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SCOTT BAIO , while doing promotions for his award-winning independent movie The Bread, My Sweet , once gave a celebrity interview wherein he briefly talked about the critically acclaimed television series The Sopranos.
INTERVIEWER : “Since you’re here to accept an award for being Italian, we must ask : The Sopranos – pro or con?”
SCOTT : “Oh, I watch it and I think it’s good. I can understand both sides of the issue. If someone did a show about black people or Jewish people with stereotypes, well, I don’t think that show would ever even get on the air. But it seems like it’s OK to do this to Italians. I think most Italian-Americans don’t want to be associated with the Mafia.”
INTERVIEWER : “So this means if you got offered a job on The Sopranos, you’d turn it down?”
SCOTT : “Are you kidding me? I’ve been trying to get on there for years. I’ve sent them tons of tapes of myself acting. Come on!”
( “Happy Days Here Again For Scott Baio On And Off The Screen” by Cindy Pearlman, The Chicago Sun Times : November 2002 )
Well, Mr. Baio did not succeed in getting on The Sopranos although he has earned laudatory raves and kudos for his memorable portrayal of tempestuous crime scion Paulie Minetti in Tony Vitale’s black comedy gangster film Very Mean Men.
But here is the deliciously weird irony regarding all of this :
Scott’s own highly popular iconic fictional TV alter egos Charles-In-Charge and Chachi Arcola themselves seem to have most likely served as the unique inspirations for a different set of enigmatic characters within another crime family show : the quarreling twin brothers Jethro and Van West from the New Zealand hit series Outrageous Fortune.
Presenting this colorful rogues gallery of engaging scoundrels known as The West Family of West Auckland :
shrewd black market entrepreneur youngest daughter Loretta ( Antonia Prebble );
blundering goofball slacker and street punk yet adorable boy toy younger twin son VAN ( ANTONY STARR );
frivolous shoplifting low-rent party girl eldest daughter Pascalle ( Siobhan Marshall );
stubborn veteran professional burglar father Wolfgang ( Grant Bowler );
brassy strong-willed indomitable mother Cheryl ( the sensational Robyn Malcolm );
wily eccentric master safe cracker patriarch Teddy ( Frank Whitten );
and finally, brilliant yet corrupt university-educated lawyer older twin son JETHRO ( ANTONY STARR once again ).
As a crime family series, Outrageous Fortune may be considered the missing link between The Sopranos and Arrested Development. The Sopranos is about a family of killers. Arrested Development is about a family of liars. Outrageous Fortune is about a family of thieves.
The central protagonist is Cheryl West, the dynamic mom who bravely takes it upon herself to drag her children and other relatives kicking and screaming out of their criminal lifestyle ( in the same way that Michael Bluth humorously attempted to do with his own corrupt clan in Arrested Development ). But this reformed mother of thieves consequently reveals a guilty secret within her past : she was also the ultimate “thief of hearts” who stole husband Wolfgang away from her estranged sister.
Outrageous Fortune also possesses several key elements that appear to have been influenced by their more well-known American counterparts in U.S. movies and television shows.
Cheryl West recalls simultaneously two immortal cinematic femme fatales : Gena Rowlands as dynamite killer underworld gun moll Gloria and Pam Grier as hip vixenish quick-witted lady smuggler Jackie Brown.
Pascalle, the endearingly vain and kinky amateur gold digger, is a lower class satirical tribute to notorious tabloid heiress and reality show diva Paris Hilton, traces of which may still be currently found in Beth Behrs as jinxed urban princess Caroline Channing of Two Broke Girls.
Loretta, partially named after her legendary grandmother Rita the cruel and cunning family matriarch and deceased spouse of grandfather Teddy ( both of whom are the main characters in the prologue spin-off West Side focusing on their early years ) is a more jaded and ruthless version of Alia Shawkat’s quirkily precocious kid hustler Maeby Bluth from Arrested Development.
During those recurring periods of time when Wolfgang gets separated from his wife and children because he is either in jail as a convicted felon or on the lam as an escaped fugitive, the internal family structure and relationship dynamics of The Wests strangely resemble an amoral version of the Powell years from SCOTT BAIO’s 1980s sitcom “CHARLES-IN-CHARGE” wherein Jethro is our hero Charles, Cheryl is mother Ellen, Teddy is grandfather Walter, Pascalle is older daughter Jamie, Loretta is younger daughter Sarah and Van is youngest son Adam. There is even a Buddy Lembeck in the character of Munter but in this particular scenario, he is the best friend of Van and not Jethro.
