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R.I.P. Gene Wilder: June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016

This horrible year continues as the grim reaper keeps taking stars that we grew up with. This time, we lost Gene Wilder. Of course, most people know him from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). I never got into that movie, although I loved the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

However, Gene Wilder played a huge part in my early teen years, which coincided with the introduction of cable TV. When we first got cable TV, we had all the movie channels. If I wasn’t glued to MTV, I was watching commercial-free, uncut movies on HBO and Showtime. For me, Gene Wilder was a fixture on my TV set, as the Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor movie, Silver Streak (1976) played all the time. And I watched it and loved it every time. Of course, there was also Stir Crazy (1980), also starring Wilder and Pryor. They were such a great team. I loved both of them, and they had great chemistry.

I was too young to watch Saturday Night Live when the original cast was on. So, my introduction to original cast member, Gilda Radner, was in the 1982 movie Hanky Panky. That was another Gene Wilder movie that was in heavy rotation. I’m pretty sure that at the time that this movie was on HBO, the only movies they showed were Hanky Panky, Rocky III, Victory, and Six Pack. Gene Wilder and Gilda grew closer to each other during the filming of Hanky Panky, and would go on to get married. Sadly, Gilda Radner developed cancer, and died on May 20, 1989. Wilder then went on to promote cancer awareness and treatment, helping found the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center in Los Angeles and co-founding Gilda’s Club, a support group to raise awareness of cancer that began in New York City and now has branches throughout the country.

I don’t remember Wilder’s movie The Woman in Red too well, but I do know I saw it. The last movie I remember seeing him in was another Wilder/Pryor joint – See No Evil, Hear No Evil, which was also great. I didn’t see his Mel Brooks movies (The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles) until later on.

Although Gene Wilder hadn’t been in any movies for a very long time, this one still hurts. Another thing that hits home with me is that he died from complications from Alzheimer’s. I lost my grandmother to that horrible disease, and less than a month ago, I lost my uncle/godfather to it as well.

OK 2016, we surrender! Please don’t take anybody else!

Here are the trailers to a few of my favorite Gene Wilder movies:

Silver Streak

Stir Crazy

And here is a scene from Hanky Panky:

The Liebster Award 2: Electric Boogaloo

Less than a year after I was nominated for The Liebster Award, we now have a sequel thanks to Vinnieh! Vinnieh has a totally awesome movie web site. You should go check it out early and often at There are a lot of movie reviews – for old and new movies, as well as other articles about actors/actresses. There are other fun articles as well. For example, as we just passed Valentines Day, there were a couple of appropriately themed articles – What are the sexiest scenes in film? and What are your favourite romantic movie scenes?. In the midst of all this, there is a series of James Bond reviews happening over there. And it looks like we are heading into the ’80s Bond films now. So thank you very much vinnieh!

The rules for accepting this award are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers for the award.
  • Create 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate.

OK, here are the questions I need to answer:

