Series that Changed Names over time

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If a Series changed its name over the course of its existence should it be listed as different Series or just as anlernative Titel for the Series?
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Usually it should be an alternative title with the attribute "new title".
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That happens from time to time, usually with web series ("The Angry Video Game Nerd" originally aired its first episodes as "Angry Nintendo Nerd" before changing the title midway through the season) but there are a few cases with big budget television projects also having different titles for different seasons ("American Horror Story" is one such example). 

Usually if it was proven that network considers continuation a new season of the same title, production companies and creative team barely changed etc., primary title should be changed into current one, with previous title shifted into an alternate one with an attribute such as "(first season title)". 

Hope that helps. Expanding upon situation might bring more solutions as it s pretty much a case-to-case issue. 
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("The Angry Video Game Nerd" originally aired its first episodes as "Angry Nintendo Nerd" before changing the title midway through the season

Then the title should be changed to "Angry Nintendo Nerd" with an alternate title of "The Angry Video Game Nerd". Here's the guide about this: https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/titles/adding-a-new-title/GNXTSSVTJTFCRZGN?ref_=helpms_he...# ("We use the original title of a movie/show in its original language as it appears on screen in the opening credits.", emphasis not mine)
(it can also be found here: https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/titles/title-formatting/G56U5ERK7YY47CQB?ref_=helpart_nav...#)

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Marco, I believe this is an exception because firstly first three episodes actually aired without any series title whatsoeve;  secondly, confusement this will spur will be enormous and thirdly, title changed amidst the first season.

We do not rename The Evil Dead "Book of the Dead", despite it premiered with that title, because in some cases original title is discarded. 
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secondly, confusement this will spur will be enormous and thirdly, title changed amidst the first season.


I don't see why this should be reasons to go against the policy. For me, it would be very confusing if some titles would have the original title listed and some titles wouldn't.
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It should never be listed as a separate title. However, IMDB is a bit inconsistent on how they handle this. For example, Tangled is the original series title but IMDB now shows Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure as the title, though that is the new title with season 2. All of American Horror Story seasons have a subtitle but those are only shown as alternate titles instead of main titles. IMDb really needs to implement a season title for shows as this is increasingly becoming an issue for anthology series like AHS, Channel Zero, American Crime Story, etc....
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Hi Valkyrslayer,

Thanks for your post.

As mentioned by the helpful members here, if you can provide further information about the TV Series we'll do our best to answer your question.

Joel
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Thank You for the helpful answers. So if a webseries changes names but basicly is the same series the main title should be the original and the chnaged should be listed as alternative title.
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That would be the way I would do it. The alternative title should be something like "Alternate Title (season X)" or "Alternate Title (Years XXXX-XXXY)"
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The attribute is chosen from a set menu. I recommended "new title", which I believe causes the title to be displayed as default title for users in that country. Perhaps IMDb can enlighten us.
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Hi Valkyrslayer,

Yes Peter is correct, (new title) would be the best fit for this example which does affect the display for that country.

Regards,
Will