As everyone sings along to Elton John's 'Tiny Dancer,' it sounds like everyone is saying, "Hold me close, Tony Danza."
This misheard lyric was probably missed by the generation that first heard the song. However, to a generation that grew up with 'Taxi' and 'Who's The Boss?,' it's impossible not to hear it. That is the exactly what YouTube stars Barats and Bereta are counting on with their recent video.
Still, you could argue that the name of the show is ironic -- or at least is a double entendre ... since if you read it in a certain way, it contains a command. 'Teach: Tony Danza!' So is Tony actually teaching his students, or are they teaching him?
On the first two episodes, we saw Danza sweat, cry, and nearly get sued. He's had a tough time, adapting to life at a high school with 3,500 students who speak 57 different languages.
Tonight, Tony was invited to perform at a charity event. The event was an academic awards ceremony -- with Danza serving as the M.C. But being a skilled performer can cut both ways. Previously, Danza was criticized for failing to connect with his students, and for focusing too much on himself. His antics included tap-dancing to keep his class's attention. Would the charity show be more of the same?
Previously, Danza did a lot of crying, a lot of sweating, and had trouble disciplining his class. Now, things are getting worse. Half of Tony's students have failed their latest quiz. His best student wants to drop out because he's not intellectually "challenged" by the actor. And Tony refuses to assist a bunch of learning disabled kids, then faces legal trouble for his actions. Yikes!
The season premiere of 'Teach: Tony Danza' (Fri., 10PM ET on AETV) follows the adventures of actor Tony Danza -- as he attempts to make it as a public school educator. The 59-year-old Danza spent a year in an urban high school in Philadelphia, trying on the new role of 10th-grade English teacher. But on his first day of class, Mr. Danza is already sweating bullets.
Before becoming an actor, Tony got a history degree in college, and had dreams of one day instructing a class full of students. Of course, his television and movie career interfered with these plans. However, Tony's acting career has, uh, died down lately -- so he's not really too busy these days. This is the perfect time for him to enter the world of teaching. ... Or is it?
I also sit down with Tony Danza -- yep, he *IS* the freaking boss -- to hear about his smart new show 'Teach: Tony Danza,' which follows him as he teaches 10th grade English in Philadelphia for a year. He tells me how things have changed since he was in the 10th grade ...
Then I catch up with the latest Hollywood couple to get their own reality show, Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna, to talk about -- wait for it -- Snooki. Seriously.
Got questions? E-mail me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com and I'll try to get you answers on the show. -- By Maggie Furlong
In 'Teach: Tony Danza' (premieres Fri., Oct. 1, 10PM ET on A&E), the 'Taxi' and 'Who's the Boss?' alum decides to go back to school (he does have a degree in education for anyone curious about his qualifications) to try his hand in the classroom.
I caught up with Danza to hear how his students reacted on his first day (the 15- and 16-year-olds were born years after 'Boss' ended in 1992), what he learned from this experience and what made him laughingly call a student "schmo." Then I got to take a look at that famous mug -- dimples, distinguished gray hair and all -- in his new high school yearbook.
However, Tony does have a new reality series coming up: 'Teach' -- which will premiere in October on the A&E Network. It follows a year in the life of Mr. Danza, as he struggles to educate a class of 10th-grade English students. Tony spent a year in Northeast High School in Philadelphia, and this wasn't just a random choice for him.
Before he became an actor, Tony got a bachelor's degree in education. On 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), the actor discussed his new temporary career. He talked about what he learned, what his students learned -- and he also mentioned how he got a little weepy.
News Roundup: Timothy Dalton and Eric Roberts Join 'Chuck,' First Look at 'Teach' With Tony Danza and More
According to the Ausiello Files, Roberts, Moore and Batista will play soldiers-of-fortune who turn against their former buddy, Casey. Look for them to turn up in the fifth episode of the season, 'Chuck Versus the Couch Lock.'
Former James Bond Timothy Dalton will also guest star on the spy show. According to HitFix, Dalton's character will be a mysterious character with a connection to Chuck's mom played by Linda Hamilton. He'll appear in multiple episodes.
In other TV news ...