  1. Do you prefer watching a film in the cinema or at home?  I would prefer going to the theater. But since I don’t get much of a chance, I usually watch at home.
  2. Do you have any unique talents? OK, You have to swear to God you won’t laugh: 
  3. What is your ideal day like? All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I’m fine.
  4. Which actor or actress do you think is the most gorgeous? This is a tough one! I could come up with a long list. But, off the top of my head, I’ll have to say Vanessa Williams. She was Miss America in the ’80s for a very short time. And I just saw her in something on TV not too long ago, and she still looks gorgeous!
  5. What do you enjoy the most about blogging? Interacting with people all over the world, and making new friends. Obviously, I love to Return to the ’80s, but back then, I would have never dreamed it was possible to make friends all over the world.
  6. What posts of yours is your personal favourite? One of my favorites was ’80s Back to School Accessories. I just whipped it up in less than 30 minutes, and it was a lot of fun. I also love the Top 40 Countdowns. We are long overdue for a new one. But, real life and being buried by this year’s New England snow keeps setting back my schedule. I’ll try to pick this back up within the next week or two.
  7. What’s the best holiday you have ever been on? On my honeymoon, we flew across the country and spent a few days in San Diego, drove up to Anaheim, went to Disney for a few more days, then went on a cruise for 7 days.
  8. Have you ever met anyone famous? Not really. About 11 or 12 years ago, we were in an empty Miami airport very early in the morning. I was at one of the stores looking through some overpriced books. This may sound crazy, but I got a chill down my spine and felt the temperature drop.  Then I heard somebody behind me complaining very loudly, saying that he can’t believe they didn’t have a cart for him to ride in, and he had to walk. My wife was standing in front of me, and her eyes went wide open. I turned around and it was O.J. Simpson surrounded by an entourage of people walking by us. Then about 10 minutes later another entourage of people were walking by us. And in the middle of them was Todd Bridges!
  9. Describe yourself in three words. Awesome, bodacious dude
  10. What film have you watched and never want to watch again? Bill Cosby: Himself. I remember watching this concert movie on HBO all the time before The Cosby Show came out. I believe I was 12 or 13 at the time. My stomach hurt from laughing so hard. A year or 2 ago, I saw this come on TV again, so I tried watching it. I didn’t laugh once. I couldn’t watch the whole thing. And now with all the accusations that have come to light, I definitely can’t look at him the same way again.
  11. Do you enjoy awards season and are you excited for the Oscars? I enjoy the spirit of awards season as the arts get celebrated. However, I can’t get excited for the Oscars. It’s too political for me. If the winners were selected by merit, instead of by sucking up to the right people, I could live with it. There is no way you will ever convince me in any time or galaxy that Annie Hall was a better movie than Star Wars. And the year that Shakespeare in Love won Best Picture over Saving Private Ryan, I checked out for good. I may check out the opening, if I think of it, to see if the host does a good job, or if it is a train wreck. Either way, I may be entertained for about 15 minutes.

And now the nominations for the award as chosen by yours truly:

Uncanny Pop
what about the twinkie?
The Animation Files
A Redhead at the Movies
Confessions From a Geek Mind
Stitch Boom Bang!
Driving MsMiranda’s Blog
RobbinsRealm Blog
Digital Shortbread
My Live Action Disney Project

And now my questions for my nominees:

1. Who was your favorite MTV VJ?




2. Which of these is your favorite Star – Wars, Trek, Battle Galactica (original or reboot), or Search?

3. Which celebrity did you have a crush on in your childhood or teen years?

4. What blog posts of yours are your personal favorites?

5. What is your favorite television show?

6. If you were in The Breakfast Club, which character would you be?





A. The Brain (Brian) – Anthony Michael Hall
B. The Jock (Andy) – Emilio Estevez
C. The Criminal (Bender) – Judd Nelson
D. The Princess (Claire) – Molly Ringwald
E. The Basket Case (Allison) – Ally Sheedy

7. What is your favorite genre of music?

8. Have you ever met anyone famous?

9. What is your favorite vacation destination?

10. What is your favorite ’80s movie?

And the last question is

Yo, Return to the ’80s, I’m really happy for you, Imma letchu finish, Imma letchu finish, but Beyoncé had the best questions of all time!

What the hell was that?!?!? Um, awkward. Anyway,

11. Which awards show is your favorite?

If you were not listed in the nominee section, and you want to have fun answering the questions (the ones posed to me and/or the questions I posed), feel free to enter your answers in the comments.

Thanks again to Vinnieh. This was a lot of fun!!

R.I.P. Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014)

The entertainment world was rocked last night with the death of Robin Williams. Not surprisingly, social media has blown up with the news. My Facebook feed which had been flooded with videos of friends taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is now being flooded with videos of friends taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge AND comments and news about Robin Williams. So, I will join in on this trend, and give my thoughts on one of my favorite comedians/actors of the ’80s.

