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Production date in box

Is there a reason why the production date isn't in the box like it is for The Muppet Show? I think it would be easier to see when a show was shot and aired at the same time, instead of having to go to the bottom of the page. Any thoughts? -- Ken (talk) 02:44, 23 December 2008 (UTC)

I think we must have designed this box before somebody found a source for all those production dates... -- Danny@fandom (talk) 04:45, 23 December 2008 (UTC)
Can we put it in, or would that be too big of a pain? -- Ken (talk) 04:52, 23 December 2008 (UTC)

Pilot

It says here that this episode served as the pilot for the series. However, one of the featurettes on the first DVD set, it is said that the show was too expensive to produce a proper pilot. So should this count as a pilot? Then again, I've noticed that Charlene looks different in the first two episodes than in the rest of the series (even the rest of the first season), so maybe the first two episodes were produced as pilots. --Minor muppetz 22:36, 6 June 2007 (UTC)

The first episode of a series is traditionally called a pilot. —Scott (talk) 01:01, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
And I noticed that on the commentary for one of the episodes that Brian Henson referred to a pilot. --Minor muppetz 02:46, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
It is true that the show wasn't sold using the traditional television pilot method (i.e. - a concept is pitched and then one episode is commissioned to be produced and shot. Then the network views it, tests it, and decides if they want to air it. They will then decide if they want to order more episodes, usually after the network gives lots of notes and usually makes a lot of changes) -- however this episode was shot as a pilot (i.e. - the first episode produced). The fate of the series just didn't hang on this single pilot episode; ABC ordered 6 episodes right out of the bag and took a leap of faith on the show. Because making just one episode (that may or may not actually air) would be way too expensive (due to all the overhead to get things off the ground - like building all the elaborate characters and sets). So this was the pilot episode (from production stand point), the show just wasn't sold using a traditional pilot system that most sitcoms are. -- Brad D. (talk) 03:35, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
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