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Joshua Malina (Jeremy Goodwin) originally auditioned for the role of Dan Rydell
 
Robert Guillaume's real-life stroke was written into the story line as a stroke suffered by his character, executive producer Isaac Jaffee.
 
The character of Casey is loosely based on former ESPN SportsCenter anchor Craig Kilborn.
 
During one episode, Dan shakes writer's block by reminding himself why he got into writing in the first place - to impress women. Josh Charles, who plays Dan Rydell, was also in Dead Poets Society (1989) in which Josh Charles' character writes poetry is to woo a woman.
 
This series was partially filmed in front of a live studio audience, though its complexity made this difficult. At the filming of one early episode, for example, much of the episode was performed "radio play style" simply so that audience laughter could be recorded. Most of the footage that actually made it to air in each episode originated from filming that occurred without a live audience, as the use of reverse angles in filming (unusual for a sitcom) required audience bleachers to be obscured by walls or scenery.
 
Throughout episode 2-20, "Bells and a Siren", Dan jokes that his young publicist should be at home watching "Felicity" (1998). Felicity was produced by 'Ron Howard' , Brian Grazer and Tony Krantz- the same team responsible for this show.
 
Originally conceived as a movie, Aaron Sorkin was unable to devise a coherent plot. The episodic nature of television solved this.
 
The show was finally canceled when Aaron Sorkin decided to concentrate on his other show, "The West Wing" (1999). Low ratings on ABC also contributed to its demise. But it did receive several attractive offers to continue on cable TV. However, all the deals included Sorkin as a writer but Sorkin declined.

 

Warning: Sports Night guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy | Sports
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: ABC ( USA)
Airs: Tuesdays at 09:30 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: September 22, 1998
Ended: May 16, 2000
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