Love & Money

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

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Aired Friday 8:30 PM Oct 08, 1999 on CBS

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    • Alternate production code: 40305-721

    • Frank Langella was first cast in the role of Nicholas. He was let go before principal filming began, and Stiers wound up doing both pilots.

    • Production designer Dahl Delu and set decorator Rusty Lipscomb were nominated for -- and won -- the 2000 Emmy for Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series. Pretty impressive for a show that only had three episodes eligible for submission.

    • Although Todd Babcock was fired, he remains in a couple shots in the wedding reception sans lines, making him nothing more than an extra. Much of this scene was carried over from the original version of the pilot, and since Puff and that dapper guy in a tux standing behind her certainly don't look like a couple in what's left, he got to stay in the final print. For a few seconds, anyway.

    • The series was originally called The Super and then Love or Money -- under which it was announced on the fall schedule and initially promoted on-air -- before finally becoming Love & Money. The original pilot starred Dash Mihok as Eamon, and featured Todd Babcock as Gordon, Puff's husband. (You can see them both in the tiny cast photo on the front page.) Mihok was replaced with the excuse that he didn't have chemistry with Paget Brewster. (In reality, the network wanted a star who physically fit their interpretation of a leading man. Whatever.) At the same time, Puff's character was altered to make her more of a man chaser. So out went marriage... and Babcock. Finally, Eamon's and Finn's last name was initially Roach, as you probably saw from the press release. The series was to be produced by Staley, Long and Paramount alone before they gave up a share of it to CBS Productions (thus giving CBS co-ownership of absolutely everything new on their fall 1999 sched); CBS executives subsequently forced most of these changes.

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