I enjoy the movie trivia, so I thought I'd try some TV trivia...
-Artist Tim Sale is colorblind.
-James Kyson Lee originally auditioned for Hiro (Masi Oka's character), but instead got the role of Ando.
-It was originally intended for Claire's friend Zach eventually to be revealed as gay, and to have his coming out serve as a parallel to Claire's coming to terms with her secret abilities. However, when the manager for Thomas Dekker (the actor who played Zach) discovered that this development was in store for the character, she first insisted that a line identifying Zach as gay be deleted from a script, and then pulled Dekker from the show altogether. Heroes producer and writer Bryan Fuller gave an interview in April 2007 in which he explained that Dekker "was up for the John Connor role in _"Sarah Connor Chronicles, The" (2007)_ and [the manager] didn't want him playing a gay character because it might affect FOX's interest in hiring him. It got really ugly." Fuller also said that through Zach's last appearances on the show, "in all of our minds, the character was still gay but we couldn't say it explicitly."
-The pearl "B" necklace Betty wears is a replica of the famous necklace worn by Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's 2nd wife and mother of Elizabeth I.
-There was an actual fashion publication titled MODE, geared toward plus-size women. The magazine ceased publication in 2001.
-On Betty's nightstand sits a copy of the book The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. America Ferrera plays Carmen in the film version of the book.
-As is common for major TV and film productions, stars of the show have become famous in roles other than those they originally sought. Sandra Oh was initially looking to audition for the part of Dr. Bailey. On "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (1986), Isaiah Washington (Dr. Burke) said that he had auditioned to play the role of Dr. Shepherd.
-Rob Lowe was originally considered for the role of Derek Shepherd, but passed on it.
-Patrick Dempsey auditioned for the role of Dr. Chase on FOX's prime time medical mystery show, _House_ , before taking the role of Dr. Shepherd.
-The character Alex Karev was not in the original pilot script; his role was inserted into the pilot as an afterthought in order to provide a foil, as well as male companionship for Dr. George O'Malley. Since he wasn't added until after the pilot was shot, scenes with him were either re-shoots or digitally altered.
-The show was originally supposed to be called "Complications".
-Kate Walsh's character, Addison Shepherd, was only supposed to appear in 5 episodes, but quickly developed a fan base so they kept her on.
-Hugh Laurie's own father was a doctor, and he feels a twinge of guilt at "being paid more to become a fake version of my own father."
-During Hugh Laurie's audition, David Shore says that Bryan Singer, one of the executive producers, said, "See, this is what I want; an American guy." Singer was completely unaware of the fact that Hugh Laurie is British.
-The show was inspired by The Diagnosis Column in the New York Times Magazine which spotlights unusual medical cases. Executive Producer Paul Attanasio came up with the concept and pitched it to the networks as a medical procedural. Creator David Shore revised the idea into a character drama where the medical cases became the instrument instead of the focus of the storytelling.
-Dr. Robert Chase (Jesse Spencer) is an intensivist, a doctor who specializes in intensive care. This specialty is new and uncommon in the United States, but well-established in Australia, where the character is from.
-Many of the scenes are filmed on location in the actual cell that housed John Wayne Gacy.
-Stacy Keach (the Prison Warden) spent six months in a British prison and modeled his character after the man in charge at that institution.
-The character of "D.B. Cooper" is based on an actual person, who in 1971, after hijacking an airliner, extorted $200,000 from its owner, Northwest Orient, and leaped off the airborne plane with 21 pounds of $20 bills strapped to his body. He was never caught.
-Robert Knepper (T-Bag) says he based the haircut of his character on an old Science teacher he had, who had a "poofy bit", which always stuck up at the front.
-The electric chair is not used as a primary instrument of execution in the State of Illinois where the series is set. Originally, the method of execution scripted for Lincoln's death was via lethal injection. For shock value, however, this was changed to the electric chair. The State of Illinois currently has a moratorium on the death penalty.
-13 prisons banned the show.
-It takes 4.5 hours to apply the tattoo to Wentworth, and it's applied every week.
-In the pilot, Temperance says the next closest forensic anthropologist after her is in Montreal, where the original novels are set.
-Temperance Brennan is an anthropologist who writes about the character Kathy Reichs in her spare time. In real life, Kathy Reichs is an anthropologist who writes about the character Temperance Brennan.
-Angela Montenegro's middle name is "Pearly Gates" which is the name of a guitar belonging to ZZ Top member Billy Gibbons, who plays Angela's father in some episodes.
-All the equipment in the lab is fully functional, and was either purchased outright, or donated/loaned to the show for product placement.
-When asked about a possible CSI feature film, creator Anthony E. Zuiker said he'd like to wait until after the 30th season to make it.
-The choice to place this series in Las Vegas was not random. Among US crime labs, Las Vegas is the second most active, surpassed only by the FBI lab at Quantico, Virginia.
-Before it was acquired by CBS, the show was first offered to ABC in 1999, but was rejected as "too confusing for the average viewer".
-While the majority of the techniques and technologies used in the show are accurate and true to reality, the writers and crew readily admit that they "time cheat". Tests that take seconds in the show often take days or even weeks in real life.
-The computers on the Dunder-Mifflin office set are wired for the internet. Cast members have admitted that when they're in the background of scenes they are often checking email and surfing the net.
-Four of the regularly appearing secondary characters have the same first name as the actress or actor that plays her or him: Angela (Angela Kinsey), Oscar ('Oscar Nunez' ), Phyllis (Phyllis Smith) and Creed (Creed Bratton).
-Some of the video used in the opening theme song specifically the exterior shot of the building was taken by John Krasinski and his friends in their Jeep. John had just gotten the part and was coming out for shooting.
-Steve Carell only watched a few minutes of the British version before permanently stopping such viewing because he did not want to copy Ricky Gervais' performance as the office manager. John Krasinski, on the other hand, was an avid viewer of the original.
-Creator Marc Cherry said he got the idea to write the pilot after a conversation with his mother. She told him that raising Cherry and his siblings with their father away most of the time made her feel "desperate" sometimes.
-At first, the show was pitched as a female driven comedy. All the networks turned it down. It was then slightly rewritten and pitched as a nighttime soap opera and it sold.
-Teri Hatcher broke two ribs filming the scene where she stumbles into a wedding cake and insisted they didn't stop production.
-A fan loved the dress Gabrielle wore in the pilot and so much she wrote to the producers asking name of the designer and if he could design her a prom dress. The producers instead sent her the actual gown and she wore it to her prom.