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Someone Had To…

This is from the things we take for granted category!

I’m sure you remember this…

…and this…

We know them, but what do we know about them.

Well, that’s why I’m here.

Someone had to write it, it didn’t just spring UP!

Victor Vic Mizzy was born on January 9, 1916, exactly 100 years ago today!

He was a composer for TV and movies and this two most well known efforts are the themes from Green Acres and The Addams Family.

But he did more than that.

He had top 20 hits back in the 30s and 40s, and wrote for The Andrews Sisters, Doris Day, Dinah Shore, and Teresa Brewer.

Yeah, I know, they’re all sooooo last century, but hey, music is music!

And what about the Mills Brothers classic, With a Hey and Hi and Ho-Ho-Ho?

He wrote that too.

Born in Brooklyn, he attended New York University after a childhood of playing the piano and accordion.  He was self taught!

He served in the US Navy during WW II and during his “idle” time, he wrote hit songs!

He broke into TV in the late 50s writing for Shirley Temple, but the 60s made him “famous”.  He was writing as late as 2007 when he worked with Sam Raimi on music for Spider Man 3.

Mizzy died at the age of 93 in Bel Air.

Now you know.

Insult To Injury

When I heard that Will Farrell and Kristen Wiig were doing a Lifetime movie, I knew the end was near.

Don’t get me wrong.   I like Lifetime movies; I’ve watched and enjoyed a ton of them.  But, I’ll have to admit, I never expected to see Farrell and Wiig in one.

Never.

As in never, ever.

But, alas, they did.

I continued to read the article and learned that their movie was to be a parody of Lifetime movies to “celebrate” the 25h anniversary of Lifetime movies.

Hmmm.

I was a little offended.

Lifetime has made billions off their made for television movies, and to come UP with a parody says to all of us who’ve enjoyed them in the past that we’ve been suckered.

And we have.

“A Deadly Adoption” aired Saturday.  It used every cliché every Lifetime movie has ever come UP with.

It was a train wreck.

It wasn’t convincing.

It wasn’t funny.

It was insulting.

In the first two minutes of the film, Wiig’s character falls off a rotten dock and suffers a miscarriage.

Of course, infertility ensues, a second child is wanted.  You know the drill.

Enter, Bridgette/Joni, a lovely surrogate who’s offered UP her offspring to the long-suffering couple.

Yeah, I know cliché to the 10th power.

Of course, Wiig is clueless to the fact that Ferrell has gotten drunk on a book tour and done the nasty with Bridgette/Joni, even though he doesn’t remember it.

Cliché.

Of course all that leads us to think the baby might really be Will’s after all, and wouldn’t that work out just great.

But, nooooooooooooooooooo, the heifer isn’t really preggeres, and is faking it all along.

Cliché!!

And, spoiler alert, all’s well that ends well.  Bridgett/Joni’s over-tattooed-ex-con boyfriend gets killed, Sully (the daughter) doesn’t die without her insulin, Wiig never stops wearing overalls, and every one lives happily ever after.

Well, except for the Gay BFF who got too nosy.

Curiosity kills the cat, you know.

The film, done with a modicum of reality, was just actual enough to sucker us in.  But the acting wasn’t what we know Wiig and Ferrell can do – on purpose???, I’m not so sure.  Was Ferrell trying to be serious?  Was he not trying at all?

Wiig, well, she actually made it believable, well, almost.

The settings were too perfect, the story-line too trite, and the fake beard Ferrell wore just too too!

Kristen Wiig (l) and Will Ferrell star in the Lifetime television movie 'A Deadly Adoption,' premiering Saturday, June 20, at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime. Credit: Lifetime [Film still] [Via MerlinFTP Drop]

Kristen Wiig (l) and Will Ferrell star in the Lifetime television movie ‘A Deadly Adoption,’ premiering Saturday, June 20, at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime. Credit: Lifetime [Film still] [Via MerlinFTP Drop]

From the life-altering accident to the “on the wagon” philandering hubby, to the Gay BFF, the non-confrontational wife, the crazy pregnancy faking surrogate to the chase scene and the ridiculously happy ending, we’ve been had.

The deadliest thing about this is that we’ve taken Lifetime into our homes for the past 25 years; they’ve made billions off us, and they just let us know we’re their bitches.

Wiig, Ferrell, and the whole bunch owe us an apology.

Less Than Full

Full House

Well, the Olsen Twins have screwed UP everyone’s hopes for a Full House Reunion according to Variety Magazine – the knows all, sees all Hollywood publication.

The twins played Michelle Tanner back in the day, but many years and a billion dollars later, they won’t return for the planned Netflix re-boot of Full House.

The twins plan to concentrate on their current careers – whatever that may be – it’s supposed to be something to do with fashion, but I’ve never seen them in anything other than black for the last 10 years, so I’m not quite sure.

Morticia times 2

Thanks a pant-load girls for crushing the dreams of every 30 year old woman out there!

Robert L. Boyett, executive producer of the original show, said, “Although Ashley and Mary-Kate will not be a part of “Fuller House”, I know how much “Full House” meant to them.

Yeah, Bob, we all do, it meant billions in revenue over the years because we all fell for that sweet as pie BS they were selling while chain smoking, partying, drinking, dating men three times their ages thing was really going on all along.

Boyett went on to add, “It has been exciting to see how they have built their professional careers, and I support their choice to focus on their fashion brands and various business endeavors.  I appreciate their support and good wishes toward “Fuller House”.

