007 - S1E7 "Dieting" with Mark Baratelli

 Baratelli & Almeida.

Baratelli & Almeida.


View the original episode here: The Facts Of Life S1E7 Dieting


 Promo shot for Mark’s “Judy Garland” show(s) at The Orlando Fringe Festival

Promo shot for Mark’s “Judy Garland” show(s) at The Orlando Fringe Festival


 David and Mark agree: Actor Greg Bradford as Steve the delivery guy is SUPER HOT. Check him out below squaring off against a young unknown Patrick Swayze in “SkateTown U.S.A.” He also appeared in the movie “Zapped!” with Scott Baio and Willie Aames (trailer below, he is quickly glimpsed between 0:45 - 0:49). Here is  a tumblr blog about him  (sadly no nudes of him, but the blog is NSFW).

David and Mark agree: Actor Greg Bradford as Steve the delivery guy is SUPER HOT. Check him out below squaring off against a young unknown Patrick Swayze in “SkateTown U.S.A.” He also appeared in the movie “Zapped!” with Scott Baio and Willie Aames (trailer below, he is quickly glimpsed between 0:45 - 0:49). Here is a tumblr blog about him (sadly no nudes of him, but the blog is NSFW).



 Does Scott Dunbar grow to be Mr. Big from “Sex And The City?”

Does Scott Dunbar grow to be Mr. Big from “Sex And The City?”


Nancy McKeon played Inspector Jinny Exstead on “The Division” from 2001-2004. Somebody compiled a 31 minute video of ‘favorite moments.’ I’ve only skimmed this, but it looks pretty good for a Lifetime series. Her shooting schedule for this show is what prevented her from appearing in “The Facts Of Life Reunion” in 2001; After this show ended, she took time away from acting to raise her family. Her return to television happened just last month on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.”


Watch for Extras from this episode on Sunday!

Goodbye, Miss Mahoney

After 5 episodes, Jenny O’Hara (and her poodle perm) is dismissed from the cast, and we never see or hear from Miss Emily Mahoney ever again. But with 159 acting credits to date on her IMDb page, Ms. O’Hara seems to have been working pretty steadily post-”Facts.”

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And clearly these publicity pics were taken post-Mahoney. Hang in there, kids, Season 2 is coming!

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004 - S1E4 "IQ" with Mike Marinaccio

 Mike Marinaccio with his head looking abnormally tiny, and my head looking unabnormally extra large.

Mike Marinaccio with his head looking abnormally tiny, and my head looking unabnormally extra large.

Um… WTF? I incorrectly state that Facts Of Life was on for 8 years. Duh. I know it was 9. Brain fart. Or, I guess “Low IQ Moment…”

SUPPLEMENTAL STUFF:

The IQ equation that I couldn’t remember during the show was this: (And I realize I learned this stuff in junior high school, so it is very likely as outdated as the info on this episode.)

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Here is an interesting episode of SciShow Psych giving further insight into IQ scores. I like that he refers to it as “a useful shorthand.” That your IQ can change is new information, I was taught that scores were pretty static… and that was OK because it measures potential intelligence, not actual intelligence.

And for your (racist) entertainment, here is Al Jolson performing “Toot Toot Tootsie” in 1927’s The Jazz Singer. (Thankfully not in blackface.)

003 - S1E3 "The Return Of Mr. Garrett" with Philip Nolen

 Philip Nolen as Salieri; Chad Gneiting and David Almeida as The Venticelli in “Amadeus” at Orlando’s Mad Cow Theatre, 2009

Philip Nolen as Salieri; Chad Gneiting and David Almeida as The Venticelli in “Amadeus” at Orlando’s Mad Cow Theatre, 2009


 Philip on the left as Max, David on the right as Kenny in “Laughter On The 23rd Floor” - Orlando’s Mad Cow Theatre, 2013 (Jesus David, dial it back)

Philip on the left as Max, David on the right as Kenny in “Laughter On The 23rd Floor” - Orlando’s Mad Cow Theatre, 2013 (Jesus David, dial it back)


Robert “Mr. Garrett” Alda introducing Broadway to “Guys And Dolls:"

002 - S1E2 "Like Mother Like Daughter" with Martin Kunz

 So I forgot to take a picture of me & Martin together when I recorded the show. Here we are in Santa Monica in 2011… and since neither of us looks a day older…

So I forgot to take a picture of me & Martin together when I recorded the show. Here we are in Santa Monica in 2011… and since neither of us looks a day older…

Women that Martin & I think resemble Blair's mother:

 The original Monica Warner from S1E2 (Pam Huntington)

The original Monica Warner from S1E2 (Pam Huntington)

 Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John

 Bo Derek in "10"

Bo Derek in "10"

 Shelley Fabares as Francine Webster in "One Day At A Time"

Shelley Fabares as Francine Webster in "One Day At A Time"

 An afterthought: Farrah Fawcett in "Charlie's Angels"

An afterthought: Farrah Fawcett in "Charlie's Angels"

 NOT ON OUR LIST: soap star Marj Dusay, who would take over the role of Monica Warner for all future appearances of the character on "The Facts Of Life" (8 episodes according to IMDb).

NOT ON OUR LIST: soap star Marj Dusay, who would take over the role of Monica Warner for all future appearances of the character on "The Facts Of Life" (8 episodes according to IMDb).

DISCLAIMER: I own the rights to none of these images. They probably belong to some big monster corporation. Help me stick it to the man by looking at them.

Set Your DVRs! (or VCRs... or Betamaxes...)