JETHRO WEST, the older twin brother, may be described as crafty, highbrow, ambitious, resourceful, level-headed, enterprising and self-reliant ( c.h.a.r.l.e.s. ). Named after the rock band Jethro Tull, he initially becomes the favorite child of his proud mother Cheryl who optimistically views him as her knavish family’s legitimate hope in genuinely overcoming and rising above their negative domestic circumstances. But he tragically ends up breaking her heart when she discovers that he and his crooked father Wolfgang have been secretly plotting to take advantage of his shrewd legal expertise for the ignoble purpose of better enabling and further expanding their clan’s unlawful activities.
VAN WEST, the younger twin brother, may be regarded as carefree, hedonistic, amorous, callow, haphazard and irresponsible ( c.h.a.c.h.i. ). Named after the rock band Van Halen, he starts out guilelessly admiring and emulating his maverick thief dad Wolfgang ( in the same way that a young Chachi Arcola used to innocently admire and emulate The Fonz on “Happy Days” ). But he ironically ends up rejecting said criminal heritage because of his worried mom Cheryl’s ardent pleas that he go straight, ultimately forming a partnership with his best friend Munter in order to establish a handyman business.
The unusual fact that the genius creators of Outrageous Fortune intentionally assigned BOTH important primary roles of the TWO SONS to a SINGLE versatile male star ( rather than just simply and more easily hiring a talented COUPLE of qualified similarly-looking handsome actors to play these nefarious BROTHERS ) arouses the keen suspicion that the TWIN characters of Jethro and Van West had been originally conceived, written and developed from the very start to be portrayed solely by ONE individual ALONE ( thus recalling to the minds of knowledgeable viewers SCOTT BAIO‘s everlasting pop culture legacy as an American television star : his inescapably famous DOUBLE roles of Charles-In-Charge and Chachi Arcola from Happy Days ).
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In November 2007, TVLand and Entertainment Weekly compiled their list of The Top 100 Television Icons.
SCOTT BAIO was unjustly and unfairly excluded therefrom despite the unexplainable inclusions of his peers like John Stamos, Tony Danza, Melissa Gilbert, Shannen Doherty and Heather Locklear.
Overall, said list remains dubiously controversial and was heavily criticized by the majority of discerning TV fans as well as entertainment industry observers who felt grossly disappointed that numerous other beloved television stars also failed to be properly recognized.
Controversial selections within the Top 100 Television Icons List of TVLand and Entertainment Weekly must include the following :
GEORGE CLOONEY ( no. 37 )
No disrespect to the former “E.R.” heartthrob but he is already a very successful Oscar-winning movie star whose impressive body of film work has completely overshadowed his earlier small screen appearances which are now mere footnotes in his present resume. ( Unlike Sally Field whose two Academy Awards for “Norma Rae” and “Places In The Heart” still fail to erase numerous viewers’ beloved memories of Gidget and The Flying Nun. ) Erroneously bestowing television iconship upon Mr. Clooney becomes not just insulting to him professionally but is moreover deeply offensive to his other cast mates ( Anthony Edwards, Julianna Margulies, Noah Wyle, Eriq La Salle, et al ). “E.R.” was an ensemble TV show.
PAMELA ANDERSON ( no. 65 )
Now if one were to select a potential candidate for television iconship among the overall cast of “Baywatch”, should it not be David Hasselhoff whose famous TV successes already embrace “The Young And The Restless” as well as “Knight Rider”?? Miss Anderson’s curious entry within this list becomes even more puzzling given the notable absences therein of really deserving female television stars like Elizabeth Montgomery ( “Bewitched” ), Joan Collins ( “Dynasty” ), Valerie Harper ( “Rhoda” ) and Fran Drescher ( “The Nanny” ). Picking any of these fine ladies would have made better common sense.
CHARLIE BROWN ( no. 57 )
We are very huge fans of the immortal “Peanuts” comic strip by the late great Charles M. Schulz. But Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Schroeder, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Franklin, Violet, Pigpen, Frieda, Five, Roy, Patty, Shermy and little Rerun are honestly much more than just TV icons. They have already become MULTI-MEDIA POP CULTURE ICONS.
Homer Simpson ( no. 9 ), Kermit The Frog ( no. 21 ) and Cartman ( no. 84 ) may be allowed to keep their places within the list because these fictional characters originated in television. Although Stewie Griffin from “Family Guy” might have something to complain about that.
