STAY TUNED: TV's strange changes aren't science fiction

TV's strange changes aren't science fiction; Naples resident join 'Big Brother'

BILL GREEN

Nit-pickers. I hear from them all the time. And I must confess to sometimes being one.

Thanks to a suggestion from one of my editors, today we take a look at some weird, unexplained occurrences over the years on some of our favorite TV shows.

Remember "Happy Days"? Richie and Joanie Cunningham? How about Charles "Chuck" Cunningham? You know, the elder Cunningham brother?

Don't worry if you don't remember him. He disappeared around season two without explanation.

In another phenomenon also taking place around season two, the interior of the Cunningham's house was switched up; most notably the front door moved from stage left to stage right.

Why did the door move? The set was changed to accommodate a live studio audience. Episodes with the front door on the left (canned laugh track). To the right, real laughter (mostly).

So what happened to Chuck? As happens to many actors, his character did not catch on with the viewers.

Other notables have also mysteriously disappeared from shows. "Boy Meets World" got rid of nerdy Minkus, without explanation, after Cory moved to high school. Also disappearing was Morgan, Cory's little sister. She left sometime in season two and mysteriously reappeared in season three, played by a different actress.

"Roseanne" pulled a "Darrin," and then turned it into a trifecta.

You'll recall that "Bewitched" is marked by two eras, the Dick York Darrin and the Dick Sergeant Darrin.

In "Roseanne," Lecy Goranson originated the role of the eldest daughter, Becky. Sarah Chalke replaced her for a few seasons; then Goranson returned to the role.

The first 13 episodes of "Saved By The Bell" looked a bit different from the rest. In the first season, junior high students Zack Morris, Screech Powers and Lisa Turtle played second fiddle to a teacher named Carrie Bliss (Hayley Mills). When the characters graduated to high school, Bliss was gone, along with fellow teachers Milo Williams (T.K. Carter) and Tina Paladrino (Joan Ryan). Additions of Kelly Kapowski, A.C. Slater and Jessie Spano resulted in unexplained exits for former friends Mikey Gonzalez (Max Battimo) and Nikki Coleman (Heather Hopper).

And it was more than a matter of changing schools, since Principal Belding remained on board.

Another strange "SBTB" occurrence: The show switched from dreary Indiana to sunny California.

So what's the real explanation? The junior high/Carrie Bliss episodes were from a completely different show called "Good Morning, Miss Bliss." It was created in 1988 for the Disney Channel. The show was canceled after 13 episodes, but NBC repackaged it as "Saved By the Bell," and made a few changes.

Did the house in the pilot to "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper" look familiar? Nit-pickers will note it was the "Growing Pains" set, redressed.

You may have also noticed that the Huxtable house looked a bit different in "The Cosby Show" pilot episode.

Also, Healthcliff was Clifford. Theo was Teddy. And the Huxtables only have four children, not five.

There's a lot more where these came from. Have you ever noticed an unexplained change? You, too, may be a nit-picker. Send me your favorites: <a href="mailto:bgreen@naplesnews.com">bgreen@naplesnews.com</a>.

Son of Sid Vicious on 'Big Brother'

Frank Eudy

Frank Eudy

"Big Brother 14" premiered Thursday, and you may recognize one of the housemates as a local face.

Frank Eudy, 28, lists his hometown as Marion, Ark. But his bio says he's living in Naples. Yes, our Naples.

Eudy has his own celebrity past. His father is Sidney Eudy, (aka wrestler Sid Vicious).

Eudy lists the three adjectives that describe him as gregarious, interesting and engaging.

His strategy for winning:

"Numbers are important, so I want to set up a 'Dream Team,' all playing certain roles. I would need a Larry Bird, a good country boy or girl who's honest and competitive; a Charles Barkley, an unmovable object possibly with a bit of a harsh attitude; a Patrick Ewing, somebody that knows the game and is reliable; a Michael Jordan, somebody who's a baller that can win competitions; and me as Magic Johnson, friendly guy playing point and running the show."

Good luck! We'll be watching!

Until next time, stay tuned.

Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at <a href="mailto:bgreen@naplesnews.com">bgreen@naplesnews.com</a>. Connect with him at facebook.com/billdgreen.

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