Like most people who were around at the time, my introduction of Robin Williams was his appearance as Mork on Happy Days in February 1978. I already liked Happy Days. But, when Mork appeared on the show, he blew my 7 year old mind away with his crazy energy. I loved him so much. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one, as he got his own spin-off show – Mork & Mindy.

Here is the battle between Fonzi and Mork in that Happy Days episode:

Mork & Mindy quickly became appointment TV for me. I don’t think I ever missed an episode. I thought Robin Williams was so great. And at such a young age, I had never heard of improv before. If I knew that Williams improvised many of his lines, I would have been even more impressed.

Here is the theme song from Mork & Mindy:

In the middle of Mork & Mindy‘s run, Robin Williams made his first appearance on the big screen, starring in Popeye (1980). I loved the Popeye cartoon, so my anticipation for this movie was at a fever pitch. I still remember a blue tee shirt I had with Williams as Popeye on the front of it along with the words “I Yam What I Yam.” From what I remember, I enjoyed most of the movie – except for the singing parts, which was half of the movie. Williams really nailed the character though, and I don’t think anybody else could have done it. He had all of the characteristics, even the little mumbling under his breath like they did in the cartoon. Here is the awesome ending of the movie:

The next highlight of Robin Williams’ career that I loved was the Comic Relief fund raiser that aired on HBO in the ’80s and beyond. Williams hosted the event along with fellow ’80s stand-up legends Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg. It was the first time I had seen Robin Williams’ stand up. He was all over the place just like in Mork & Mindy and in the movies. His energy and great impressions made me laugh so hard that my stomach hurt.

Here is some stand-up from Comic Relief. This may have been from the second one in 1987:

Speaking of laughing ’til my stomach hurt, one of my favorite movies of the ’80s was Good Morning, Vietnam. I saw the movie in the theater with a group of friends I very rarely laughed that hard in the theater. Not only was it funny, but the movie had its serious side too. I thought the movie balanced the comedy, drama, and suspense very well. My parents bought the soundtrack on cd, probably because it featured all the music they love. I liked the cd a lot because it also played Robin Williams’ bits as Adrian Cronauer throughout the cd. Here is Williams in action from the movie:

In recent years, Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler, and Will Ferrell have tried their hand in transitioning between comedy and drama. But, none of them could even come close to display the ability that Robin Williams had to do this.
My favorite Robin Williams drama is Dead Poets Society. Only Williams could make poetry interesting. I already love coming-of-age stories as it is. But, Williams made it that much better. Here is a scene from the movie:

I know and am very well aware of Robin Williams’ work throughout the ’90s and beyond (especially his Disney work in the movies and the parks), but I am going to wrap this up here.

I am very sad that we once again have lost a great icon. But, Robin Williams left us with a great body of work. It just makes you realize how short life can be. So, in the words of Williams’ John Keating, Carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.

Please leave your thoughts and favorite memories of Robin Williams. What is your favorite Robin Williams movie?

Daily Trivia: 3/6/13

Question: What is the name of Spinal Tap’s black album?

Last Question: What star of the movie Bulletproof spent four weeks in a coma after crashing his motorcycle while not wearing a helmet?

Answer: Gary Busey

Great job Kickin’ It Old School (@oldschool80s)!!

On December 4, 1988, Gary Busey picked up his motorcycle from a repair shop, then slid on a patch of gravel at 40 mph, flipped over the handlebars, and hit his unprotected head on a curb. According to USA Today, doctors told Busey that had he arrived at the hospital even three minutes later, he would not have survived. He was in a coma for 4 weeks and regained consciousness on Jan. 6, 1989. He recovered – at least physically. Mentally, I’m not so sure. Is anybody else watching All-Star Celebrity Apprentice this season? He is quite crazy – but perhaps the most entertaining person on the show.

“A Very Special Episode, Part 2”: Diff’rent Strokes

Here is Part 2 of the Diff’rent Strokes article. This was originally published on June 18, 2010.

