In Malcolm in the Middle, Bryan Cranston used to hum improvised tunes. He then joined a songwriters guild so that everything he improvised earned him a royalty check of a few hundred dollars. He used this money to throw parties for the cast and crew. The crew even encouraged his humming.
The winner of the first season of the American show “Survivor”, Richard Hatch, served 4 years in prison for tax evasion after failing to report his winnings to the IRS.
The 1972 TV show Kung Fu ended after only 3 seasons, due to injuries, not ratings. The show had solid ratings throughout its run. However, Carradine felt he had sustained too many injuries on the show and could not go on. Thus, Kung Fu ended after three years.
The majority of Baywatch fans were female. 65% of its fans were women between the ages of 18 and 34. Focus groups revealed that women liked the show’s strong, independent women who were heroic, saved lives, and treated as equal to men.
The Sopranos creators were often contacted by the FBI and told that actual mobsters, whose conversations were picked up by wiretaps, had plenty to say about the show. They considered the show’s portrayal of the mob life so dead-on, they thought one of their own was was working on the inside.
A 1992 Japanese TV show combined English lessons with gymnastic exercise programs. On the show, three gymnasts would perform synchronized exercises while chanting phrases like, “Hasta la vista, baby,” “Spare me my life!”, “I was robbed by two men!”, and “I have a bad case of diarrhea.”
In 2016 a British reality show about surviving the wilderness of the Scottish highlands, but was cancelled after 4 episodes. The producers decided not to tell contestants that the show had been cancelled and allowed them to continue living in the wilderness for over a year to no end.
Lawrence Welk was the first TV show to air in stereo – in 1958, before stereo TV had been invented. ABC simulcast one audio channel on its radio network, the other channel via TV; listening to both would give you the stereo effect.
After high school senior Allison Closs dressed up a cardboard cutout of Danny DeVito to go with her to prom, DeVito returned the favor by bringing a cardboard cutout of Closs to the set of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
The writer of “That 70’s Show” theme song gets $70 each time the show airs, and refers to it as “That $70 Show”.