9 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman was a western drama set in the 1800s and followed Dr. Michaela “Mike” Quinn, a physician, who moves from Boston to the Colorado Springs in search of adventure. Despite the fact that it aired on Saturdays, the show was a huge hit and ran for six seasons from 1993 to 1998 when it was canceled. It’s also spawned two TV movies, Dr. Quinn: Revolutions and Dr. Quinn: The Heart Within. Because the show was such a hit, we have 9 things you didn’t know about the popular series:
9. Casting Dr. Quinn
Jane Seymour was a last minute casting choice. She received the script at 7 A.M. one day and had to decide by the next day at 10 A.M. if she wanted to play the titular character, Dr. Quinn. Less than 12 hours later at 6 A.M. she began wardrobe fittings for the series. The reason why she signed onto the project so quickly was because her ex-husband had left her about $9 million in the hole, so she was looking for any TV project available and Dr. Quinn was the first one that came along.
8. Low Expecations
The pilot episode was shot in 1992 and aired in a two-hour special on January 1, 1993. The following night, CBS aired a second hour-long episode of the show to grab viewer’s attention. Expectations for the show were really low because it was being aired alongside the Orange Bowl, so the pilot was served more as a “made for TV” movie that could either stand-alone or could be developed into a TV series. Because the show was filmed with the belief that it wouldn’t get picked up, the casting director and producer didn’t get any kind of commitment from a lot of the actors and actresses that appeared. When the show did get picked up, several actors and actresses who were in the pilot couldn’t commit to a weekly filming schedule, so many of them were replaced.