Mmmm OK?

The new show, is produced by John Stamos, and centers around DJ, now a widow, who needs help rearing her own brood.

New cast

Stamos, for those of you who are too young to remember Full House or are totally deprived, was Uncle Jesse before he was hawking Greek yogurt.

Other former cast members returning include; Dave Coulier, Andrea Barber, and Jodie Sweetin.

Barber played Kimmie, the annoying neighbor/bestie of DJ in the original series.

I am quite honestly, although embarrassed to admit it, curious as to how she’s turned out!

Sweetin of course, played the middle sister, sort of the Jan Brady character since every show must have one!

But alas, that’s it, just the two sisters, the two uncles, and one best friend.  And some new people of course!

So now, Boyett has a choice.

Does he kill the Michelle character off, or let the twins phone it in.

Hmmm, plane crashes always make for good TV, look at Lost!

…and other Downton Abbey questions I want answers to!

Highclere Castle

I may have mentioned before that I’m a Downton Abbey fan.

But, in case you missed it, I am.

A big fan.

Actually, I’m a big fan of Dame Maggie Smith in any role, and the role of the Dowager Countess of Grantham was THE role she was born to play.

For those of you who don’t watch Downton Abbey, A. how sad, and B. she plays Professor McGonacall in the J K Rowling series.

But, as usual, I digress.

The season finale of DA was a tad bit disappointing to me.

Really, what is to become of Lady Mary Crawley?

Lady MAry

She’s been unlucky in love from the get-go.

Her suitors have ranged from a closeted homosexual to a gold-digger to a Turkish aristocrat who rudely died in her bed after seducing her to her on again off again killed in a car crash relationship and marriage to her 3rd cousin once removed, Matthew Crawley.

He's still dead

Well, at least she didn’t have to have every thing re-monogrammed!

And then there was the season in which several men were chasing her down; Lord Gillingham, Charles, Blake, and Evelyn Napier.

Honestly, what’s a millionairess to do?

Now, we see her lusting after a newbie to the show, and Sir Julian Fellowes left us hanging – again!

Will she or won’t she ever find anyone she and Mr. Carson think is good enough for her?

And then there’s Poor Edith, and her bastard daughter, Marigold.

Lady Edith

First of all, what’s with the name?

Ya’ Highness would have pleased me only a little less!

I realize that flowery names were all the rage in Victorian and Edwardian England, but Marigold?

Ah, no.

Will Edith find love, will Mary figure out that Marigold isn’t Edith’s ward, but is Edith’s child, and will she be her usual bitchy self about it.

Probably.

And really, can someone please do something “jolly” with her hair?

Rose and Atticu

Of course, the season ended with Lady Rose running off to Hollywood to play Cinderella and her husband Atticus moving to New York and Tom the chauffeur turned family member Branson absconding to Boston with his daughter to sell cars and help expand his cousin’s business.

What will the female watchers do without Allen Leech’s pecs?

Branson

Isobel broke her relationship with Lord “Dicky” Merton because his sons are total assholes spoiled brats who won’t allow anyone to take their mother’s place.

What’s to become of her?  Will she pine for Dicky or shack-UP with Dr. Clarkson, who’s so obviously had the hots for her since day one.

Isobel

All that medical talk must turn him on, and after-all, she was married to a Doctor before.

Good match?

Maybe.

Will Daisy ever leave Downton and run the farm or become a famous Chef somewhere, or will she simply open a shop and make wedding cakes?  Or even better, start the cup-cake rage of 1924!!

Mrs. P and D

Will Thomas ever find love, or will he wind UP a lonely old queen at a piano bar cruising for fresh meat?

Thomas

Of course, Mr. Carson finally popped the question to Mrs. Hughes, but will they tie the knot?  Or has Lord Fellowes got something UP his sleeve to twist the plot?

Carson and Hughes

And what about Robert and Cora?  Will he stray, will she?  Will his ulcer get the best of him?  Will the crash of 1929 ruin them and force them to downsize, you know, 20-25 rooms, or worse yet…move to America!

L and L G

But that would leave Lady Mary and Lady Edith back at Downton to cat-fight it out!

I’d watch that.

Speaking of cats, will someone please slap the crap out of Susan!!

Susan Fincher

And what about the Dowager?

Dame Maggie Smith

Dame Maggie is 80 in real life, and the Dowager Countess is at least 79 on the show.  (Assuming she was 20 in 1865 when she nearly eloped with Prince Kuragin…not the one from Tolstoy’s War and Peace, but the one from Downton Abbey…really, get the literature right.)

I mean, life expectancy wasn’t all that great in 1924, and we’ve been lucky to have Dame Maggie in the role for the past five seasons.

I’m guessing The Dowager Countess will go to meet her maker in Season Six, and that Season Six will be the last.

And lest you think I’ve forgotten The Bateses, no, no, I haven’t much as I’d like to try.  I was terribly disappointed that Julian’s let someone else kill Green and it wasn’t John Bates.  Oh, don’t get me wrong, I don’t want him to get caught, I just wanted it to be him.

Jail Birds Love Birds

Frankly, the couple is getting on my nerves, love-birds, jail-birds, trust and mistrust, knock her UP already, and get on with life!

And, I’m thinking you’re thinking I should forget Downtown Abbey, and get on with mine.

Yeah, like that’s gonna’ happen!