Let’s make it an all-around TGIF day, starting with Carl Winslow and Family Matters and now moving onto the Tanners and Full House, who we like to think of as the original Modern Family. But this time, the milkman and the paperboy are getting the Newsroom A Day treatment (how’s that for predictability?).
And this seems like as good of a time as any to include this:
We intended to make this breathtaking photo last week’s Parting Shot, but, as we often do, we totally forgot. So, instead, let’s kick off this week with a bang, an Opening Shot.
Obviously, this beautiful, heartwarming Tanner family portrait graciously Tweeted by Andrea Barber (née Kimmy Gibbler) raises two important questions: 1) Who are the old dudes, and 2) where are the Olsen Twins? We assume that the elderly gentlemen are Thomas Miller and Robert Boyett, the namesakes of Miller-Boyett Productions and the foremen of the late 80s-early 90s TGIF hit (and miss) factory. As for Mary-Kate and Ashley, we imagine they either got tangled up in a tandem wool poncho or were still waiting for their venti lattes from Starbucks, not realizing that the two cups languishing on the counter for several hours labeled Murray and Ashlie were indeed theirs. Certainly, their absence is not the result of spite or bitterness, because who would willingly miss an opportunity to hear Bob Saget deliver the Aristocrats in person?
Also missing from the family reunion are Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Whilhoit, who played little Nicky and Alex Katsopolis respectively. While no one has seen or heard from them since 1995, we have a theory that Blake and Dylan are, in fact, Tia and Tamara Mowry. Implausible, yes, but impossible? When it comes to TGIF, nothing is impossible.
Just to tie a bow on yesterday’s John Stamos-Beach Boys-DWTS post, here’s last night’s surf rock medley, with Stamos performing not one, not two, but three instruments, and looking, in the words of my mother, adorable: [via Gawker.TV]
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Could this be a storyline for that long-awaited Full House reunion? Uncle Jesse goes on tour with his teen heartthrob twin sons Nicky and Alex? But the show is cut short when niece Stephanie goes into labor? How rude! Younger sister Michelle shows up at the hospital just in time, barreling into the waiting room exclaiming “I’m coming, I’m coming, I’m coming. I’m here!”? You got it, dude!
Also Gawker.TV did what I couldn’t do and found the classic clip of the Tanner clan joining The Beach Boys on stage for “Barbara Ann.” I hang my blog in shame.
And so ends the Full House portion of our week. Or does it?
I was watching Dancing with the Stars last night (which I had a perfectly good reason for doing, one that I won’t explain here), and learned that John Stamos would be performing on tonight’s episode with the Beach Boys! Stamos and the Boys together again, just like the late 80s! Stamos, as you might recall, for some reason, has often played with The Beach Boys over the years, and apparently frequently still tours with the group. You might also remember a little more clearly the song “Forever,” which was recorded with Stamos on vocals, but featured on Full House as the smash hit video from Uncle Jesse’s rock band, Jesse and the Rippers. I mean, how could you ever forget this:
Even though The Beach Boys weren’t properly credited on the sitcom as the real band behind “Forever,” they did make several appearances on the show, even bringing the whole Tanner clan on stage in the episode “Beach Boy Bingo,” and later engaging in a group hug in the family’s living room (only mere feet from where Uncle Joey slept in season 1).
We should also not forget that Stamos played the congas on that perennial summer jam “Kokomo.” I’m not sure that anyone, and I mean anyone, has ever rocked a pink tank top like Stamos in this video (nostalgia side story: a friend whose name I’ve long since forgotten and I performed this song for our summer day camp talent show. I must have been about 5 years old at the time, but I’m pretty sure we brought the house (elementary school gym) down).
And that is how I learned the geography of the Caribbean.
Speaking of impressions (and other past their prime comedians with the initials “DC”), Dave Coulier totally should have been on hand last night to save the day when the final dress rehearsal of Bye Bye Birdie experienced some technical difficulties and both Bob Saget and Don Rickles stepped into to lighten/worsen the mood (see: Disaster at Bye Bye Birdie’s Final Preview Inspires Stamos, Saget, and Rickles Comedy Routine). Coulier could have wowed audiences with Mr. Woodchuck for hours, or perhaps tried out his new stand-up bit about farting.
(Coincidentally, a very similar thing happened during my high school’s Student-Faculty production of Bye Bye Birdie, in which I had a memorable role as the Train Conductor. Well, we didn’t have any comedy legends attend the show, but one of the sets did fall down. See? Very similar.)
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