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Behind The Scenes Secrets From That ’70s Show Most People Don’t Know

TThe Show Was Supposed To Be Called ‘Teenage Wasteland’

That ’70s Show producers originally wanted the sitcom’s title to be Teenage Wasteland, a lyric from the iconic The Who rock song “Baba O’Riley.” Executive producer Tom Werner explained several other titles that they considered:
“Teenage Wasteland was our tentative title. It was on the first draft, but we couldn’t get the rights to it from The Who. So we went back to the drawing board and came up with 30 titles. [Among them was The Kids Are Alright, another Who song, which songwriter Pete Townshend shot down as well.] Eventually, we came up with Feelin’ All Right [which then-Fox president Peter Roth presented to advertisers at the 1998 upfront in New York]. As we got closer, the network decided that wasn’t memorable enough. And frankly, it wouldn’t have been. Finally, [co-creator] Bonnie Turner says, ‘You know, why don’t we just call it That ’70s Show? Because that’s what everyone is going to end up calling it anyway. No matter what we come up with…’ We all looked at her and said, ‘You’re right.’ It was inspired.”

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