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But what we remember most from those Friday nights in front of the tube? The younger cast members -- Urkel, the Tanner kiddies, the Mowry twins. They kept us tuning in season after season (the block ran on ABC from 1988-2000 and 2003-2005), and what has inspired this look at where the real stars, the TGIF kids, are now ...
We don't allow it to happen very often because when cartoons try to invade the real world on those rare occasions, the transference is nightmarish. Their distorted animated features and expressions can make 'Eraserhead' look like an Olson Twins movie.
Here are five of the creepiest looking and sounding real life cartoon crossovers that will have you bleaching your brain with the magic of Clorox 2.
Well, technically, we can't get our fix of full episodes on "the Tubez," but the site still provides us with plenty of fodder; fan dedications, clip montages, and music videos galore. Let's face it: people love their Hurley birds, smoke monsters, and everlasting, cancer-conquering romances. And why shouldn't they?
The Zack Attack is back! Alas, it was for one night only.
Last night, Mark-Paul Gosselaar surprised Jimmy Fallon on 'Late Night' by showing up dressed as Zack Morris from 'Saved By the Bell' -- complete with giant mobile phone. Fallon's been obsessed with putting together a 'Saved By the Bell' reunion, and Gosselaar (who now stars in TNT's 'Raising the Bar') gamely agreed to participate -- if Fallon can get everybody else on board.
It got us thinking about which of our favorite '90s sitcoms need to hold reunions, like, yesterday. 'The Today Show' already hosted a 'Cosby Show' reunion, but here are some more meet-back-ups we really, really want to see:
Overall, there was something lacking tonight. The setting came first, Gus and Shawn's class reunion, then the case. It was like Murder She Wrote, where Jessica Fletcher just happens to stumble onto a murder wherever she is.
It seemed an awkward arrangement. The show is better when Shawn and Gus horn in on a Santa Barbara PD case.
Imagine a house with three single men in their thirties taking care of one of three little girls. Now imagine all of them speaking Russian. That's the scenario taking place on Russian TV, where old American sitcoms like Full House are being remade into new Russian-language versions. Other sitcoms that are being remade, according to this article, are Suddenly Susan, Step by Step, and Perfect Strangers (yes, Perfect Strangers. Balki is now Andrei, and he comes from a remote former Soviet Republic to move into the Moscow flat of his cousin Ivan).
If you think, though, that a local Moscow-based producer bought the rights to these series, think again. The remakes are being produced by Warner Brothers, the original U.S. producer of each show. Either WB is hurting for money or they really think foreign markets are about to explode. What's next? A Chinese version of Urkel?
[Thanks to Reb and Dinges for the tips.]
If you're a fan of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, you might find this interesting. Creator Craig McCracken is posting, in real-time, a step-by-step description of everything that goes into creating an episode of the series. You'll have to check the production blog every day to see how they're coming along. The first step, naturally, is coming up with a story idea, which Cracken says is usually based on a certain character rather than some mere "concept." I guess that's a good approach, and it seems to have worked pretty well for them so far. The blog is still pretty new, so there's not a lot of stuff on it yet, but check out the archives anyway for some cool early sketches of the characters.
Patrick Duffy, who starred in Dallas and Step by Step and was once the leg of Scuzzlebutt, is coming back to television. This time Duffy will be playing Stephen Logan on The Bold and the Beautiful. Stephen is the father of Brooke Logan, played by Katherine Kelly Lang. Part of me wants to call this a step down for Duffy, but I don't think he has people banging down his door these days, so I'll just say it's cool he's getting work. Besides, he's not a bad actor. I was always impressed by his comedic talent on Step by Step, even if the show itself was absolutely wretched.
[via BC Beat]
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