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"Three's Company" Unaired Pilot #2 (1976)

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1976
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Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

John Ritter ... Jack Tripper

Joyce DeWitt ... Janet Wood

Suze Lanier-Bramlett ... Chrissy Snow (as Susan Lanier)

Audra Lindley ... Helen Roper

Norman Fell ... Stanley Roper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Shera Danese ... Barmaid
Lou Wills Jr. ... Cab Driver (as Lou Wills)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Bill Hobin 
 
Writing credits
Don Nicholl (written by) &
Michael Ross (written by) &
Bernard West (written by) (as Bernie West)

Johnnie Mortimer (based on "Man About the House" created by) &
Brian Cooke (based on "Man About the House" created by)

Produced by
Don Nicholl .... producer
Michael Ross .... producer
Mimi Seawell .... associate producer
Bernard West .... producer (as Bernie West)
 
Film Editing by
Jerry Davis 
 
Casting by
David Graham 
 
Art Direction by
Don Roberts 
 
Set Decoration by
Richard Wineholt 
 
Costume Design by
Len Marcus 
 
Makeup Department
Mark Bussan .... makeup artist
Ellen Powell .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Helen Azevedo .... unit manager
Ted Bergman .... executive in charge of production
Mario Padilla .... production supervisor
Don Taffner .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Gary .... associate director
 
Sound Department
Terry Hensey .... audio
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Barnes .... lighting director (as Tom Barnes Jr.)
 
Other crew
George Burditt .... executive story consultant
Jim Rice .... stage manager
Bob Schulz .... technical director
Charles Stewart .... executive story editor (as Chuck Stewart)
Carol Summers .... production assistant
Paul Wayne .... executive story consultant
 

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Don Nicholl  developed by
Michael Ross  developed by
Bernard West  developed by (as Bernie West)

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'Denise Galik-Furey' was originally cast as Chrissy but suddenly became unavailable shortly before taping.See more »
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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The Original Chrissie, 27 August 2011
Author: Jason Daniel Baker from Toronto, Canada

Jack moves in with female roomies Janet and Chrissie on the same day as Chrissie's mother comes for a visit and stays the night.

In an episode never aired during the run of the series we see the Three's Company that might have been - theme music without real lyrics (Just "Do-do-dah-do" Capella) and a different Chrissie.

Susan Lanier, nearly a dead-ringer for Sally Struthers (Then portraying Gloria on the top rated show All In The Family) was cast as Chrissie Snow after another actress - Denise Galik was fired two days before the pilot taped. She would be the one performer in this episode that producers decided didn't fit though it is not readily apparent why she didn't strike the right chord particularly given that she only had a couple of days rehearsal.

ABC network executive Fred Silverman invested heavily in the development of the show demanding the pilot be reworked and re-shot twice. The only constant in the three pilot episodes was John Ritter.

Having decided to keep Joyce DeWitt after her work in this episode cast as raven-haired roomie Janet Wood they cast Suzanne Somers in the role of Chrissie Snow and enjoyed a hit run that was mostly problem free (though not often funny) for the first four years.

The show improved immeasurably when Don Knotts joined the cast as the new landlord Ralph Furley at the beginning of the 1979-80 season replacing the insipid Ropers who had been spun off into an utterly horrid series of their own.

Somers inexplicably tried a power-play at the beginning of the 1980-81 season to renegotiate her contract making exorbitant demands very nearly destroying the show single-handed. Evidently the producers didn't think enough of Susan Lanier to give her the role again nor did they want Denise Galik. But they could hardly give Somers a raise in pay from $30,000 an episode to $150,000 plus ten percent of show profits.

They opted to bring in Jenilee Harrison who bombed as Chrissie's flaky cousin Cindy/replacement blonde room-mate. But after they hired Priscilla Barnes to replace both of them as new blonde room-mate Terri Alden, the show regained momentum and they shot some of the very best episodes of the series. It only took five casting changes to get the blonde room-mate character right.

There can be little doubt that producers made the right choice in casting Suzanne Somers given her record in sitcom TV in the years to follow (She's The Sheriff, Step By Step). There can also be little doubt that she never would have gone on to be in shows like those if she had not been handed the role of Chrissie Snow.

I never found her remotely attractive, remotely funny or remotely interesting but TV audiences clearly did.

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