was originally the result of a printing error!

In the debut of Stan Lee’s The Incredible Hulk series, the Hulk fashioned a gray skin color because Lee did not want him to be in any way associated with a particular ethnic group. However, colorist Stan Goldberg had problems with the gray coloring, which resulted in a different colored Hulk in each copy.

Most of these colors were various shades of gray (insert obvious joke here). However, in some copies, the Hulk came out green. Upon seeing those copies, Lee became convinced that green suited the Hulk much more than gray. In subsequent issues (and television shows, films, posters, etc.) the Hulk’s skin color was the green we all know and might or might not love.

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A Monty Python sketch caused the word 'spam' to become synonymous with unwanted messages!

Spam was a popular Monty Python sketch first aired on television in 1970 and written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. Palin is of no relation to the American ones. In the sketch, two customers are in a greasy café trying to order breakfast from a menu. Spam is in almost every dish on the menu. The sketch shows the woman trying to order something without spam, because she hates it.

She finally asks for the spam to be removed and the waitress becomes disgusted with her due to her request. Her husband gets mad at her, too, because he loves spam. The term spam for unwanted messages and electronic mail was derived from this sketch. It became so famous for being disgusted and unwanted, that it became a term for junk mail that no one wants, but you always get. The term stuck and became very popular for electronic junk mail in your emails.

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Star Trek actors deliberately messed up scenes to force the network to air one of the first interracial kisses on TV!

In the Star Trek episode “Plato’s Stepchildren,” Captain Kirk and Uhura kiss. It was one of the first interracial kisses on network television, and the network considered it a risky. So risky, in fact that they ordered the show to film an alternate scene in which the actors did NOT kiss. William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols deliberately flubbed every take without the kiss in the scene, so the network would be forced to air the kissing scene.

In the scenes where they did not kiss, William Shatner ridiculously overacted to make shots unusable. The director kept insisting in getting a good non-kiss shot, so they complied; or so the director thought. The next day, when reviewing the footage shot the day before, they saw that William Shatner had crossed his eyes in a way that made the scene look so corny as to be unusable.

In the end, the only takes that were good to use were the kissing ones, and so that's how they aired. Despite NBCs concerns about a backlash in the deep south of the US, there was only 1 not-really-angry complaint about the episode.

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