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Old 05-26-2019, 07:56 AM   #46
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I think that Alice maybe a tale-tell example of what could happen when you create a show around a decidedly insecure actor or actress. They'll make everything about them and, if someone is getting more laughs or attention (in this case, Polly Holliday and subsequently, Diane Ladd), they'll try to stifle them.
Where were the executive producers & director?? They should have told her the OBVIOUS that having a hit show is a TEAM game. If she was still so stubborn they could've just fired her and moved on without her just like how Three's Company fired Suzanne Somers(in her prime) yet had multiple successful seasons without her!
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The “Three’s Company” and “Valerie” examples are so notable because they were rare times when networks/producers were willing to risk a hit show and get rid of an actor. Most of the time, networks side with the actor because they are worried about upsetting a hit show and causing it to fail.

When Delta Burke and the Designing Women producers were feuding, CBS initially sided with Burke and brought in a new producer for the sixth season of DW. That was their natural instinct.
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The “Three’s Company” and “Valerie” examples are so notable because they were rare times when networks/producers were willing to risk a hit show and get rid of an actor. Most of the time, networks side with the actor because they are worried about upsetting a hit show and causing it to fail.

When Delta Burke and the Designing Women producers were feuding, CBS initially sided with Burke and brought in a new producer for the sixth season of DW. That was their natural instinct.
In the case of Three's Company the producers dumped Suzanne Somers because they knew John Ritter was the star not her. Suzanne thought she was bigger than she actually was. So when she made unheard of exorbitant salary demands they fired her because they KNEW she was expendable!
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I never understood why Belle was not in any of the flashback scenes in the final episode.....Linda and Polly didn't get along, or so I hear, BUT Flo was in the flashbacks, so I wonder why Belle wasn't?
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I never understood why Belle was not in any of the flashback scenes in the final episode.....Linda and Polly didn't get along, or so I hear, BUT Flo was in the flashbacks, so I wonder why Belle wasn't?
Maybe because Flo was there for 3 seasons? Of course Belle should have been in it & she was my favorite waitress but was only in 22 episodes or so because Linda Lavin was a TOTAL A**HOLE!
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I know Belle wasn't there very long, but she was still part of the main cast at one time, so you'd think they would have included her at least once or twice. There were scenes from episodes she was in, but it seemed like they intentionally left her out. The scene where Mel is counting money and there's a knock at the door Mel snaps, "WHO'S THAT!?!?" Which is Belle knocking. I mean there were random customers included in flashbacks who were only on the show for a few mins only in one episode.

But yeah it could have had to do with Lavin b/c Flo was not even in THAT many flashbacks.
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The bottom line is Lavin should never have had so much control to begin with and they shouldn't have called the show "Alice"!
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