ROSIE O’DONNELL ( no. 71 )
First, she conducted a hostile ambush interview victimizing bewildered guest Tom Selleck over his legally protected rights as an NRA member during her solo daytime talk show. Afterwards, she publicly quarreled with the editorial staff of her own magazine and brought a judicial suit against them in court. Her notorious stint as a co-host of “The View” will be unpleasantly remembered for generating so much professional discord and personal antagonisms on the set, ranging from the private behind-the-scenes face-offs against esteemed Barbara Walters to the catastrophic televised showdown versus innocent Elizabeth Hasselbeck which finally led to her ouster.
This woman obviously suffers from very grave anger management problems which dangerously exacerbate her already zealous leftwing political intolerance. If she were a crazy, outspoken and prejudiced rightwing celebrity, she would not even be mentioned at all in The Top 100 Television Icons List. By including her, TVLand and Entertainment Weekly have proven themselves to be engaged in a severely unfair Double Standard policy.
SCOTT BAIO’s unjust and unfair exclusion constituted a highly disrespectful slight that has to be ultimately regarded as further evidence of his own vulnerably marginalized and persecuted showbiz status within the current Hollywood under the dominant rule of Intolerant Leftwing Cultural Bigots.
Nevertheless, such wrongful deprivation of mainstream pop TV iconship could still help to lead Scott on a rewarding journey towards better career opportunities if he knowingly and shrewdly understands that this adverse development virtually granted him new artistic freedom to boldly explore, experiment and expand his qualifications, moving himself away from the stereotypical restrictions of past sitcom characterizations.
But realistically speaking, he would find it quite impossible to judiciously pursue this meritorious goal in a ruthlessly lop-sided and antagonistic Hollywood work environment where he is constantly forced to suffer the negative consequences of his unacknowledged television iconship while yet still being inequitably denied the attendant positive rewards or venerations thereof.
Given these unfavorable circumstances, it really makes no practical sense for any oppressed artist to passively wait as his or her professional showbiz career literally dies of stagnation all in the vain hope that a few industry baubles and knickknacks from Liberal Tinseltown’s master table are eventually jettisoned down one’s pitiful way.
SCOTT BAIO is on the right track when he keeps himself busy actively seeking out more challenging roles in various nonmainstream projects safely away from the destructive prejudices of others.
His unfortunate absence from this highly questionable enumeration of TV Icons does yield a golden opportunity for him afterwards to symbolically rip apart his TVLand citizenship papers, finally leaving behind the juvenile ghosts of Chachi Arcola and Charles-In-Charge permanently.
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” FROM HAPPY DAYS TO CHALLENGING ONES , SCOTT BAIO JUST KEEPS ON RUNNING ”
Story by David Laurel , pp. 10 – 16
LIFE AFTER 50 magazine , JULY 2015
issuu.com/lifeafter50/docs/life_after_50_july @ lifeafter50.com
HELPFUL ADDITIONAL REFERENCES :
“Scott Baio In The New Hollywood” post dated February 17, 2012 The Scott Baio Fan Blog
“Hollywood Republicans Under The New Blacklist” post dated March 27, 2012 The Scott Baio Fan Blog
“Hollywood , Interrupted” post dated February 25, 2014 Hollywood Republicans Under The New Blacklist site
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SCOTT BAIO is asking his fans to pray for his wife Renee who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Baio used Facebook to provide a public statement about his wife’s serious condition on June 16, a meningioma brain tumor which doctors have not yet determined to be cancerous or not.
“Just a few days ago, we learned my wife Renee has a meningioma brain tumor. Although 90 % of these types of tumors are benign, they can cause serious problems depending on the size of the tumor and the location. We are waiting to learn the exact location to see if its operable.
Renee has been down some rough roads in her life, yet each time with her strong faith in God, she comes through a better and stronger person. During this time, we ask for your prayers and support. My wife is my rock. She refuses to even shed one tear nor will she question God’s will. Renee, Bailey and I will get through this and along the way maybe help educate others to get checked out ( MRI with contrast ) as 6,500 people each year, mostly women, get these tumors.”
The actor and his wife have been married for more than seven years and the couple have a daughter Bailey DeLuca.
In 2008, Scott opened up about his baby daughter possibly having a rare metabolic disorder called glutaric acidemia type 1. After over three months of waiting, the family finally received the happy news that Bailey was healthy. They have since started The Bailey Baio Angel Foundation, a non-profit for infant health screenings to help children with this disorder. Their first charity golf tournament will be held in September.
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A VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO THE WORDPRESS ADMINISTRATORS :
POLITICAL SABOTAGE APPEARS TO BE CURRENTLY TAKING PLACE AT THIS INNOCENT FAN SITE.
THE MYSTERIOUS SOURCE OF THIS PROBLEM HAD BEEN TRACED TO GOOGLE CHROME.
