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11 Pieces of Random, Bizarre Trivia on Various TV Shows


There's a new list of "60 Weird Things You Didn't Know" about various TV shows.  Here are the highlights:
 
1.  Americans cast more votes in the election of Taylor Hicks on Season Five of "American Idol" than the 1984 presidential election of Ronald Reagan.  63 million votes were cast for that "Idol" finale, as opposed to 54.5 million in the election.  Of course, people can vote multiple times on "Idol".  (And for president, technically.  Especially in Chicago and most of Florida.)
 
2.  AMC would only allow "Breaking Bad" to use ONE uncensored F-BOMB per season . . . and they also had the volume "dipped" lower for them.  
 
3.  Footage from "Curb Your Enthusiasm" cleared a man of murder in real life.  Juan Catalan spent nearly five months in jail before being cleared, after footage of a Dodgers game filmed for the show proved he was there . . . giving him an alibi.
 
4.  The actors who play President Garrett Walker and the Secretary of State in "House of Cards" are married in real life, which the producers supposedly didn't know when casting.  Michael Gill and Jayne Atkinson have been married since 1998, but auditioned separately.
 
5.  "How I Met Your Mother" star Josh Radnor has a severe dog allergy, which made filming scenes with Robin's dogs extremely difficult.  They eventually wrote Robin's dogs out of the show, but not before one scene with a Dalmatian that resulted in the paramedics showing up.
 
6.  The "Lost" pilot was so expensive that the Chairman of ABC was fired for signing off on it.  He OK'd spending $12 million on the pilot, before they'd even seen a script.  Random fact:  The guy's name is Lloyd Braun, and it was his voice you'd hear on every episode saying, "Previously on 'Lost'."
 
7.  When "SNL" first started, there was actually another show called "Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell".  That's why it was originally titled "NBC's Saturday Night", and the opening line was worded, quote, "Live from New York, it's 'Saturday Night'."  Cosell's show only lasted one season.
 
8.  On "The Simpsons", Marge was originally supposed to have bunny ears underneath her blue hair.  When creator Matt Groening pitched the idea to other writers on the show, it was shot down.
 
9.  A 15-year-old Lady Gaga appears in a Season Three episode of "The Sopranos".  She played a friend of Tony Soprano's son, and smoked a cigarette.  
 
10.  For at least the first few seasons, "Survivor" used body doubles in overhead shots to make scenes more picturesque, because the real cast members were usually surrounded by cameras.  A producer admitted to this a while back, but it's unclear if they're still doing it.
 
11.  The computers in "The Office" had real Internet connections, so when being filmed in the background, cast members would be surfing the web.
 
(You can find all 60 interesting facts at HuffingtonPost.com.)
 

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