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The titles for each episode are an onomatopoeia alluding to the method of murder used by the killer in that particular episode.
The name of the character Jimmy's boat is "Sea Jay", named after the actor who plays him, C.J. Thomason.
Katie Cassidy, Gina Holden, Callum Keith Rennie, Jim Beaver, Amber Borycki, Chris Gauthier, Ben Cotton, Sean Rogerson, Dean Wray, Jay Brazeau, Aaron Pearl,Alex Ferris, Maxine Miller, Anna Mae Routledge, Sarah-Jane Redmond, and Sarah Smyth have all appeared in episodes of Supernatural (2005), though not at the same time with the exception of Gina Holden and Callum Keith Rennie who were both in "Wendigo." Also Jim Beaver and Katie Cassidy were in a few episodes together.
All TV ads and previews for Harper's Island indicated that it would be only a 13-episode series, meaning only one season of the show, with the mystery antagonist revealed in the final episode.
While in the bar, one of the characters is drinking scotch from a bottle labeled 'Robert McLachlan', which is also the name of the Director of Cinematography.
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After the pilot presentation was greenlit to series, several roles were recast: -Ryan Merriman (Henry Dunn) was replaced by Christopher Gorham. -Samantha Noble (Trish Wellington) was replaced by Katie Cassidy. -Bill Dow (Sheriff Mills) was replaced by Jim Beaver. -Gerard Plunkett (Thomas Wellington) was replaced by Richard Burgi. -Bill Pullman (Uncle Marty) was replaced by Harry Hamlin.
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Co-executive producer Dan Shotz stated that finding someone for the role of Abby Mills was the most difficult part of casting, with hundreds of actresses auditioning. Elaine Cassidy was found after her self made audition tape was sent from London to Los Angeles, four days before filming on the pilot presentation began.
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Instead of a pilot, a fifteen minute pilot presentation was shot. This consisted of the first seven minutes of the pilot script plus selected scenes from what would be the rest of the series.
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Cameron Richardson (Chloe Carter) originally auditioned for the role of Abby Mills.
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Adam Campbell (Cal Vandeusen) originally auditioned for the role of Henry Dunn.
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Gina Holden (Shea Allen), David Lewis (Richard Allen), and Chris Gauthier (Malcolm Ross) star in The Butterfly Effect 2. A photo of Callum Keith Rennie (John Wakefield) is also featured, from The Butterfly Effect.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Christopher Gorham was not told his character was the killer until after the filming of episode 8.
None of the main cast (other than Harry Hamlin who had signed on for only one episode) knew if their character was going to survive to the end of any episode until the day before they got the script. Rather than letting them read about it in the script the job of telling an actor that his or her character was going to be killed in the next episode fell to the Executive Producer Karim Zreik, a job that earned him the nick name "The Assassin".

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