My friend Paul Padilla is a crazy freak for “The Facts Of Life.” (Listen for him on an upcoming show.) And he informed me that I had some incorrect information in my “Intro The The Show” Episode 0 that I posted back in August. I had said that “The Facts Of Life” weren’t really available to watch anywhere… WELL!!

ME-TV shows an episode every weekday morning at 6am EST! They are currently in the middle of Season 8.

Logo-TV shows SIX EPISODES every weekday morning from 6am-9am! (This was not as easy to discover, because when you go to their website and try to look up shows alphabetically, they’re only interested in displaying their *original* programming.) They are currently in the middle of Season 6.

HOW DID I MISS THIS? Partially because I don’t have cable, and I pretty much only watch stuff streaming. My Apple-TV search only wanted to sell me episodes through iTunes. I thought I had done my research on the Web… ???  Then I remembered I checked TVGuide.com.

Your Honor, I present Exhibit A:

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EPIC FAIL, TVGUIDE.COM!!

Anyway, I’ve never been happier to be wrong. For those of you with access to either of these channels, I hope you’ll record some episodes, watch, and listen along to me as I continue this little experiment in spending-a-lot-of-time-being-a-weird-obessive-TV-junkie-on-a-public-level.

Episode 2 drops this Wednesday.

001 - S1E1 "Rough Housing" with Matthew Arter

 Matthew and I are very good friends with Film Critic and Man-About-Town Wink Wright and Officer Pat Friskem at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Matthew and I are very good friends with Film Critic and Man-About-Town Wink Wright and Officer Pat Friskem at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

* CORRECTIONS / OMISSIONS / STUFF *

• "Welcome Back, Kotter" took place in New York. It's easy to get confused when this is the first image of the theme song in every episode:

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• The episode of "Fantasy Island" in which Annette Funicello has her ventriloquist puppet brought to life featured Maren Jensen (of "Battlestar Galactica" fame). Not Barbara Bach, former Bond girl and wife of Ringo Starr (as I said). And not CATHERINE Bach, who played Daisy Duke on "The Dukes of Hazzard" (as I meant).

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• "Hello, Larry" child actress and Real Housewife Kim Richards is not married to the doctor on "Botched" (Terry Dubrow). I don’t remember what made me think that, I can’t figure it out. Totes wrong on that.

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• The replacement for Mrs. Garrett on "Diff'rent Strokes" was Nedra Volz in the role of Adelaide.

 If I ever join GrindR, Matthew says this should be my profile pic.

If I ever join GrindR, Matthew says this should be my profile pic.

• Gary Coleman was 4’ 8” tall as an adult.

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• According to the Nielsen Ratings (acquired from Wikipedia), ABC was the dominant network in the 1978-1979 season. They had 17 of the top 30 shows; CBS had 9 and NBC had only 4. Its highest rated show was "Little House On The Prairie" at #14. Next is the "Monday Night Movie" (which immediately followed "Little House" so it had some help). I can't find any info as to which movie/movies it showed that year (write me if you know!). Then "CHiPs" is the next NBC 'hit' at #25. And at #27 ... this brand new show called "Diff'rent Strokes." No wonder somebody yelled "SPIN SOMETHING OFF FROM THAT!" NBC would continue to sputter along, adding "Real People" to the list the following year, and slowly bringing other hits like "Hill Street Blues," "The A-Team," and "Knight Rider" until the tides turned in 1984 with the premiere of a little monster of a show (run by a big monster of a man) that would save the whole network...  "The Cosby Show."

*Whew* I think we all feel better now.

* VIDEO *

A very young Kim Fields in a Mrs. Butterworth's syrup commercial:

Theme to NBC's "Here's Boomer" (clearly a German version for some reason):

Mr. Belvedere clip "Sitcom + AIDS = FAIL" :

 

DISCLAIMER: I own the rights to none of these images or videos. I don't know who does. I got them off the internet so they are 100% legal. Don't try to sue me, I have no fucking money.

Lisa Whelchel, Child Ventriloquist

I have no idea what show/broadcast this is from… hosted by Ted Knight (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Too Close For Comfort). He references her upcoming movie “Skyward” which was released in 1980. So this is probably 1979, right around the time that FOL Season 1 was in production.

**UPDATE: my friend Bob not only does graphic design and videos, he is also much better with Google than I am. See show info below, courtesy of Bob**

A listing from a Michigan newspaper archive identifies this program as “HBO:  Standing Room Only ‘Double Talk: The Second Annual Adult Ventriloquism Show’ " first broadcast on March 11, 1979. (Note how HBO was so new, they didn’t have a ‘tv slug’ for it with the cute little border!) So this pre-dates the Facts Of Life series, and very possibly even the “Diff’rent Strokes” back door pilot which was first broadcast two months later.

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Page from the Home Box Office program guide:

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Thanks, Bob!

Original "Facts Of Life" Back Door Pilot

We are 1 week away from the Big Launch of the show… ! While you’re frantically digging up your copies (either your old VHS recordings or the new set of DVDs set to arrive from Amazon), please to enjoy…

 Clearly the dorms at Eastland underwent some major renovations in the summer of 1979... (BEFORE)

Clearly the dorms at Eastland underwent some major renovations in the summer of 1979... (BEFORE)

 (AFTER)

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Diff'rent Strokes, Season 1 Episode 24: "The Girls School" (sometimes called "Garrett's Girls") ... with lots of commercial breaks. :-| Originally broadcast on NBC May 4, 1979.