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2. Tom Poston almost got cast as Maxwell Smart

When Mel Brooks first brought the show idea to ABC they wanted Tom Poston to star. ABC executives also wanted to make some changes to make it more family friendly, as they felt some elements were “un-American.” Mel Brooks wasn’t interested in taming things. The show was then taken to NBC and Tom was left behind. He did however go on to be cast on Newhart down the road.

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