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The Larry Sanders Show (TV Series 1992–1998) Poster

(1992–1998)

Trivia

Shandling based the show on his experience as the Monday night guest host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) from 1986 to 1987. Shandling was offered numerous deals to host his own late-night talk show but turned them all down.
Tom Snyder appeared as himself on the show as a candidate for the hosting job for a proposed talk show to follow Larry's. As a direct result of this appearance, David Letterman's Worldwide Pants production company hired Snyder to host The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder (1995), a talk show developed to follow Late Show with David Letterman (1993) each night.
Part of the reason cast members from Seinfeld (1989) did cameos on the show is because both productions shared the same production facility in Studio City, California.
Throughout the course of the series, 187 celebrities appeared as themselves.
The first cable series to receive an Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Series.
Jeremy Piven left the show because he felt his character was not given much to do in the series. His character, Jerry, gets fired in the second episode of the second season.
Linda Doucett was fired from the show after the third season. In real life, she and Shandling were in a long-term relationship but they broke up after the third season. Doucett sued Shandling and producer Brad Grey for wrongful termination. The case was settled out of court and Doucett received $1 million.
Hank's catchphrase "Hey now!" became even more popular when it was adopted by Howard Stern and used frequently on his radio show.
The on-air segments were shot on video while the behind-the-scenes segments where shot on film. This required four video cameras and three film cameras shooting simultaneously during the talk show scenes.
Originally, a real studio audience was used for the talk show scenes. But sometimes the scenes would take hours to shoot which was tough on the audience. Eventually, they stopped having an audience unless the episode needed crowd reaction shots. A laugh track was used instead.
David Duchovny's appearances on the show focused on his attraction to Larry. This is a joke that has outlived the Sanders show itself, resurfacing, among other places, on Duchovny's show The X-Files (1993) (in the episode "Hollywood A.D.", Garry Shandling, appears as himself, Gillian Anderson's character comments to Duchovny's character "I think that Téa Leoni has a little crush on you...I think that Shandling likes you a bit too.") and in a skit filmed for The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2004).
Garry Shandling wanted to cast singer Natalie Merchant in a recurring role in the final season of the show but she turned the part down.
Ken Ruta was offered the part of Arthur, but didn't accept due to a conflict with the theatre production he was in at the time.

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