When Die Hard was finally made, Bruce Willis was mostly known for TV. His $5 million fee was seen as a huge risk. The film ended up taking at least $140 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die…
When filming the TV series "The Mandalorian" in 2019, the crew ran out of Stormtrooper costumes, so they reached out to the local branch of a Star Wars fan organisation, whose members came to join the filming in their own home-made Stormtrooper costumes cbr.com/the-mandalorian-5…
A woman sued a TV weatherman after he predicted a sunny day, causing her to go out lightly dressed - and when it turned stormy, she caught the flu, missed 4 days’ work, spent $38 on medication, and suffered stress. The case was settled out of cΠΎurt for $1000, and the weatherman apologised to her kahanelaw.com/wacky-wedne…
NBC executives hated the script for the Seinfeld episode, 'The Chinese Restaurant', and only agreed to allow it to be filmed after co-creator Larry David threatened to quit. It is now considered a ground-breaking episode of TV, and the best example of Seinfeld's 'show about nothing' premise en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
:In January 1960, white jazz pianist Dave Brubeck canceled a twenty-five-date tour of colleges and universities across the American South after twenty-two schools had refused to allow his black bassist, Eugene Wright, to perform. He also canceled a tv show where they didn't want to show him. amacad.org/publication/da…
An Elmo cameo was written for the 2011 Muppets film but was stopped by Children's TV Workshop lawyers. Ironically, the scene featured the Muppets attempting to recruit Elmo but getting stopped by his lawyers. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
In 1953, Swanson overestimated the number of frozen turkeys that it would sell on Thanksgiving by 260 tons. The company decided to slice up the extra meat and repackage it--creating the first ever TV dinner. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
An escaped convict was captured in Wisconsin after living for 3 years in a homemade bunker in the woods. The bunker was so sophisticated that it even had a TV, fans, and lights that were powered by pedaling a bicycle. bgr.com/2019/09/01/bunker…
There is a phenomenon where millions of people in Britain all simultaneously turn on their electric kettles during commercial TV breaks causing massive power surges countrywide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_…
The tv show ER once filmed a live episode, which had to be performed twice: once for the east coast and again west coast. tvworthwatching.com/post/…
Despite what you've seen on TV countless times, you can't revive a flat-lining patient by shocking them. Defibrillation works but reorganizing the heart's electrical activity into a better rhythm, but a flat-lining patient doesn't have any electrical activity to organize. theconversation.com/monda…
The mansion used on the ABC reality tv series, The Bachelor, is owned and lived in by a family. The family moves out and takes their furniture with them two times a year for 42 days of filming. This allows ABC to redecorate their house each season. housebeautiful.com/lifest…
In 1989, a man placed a Β£30 bet that as of January 1, 2000: U2 would still be active; Cliff Richard would be knighted; EastEnders would still be a weekly BBC show; and Neighbours and Home and Away would still be on British TV. He was given odds of 6,479-1, and in January 2000 collected Β£194,400 bettingdoctor.co.uk/blog/…
In order to secure the TV rights for NFL games in 1993, FOX had to agree not to have Bart Simpson as a game-day announcer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NFL…
Today I learned of Helen Foley, a 7th grade English teacher who encouraged the class clown to join public speaking activities. Rod Serling eventually joined the debate team, wrote for the school's paper, and went onto to have a career in early radio & TV pressconnects.com/story/n…
The "color bars" we see used on TVs are called SMPTE bars. These bars, which were created in 1951 and became widespread in 1978, are used to calibrate color and audio levels for taped recordings. vice.com/en_us/article/y3…
The robot suit in the 60's TV series Lost In Space had a built-in ashtray. The suit was so difficult and painful to get in and out of that the actor Bob May would just stay inside and have his smoke breaks in the suit so needed a place for his ashes and butts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
The Flintstones showed the first TV couple to share a bed, dealt with suicide and infertility, and was the inspiration for The Jetsons icytales.com/the-flintsto…
Viewers of the 1964 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer TV special complained that Santa was not shown fulfilling his promise to include the Misfit Toys in his toy delivery. In response, a new scene for rebroadcasts was produced with Santa making his first stop at the Island to pick them up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rud…
The Grinch is green because Chuck Jones (the director of the TV special) rented a car that he thought was a very ugly shade of green. The Grinch is black and white in the original book. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Robert F. Kennedy saved his son’s life after he nearly drowned in a Malibu beach on June 4th, 1968. A few hours later he was assassinated; the son he saved, David, was watching the news coverage on TV. ajc.com/news/national/rob…
DeForest Kelley never actually said "Damn it Jim! I'm a doctor, not a..." in the original Star Trek series on TV. The word "damn" was actually banned on TV at the time. cbr.com/star-trek-doctor-…
F1 driver Kimi "Iceman" RΓ€ikkΓΆnen once had his car break down during the Monaco Grand Prix. After this, live TV showed him walking along the sidewalks with helmet still on, straight to the harbour, where he climbed aboard his yacht. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim…
Bob Newhart's 2nd TV series, 'Newhart' ended its series finale with his character from his 1st TV series 'The Bob Newhart Show' waking up in bed and revealing all 8 seasons of "Newhart" had been an indigestion fueled dream. ew.com/article/2010/06/17…
