After the live-action show ended before season four even got off the ground, the powers that be decided there was more money to be made with the brand, and so created “The New Adventures of Gilligan,” an animated show with the exact same premise and characters.
The show ran for two seasons and approximately a year – September of 1974 to October of 1975. It had twenty-four episodes, and most of the cast reprised their old roles. While the animated episodes are basically the same as the live-action plots, the biggest addition was an anthropomorphic monkey by the name of Stubby, who befriends Gilligan.
No number four
While it was a big surprise that the show ended so suddenly – the show was canceled while the cast was on vacation, as we know – for a long time it was rumored there were scripts for the planned fourth season that would have had Tina Louise's character Ginger being rescued.
At the same time, two additional female characters were going to join the cast. However, this has been debunked. Louise has even gone on record by saying that while she didn't enjoy the show, she wasn't planning on leaving and would have been a part of the fourth season.
The ‘S.S. Minnow’ was used to annoy the chairman of the FCC
Fans believed that the name of the ship that brought us to Gilligan’s Island, the S.S. Minnow, was based on the name of a fish. But producer Sherwood Schwartz claimed that the name was inspired after Newton Minow, who sat at the time as the chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Newton changed TV forever when he made his famous scathing speech against television shows. The phrase with which he described television—a “vast wasteland,” would forever be attached to his name and still shows up as the first suggested result when you Google his name. In 2011, Minow told Advertising Age having more choice of shows was the most significant improvement in TV in the decades since his famous speech, which makes it “less of a wasteland.”
Jim Backus, who played Thurston Howell III, was unable to act for the third movie due to Parkinson's disease. Sherwood Schwartz refused to recast the role, stating he didn't want to hurt Backus by making it seem like he was replaceable. Instead, he wrote Howell III out of the film and replaced him with Thurston Howell IV, the original character's son, played by David Ruprecht.
The son managed the island resort in place of his father. While this did contradict the original series, which stated that the Howells had no children, Schwartz was too impressed with Ruprecht's Howell-like persona, which did not directly imitate Backus, to leave him out.
Dawn Wells raised $130,000 to help with her finances
Dawn claimed to have dealt with pretty serious financial troubles, including “penalties by the IRS” since 2008’s financial crisis. She also claims to have been dealing with “an unexpected accident that required hospitalization for two months.” Dawn proceeded to start a GoFundMe campaign seeking to raise money for her IRS penalties and hospital costs.
The campaign was a great success and has raised nearly $140,000 in just 10 days. According to her friend Kirkpatrick, “Dawn is so flattered that her fans have come to her rescue — shocked and amazed, actually. She loves them and always has. She’s proved that over the years. She’s even flown people to her ranch (where she was working) in Idaho for movie screening because they couldn’t afford it. She’s been very generous to many people for many years.” Many fans wrote personal thank-you letters telling her how much her performance as Mary Ann helped them in their time of need and how happy they are to return the favor. Heartwarming indeed.