From Simon leaving 'American Idol' to Conan bidding adieu to NBC, let's celebrate the moments when TV stars boldly declared their independence. Sometimes the results were revolutionary, sometimes they were disastrous, and for some, the jury's still out.
Some were unlikely, a few were unexpected, and a couple were delayed for years, boosting both sexual tension and viewer frustration. Just in time for Valentine's Day, here are 10 pop culture lip-locks for the ages.
As most schoolchildren recall from their American history classes, 'The Brady Bunch Hour' was a musical spin-off of 'The Brady Bunch' that aired briefly in 1977, and is now recalled as one of the worst television shows in the history of the medium.
The only Brady cast member to recognize this trainwreck before it left the station was Eve Plumb, who played Jan on the original series. Geri Reischl was cast as her replacement, and became forever immortalized as Fake Jan.
The spinoff, aptly titled 'Tough Love: Couples,' will feature 'Tough Love' star Steve Ward and his mother JoAnn. The two will assess the relationships of the couples just before they are set to marry, determining if they are fit to tie the knot together.
This is certainly not the first time VH1 has spun off off their popular shows, sometimes unnecessarily. In fact, there are so many spinoffs of their reality shows, we have compiled a list of just the worst ones.
- At 4:30AM, TCM has a marathon of Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movies.
- At 6, TLC has a Cake Boss marathon.
- At 7, USA has a House marathon.
- At 8, Syfy starts their James Bond movie marathon with Dr. No.
- At 8:30, Cartoon Network has a Tom & Jerry marathon.
- At 9, NBC has The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, then the National Dog Show.
- CBS has highlights from parade on The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS at 9.
- Discovery has a Mythbusters marathon at 9.
- TV Land has a Brady Bunch marathon starting at 9.
- There's a Golden Girls marathon on Hallmark at 9.
The Wrap reports that the new Fremantle Media production, announced last June, will enlist Griffin's comedic candor in a reality competition show which challenges celebrities to re-enact famous dance routines.
Set to air over five episodes, the 90-minute premiere of 'Let's Dance' will follow the performance finale of 'Dancing with the Stars' on November 23rd at 9:30PM. Griffin will play ringmaster while celebs choose their routines and compete, hoping to return to the grand finale in mid-December.
- At 7, TV Land starts their 40th Anniversary Brady Bunch marathon.
- At 8, ABC has the two-hour season premiere of Dancing with the Stars, followed by the season premiere of Castle.
- CBS has the season premiere of How I Met Your Mother at 8, then the series premiere of Accidentally on Purpose and the season premieres of Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory, and CSI: Miami.
- NBC has the two-hour season premiere of Heroes at 8, then a new Jay Leno Show.
- FOX has the two-hour season premiere of House at 8.
- There's a new One Tree Hill on The CW at 8, followed by a new Gossip Girl.
- ABC Family has a new Lincoln Heights at 8, then a new Greek.
- Also at 8: BBC America has a new Top Gear.
- At 8:30, ESPN has a new Monday Night Football, the Colts vs. the Dolphins.
- At 9, USA has a new Monday Night RAW.
- Food Network has a new Unwrapped at 9.
- At 10, E! has Fashion Police: The 2009 Emmy Awards.
- A&E has a new Hoarders at 10.
Check your local TV listings for more.
After the jump, the late night talk shows.
- Sci-Fi's Twilight Zone marathon continues from last night.
- AMC is showing classic westerns all day.
- Cartoon Network has Looney Tunes all day.
- Hallmark has Christmas movies all day.
- At 6am, USA has a Monk marathon.
- At 7, NBC's Today, ABC's Good Morning, America, and CBS' The Early Show will all have New Year's tips, predictions, advice, and recipes.
- At 8, TNT has a Bones marathon.
- History Channel has Ice Road Truckers episodes all day starting at 8.
No need to adjust your glasses at the title of this post. What we're talking about here is the inflation-adjusted price of the Bionic Man in the year 2008. This is according to CNNMoney.com, which looked at a number of pop culture icons and programs to see what the costs for various things would be. Using tools from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they were able to put estimates not only the inflation adjusted costs but the actual cost in today's world.
