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(1999)

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Some of the viewers of Edtv are watching from the Delta Tau Chi fraternity (letters seen in background), the fictional fraternity from Animal House (1978) (also from Universal Studios).
The Pepsi machine in Ray's home is empty (all the red lights are on).
During one scene, after Shari has left, Ed is in his video store and sees a woman in a wig and sunglasses outside whom he recognizes as Shari in disguise. In the background you can see a poster for the movie Vertigo (1958), which features a woman disguising herself in a similar fashion.
In the scene where Ed first awakens to the cameramen at the foot of his bed, a sign can be seen above his bed that reads, "Longview - 12 miles." Matthew McConaughey's hometown is Longview, Texas.
Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson also starred together in the 2008 theatrical film "Surfer, Dude" as well as the acclaimed HBO TV series "True Detective" (2014).
Rob Reiner's line "Go home, Gomer," is a reference to The Andy Griffith Show (1960) which featured a young Ron Howard.
The first sponsor shown on Edtv is the video store Ed works in.
The ads at the bottom of EdTV get bigger & more national as the show's popularity grows.
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Jennifer Aniston was considered for the role of Cynthia Topping.
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Matthew McConaughey and Adam Goldberg also starred together in Richard Linklater's 1993 hippie-cult classic "Dazed and Confused."
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Matthew McConaughey, Martin Landau and Michael Moore; and three Oscar nominees: Dennis Hopper, Rob Reiner and Woody Harrelson.
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Dennis Hopper replaced Tom Berenger, who backed out due to scheduling conflicts. Hopper had recently backed out of The Truman Show (1998), which bears a striking similarity to "EdTV".
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The band appearing in the bar where Ed and Sherry are out is Stroke 9, a band from San Francisco. However, only Luke Esterkyn, the lead singer is credited.
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Film debut of Christian Kane.
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Wade Davis from the band "13 Inches" can be seen as a "Frat Guy" in a scene shot in San Francisco.
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There are two tributes to Don Knotts in the film. The Ghost and Mr. Chicken and The Incredible Mr. Limpett are shown on the video store counter. An advertisement for "Fife" is shown on the screen. Don Knotts played Barney Fife on the Andy Griffith show, also starring Ron Howard.
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During Ed's audition, he says he's from East Texas, attended Junior College for a year, and references "Bearcats". Lon Morris College is a Junior College, in East Texas, with "Bearcats" as mascot.
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When Ed is invited to drive the zamboni at the Sharks game. He is talking about the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks first arrived in the Bay Area in 1991 and played their first 3 years in Daily city, a town just outside San Francisco (where the movie takes place) since 1993 they play their home games 45 min south in San Jose, locally known as the Shark Tank.
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This film and "The Truman Show" were aware the other project existed during their pre-production phases, but Edtv was not that concerned for two reasons: they knew that TTS was very much a drama and their film would be a comedy, and they did not expect the other film to be a huge hit because they felt audiences would not turn out in large numbers to see Jim Carrey doing a drama that was so removed from his multi-year run of comedic blockbusters. One side effect that hurt Edtv was the huge summer 1998 success of "The Truman Show", which led Universal to insist that the promotions for Edtv make it look like more of a broad slapstick comedy than it actually was, and contributed to the film underachieving after its March 1999 release.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The 'penile implant' topic was debated years earlier in another 'Ron Howard' movie, The Paper (1994).
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