Today I will wrap up the Diff’rent Strokes tribute. Here is a little write-up on the stars of the show:

Gary Coleman (Arnold Jackson) – Born on February 8, 1968, and was adopted by a fork-life operator and his nurse practitioner wife from a Chicago hospital when he was just a few days old. Raised in Zion, Illinois, it was discovered that Gary had severe health issues before the age of 2. Born with one atrophied kidney and an endangeringly weak second one, he had two kidney transplants by the time he reached age 16 and the effects of his dialysis medication permanently stunted his growth (to 4’8″).

In addition to Diff’rent Strokes, Coleman was in the movies On the Right Track (1981) and Jimmy the Kid (1982) as well as several TV movies. He also had his own Hanna-Barbera cartoon – “The Gary Coleman Show” in 1982.

He was 18 when Diff’rent Strokes ended, and he was happy that it ended because he felt trapped and typcasted. However, with the end of Diff’rent Strokes, so was Gary Coleman’s popularity. He could not get any more good work.

In addition to his health issues, Coleman had legal and financial problems. He was arrested for punching a woman who was persistent about getting an autograph from him, and was fined and ordered to take anger-management classes. He also had disorderly conduct and reckless driving charges brought up against him at various times. He also admitted that his problems led to several suicide attempts. In 1989 Coleman successfully sued his parents and business manager for pilfering money he had earned when he was a child. However, in 1999 he had to declare bankruptcy and was forced to find work outside the Hollywood industry as a security guard. In 2007 he married Shannon Price, whom he met on the set of the low budget film Church Ball (2006), but the marriage dissolved quickly into domestic squabbles in which he would have to face the court system again. As a gag he ran for California’s governorship during its recall election (which was won by Arnold Schwarzenegger). He later moved and settled in Utah.

Coleman managed to star in one last film before he died – Midgets Vs. Mascots (2009). He died on May 28, 2010.

Todd Bridges (Willis Jackson) – Born May 27, 1965, in San Francisco, California. Before starring in Diff’rent Strokes, Bridges became the first African-American child actor to have a recurring role on a successful TV series, The Waltons. He also appeared on Little House on the Prairie, and in the miniseries Roots. Then he became a series regular on the Barney Miller spinoff, Fish, playing a character named Loomis. But his most success came from playing Willis.
Like his fellow child stars, Gary Coleman and Dana Plato, he had trouble adjusting to life after Diff’rent Strokes. In 1988, he was arrested and tried for the attempted murder of Kenneth “Tex” Clay, a Los Angeles area drug dealer, who prosecutors argued had been shot by Bridges while on a binge. Bridges pleaded not guilty to the charges and was represented by the high-profile defense attorney Johnnie Cochran. Cochran successfully portrayed Bridges as an abused minor who had been driven to drugs by an exploitive entertainment industry, and was now being unfairly framed. A witness finally testified that Bridges was not present at the time of the shooting. Bridges was acquitted of all charges by a jury.
Then in 1993, Bridges was involved in an altercation with a tenant, David Joseph Kitchen, in his house after a disagreement about unpaid rent. Kitchen attacked Bridges with a sword, then Bridges retaliated by stabbing him in the chest with a kitchen knife. The prosecutors dropped the charges, concluding Bridges had acted in self-defense.

It is not well published, but after that incident, Bridges has reportedly been sober, and in the late ’90s he started getting his act together. He wrote, directed, produced and starred in the story of his own life, aptly titled “Building Bridges” (1999).

More recently, Bridges wrote a book called “Killing Willis”, where he his drug addiction, criminal charges, and his efforts to establish himself again. He appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on April 28, 2010 to discuss his life as a child star and legal troubles that followed.

