Beane's of Boston was a pilot episode for a proposed American adaption of the British sitcom Are You Being Served?. Though written by the original writers of the British series and starring John Hillerman, who would go on to fame in Magnum, P.I., the series was not picked up.
John Hillerman was asked to read the part of Mr. Peacock. When he failed to show up for the reading, co-creator Jeremy Lloyd
read the lines instead. He was immediately offered the role. Lloyd might've taken it, but co-creator David Croft urged him not to, citing Lloyd's writing commitments in the UK, so producer Garry Marshall
offered Lloyd a part on his current series Happy Days