At this time, Mel had grown significantly more mellow and humane than the character Hedaya had originated.
David Lascher took over the role of Josh from Paul Rudd in the television series, and the idea of having the character serve as a romantic interest for Cher was almost non-existent in the TV version of the plot, while it was a major plot in the original film. Geist suffered this same fate and were also gone from the show by the time it switched networks.
Amy Heckerling, who wrote and directed the film, also wrote and directed several episodes of the show's first season, but did not remain on board with the series full-time.
Although they did not reprise their original roles of Josh, Travis and Tai, actors Paul Rudd, Breckin Meyer and Brittany Murphy all made guest appearances in one episode each on the series as new characters: Meyer portrayed Harrison in the episode "Do We with Bad Haircuts Not Feel?
The first episode to be broadcast was "As If a Girl's Reach Should Exceed Her Grasp" on September 20, 1996.
The actual pilot episode, "Don't Stand So Close to Me," aired later on November 1, 1996.
After the series was canceled by ABC, the reruns of the episodes (on their Friday night TGIF line-up) proved to be ratings winners for ABC.
However, it was too late for ABC to get the series back, and they prevented UPN from broadcasting the series until their contract ran out in late September.
spoofing the popular Scream films, Cher, Dionne and Amber try to catch a stalker.Regardless, Holland's character had significantly more exposure on the television series (and was considered one of its stars) than the character of Tai Frasier (who was also recast with Heather Gottlieb when Brittany Murphy opted not to reprise the role), who only appeared in three episodes of the show, despite being one of the main characters in the film.The character of Christian, played by Justin Walker, was not included in the television series at all.Later, Amber hints at a Moesha crossover after calling out Moesha's name when the girls are looking for Murray and Sean.Shar Jackson and Lamont Bentley also appeared in a later episode reprising their Moesha characters.