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During the retrospective, a clip is shown from one of Reece's films, "Clash of the Titans." Harry Hamlin, who plays Reece, actually was the star of the film. This was not the first time the movie was referenced during the course of the series. Ironically, they didn't bother to mention "Making Love," a controversial (at the time) 1982 film where Hamlin plays a gay man who breaks up Kate Jackson's marriage, when her husband, Michael Ontkean, falls for Hamlin.
Reece recalls the fact that the previous year he was named "World's Sexiest Man." This is a reference to the episode "Like Father, Like Son."
During the opening scene, Reece and Jacey appear on "Hollywood Squares." Hamlin and Grant actually did guest star for a week.
Guest-star Lisa Rinna is real-life wife to "Movie Stars" star Harry Hamlin.
The story concerning Reese finding that his brother stashed their father's ashes in the garage is based on a story from Harry Hamlin's own life.
When the show returned, Anne Haney was noticably absent from the cast. Her character's disappearance was never explained. Also absent is Todd's juice bar, "Squeeze This," which is now the set for Reece's guest house, which Todd lives in.
Without looking at the production numbers, it's obvious that this episode was aired out of order, since the juice bar had been seen in previous episodes. During the next season, the juice bar is a memory -- though the "Squeeze This" set is then used for the set of Reece's guest house.
Yet another moment lifted from Hamlin's real life. Hamlin, like his character Reese, was deemed "The World's Sexiest Man" by People Magazine in the 1980s.
During one scene, Reece, Lori, and Moonglow are watching "MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch" with Nicholas Cage and Reece Hardin (Harry Hamlin).
Lori mentions how lame Reece's film "Clash of the Titans" was. Harry Hamlin was actually the star of the film. This is just the first of many references to the film. During the second season, in an episode titled "He's Reece, He's Here, Get Used to It," a scene from "Clash of the Titans" is featured.
Shiri Appleby was originally cast in the role of Lori. Writer/creator Wayne Lemon had seen Marnette Patterson on the series "Something So Right" and had her in mind for playing Lori, but she was unavailable when the pilot of "Movie Stars" was filmed. By the time "Movie Stars" went into production, "Something So Right" had been canceled, so the role of Lori was given to Patterson, who reshot Appleby's scenes.