At the end of the last episode of Cheers(TV show), Sam walks over to a picture of Geronimo and straightens it. That picture was in Nicholas Colasanto's(Coach) dressing room until his death 8 years prior. It was placed on the wall of the bar of Cheers production set in his memory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Today I learned of the Max Headroom signal hijacking incident, in which two TV stations in Chicago had their broadcast taken over t show an individual dancing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
In 1984, J.R.R. Tolkien's book "The Hobbit" was adapted as a TV movie in the Soviet Union. It was titled "The Fabulous Journey of Mr. Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit, Across the Wild Land, Through the Dark Forest, Beyond the Misty Mountains. There and Back Again" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 2009, Wallace Souza, a Brazilian TV presenter was arrested after he was found to be hiring hitmen to be the first at the crime scene to boost ratings. His show was #1 in his city. He contracted 5 murders that were confirmed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Peter Davison, the fifth doctor from the original Doctor Who TV series is the father-in-law of David Tennant, the tenth doctor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
'Skippy the Bush Kangaroo' was a tv show starring a real kangaroo that was difficult for the human staff to train. To achieve the illusion of Skippy opening a door or placing an object in her stomach pouch, the humans used cut off paws from a separate kangaroo attached to sticks. nfsa.gov.au/collection/cu…
Bryan Fuller, creator of the Hannibal TV show, grew up in a region called the Lewis Clark Valley that was stalked by an actual serial killer. He says adults knew who the killer was but no one stopped him moviemaker.com/hannibal-c…
Play-Doh is a scented, colored wallpaper cleaner minus detergent. Vinyl wallpaper made dry paper cleaners obsolete. But kids used it for crafts. Captain Kangaroo (Bob Keeshan) used the modified cleaner, Play-Doh, on TV in return for 2% of the sales, and the rest is history. businessinsider.com/the-s…
People who prefer books over TV are more likely to act in a socially acceptable manner. People who prefer watching TV over books come across as less friendly and less understanding of others’ views. thelanguagenerds.com/peop…
A man watching TV behind the wheel of a Tesla Model S with autopilot engaged crashed into a sheriff deputy's vehicle which then hit a state trooper’s car. Officers were responding to an earlier crash and the Tesla failed to avoid them or even move over. No one was injured but 2 cars were totaled jalopnik.com/tesla-driver…
There was a Blues Brothers animated tv show starring Jim Belushi and Peter Akykroyd, the brothers of John Belushi and Dan Akykroyd lostmediawiki.com/The_Blu…
, that Chuck Lorre, the producer of huge TV hits like Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory co-wrote the soundtrack for the original 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. In the theme song, whenever a line is spoken (not sung), that is Chuck Lorre's actual voice (that's a fact, Jack!). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
3 Senators live together in a single rundown house together, which inspired the TV series 'Alpha House' youtu.be/ODejBuFlY20
Fans of the 1960s British TV series "The Prisoner" hated the series finale so much that they aggressively protested at the home of lead actor/director Patrick McGoohan, causing him to temporarily leave the country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
The longest running TV soap opera, Coronation Street, has been running for nearly 60 years (December 1960). Bill Roache, who appeared in the first episode, is still a member of the cast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
The word "Cowabunga" which is associated with surfing culture/The Ninja Turtles, originated from the Howdy Doody show, which was on TV from the late 1940's - 1960's. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Death from laughter is a recorded cause of death throughout history. One such instance, an English man laughed for 25 consecutive minutes at a joke on the TV show The Goodies. His widow wrote a letter to the show creators thanking them for making his last moments of life so pleasant. historycollection.co/10-p…
The city Pawnee in the TV show Parks and Recreation uses the map of Christchurch, New Zealand with the names changed. thespinoff.co.nz/featured…
Ted Cassidy, who played "Lurch" on the 1964 TV show "The Addams Family," put out a record and appeared in a dance number on "Shindig" youtu.be/ZCAUY_ewptw
While the British TV show "The Avengers" started being filmed in color in 1966, UK viewers could only watch it in black and white, as there was no color broadcasting in their country. However, this decision was made with US export in mind, as Americans already did have color television in 1966. shropshirestar.com/news/l…
TV series re-runs can be an absolute cash cow for the principal actors, earning them even more than their original salaries. In this way, Jerry Seinfeld has earned over $800M since Seinfeld ended. Ed O’Neil earns $19M per year from MWC, which ended in 1997. collider.com/galleries/wh…
Jeopardy! was originally called "What's the Question" but a TV executive told Merv Griffin that the game show needed "more jeopardies." Griffin thought β€œAll I could think of was the name: Goodbye What’s the Question?, hello Jeopardy!” mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The helicopter from the TV show Airwolf crashed and killed 3 people. get.tv/gettv-blog/8-thing…
The pro wrestling move the "Mandible Claw" was invented by Dr. Sam Sheppard the physician turned fugitive turned wrestler who was the inspiration behind "The Fugitive" tv series and movie en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
The song "Heart of Glass" by Blondie became a hit in part due to critical exposure on the TV show "WKRP in Cincinnati." In gratitude, the band gave the show a gold record, which can be seen hanging on set from the 2nd season onwards. metv.com/lists/12-fascina…
Today I learned about the Disgrace of GijΓ³n, a Football (Soccer) match between West Germany and Austria so bad, the German TV Commentator refused to comment the game at one point, the Austrian TV commentator asked people to change the channel, and Spain's newspaper printed the match in their Crimes Section. footiecentral.com/footbal…

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