Dana Plato (Kimberly Drummond) – (November 7, 1964 – May 8, 1999). Dana Plato was born on November 7, 1964 in Maywood, California. She played Kimberly Drummond until 1984. That was when she became pregnant by her boyfriend, a musician named Lanny Lambert. The producers of Diff’rent Strokes did not feel that a pregnancy would fit the show’s wholesome image, so Plato was let go. She did return for some guest appearances on ABC during the last season. In her final appearance in the series Kimberly suffers the effects of bulimia.
After Diff’rent Strokes, Plato unsuccessfully tried to establish herself as a serious actress. Toward the end of her career, Plato chose roles that could be considered erotic or even softcore pornography.

In 1991, Plato ended up in Las Vegas with no work. She took a job at a dry-cleaning store to support herself. One day, she entered a video store, produced a gun, and demanded the money from the register. She was arrested minutes later. Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton posted her $13,000 bail. Plato was given five years’ probation. The gun was only a pellet gun and the robbery netted Plato less than $200. She made headlines and became part of the national debate over troubled child stars, particularly given the difficulties of her Diff’rent Strokes co-stars, Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges. In January 1992, she was again arrested, this time for forging a prescription for Valium. She served 30 days in jail for violation of the terms of her probation and entered a drug program immediately thereafter.

On May 7, 1999, Plato appeared on The Howard Stern Show, where she told Stern and Robin Quivers that she was engaged to 28-year-old Robert Menchaca, and that he was managing her career. She was frank about her situation, discussing her financial problems and past run-ins with the law. She admitted to being a recovering alcoholic/drug addict, but claimed that she had been sober for more than ten years by that point, and was not using any drugs, with the exception of prescribed painkillers due to discomfort and pain from the recent extraction of her wisdom teeth. Many of her callers called her everything from a “has been” to an addict. She was referred to by one caller as an “ex-con lesbian drug addict with mental problems”. This provoked a defiant Plato, as she offered to take a drug test on the air (and even placed a large wager on the results of the test to one particularly doubtful caller). Some callers, however, came to Plato’s defense by consoling and complimenting her.

The next day, Plato and Menchaca were returning to California. The couple stopped at Menchaca’s mother’s home in Moore, Oklahoma for a Mother’s Day visit. Plato went to lie down inside her recreational vehicle parked outside the house and subsequently died of an overdose. er death at the age of 34 was eventually ruled a suicide.

Then, almost 11 years to the day of Dana Plato’s death, on May 6, 2010, Plato’s son Tyler Lambert died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at age 25.

Conrad Bain (Mr. Drummond) – Conrad Bain was born on February 4, 1923 in Lethbridge, Alberta. He first appeared on regular television when he played a stuffy next-door neighbor Dr. Arthur Harmon on the show Maude from 1974-1978. Then he had his iconic role as Mr. Drummond. His last regular role was as presidential aide Charley Ross on the George C. Scott show Mr. President in 1987. His last television appearance was on the series finale of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. You can see the clip in this article from April 6.

Charlotte Rae (Mrs. Garrett) – Charlotte Rae was born April 22, 1926. She was a character actress early in her career, and had her first breakout role as Sylvia Schnauser in the television show Car 54, Where Are You? from 1961-1963. Rae also appeared in early seasons of Sesame Street as Molly the Mail Lady.

In 1978, Rae was selected to play housekeeper Edna Garrett on Diff’rent Strokes. Her character was so popular that the producers decided to do an episode that could lead to a spinoff. That episode (called “The Girls School”) was about girls attending Eastland, the school attended by Kimberly Drummond. In July 1979, after the last episode of Strokes, Rae proposed the idea for the new spinoff to the heads of NBC. They greenlighted the show, and The Facts of Life was born.

The Facts of Life ran from 1979-1988. In 1986, Rae left the show, citing health problems. However, she went on to stage acting, which annoyed the show’s producers. She was replaced by Cloris Leachman on the show.

She has not had any big television roles since she left The Facts of Life. She has made guest appearances on several shows such as Diagnosis: Murder, The King of Queens, and ER.