GOOGLE EMPLOYEES AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS CONNECTED TO GOOGLE HAVE BEEN CAUGHT SEVERAL TIMES IN THE PAST ATTEMPTING TO SABOTAGE POLITICALLY CONSERVATIVE OR RIGHT-OF-CENTER NEWS AND INFORMATION WEB SITES.
THE UNEXPLAINED ANOMALIES STARTED ONLY AT THE BEGINNING OF MARCH RIGHT AFTER FACEBOOK PERSECUTED AND LOCKED OUT A YOUNG BOY NAMED C.J. PEARSON FOR HIS ARTICULATE VIDEO COMMENTARY DEFENDING FORMER MAYOR RUDY GIULIANI’S OBSERVATIONS ABOUT PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA EARLIER THIS MONTH.
WHY THIS INNOCENT FAN TRIBUTE SITE TO SCOTT BAIO HAS SUDDENLY BECOME A TARGET FOLLOWING SAID UNRELATED CONTROVERSY REMAINS A TOTAL AND COMPLETE MYSTERY.
IN FACT, THESE GLITCHES WERE ALREADY PRESENT HERE EVEN DAYS BEFORE SCOTT’S OWN ENDORSEMENT OF WISCONSIN GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER LATER ON.
SOMETHING DEEPLY SINISTER IS GOING ON AROUND HERE.
“THERE IS AN ORGANIZED AND CONCERTED EFFORT BY THE POLITICAL LEFT TO SHUT DOWN FREE SPEECH ON THE INTERNET.”
( BILL O’REILLY , THE O’REILLY FACTOR : JULY 3, 2015 )
A REMINDER TO ALL VISITORS :
THE SCOTT BAIO FAN BLOG IS NOT A POLITICAL SITE.
THE SCOTT BAIO FAN BLOG IS SIMPLY AN INNOCENT CELEBRITY FAN SITE DEDICATED TO PRESERVING HIS ENDANGERED ARTISTIC LEGACY IN MOVIES AND TELEVISION.
PLEASE KINDLY REMEMBER THIS.
AND LOYAL SCOTT BAIO FANS MUST BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN THEY USE GOOGLE AS AN INTERNET SERVER NOWADAYS.
( WORDPRESS ADMINISTRATORS, RETURN YOUR CLASSIC EDITING SYSTEM. YOUR CURRENT EDITING PAGE CONTINUES TO CROWD AND COLLAPSE THE TEXT, NECESSITATING REPEATED EDITING OF SPACES BETWEEN LINES AND PARAGRAPHS. THESE NEW PROBLEMS REMAIN UNSOLVED. PLEASE HELP US. )
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a.k.a. “GOD REST YE, NAUGHTY CHACHI-MEN !”
During the successful five year run of this beloved TV series, SCOTT BAIO as Charles often humorously became a reluctant mentor and guidance counselor to several talented youngsters whose engaging portrayals of quick-witted juvenile troublemakers might have been ultimately intended by the show’s creators toward keenly reviving among loyal viewers their fond memories of the central star’s own highly popular and well-known delinquent teen character Chachi Arcola from Happy Days.
SUBJECT 1 : JASON PEMBROKE ( Michael Pearlman )
EPISODE : “Trick Or Treat”, Charles In Charge – season 1
BEHAVIOR OR ACTION REMINISCENT OF CHACHI : Dresses up as a little version of Charles on Halloween in retaliation for not being allowed to go trick or treating as a ghost buster, which ultimately would have given him the mischievous opportunity to bully other smaller kids costumed in white sheets as he chanted, “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!”
INTERESTING TO WATCH ALONG SIDE : “Chachi Sells His Soul”, Happy Days – season 7 ( where Chachi experienced a memorably “devilish” Halloween )
SUBJECT 2 : GARY MARLIN ( Scott Grimes )
EPISODE : “Sarah Steps Out”, Charles In Charge – season 3
BEHAVIOR OR ACTION REMINISCENT OF CHACHI : Sells overexpensive play-off game tickets to Charles and Buddy right before they discover that he will also be accompanying Sarah on her very first non-chaperoned date to the movies where they decide to spy upon the young couple in order to ensure nothing inappropriate happens there.
INTERESTING TO WATCH ALONG SIDE : “The Apartment”, Happy Days – season 5 ( where Chachi shrewdly negotiated with Richie, Potsie and Ralph for a lease contract when they decided to move into his mother’s rundown apartment )
SUBJECT 3 : MARK EMERSON ( Adam Carl )
EPISODE : “The Boy Who Loved Women”, Charles In Charge – season 3
BEHAVIOR OR ACTION REMINISCENT OF CHACHI : Dates both Sarah and Jamie without their knowledge for the sake of personal convenience because one had been unavailable at the time.
