Tuesday, January 31, 2006

"Remember that Show: Just the Ten of Us"

It case you have seen anything on TV, read a Newspaper, or talked to no one, Pittsburgh’s going to the Superbowl. It’s really hard to tell around here with the 24/7 news coverage. So it’s Tuesday and I’m going to give you a nice distraction with this weeks “remember that show.”

This one is for you Jaime Fox. Welcome to Tuesday the last one in January (where the time go) and this week we look at a show that was a spin-off of another show, but it was quite enjoyable, but it only lasted two seasons and ABC regretted it in the end.

Theme Song Please:
Life is a race and I know I can win it,'Cause I'm learnin' the rules of the game.If I can stay on the ball, take it minute by minute,I just might make the hall of fame.What can I say?I'm doin' it the best I can,Leanin' on nobody but me.Oh, seein' it from where I stand,Nothin' comes easy.(Nothin' comes easy.)Oh, I'm always bringin' home second places,At the end of every one of my days,To a house filled with all of their faces,That keeps me doin' it the best I can.Yeah, I'm doin' it the best I can.I'll keep on doin' it the best I can.(Ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo.)

So sit back relax and enjoy this weeks “Remember that Show: Just the Ten of Us.”

In April of 1988 on an episode of “Growing Pains” one of Mike Seavers and Boners favorite teachers Mr. Lubbock was let go. Mike then discovers the coach has a bunch of kids to feed and he cannot be without work.

So they rally around him and he becomes head basket ball coach at St. Augustine’s Academy, an all-boys school which was located in Eureka California. So without hesitation he picked up and moved his family.

And the spin-off show “Just the Ten of Us” was born and aired on ABC from 1988-1990 during T.G.I.F. Graham Lubbock has eight children and six of them are female with four of them being teenagers. There was Marie, the oldest and basically the leader of the girls, Cindy, who had an out there personality, Wendy, who always was trying to get a date, and Connie, the “smart one.”

Then there was Sherry the 8-year-old and infant Melissa. The girls were allowed to attend St. Augustine’s by special arrangement to the disappointment of the administration and happiness to all the boys. Yeah, you can see were the comedy comes from.

The two boys were 11-year-old Graham Jr. of J.R. and toddler Harvey. The plots of the episode revolved around the family trying to save money and to get some extra cash the girls formed a singing group, “The Lubbock Babes,” and performed at a local pizza shop. This in my opinion killed the show because they sang every episode it was just a little too much.

But overall I enjoyed this show and I read somewhere that ABC regretted canceling this show so early in favor of a show that created the rest of the T.G.I.F. line-up and it failed in 5 episodes. So we salute “Just the Ten of Us” for 2 seasons of sitcom hilarity.”

That’s it for this week. Next week we all are going to be either on a high or really depressed, but enjoy the rest of your week.

Until next time,

Later Days!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

"Rember that Show"

Yippie Pittsburgh’s going to the Superbowl can’t wait until Feb. 5th, but today is January 24, 2006 and that must mean it’s a Tuesday and time for another trip down TV memory lane with “Remember that Show.”

So what do I have in store for you today? Well let’s see if the theme song jogs the memory:

You can count on me. No matter what you do. You can count on me. No matter where you go. I'm standing by your side. I'll be right behind. No one loves you more than I do, Put your hand in mine. I can see a part of me in you. A little something special that comes shining through. I hear it in your laughter, And I feel it when you cry, I will be right there for you, Until the day I die. You can count on me. No matter what you do. You can count on me. No matter where you go. You can count on me.

No takers, what if I told you Paul Reiser was in it?

Still nothing…come on think…got it…no it’s not “Mad About You” Welcome to this weeks “Remember that Show: My Two Dads.”

This NBC sitcom ran from 1987 until 1990 and never have there been so many mullets on TV at once just look at the cast picture:

See I told you!

This stared Greg Evigan and Reiser as life long friends, Joey Harris and Michael Taylor, and also staring newcomer Staci Keanan, whose real name is Anastasia Sagorsky, as Nicole Bradford, possible daughter of one of the men.

So the story went like this, a long time ago the two men both dated Marcia Bradford, she became pregnant and died shortly after giving birth and they were both named legal guardians of Nicole. So the comedy came fro two staright men raising a daughter who was being persude by two hormonal teenaged boys.

Other notable characters were Ed Klawiki, played buy, you’re never gonna believe this, Dick Butkus and Judge Margaret W. Wilbur played by Florence Stanley. She played the wise cracking judge who helped the two men out from time to time raising their daughter.

Lot’s of hilarity, huh? It only lasted three seasons but people do remember this show, I did, but I remember a lot of things. If you recall Staci Keanan went on to play Dana Foster on “Step by Step.” Don’t worry I’ll get to that show too eventually.

That’s it for this week, we will return next week with more TV memories with a brand new “Remember that Show.”

Later Days!

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