Nedra Volz (Adelaide Brubaker) – Nedra Volz’s (June 18, 1908 – January 20, 2003) character, Adelaide Brubaker, replaced Mrs’ Garrett. She was on the show from January 1980 until May 1982. She only made guest appearances on some television shows, such as Aunt Iola, Edith Bunker’s favorite aunt on All in the Family, and Post Office Employee Miz Emma Tisdale on The Dukes of Hazzard.
Nedra passed away on January 20, 2003 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease in Mesa, Arizona.

Mary Jo Catlett (Pearl Gallagher) – Mary Jo Catlett was born on September 2, 1938. Her role as Pearl was her best known role. She also appeared on General Hospital and in several episodes of M*A*S*H. She currently provides the voice for “Mrs. Puff” on SpongeBob SquarePants.

Dixie Carter (Maggie McKinney Drummond #1)Dixie Carter (May 25, 1939 – April 10, 2010) played the original Maggie. She first appeared in the series in February 1984, during a three-part story arc that took the cast to California. Maggie and Philip Drummond fell in love, so Maggie and her son Sam came home with the Drummonds.

In the spring of 1985, NBC canceled Diff’rent Strokes because of poor ratings. However, production continued as ABC picked up the series for an eighth season. In what turned out to be the final season, Mary Ann Mobley replaced Dixie Carter (who had started work on Designing Women in the aftermath of NBC’s cancellation of Diff’rent Strokes).
Dixie Carter became more famous by playing Julia Sugarbaker in Designing Women. More recently, Carter earned an Emmy nomination for playing the very disturbed Gloria Hodge on Desperate Housewives during the 2006-2007 season.

Dixie Carter just died this past April 10 of complications from endometrial cancer.

Mary Ann Mobley (Maggie McKinney Drummond #2) – Mary Ann Mobley was born on February 17, 1939. She was Miss America in 1959. In addition to playing Maggie in the final season of Diff’rent Strokes, she made some appearances on shows such as The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, General Hospital, and Falcon Crest. She also appeared in 2 Elvis movies in 1965, Girl Happy and Harum Scarum.

Danny Cooksey (Sam McKinney) – Danny Cooksey was born on November 2, 1975. He also starred in several TV roles, most notably Nickelodeon’s Salute Your Shorts. He also does a lot of voice acting. He was also the lead singer in a heavy metal band called Bad4Good. This is a long way from Sam:

“A Very Special Episode”: Diff’rent Strokes

In honor of Conrad Bain, here is a repost of a Diff’rent Strokes article I wrote on June 9, 2010, just a couple of weeks after Gary Coleman died (Wow, almost 3 years already!!). Part 2 will follow.

Now, the world don’t move to the beat of just one drum,
What might be right for you, may not be right for some.
A man is born, he’s a man of means.
Then along come two, they got nothing but their jeans.
But they got, Diff’rent Strokes.
It takes, Diff’rent Strokes.
It takes, Diff’rent Strokes to move the world.
Everybody’s got a special kind of story
Everybody finds a way to shine,
It don’t matter that you got not alot
So what,
They’ll have theirs, and you’ll have yours, and I’ll have mine.
And together we’ll be fine….
Because it takes, Diff’rent Strokes to move the world.
Yes it does.
It takes, Diff’rent Strokes to move the world.

Dana Plato’s son had a tragic death when he committed suicide On May 6. And as we know, almost two weeks ago Gary Coleman had an untimely death. The controversy surrounding his death is still going strong. So, instead of focusing on the tragedy and troubles of the cast members of Diff’rent Strokes, let’s return to a happier time…

Diff’rent Strokes premiered on NBC on November 3, 1978. Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges starred as Arnold and Willis Jackson, two orphaned children from Harlem who are taken in by rich Park Avenue businessman Phillip Drummond (Conrad Bain) and his daughter Kimberly. Willis and Arnold’s decased mother had worked for Mr. Drummond. The show also starred Charlotte Rae as the Drummonds’ housekeeer, Edna Garrett. Partway through the second season, Charlotte Rae left the show to star in the spinoff The Facts of Life.
Following Rae’s departure, Nedra Volz took over as the housekeeper, Adelaide Brubaker. In season 5, the last of the three maids joined the show – Pearl Gallagher played by Mary Jo Catlett.

