8 TV Shows Saved By Ridiculously Last Minute Changes
2. Seinfeld Would Have Had A "Sassy" Waitress As A Main Character
As we've seen already, it’s not unusual for TV shows to change drastically between
the pilot episode and the main show proper. The pilot is often an opportunity to try
out ideas and characters and see how they play with the audience.
Seinfeld was one show that made drastic changes from the
pilot episode, and the changes helped it become one of the greatest sitcoms in
history, instead of a forgotten entry on a list called “The Worst Pilots in TV History”.
Some changes were cosmetic – the show was originally saddled
with the unwieldy and portentous title The Seinfeld Chronicles and breakout
character Kramer was called Kessler, and for no particular reason he had a dog.
Monk’s Diner, where the gang would often hangout, was called Pete’s
Luncheonette. But the biggest difference between the pilot and the show it
became was the fact that there was no Elaine. Instead, the only female
influence was a waitress at Pete’s named Claire.
When the show made it to air as Seinfeld, Kessler was Kramer and the dog had gone, as had Pete’s Luncheonette and Claire, and most importantly Jerry’s
ex-girlfriend Elaine was a bone fide member of the main cast of loveable misanthropes.
Sitcom history was born.
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