Is Darkwing Duck Coming Back to Television in 2018?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about TV and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the TV urban legends featured so far.

TV URBAN LEGEND: Darkwing Duck is returning to television in 2018.

I don’t usually feature stuff this current, but when you see Darkwing Duck actually trending on Twitter, it suggests that there is a lot of people who believe something, so it is worthwhile confirming it or debunking it.

There are seemingly tons of old television shows that are returning to the air in the coming year or so, from the X-Files to Full House to Twin Peaks. So when the news came out that Darkwing Duck was returning to Disney XD with new episodes in 2018, it seems believable enough.

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But is it true?
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Did It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Subtly Reveal the Name of the Waitress?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about TV and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the TV urban legends featured so far.

TV URBAN LEGEND: It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia revealed the real name of the Waitress in an episode.

One of the things that I have found over the years doing Legends Revealed is that people are really interested in the origin behind famous names. Some examples include whether Pearl Jam was named after a peyote concoction, whether AC/DC was named after a sex term, whether The Lovin’ Spoonful was named after a sex term, whether Stone Temple Pilots were named after a…sex term and I think you get the basic picture. However, something that seems to strike people’s fancy even more than the origin of a name is when a character’s name is hidden from the audience. A lot of people were obsessed with the mystery of Kramer’s first name on Seinfeld and a lot of folks are currently a bit obsessed with the name of The Waitress on the FX/FXX comedy, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

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The Waitress, played by actress Mary Elizabeth Ellis, is the only non-cast member on the series to appear in all eleven seasons of the show so far (Ellis is married to one of the leads on the show, Charlie Day who plays “Charlie” on the series). One of the jokes on the series is how none of the main cast seem to know the Waitress’ real name, not even Day’s character, who has been stalking her for over a decade. Reader Mark G. wrote in with a popular fan theory about the Waitress that he wanted to see me confirm or debunk, whether the Waitress’ name was actually subtly revealed in an episode of the series. Read on to see if is true!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #558

Welcome to the five hundred and fifty-eighth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, was Marvel’s classic 1980s Squadron Supreme series a mini-series because DC threatened to sue if it became an ongoing? Did Stan Lee really have Dan Adkins swipe Steve Ditko panels for Adkins’ Doctor Strange run? And did Harlan Ellison and John Romita Jr. nearly do a Doctor Strange series together?

Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to access it to update it in a while).

Click here to read this week’s legends.

Was Oliver Reed Too “Rough” to Be Cast as James Bond?

MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Oliver Reed was not cast as James Bond because he was considered to be too rough.

Anthony Horowitz, the novelist currently writing the James Bond series of novels for Ian Fleming’s estate, caused some controversy a while back when he gave his opinion regarding whether he thought that actor Idris Elba would make a good James Bond. He remarked:

Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better. For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a colour issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.

He later apologized for his comments, noting:

I’m really sorry my comments about Idris Elba have caused offence. That wasn’t my intention. I was asked in my interview if Idris Elba would make a good James Bond. In the article I expressed the opinion that to my mind Adrian Lester would be a better choice but I’m a writer not a casting director so what do I know? Clumsily, I chose the word ‘street’ as Elba’s gritty portrayal of DCI John Luther was in my mind but I admit it was a poor choice of word. I am mortified to have caused offence.

Clearly, the use of the word “street” to describe a black actor was a terrible choice of word by Horowitz and even the use of the word “rough” has some iffy connotations when you’re referring to a black actor. What’s interesting to me, though, is that there actually was a famous actor, Oliver Reed, who lost a shot at the role of James Bond specifically for HIS “roughness.”

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It is a completely different scenario, of course, as Oliver Reed was not black, but the discussion of an actor being too rough to play James Bond made me think it worthwhile to discuss the only man who couldn’t play James Bond because he drank too much and was too much of a womanizer.
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Did Lisa Kudrow Seriously Save Herself for Marriage?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about TV and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the TV urban legends featured so far.

TV URBAN LEGEND: Lisa Kudrow was a virgin until marriage.

When it comes to sexuality in popular culture, people seem particularly fascinated when actors and actresses take a pious approach to sex, since it is so different from the prevailing depiction of sex in TV and film. So when Elvis Presley’s first film screen kiss becomes a nun or Kirk Cameron refuses to kiss a woman other than his wife, even in a movie, it stands out to us. That’s why it was so memorable to people when it was revealed that actress Lisa Kudrow was a virgin until she was married at the age of 31 (a year into her stint as one of the leads on the hit sitcom, Friends).

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Over the years, she has appeared on countless online lists of celebrities who waited until marriage (there are tons of these lists because, again, people are fascinated with this stuff). The key quote cited when discussing this surprising fact was a quote from when she was promoting her film, The Opposite of Sex, in 1999:

I decided pretty early on that I should stay a virgin until I got married. My virginity was something I had decided was very precious, something that I owned, to give away. It was an honor I was bestowing on a young man, and he had to be worthy of it.