The show was a hit, mostly due to the extraordinary talent of Gary Coleman. He was THE child TV star of the late ’70s and early ’80s. He was confident, had a great personality, and had awesome comic timing – especially for somebody as young as he was. Every week, you could count on his catchphrase “What’chu talkin’ about, Willis?”, or “What’chu talkin’ about,” to whoever he was talking to.

Everybody played off of Gary Coleman very well, though. It was fun watching Arnold and Willis getting into trouble, and being taught life’s lessons. The show was also an influence on the TV show Webster (about a little African-American boy being taken in by a rich couple), and was even an influence on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (a teenage boy from a bad neighborhood being raised by a rich family).

Diff’rent Strokes was also known for its “very special episodes.” People remember “very special episodes” of shows such as Blossom and Family Ties, but I believe that these types of episodes were started by Diff’rent Strokes. The most famous of these episodes were the Anti-drug episode (“The Reporter”, in Season 5) that featured then-First Lady Nancy Reagan, who promoted her “Just Say No” campaign, and an episode that guest starred Gordon Jump as a pedophile bicycle-shop owner, who attempted to sexually molest Arnold and Dudley. There was also the episode where Kimberly’s new love Roger (who turns out to be racist) not allowing his sister to go to their school’s costume ball with Willis because of his race. In another episode on the dangers of hitchhiking, Kimberly and Arnold were abducted by a deranged man (played by Woody Eney), who initially acted as a “Good Samaritan” and a very nice guy by giving the two of them a ride, and inviting them to his apartment. At the end of that episode, Conrad Bain spoke these words as a Public Service Announcement, “If you know of a case of sexual assault or an attempted sexual assault, please contact your local law enforcement agency or emergency medical facility.”

In the final season (when the show moved from NBC to ABC), the one-hour season opener revolved around Sam being kidnapped by a bereaved father (played by Royce D. Applegate) to replace his own dead son. In yet another episode, the family discovered that Kimberly was suffering from bulimia after witnessing her devour an entire sheet cake, and then go to the bathroom to vomit.

Even those tough episodes were funny.

Then the show “jumped the shark” after NBC canceled the show, and then was picked up by ABC. Dana Plato was pregnant, and was forced to leave the show. And then Maggie and her son Sam became regulars on the show. Sam was brought in to bring in the “cute” factor now that Gary Coleman was getting older. But he was horrible in comparison to Coleman. The show ended on March 7, 1986.

It was a great run, and was great television throughout the ’80s.

Daily Trivia – 9/15/11

Question: Which Kiss member kissed the group good-bye in 1982:

A) Peter Criss
B) Ace Frehley
C) Vinnie Vincent
D. The Makeup

Last Question: Who nabbed an Emmy for his role as Crockett and Tubbs’ crusty boss, Lieutenant Castillo?

Answer: Edward James Olmos

From 1984 to 1989 Edward James Olmos starred as Lieutenant Martin Castillo on Miami Vice. He was awarded a Golden Globe and an Emmy in 1985 for his role.

Here is Olmos winning his Golden Globe:

After Miami Vice‘s run, Olmos did not go away. He just got better. He became the first American-born Latino to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, in Stand and Deliver, for his portrayal of real-life math teacher, Jaime Escalante. He then went on to star alongside Jennifer Lopez in the 1997 movie Selena.

But, as awesome as his role was in Miami Vice, Olmos had his most iconic role as Commander (later Admiral) William Adama in the Sci-Fi Channel’s reboot of Battlestar Galactica. This reboot of Battlestar Galactica was one of my all-time favorite shows. Along with the writing, a big reason for it being one of my top shows was the acting of Edward James Olmos.

