Posts tagged as John Lithgow

The Lost Roles of 'Back to the Future'

One of the most popular movies ever made and one that seamlessly fused sci-fi and comedy, Back to the Future turned 25 just over two years ago. In honor of the film’s 27-year-and-3-month anniversary, we’re looking at some of the potential casting choices that almost happened back when Back to the Future came out two decades (plus seven years and 3 months) ago. Most movies and TV shows go through an exhaustive casting process before production begins, but Back to the Future is unique in that part of the movie was filmed with different actors in some of the main roles before the filmmakers decided it wasn’t working and [...]

Questions We Did Not Ask John Lithgow Last Night

Last night, Alex Scordelis (pictured, left) and myself, Julie Klausner (photoshopped into the photo at left), went to see John Lithgow read at Barnes & Noble from his new memoir, DRAMA: An Actor's Education. Please click here to order it, or just to look at the cover, because he looks really funny on the cover.

After Mr. Lithgow read a chapter about his experiences on the Broadway stage in the 1970s, he accepted questions from the (sparse yet mutant-rich) audience. What follows is a list of questions we wanted to ask, but did not.

Oh, the Kelsey Grammar and John Lithgow Body Swap that Could've Been

"On Frasier, a network executive once suggested that one week we have John Lithgow play Frasier and Kelsey Grammar play Lithgow's role on 3rd Rock From the Sun; I've been deeply afraid of the idea of a crossover ever since." – Modern Family showrunner Christopher Lloyd on the brilliant ideas of 90s NBC Executives. They're both balding and pompous, so it's hard to say for sure this crossover didn't actually happen.

Out of the Dust of Tweets And Trivia Emerges John Lithgow's Recitation of Newt Gingrich's Press Release On Colbert

When a presidential candidate's spokesperson goes diva, let yet another diva be sent forth to greet him. Last night on Colbert, John Lithgow's Gingrich recitation added even more pomp to the already insane statement issued by Newt's spokesman Rick Tyler. Let Lithgow's powerful delivery soothe the stomach acid currently gnawing away at your ulcer, having realized this rant was not written by Tyler specifically as a joke to be read on Colbert. U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A!

The Lost Roles of Cheers

Lost Roles is a weekly column taking a particular subject and exploring all of their movie and TV casting decisions that almost happened but didn't. This week, we turn our attention to the classic sitcom Cheers.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the debut of Cheers, one of the most revered sitcoms ever made. Cheers earned scores of Emmys, sky high ratings, and spawned one of the most successful spin-offs ever (Frasier), but the greatest honor bestowed upon Cheers is clearly landing a spot in the final 8 in Splitsider's Best Sitcom Episode Tournament. From the show's impeccable scripts (most of the Cheers scribes came from [...]