• 'Gossip Girl' and 'Chuck' producer Josh Schwartz is working with PR pro and reality star Kelly Cutrone for a new series. The series will be scripted and fashion-based. [Live Feed]
• Cartoon Network will launch 'Regular Show' and 'MAD' on Labor Day, Mon., Sept. 6. 'Regular Show' follows the staff of a park, an anthropomorphic lollipop, a giant blue jay, a yeti and a gumball machine. 'MAD' will feature cartoons from the famous humor magazine of the same name. [The Wrap]
• Excited for Tony Danza's new show 'Teach'? Of course you are. Check out the promo below. [Vulture]
This isn't a spoiled celebrity getting up to antics, though; Danza is serious about being a good educator to these kids. Before he got into acting, he procured a degree in education. In other words, this is a real-life documentary about a first-year teacher. He just happens to be Tony Danza.
The teaching profession is one of the most underpaid and under-appreciated professions in this country, so I applaud Danza for stepping into that arena so sincerely. I'm already more interested in his struggles in this arena than I will ever be about the pampered whining rich brats of [insert so many show names here].
Because when were you swooning over TV hunks? When you were a teenager, of course. Unless you are really, really immature. But seriously, I am guessing that beyond the age of 16 or so, you probably didn't plaster any Teen Magazine pin-ups on your bedroom walls.
As a teenager of the '80s, I surely had my favorite TV hunks. Yep, they were plastered on my bedroom walls, too: imagine hunk wallpaper and you've got the idea. So who on TV mingled amongst the movie actors of the Brat Pack?
As reported last week, production on new episodes of Family Guy didn't stop when it's creator Seth MacFarlane, who also voices the three main male characters Peter, Stewie and Brian, stopped working to support the Writers Guild of America strike, and refused to come back to work. While MacFarlane officially gave his blessing for the studio to continue production of the series without him, according to EW.com he expressed that he hoped they wouldn't, and that doing so would be damaging to his relationship with the network, adding that "it would just be a colossal dick move if they did."
The last pre-strike produced episode aired last Sunday which left the studio with the option to continue without MacFarlane and the writing staff, or go immediately into reruns. With November Sweeps upon us and most of their live action compatriots being forced into repeats soon, network brass decided that the hopes of one creator; who you might recall they've already fired once so they could certainly do it again; paled in comparison to the hopes and dreams of beating Desperate Housewives during sweeps month and being able to jack up ad rates to Super Bowl levels (I know these are the kinds of things TV Execs dream of because I watch 30 Rock). And so, tonight will mark the premiere of the first episode ever completed without its creator's blessing.
- Sci-Fi has a Twilight Zone marathon all day and night, while The History Channel has a marathon of Revolution.
- TCM has Yankee Doodle Dandy at 5:30, followed by The Howards of Virginia and 1776.
- At 8, PBS has A Capitol Fourth, with Tony Danza, Bebe Neuwirth, Elliot Yamin, Yolanda Adams, and Hayden Penttiere from Heroes. Wow, did they just pick names out of a celebrity hat or something?
- The CW has a new Hidden Palms at 8.
- At 9, NBC has the Macy's Fourth of July Spectacular, followed by a new Dateline.
- TBS has two new episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne starting at 9.
- At 10, CBS has the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.
Check your local TV listings for more.
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.
Love him or hate him, there is no doubt that Tony Danza is one of television's most recognized personalities. Most of us have watched him on one show or another. So, in honor of the go to guy for sitcom jokes, here is my collection of his best characters.
1. Tony Micelli (Who's the Boss)
Sam's dad. Angela's housekeeper. Mona's confidant. Whatever he was, he was pretty great. WTB was certainly not a groundbreaking show by any means, but as I watch the reruns, I can't ignore the chemistry between Tony, Judith Light and Katherine Helmond. Tony Micelli was an enigma amongst single TV dads. He was tough, streetwise, a devoted father and a maid. As long as I live, I will never figure out why this worked, but it did.
Tony Danza, in a surprising move following the recent cancellation of his syndicated daytime talk show, will join the Broadway cast of Mel Brooks' The Producers starting on December 19.
I say surprising not because Danza lacks stage experience. He's previously had roles in The Iceman Cometh and A View From the Bridge. I say surprising because am I the only one who has a hard time picturing Danza as Max Bialystock? I think he's a wonderful actor but this role? Not so sure.
We'll have to see. Sharing the stage with Danza will be Roger Bart as Leo Bloom until February 11. Danza's run will go for one month after that. His talk show was canceled last spring and was replaced in most markets by new daytime chat-fest Rachael Ray.
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