If there are any Dexter fans out there, Olmos will costar in the show’s 6th season as a “brilliant, charismatic professor of religious studies.”

“He’ll Be Back” – If the Script is Right

The following is from Entertainment Weekly:
He’ll be back… if the script is right. Arnold Schwarzenegger has given Hollywood agency CAA approval to discuss a potential new Terminator movie with studios, a source close to the star confirms to EW, but until Schwarzenegger sees a script and specifics about the project, he will not fully commit to it. Director Justin Lin (who helmed this weekend’s Fast Five) is reportedly attached to direct the film, but it does not yet have a screenwriter.

The rights to the franchise were sold to hedge fund Pacificor last year in a deal worth $29.5 million after Halcyon Holding — which had acquired the franchise in 2007 — declared bankruptcy. Sony and Lionsgate had attempted to jointly bid for the property, but the bankruptcy judge awarded it to the Santa Barbara, Calif.-based hedge fund management company instead.

The most recent film in the sci-fi franchise, 2009′s Terminator Salvation, grossed $371 million worldwide, but did not star Schwarzenegger (although his computer-generated likeness did make a brief cameo in the film’s final act). The former California governor’s last starring role was in 2003′s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (global gross: $433 million), and he continues to be strongly identified with the cybernetic assassin that helped propel him to superstardom. EW reported exclusively last month that Schwarzenegger’s first post-governor gig would be the animated series The Governator, a play off of the title combining “governor” and “Terminator” that became synonymous with his tenure running California’s government before he even had the job. “When I ran for governor back in 2003 and I started hearing people talking about ‘the Governator,’ I thought the word was so cool,” Schwarzenegger told EW last month. With so many speculating over what live-action role he will take on first now that he’s left the governor’s mansion, it’s not a huge surprise that while the 63-year-old is done being governor, he may not quite be done being the terminator. (Reporting by Benjamin Svetkey)

Carlos Estevez (a.k.a. Charlie Sheen) has gone off the rails on a “Crazy Train”

Charlie Sheen is showing Lindsay Lohan how it’s done! Remember the good old days when Sheen was in some of our favorite movies such as Red Dawn, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Platoon, Wall Street, Eight Men Out, Young Guns, and Major League? Sure, he has always been troubled. But he seems to be going down at an accelerated rate now.
The new round of events seemed to have started on Christmas 2009 when Sheen assaulted his wife Brooke Mueller. Then around 2 a.m. on Oct. 26, Sheen was removed by police from his suite at the Plaza Hotel, which had suffered a reported $7,000 worth of damage. NYPD sources told reporters that he was found naked, and admitted to having been drinking and taking cocaine. He was also with a prostitute/porn star that locked herself in the bathroom for her own safety.

On January 27, 2011, Sheen was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by paramedics. Sheen’s representative said the actor was suffering from “severe abdominal pains”. The next day, Sheen began undergoing a substance rehabilitation program in his home and CBS announced that Two and a Half Men would go into hiatus. The network subsequently announced that the season then underway and due to film its last four episodes was canceled after Sheen made offensive comments about the creator and lead writer of Two and a Half Men, Chuck Lorre, on the February 24 edition of a radio broadcast hosted by Alex Jones.

Sheen is continuing his rants on the news/talkshow circuit. He will be featured on 20/20 tonight. He has just been sounding totally insane.

So, my question is “What do you think?” Do you feel sorry for him? Do you still like him? Are there any fans of his show? It is the highest rated comedy. Personally, I don’t know why. I used to have it on ‘Season Pass’, but it got sickening and tired. Yeah, I get get it…Charlie’s a pig, Alan’s a loser, Jake is an idiot and is always hungry, and Charlie’s and Alan’s mother is a manipulative nympho. It’s the same thing week in and week out.
Are you tired of Charlie Sheen now?

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