Maybe it would have turned out well but wow, that sounds terrible! It's always fascinating to hear the things that happen in the background. Didn't know about Danson deciding to leave and NBC offering Woody the lead either. Niles was the most unlikable character to me, but despite that I pretty much feel like the three were on more or less equal footing. Lots of funny lines from all of them. Also think the three were a lot more similar than not, even Martin, and maybe that helped. On Cheers the characters had more variety, but with all those characters needing time in each episode they didn't usually develop them as much.