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The Pretender (TV Series 1996–2000) Poster

(1996–2000)

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The Pretender was partially inspired by the life of Ferdinand Demara Jr., a genius with an eidetic memory, who could master any skill just by reading a book about it.
When asked in an interview what it was like working with Michael T. Wiess, Andrea Parker was forced to admit that she barely knew him. Due to the premise of the series, Miss Parker chasing Jarod and Jarod always being one step ahead of her, their adult characters only appear in scenes together in eight episodes - besides as children In flashback sequences. Their characters later appear together in scenes in both the movies.
Michael T Weiss appears in an episode of Burn Notice alongside lead Jeffrey Donovan, who played Jarods younger brother Kyle. The episode before this had a character played by Patrick Bauchau.
Jon Gries guest starred as Broots for over 60 episodes before becoming a regular in season four.
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The home base for "The Centre" is the same building complex just outside of Toronto (the R. C. Harris Filtration Plant), that is regularly used as Genomex headquarter in Mutant X (2001). It is also used in at least two episodes of PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (1996). Too was the place where John Trent (Sam Neill) was jailed at the beginning of In the Mouth of Madness (1994).
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Most of the main characters have only a first or last name with the other name either unknown or assumed.
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Patrick Bauchau, who plays Sydney, made the medical set used in the show available at no charge to the independent film Twin Falls Idaho (1999) in which Bauchau appears.
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At a point of the series, Miss Parker and Broots stand trapped in an elevator of The Centre, where Broots realizes about some shot holes in the rooftop, made when Miss Parker's mother was assassinated decades ago. It is based in the failed coup d'etat happened in February 23, 1981, in Spain (commonly known as "23F"), when Antonio Tejero, in those times lieutenant colonel of Civil Guard, attempted to topple King Juan Carlos I to cancel the democracy and return the country to the dictatorship (missed after General Franco's death in 1975). Tejero shot some times against the rooftop of the Congreso de los Diputados (Congress of Deputies) where the coup d'etat happened. The bullets remained there on purpose as a remember of the event until September 11, 2013, when a renovations accidentally removed them.
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