Alex Karras as George Papadapolis Following his retirement from the NFL, celebrated athlete Alex Karras went on to become an actor.
His first role was in the sports-themed film “Paper Lion,” in which he played himself.
Meg Ryan was originally cast for this role, but she decided to pursue a film career, so Marisa Tomei was cast.
The first season of Hillman's student body consisted of both black and white students, but this was changed at the beginning of the second season and a very predominantly-black student body maintained until the series ended.
The story-lines usually have a thin plot revolving around some intrigue and the sexual awakening of a girl or woman who often also narrates.
Sensuous love scenes with nudity as well as sultry, moody music are characteristic for most episodes.
It was inspired by student life at Hampton University While it was a spin-off from The Cosby Show, A Different World typically addressed issues that were avoided by The Cosby Show writers (race and class relations, or the Equal Rights Amendment).
The presenter and host Jake Winters (David Duchovny) is then shown walking on desolate train tracks with his dog Stella.
He begins reading a letter from his post office box out loud that begins with "Dear Red Shoes..." He first took out the ad after the suicide of his fiancée, and his subsequent confrontation of the man with whom she was having an affair, a construction worker and shoe salesman who sold her a pair of red high heels, inspiring the ad.
He placed the ad in the newspaper in an effort to understand why it happened and learn his fiancée's reasons for killing herself through the stories of women in similar situations.
Red Shoe Diaries episodes were running on the Canadian television channel Showcase, early Saturday morning, as of August 2010.