For anyone reading this blog, you’ll soon learn that I am a huge fan of ‘Community’, which is in my opinion, one of the top 5 shows on television. I also love Alison Brie, for reasons that aren’t that hard to figure out for anyone with eyes and ears.
Watching this rap compilation further hits home my opinion that Brie should do at least one guest appearance at a Garfunkel and Oates show.
This may not be shocking news to many, but a hell of a lot of people have been on ‘Law & Order’. However, did you know that ‘Law & Order’ has been on the air longer than this year’s incoming college freshmen have been alive? Anyone else feeling old after reading that? Curious to see a slideshow of 25 Actors who made ‘Law & Order’ appearances before they were famous?
Where I’d like to shine some light on a few of you is that ‘Law & Order’ is not the first show to be responsible for so many “Before They Were Famous” appearances. Ever heard of ‘Gunsmoke‘? Maybe you’ve heard of it but never seen an episode? Fortunately, I have; I’ve actually seen more episodes than I’d like to admit thanks to a year of living with my parents when I was 24. Three episodes every weeknight for a year. ‘Gunsmoke’ is responsible for starting the careers of a lot of well-known actors who are old enough to be our parents or grandparents. Here are a few:
I was watching TMZ tonight and saw a clip about a little person that poses as Mr. T in Hollywood. While I couldn’t find a decent, share-able clip of that fantastic, mohawk-sporting little person, I did run across this episode of Mr. T’s cartoon show, which surprisingly, I remembered seeing from when I was a tyke.
For those of you who don’t know, Mr. T. is another Hollywood personality phenomenon who created the strange line between actor, athlete, novelty personality that is now walked by men like The Rock, John Cena, and Vern Troyer (he may not be an athlete but his notoriety closely mirrors that of Mr. T in the late 70s/early 80s). Mr. T is famous for his role as B.A. Baracaus in “The A Team” and as boxer Clubber Lang in Rocky III. Little known fact, Mr. T got his start in Hollywood working as a bodyguard for Muhummed Ali, Diana Ross, and Steve McQueen. Also, in 1984, Mr. T released an album called “Mr. T’s Commandments”, which instructed kids to stay away from drugs and to stay in school.
To point out that Charlie Sheen ironically lost, I mean won, his job on “2 1/2 Half Men” today, I thought I’d put together a “Winning” playlist to commemorate the occasion. The songs listed below are all about being a winner. Kinda makes you think how the song might be different had Charlie Sheen written the song with his magical fingertips in tiger’s blood.
1. “I Fought the Law” – The Clash
2. “We Are the Champions” – Queen
3. “The Winner Takes it All” – ABBA
4. “Winning” – Santana
5. “All I Do is Win” – DJ Khaled feat. Ludacris
6. “Simply the Best” – Tina Turner
7. “Bad” – Michael Jackson
8. “Fame” – David Bowie
9. “$ucce$$” – Dannii Minogue
And last but not least…
10. “Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor
Also, did anyone else happen to check out Sheen’s new Ustream show, “Crazy Korner?” I got a huge kick out of one of the “goddesses” boringly reading a magazine in the background. See below…
I LOVE Golden Girls!!! I mean, what’s not to love? It is one of the best TV shows of all-time, hands down. It was way ahead of it’s time in terms of character arcs, storylines, dialogue, and sexual references. As a tribute to this bad-ass show, I will post a Golden Girls episode flashback each week. Starting with the first season, I will provide an episode summary/commentary of the episode that aired exactly on this week all those years ago. If I can find clips, I will certainly post. Just a little something to add a “golden” ray of sunshine to your day (pun intended).
This week’s episode is highly appropriate given that so many people have been sick with a cold or flu.
“Flu Attack”, Episode 121, 1985. A week before an awards ceremony for the Volunteer of the Year, Blanche, Dorothy and Rose each come down with a nasty flu, which compounds their arguing over who will win the prestigious award. Meanwhile, Sophia is having a hard time coming up with a date for the event. (I actually found the entire episode on YouTube!)
Blanche: [the girls have the flu] Dorothy, where’s my heating pad?
Dorothy: How should I know?
Blanche: [she holds up an electrical cord] Well if this isn’t it, I’d like to know what other electrical appliance you’re using under that blanket
Sophia Petrillo: What’re you doing?
Rose Nylund: We’re having a group hug, Sophia.
Sophia Petrillo: Well knock it off, the neighbors are going to get the wrong idea.
Okay, I totally expect that some of you are saying, “Who?” or “Who the hell cares?” Ahahaha, my friends, this is my first lesson in pop culture history. In case you don’t know who Melissa Gilbert is (Bruce Boxleitner really isn’t that important here), let me bring you up to speed. Melissa Gilbert was on a show called “Little House on the Prairie”, which in the late 70s was the non-equivalent of Modern Family since it wasn’t modern for the 70s (it took place in the post-Civil War period out West) and featured no gay characters (that were out, hint: Albert). Watch the following clip to see Gilbert as Laura Ingles, also known as “Half Pint” to her Pa, Michael Landon.
Gotta love the mud fight…this scene would have a direct influence on TV cat-fights in years to come…
Melissa Gilbert was the break-out star of the show and for many years was a Hollywood darling. Since then she has travelled the traditional route for actresses who were once a big deal in the 70s: actress in a series of Lifetime Movies (see also Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd, Jane Seymour, Kate Jackson, Stephanie Powers, and Valerie Bertinelli to name a few). Sidenote, it’s interesting that all four, major Charlie’s Angels actresses went on to impressive careers in made-for-tv movies. Could this be a curse? I think so. Minka Kelly, Kelly Brook, and Rachael Taylor, you’ve been warned (yep, Charlie’s Angels is being remade for TV; keep your eyes out for the pilot, possibly this summer).
Ok, back to my point regarding Melissa Gilbert…this is an interesting story to me because of two things. 1) This is another example of what was a seemingly rock-solid marriage that has lasted many years (Boxleitner and Gilbert met on LHOTP but got married in 1995) crumbling at our pop-obsessed feet. Apparently, you can’t make your marriage last in Hollywood unless you are a Scientologist…but that’s because the idea of being picked up by the Lord Voltron’s spaceship earlier than anyone else because you’ve maintained your sacred, “drinking the funky Koolaid” vows, is pretty appealing.
2) The Main Reason: look at her face in that picture! OMG, hellooooooo plastic surgery! When I first saw this picture, I thought it was a hybrid of Melissa Rivers and Joan Rivers, but no! It wasn’t a Rivers family member at all! A few years ago, I worked a press tour for a really shitty movie called “Against the Ropes” starring Meg Ryan. My job was to be Ms. Ryan’s gopher, her job was to be extremely difficult and bear a striking resemblance to Jack Nicholson as “The Joker” in Batman. She had recently had a face lift and a large amount of Restalin injected in her lips. In honor of the above photo, I now induct Melissa Gilbert into my very own “Your Plastic Surgery Mistakes Make You Look Like a Comic Book Villain” Hall of Fame!!
P.S. Am I the only person who realized upon looking at Bruce Boxleitner: “That’s probably what Bruce Jenner would look like today if he had also stayed out from unda da knife?” Just sayin’. Speaking of Bruce Jenner, if you could pick a comic book villain that he resembles most, who would it be?