So the belief was that she gave this “honor” to her husband of 19 years, Michael Stern.

But is that actually true?
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #557

Welcome to the five hundred and fifty-seventh in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, learn why an episode of Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends only aired once! Did Jim Starlin nearly kill off Shang-Chi? And finally, did Mark Waid originally intend to use Impulse at another comic book company before bringing him over to the pages of the Flash?

Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to access it to update it in a while).

Click here to read this week’s legends.

Did Carrie Fisher Work as a Script Doctor on Over a Dozen Hollywood Films?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about movies and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the movie urban legends featured so far.

MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Carrie Fisher worked as a script doctor on over a dozen Hollywood films.

Besides making them cultural icons and movie stars, George Lucas also helped the stars of the original Star Wars in other ways.

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First off, he famously gave Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher a quarter of a percent of his cut of the Star Wars profits, which made each of the actors millions (Lucas also gave Steven Spielberg a cut of the film, as well, as part of a bet that we covered in an old Movie Legends Revealed). Secondly, he allowed them to develop their characters as the film series went on. Harrison Ford was the first one to really get a say in his character of Han Solo (including almost convincing Lucas to kill Han off), but one thing most of the actors agreed on was that they had a problem with George Lucas’ dialogue for their characters. Alec Guinness once wrote about the film, “New rubbish dialogue reaches me every other day on wadges of pink paper — and none of it makes my character clear or even bearable.” A few years back, Carrie Fisher spoke about Lucas’ approach to their dialogue:

Harrison Ford was rewriting his stuff in all the Star Wars movies and it became annoying because it impacted my stuff. It is easier as an actor to go into rewriting because you know what would fit into your mouth dialogue wise. We would tell George Lucas, “You can type this shit but you can’t say it.”

By the third film, I was rewriting a little bit of my dialogue.

Lucas allowing Fisher to work on her own dialogue eventually served her well, as she later became one of the top script doctors in Hollywood, known for her great dialogue! Read on to see how it all happened and what eventually drove her out of the script doctoring business.
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Does Disney Give Free Tickets for Life to Any Baby Born in a Disney Theme Park?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to amusement parks and whether they are true or false.

AMUSEMENT PARK URBAN LEGEND: Disney gives free tickets for life to any baby born in a Disney theme park.

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Disney’s “Golden Pass” program (originally “Gold Pass”) is a fun little program that Disney has that allows access for free to nearly all Disney theme parks to its recipients (the only exception are the Japanese Disney parks, which are not owned by Disney). The recipients range from foreign dignitaries to “Disney Legends” like Sterling “Winnie the Pooh” Holloway and Adriana “Snow White” Caselotti. It also includes “normal” people like Dave MacPherson, the first paying customer at Disneyland back in 1956 and also, more recently, the two billionth Disney theme park customer, Emmalee Mason.

Here’s one once owned by TV producer Jack Wrather (who financed the first Disneyland hotel back in the day when Walt Disney’s credit line ran dry during the construction of Disneyland)…

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Legend is that they ALSO give Golden Passes to babies that are born in Disney theme parks. Is that true?
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What Longtime How I Met Your Mother Mystery Was Almost Revealed on the Show’s Final Season?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about TV and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the TV urban legends featured so far.

TV URBAN LEGEND: “How I Met Your Mother” was going to reveal the secret of “The Pineapple Incident” in the final season but cut it from the show.

Few shows were quite as dedicated to getting every little detail right than Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, the showrunners of “How I Met Your Mother.”

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The show, about a man (Ted Mosby, played by Josh Radnor) telling his children the (rather long) story of how he met their mother through a series of flashbacks to his 20s and 30s, was famously meticulous with the plot points revealed over the show’s run, as the whole thing was headed towards a specific point in time. As the show kept going and going and going, however, things had to be stretched. I wrote a while back about how the show initially had “back-up” mothers in case the show was canceled early. By season 3, however, they not only knew who the mother would be, but they had actually already filmed the ending of the series, which they would just sit on for a number of years until the show ended in 2014 after nine seasons. However, having a reputation for being so detail-oriented can have a downside – what happens when you introduce a mystery but then never solve it? That was something that weighed on Bays and Thomas’ mind with “The Pineapple Incident,” a mystery from Season 1 that they nearly DID solve in one of the last episodes of the series but it never quite happened. Read on to find out what went down!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #556

Welcome to the five hundred and fifty-sixth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, was Marvel not allowed to refer to Red Skull as a Nazi in the early 1990s? Was Grant Morrison forced to change the ending of Final Crisis to give it a happy ending? Why did Clark Kent go from working for the Daily Star to the Daily Planet?

Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to access it to update it in a while).

Click here to read this week’s legends.