Take Steve Austin, for instance. The six million dollars that it cost to make the former astronaut stronger and faster in 1974 would actually be an inflation-adjusted $26 million dollars today. Factor in the actual cost of the bionic parts, more than $100 million, and Steve would probably be stronger, not faster.
Allan Melvin had so many roles on so many TV shows over the years that it's hard to know where to begin, but I guess the most logical spot would be The Brady Bunch, where he played Sam The Butcher, the guy Alice dated. He was also a regular on The Phil Silvers Show, played Archie Bunker's friend Barney on All in the Family, and also played Rob's army buddy on The Dick Van Dyke Show. He appeared on dozens of other shows over the years, from the Andy Griffith Show (he always played a crook - that's him on the right in the pic) and Gomer Pyle, USMC to Kung Fu and The Banana Splits (he was Drooper).
You would probably also recognize his voice in many cartoons, including Magilla Gorilla, The Flintstones, The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour, The Smurfs, Spider-Man and Friends, Foofur, Ducktales, Talespin, and others.
He died of cancer in Los Angeles.
There is a treat for all fans of The Brady Bunch over at AOL TV. As part of their "Where are they now?" series, AOL TV is providing the current stats on all your favorite BB cast members.
Some of them have been more high profile than others. Christopher Knight (Peter) is, of course, well-known to today's reality show fans. He was a cast member on The Surreal Life where he met and fell in love with America's Next Top Model winner Adrianne Curry. The two of them went on to star on their own reality series My Fair Brady which ended with their wedding.
Hawaiian singer Don Ho, whose most famous song was "Tiny Bubbles," died yesterday morning in Honolulu of a heart attack. Ho had several heart problems in recent years, had a pacemaker installed, and had experimental surgery done in Thailand two years ago. He performed right up until the end, with his last show this past Thursday.
Ho hosted his own variety show, appropriately titled The Don Ho Show, on ABC in 1976-77. He made appearances on several TV shows, including McCloud and Hawaiian Eye, but most of the time he appeared as himself, in shows like The Brady Bunch, Charlie's Angels, One West Waikiki, Fantasy Island, Sanford and Son, The Fall Guy, Life Goes On, Batman, and I Dream of Jeannie.
I think it used to be a law that every TV show had to film at least one episode on location in Hawaii, and if they did, Ho guest starred.
Susan Olsen is best known for her role as Cindy Brady (The youngest one in curls) on The Brady Bunch. After her stint as a child star, she involved herself in a number of different careers including graphic designer, radio show host and mother. She has also appeared in a number of Brady related projects as an adult, such as The Brady Brides and My Fair Brady.
1. Where were you born?
Santa Monica CA, same hospital where I had my son 35 years later
2. How many siblings do you have?
Three. Two brothers, one sister
4. Do you have any pets?
Three: 2 cats, one dog
5. Do you have any nicknames?
Several but I am currently known as "Fluff"
6. What is your favorite restaurant?
Anything in France otherwise, Taco Bell.
7. What is your favorite TV show?
Da Ali G Show
Welcome to TV Squad Lists (formerly 'The Five'), a feature where each blogger has a chance to list his or her own rundown of things in television that stand out from the rest, both good and bad.
A few days ago I wrote a piece about the 10 worst movies based on TV shows and I got quite a few responses. One reader asked if there were any good movies based on shows, so I decided to come up with another list. Please keep in mind, this is only my opinion, albeit an expert one.
1. The Untouchables: The script by David Mamet deserves much of the credit, but the casting is phenomenal, also. Sean Connery and Kevin Costner make the perfect team and Robert De Niro's plucked hairline makes his Capone a pleasure to watch. Like the show, the film pays close attention to detail and isn't afraid to show the good guys doing whatever it takes.
2. The Fugitive: This is exactly what a big screen version should be...BIG! Terrific action sequences and great locations. Ford's updated Richard Kimble does exactly what he should and Tommy Lee Jones is dead-on as the cop who has to do his job, but knows something is "hinkey." Just like the show, the movie keeps us on the edge of our seat and rooting for the good guy, while we can't wait to see the bad guy.
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