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War of the Worlds

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The show was filmed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
 
The producers originally wanted an actual paraplegic to portray Norton. Ultimately, though, Philip Akin was cast when no one would give them the desired performance they were looking for.
 
Richard Chaves initially lost the role of Ironhorse. However, he got the part when negotations with the selected actor broke down.
 
The first season makes frequent references to the number 23. The appearance seems to be based on the popular belief in the number as it appears in other television shows and films. However, given the season's Biblical references, it may not be wrong to assume that it may also have someone connection to Psalm 23.
 
Sometime in the 1970s, George Pál, who produced the first film adaptation of The War of the Worlds in 1953, proposed a TV series based in some part on his film (it's never made clear how or if the series was tied to the film despite taking obvious elements). Of course, this series was never given the greenlight, though one interesting aspect is that much like in the actualised series, the aliens are not depicted as Martians.
 
Every episode of the first season employs an animation in the opening in which an alien hand comes up from behind the Earth and takes hold; the closing credits are played over the image of the seised world. This animation is removed (and at times clumsily) from the DVDs for reasons unknown.
 
Michael Nouri was actually cast as Harrison Blackwood, but backed out at the last minute over the issue of his salary.
 

Warning: War of the Worlds guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: | Action | Adventure | Drama | Military/War | Sci-Fi
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: Syndicated ( USA)
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: October 07, 1988
Ended: May 14, 1990
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