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TV Theme Song Writer Vic Mizzy Dead at 93

by Andrew Scott, posted Oct 20th 2009 11:48AM
Vic MizzySongwriter Vic Mizzy has died, reports the Hollywood Reporter.

Mizzy, best known for penning the theme songs to TV's 'The Addams Family' and 'Green Acres,' died Saturday at age of 93, according to his manager, Jonathan Wolfson. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

For more on the life and career of Vic Mizzy, visit PopEater.com.

Mizzy is also one of many songwriters featured in our ongoing Best TV Theme Songs tournament. Both 'Addams' and 'Green Acres' are poised to make it past the inaugural round of 32, which closes later this afternoon.

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Best TV Theme Songs (17-32)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 9th 2009 6:41PM

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Best TV Theme Songs

by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 9th 2009 6:40PM
On the heels of last week's shocking round 2 results (yep, we're still bitter about 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' losing), AOL TV users pulled another fast one on us in round 3, ousting front runner 'M*A*S*H' in favor of 'Happy Days.' So much for suicide being painless.

'Happy Days' now joins 'The Andy Griffith Show,' 'Gilligan's Island' and 'Mission: Impossible' in the next stage of our 5-round best TV theme songs tournament.

Only two can make it to next week's final round of voting. Which will it be? Vote now and then come back on Nov. 11 to see the results.

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Calling for Nominations: Favorite Theme Songs!

by Kelly Woo, posted Oct 2nd 2009 3:00PM
FriendsJust sit right back ... say goodbye grey sky and hello blue ... because we're movin' on up ... to a place where everybody knows our name.

Everybody's got a favorite TV-show theme song -- or 10 -- they can sing or hum along to in their sleep. That's why we're asking for your suggestions for the catchiest openers to include in our Theme Song Throwdown this month. The best 16 theme songs will be paired off in a bracket-style tournament (think March Madness), then you, the fans, will vote. The winner of each match-up moves on the next round until a Theme Song Champion is determined.

Perhaps you loved to whistle 'The Andy Griffith Show' theme song (as close as you could get, anyway). Or you could recite the 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' opener from heart ("Now, this is a story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down ... "). Or maybe you tormented your parents by screaming "Greeeeeeeeeeeeen Acres is the place to be" at the top of your lungs (we know from personal experience that it worked very well). Now's your chance to share your fave -- and who knows, maybe it'll be crowned grand champion of the television theme songs.

So, which theme songs deserve to be in the sweet 16? Post your nominations in the comments.

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Fun Finds: June 13

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 13th 2009 12:00PM
Heidi Montag

-- Ever wonder how theme songs for shows like 'All in the Family' and 'The Golden Girls' came about? Now's your chance to find out [Neat-o-Rama]

-- Heidi Montag may think she's a feminist, but she definitely doesn't play one on TV. See 20 of TV's least feminist characters [Lemondrop]

-Speaking of Speidi, you may also want to read this list of dysfunctional TV couples [Your Tango]

(more fun finds after the jump)

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Fatal Farm twists the opening credits [NSFW]

by Eliot Glazer, posted Jun 9th 2009 2:04PM
fatal farm alf nostalgia 80s tvZachary Johnson and Jeffrey Max are two effed up dudes.

Before they hit the "viralsphere" with Lasagna Cat, the production team and creative geniuses behind Fatal Farm created an incredibly twisted, brilliantly subversive, and unarguably hilarious series of "alternative intros" parodying the openings to classic sitcoms. No two intros follow the same theme or formula, except to say that they're all unequivocally... Messed. Up.

From blood and guts to go-carts and the hinting of pedophilia, each parody brings with it an innate ability to eviscerate any leftover nostalgia from the sight of, say, the Happy Days jukebox or the beginning chords of the theme to Cheers. (Believe us, you'll never think of Rhea Perlman the same way again.)

Strap in, sit back, and take an incredibly disturbing trip down Memory Lane, courtesy of your friendly tour guides at Fatal Farm:

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What caused the death of the TV theme song?

by Jay Black, posted Jan 2nd 2008 4:23PM
I'm still up on the air about how hot Daphne was. Is it wrong that I'm still thinking about this years after the show went off the air?Eric Deggans, the TV and Media critic for the St. Petersburg Times has an interesting article up discussing the death of the TV theme song and also providing a list of his top-ten theme songs of all time.

Deggans points out the obvious -- that TV producers, ever wary of viewers flipping channels, have tried to keep the start of the show as peppy as possible -- but he also ventures a theory that is in desperate need of further explanation....

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