Writers, directors, and actors involved with the ABC show Cougar Town have all complained that the title was a mistake and has contributed to their struggling ratings. However, as Courteney Cox pointed out recently, if they changed it, they might lose some of their DVR audience, whose machines wouldn’t know to record the newly titled show. But throughout the history of television, it hasn’t been unheard of for a show to change its name. We’ve rounded up some of the weirdest stories behind TV title changes; if you think of any we missed, let us know!
The Hogan Family (1986-1991)
Valerie Harper played a woman trying to juggle her career and caring for her three sons while her airline-pilot husband was away for work. This is completely normal for a family sitcom, but when Harper got into a dispute with the show producers over increasing her salary and syndication revenue, she threatened to quit, thinking they wouldn’t let the title character go. Well, they did — by dramatically killing her off and changing the name of the series twice, from Valerie to Valerie’s Family: The Hogans, and then just The Hogan Family. The show continued under its new title for another three seasons.