TV Fact #424 – December 21st, 2015:

The 1985 made-for-TV crime/comedy film “Izzy & Moe” was actor Jackie Gleason’s final collaboration with longtime friend and “The Honeymooners” (1954-1955) co-star Art Carney. Sadly all great things must come to end, but the time you had is never forgotten.

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TV Fact #423 – December 20th, 2015:

The American animated children’s television series “PB&J Otter” (1998-2001)  was created by Jim Jinkins, the creator of the American animated sitcom “Doug” (1991-1999) and executive-produced by David Campbell in close conjunction with Harvard University’s Cognitive Skills Group, “Project Zero”. The reason for this conjunction was the Group’s job was to monitor each and make sure the material had a positive educational message.

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TV Fact #422 – December 19th, 2015:

The TNT television movie “Geronimo” (1993) debuted on television five days before the theatrical release of the 1993 film “Geronimo: An American Legend”. I wonder which one people consider to be better.

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TV Fact #421 – December 18th, 2015:

The 1987 ABC miniseries “Queenie”, based on the eponymous novel by author Michael Korda. Korda actually has a personal connection to the subject matter. The story is based upon the life of Merle Oberon whose first husband was Alexander Korda, uncle of Michael Korda.

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TV Fact #420 – December 17th, 2015:

Almost all new Binford products introduced on the fictional series Tool Time on the American television sitcom “Home Improvement” (1991-1999) have the model number 610.0

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TV Fact #419 – December 16th, 2015:

While taping some episodes of the in-series show Tool Time in the American television sitcom “Home Improvement”, the lead charcter Tim Taylor (Played by Tim Allen) sometimes asks an unseen character, Klaus, to play music for Tool Time segments. This is referencing Klaus Landsberg who worked in the sound department on “Home Improvement”.

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TV Fact #418 – December 15th, 2015:

The American television sitcom “Home Improvement” (1991-1999) originally featured actress Frances Fisher as Jill Taylor. Sadly, during the filming of the pilot, audiences reacted poorly, saying that she made the character of Jill whiney and desperate. Ultimately Patricia Richardson replaced her in the role four days before the pilot episode was taped. This is not saying Fisher wasn’t a good actress, but some people just weren’t made for a role.

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TV Fact #417 – December 14th, 2015:

The American television sitcom “Home Improvement” (1991-1999) was partially filmed in Michigan. No surprise, Colleges and universities in Michigan sent star Tim Allen, who played the lead character Tim Taylor, sweaters and T-shirts to wear on the air, and he did. Well that was nice of him.

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TV Fact #416 – December 13th, 2015:

The American television sitcom “Home Improvement” (1991-1999) featured the popular character Wilson (Played by Earl Hindman), the next door neighbor of the Taylor family. His whole face we never see, the bottom half of it usually covered by the fence. In fact, except for the series finale, during curtain calls Hindman would even bring a miniature picket fence to hold in front of his face so that it would remain hidden from view. This character and this quirk is actually based on actor Tim Allen’s childhood memories of when he was too short to see over a fence, and was therefore unable to see his neighbor.

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TV Fact #415 – December 12th, 2015:

While Lucille Ball holds the record for most appearances as the mystery guest on the original version of the panel game show “What’s My Line?”(1950-1975), Martin Gabel holds the record for the most number of appearances as a guest panelist.

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