INTERESTING TO WATCH ALONG SIDE : “Be My Valentine”, Happy Days – season 5 ( where Chachi sang “Thank Heaven For Little Girls”, proving once and for all that he was truly “the boy who loved women” )
SUBJECT 4 : SEAN DETWEILLER ( Jason Zahler )
EPISODE : “The Heart Burglar”, Charles In Charge – season 3
BEHAVIOR OR ACTION REMINISCENT OF CHACHI : Tries to closely study and emulate Charles as a masculine role model in a naive attempt to impress Sarah who consequently feels left out and ignored by him.
INTERESTING TO WATCH ALONG SIDE : “Our Gang”, Happy Days – season 5 ( where Chachi learned about the real definition of manhood as Richie tried to convince him that he shouldn’t join a rowdy street gang by narrating the story of how the Fonz walked away from his own violent past as a tough gang leader )
SUBJECT 5 : ANTHONY SVENSON ( Justin Whalin )
EPISODE : “Room At The Bottom”, Charles In Charge – season 4
BEHAVIOR OR ACTION REMINISCENT OF CHACHI : Persuades Adam to cheat on his assigned book report about Charles Dickens’s “Oliver Twist” by just watching a video cassette of the film musical “Oliver!”
INTERESTING TO WATCH ALONG SIDE : “My Cousin, The Cheat”, Happy Days – season 5 ( where Chachi tricked Joanie into giving him the correct answers to the questions on a school exam that he needed to pass before eventually getting caught )
SUBJECT 6 : DANNY HOLLAND ( Rodney Eastman )
EPISODE : “Bad Boy”, Charles In Charge – season 4
BEHAVIOR OR ACTION REMINSICENT OF CHACHI : Requests Charles to set him up on a date with Jamie as friendly evidence of his personal trust and confidence in the young man who ultimately discovers a valuable lesson about his own true worth as a juvenile ex-con and former pickpocket seeking to rehabilitate himself and leave behind his nefarious past.
INTERESTING TO WATCH ALONG SIDE : “Chachi’s Incredo-Wax”, Happy Days – season 6 ( where Chachi paid a huge price for earning money dishonestly by selling a defective product to his friends in a foolish get rich scheme )
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Here is something interesting for loyal Scott Baio fans to watch and enjoy in joyful celebration of this annual festive holiday season :
1. “CHRISTMAS SHOW”
Joanie Loves Chachi DVD, disc three
SCOTT BAIO ( Chachi ), Erin Moran ( Joanie ), Ellen Travolta ( Louisa ), Al Molinaro ( Al ), Art Metrano ( Rico ), Derrel Maury ( Mario ), Winifred Freedman ( Annette ) and Robert Peirce ( Bingo ).
2. “HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS”
Charles-In-Charge season 1 DVD, disc two
SCOTT BAIO ( Charles ), Willie Aames ( Buddy ), Jennifer Runyon ( Gwendolyn ), Michael Pearlman ( Jason ), Jonathan Ward ( Douglas ), April Lerman ( Lila ), Julie Cobb ( Jill ), James Widdoes ( Stan ) and Rue McClanahan ( Grandma Irene ).
3. “SNOWED IN”
Charles-In-Charge season 1 DVD, disc three
SCOTT BAIO ( Charles ), Willie Aames ( Buddy ), Jennifer Runyon ( Gwendolyn ), James Widdoes ( Stan ), Julie Cobb ( Jill ), Michael Pearlman ( Jason ), Jonathan Ward ( Douglas ), April Lerman ( Lila ), Betsy Chasse ( Tracy ), Fran Robinson ( Maxine ), Allison Sturges ( Heather ) and Christina Applegate ( Stacy ).
4. “YULE LAFF”
Charles-In-Charge season 3 DVD, disc one
SCOTT BAIO ( Charles ), Willie Aames ( Buddy ), Nicole Eggert ( Jamie ), Josie Davis ( Sarah ), Alexander Polinsky ( Adam ), Ellen Travolta ( Lillian ), Sandra Kerns ( Ellen ) and James Callahan ( Walter ).
5. “SEE DAD RUN CHRISTMAS INTO THE GROUND”
See Dad Run season 1 DVD, disc two
SCOTT BAIO ( David ), Alanna Ubach ( Amy ), Ryan Newman ( Emily ), Jackson Brundage ( Joe ), Baily Michelle Brown ( Janie ), Mark Curry ( Marcus ), Ramy Youssef ( Kevin ), Bernie Kopell ( The Colonel ) and Bailey Baio ( Hannah ).