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The television show Seinfeld was set in New York City; however, the exterior that was used for Jerry Seinfeld's apartment house is actually in Los Angeles, California.

The TV sitcom Seinfeld was originally titled The Seinfeld Chronicles. The pilot, which was broadcast in 1989, also featured a kooky neighbor named Kessler. This character later became known as Kramer.

The U.S. television drama Law and Order is titled New York District in France.

The working title of the TV series Dallas was Houston.

"Man – woman – birth – death – infinity" were the opening words of the Ben Casey television series in the 1960s.

CBS Evening News with anchor Walter Cronkite was network TV's first 30-minute evening newscast. It was expanded from its previous 15-minute format beginning with the September 3, 1963 telecast. At the end of that inaugural 30-minute show, Cronkite first uttered his famous tagline, “And that's the way it is.”

Frasier's radio station, KACL 780 AM, is named after the hit TV show's three executive producers: David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee.

Seinfeld creator Larry David modeled the show's character George Costanza after himself.

Seinfeld's Kramer was passionately attached to his briefs. When a doctor instructed him to switch to boxers to increase his sperm count, Kramer found the experience so traumatic that he gave up underwear entirely rather than don the hated boxers.

The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan was a Saturday morning cartoon TV show in 1972 which featured Oriental sleuth Charlie Chan and his large family who solved crimes with the help of a transforming van. Ten-year-old Jodie Foster supplied the voice of daughter Anne Chan.

The Muppet Show was banned from TV in Saudi Arabia because one of its stars was a pig.

The Untouchables, which debuted in 1959 and starred Robert Stack, was the most violent television show of its time. It became the target of more protests from viewers than any other regular TV series to date. The show was even boycotted by mobsters over unfair treatment.

The Wizard of Oz was a Broadway musical 37 years before the MGM movie version was made. It had 293 performances and then went on a tour that lasted 9 years.

The X-Files, popular sci-fi television show of the 1990s, is shown in France under the name Aux Frontieres' Du Reel – which translates to "At the Borders of Reality."

The WWII TV series The Rat Patrol, which aired on ABC from 1966-1968 and starred Christopher George as Sgt. Sam Troy, was filmed in part on the deserts of Spain. A great deal of war film material had been left over from the filming of the movies Battle of the Bulge (1965) and The Great Escape (1963), and was used for backdrop. Other parts of the show were filmed in Yuma, Arizona and California.

TV's popular cartoon duo Rocky and Bullwinkle represented a number of General Mills cereals from 1959 to 1970: Cheerios, Cocoa Puffs, Jets, and Trix.

Undisputed king of late-night talk shows, Johnny Carson has played himself on a number of shows and movies. These include the TV sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Newhart, Cheers, Here's Lucy, and Night Court, the films The Newton Boys (1998) and Cancel My Reservation (1972), and the made-for-TV film The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom. Carson even provided the voice for himself on the "Krusty Gets Kancelled" episode of TV's The Simpsons.

Unlikely celebrities who have worked as TV game show hosts include Robert Alda, Don Ameche, Gypsy Rose Lee, Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, and Rod Serling.

When actor Michael J. Fox first auditioned for the TV series Family Ties, he was $35,000 in debt and living on macaroni and cheese.

When he was introduced in TV ads in October 1965, the Pillsbury Doughboy became instantly popular with women consumers. "Poppy's" signature belly poke and giggle have become synonymous with the Pillsbury company.

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