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GOODTIME GIRLS – “Growing Pains” ( telecast date : April 12, 1980 )
Scott Baio guest stars as Tommy Bedelmeyer, the restless kid brother of Edith ( Annie Potts ) who is surprised by his unexpected visit and shocked by his idealistic plans to enlist for the war. Gravely concerned that he is much too young and naive for combat duty on the battlefield, she quietly persuades loyal best friend Betty ( Lorna Patterson ) to help change the mind of this patriotic juvenile who already harbors a crush on her.
THE FALL GUY – “Femme Fatale” ( telecast date : October 10, 1985 )
Scott Baio guest stars as Merrick Thorson, an endangered material witness to a notorious criminal underworld assassination who quickly goes on the lam and in hiding from the ruthless killer he’s judicially testifying against while secretly disguised as an outlandish female impersonator valiantly protected by Howie Munson ( Douglas Barr ), Jody Banks ( Heather Thomas ) and Colt Seavers ( Lee Majors ).
MY TWO DADS – “She’ll Get Over It” ( telecast date : February 21, 1988 )
Scott Baio guest stars as Scott Cameo, an eccentric fashion icon whose very quirky and klutzy demeanor hilariously ruins the commercial photo shoot of aspiring neophyte teen model Nicole ( Staci Keanan ), a young lady under the joint custody and parental supervision of former rivals Michael and Joey ( Paul Reiser and Greg Evigan ), one of whom is her biological father.
OUT OF THIS WORLD – “Princess Evie” ( telecast date : November 12, 1988 )
Scott Baio guest stars as Prince Cornelius, a vacationing intergalactic monarch who briefly kindles a light-hearted romance with half alien / half earthling girl Evie ( Maureen Flannigan ) and jubilantly offers a royal wedding proposal that would crown her the queen of his universe but necessitate her permanent departure from home.
Scott also directed several episodes of this sci-fi family sitcom and even played the handsome new gymnastics coach Scott Gold in two of them.
THE NANNY – “Rash To Judgment” ( telecast date : January 7, 1998 )
Scott Baio guest stars as Dr. Frankie Cresitelli, a novice junior intern working the late shift at a city hospital where he fortuitously encounters a previous acquaintance from his old neighborhood, Miss Franny Fine ( Fran Drescher ), a kooky governess who is desperately seeking an immediate medical cure for her unusual body rash that is ominously wrecking havoc upon her quixotic date with veteran Broadway producer Maxwell Sheffield ( Charles Shaugnessy ).
VERONICA’S CLOSET – “Veronica’s Candy Panties” a.k.a. “Veronica’s Sticky Situation” ( telecast date : January 25, 2000 ) “Veronica’s Book Shelves” ( telecast date : February 1, 2000 )
Scott Baio guest stars as Kevin, a handsome crackerjack wedding coordinator employed by Josh ( Walter Langsham ) and Chloe ( Mary Lynn Rajskub ) who are forced to hasten their impending nuptials because her dad is getting ready to vanish into the witness protection program. Later on, both grow jealous of other engaged couples whose marriage ceremonies the knowledgeable planner is arranging simultaneously and ultimately develop a twistedly queer obesession about him.
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“CHARLES IN CHARGE” THEME SONG
New boy in the neighborhood. Lives downstairs and it’s understood. He’s there just to take good care of me. Like he’s one of the family.
Charles in charge of our days and our nights. Charles in charge of our wrongs and our rights.
And I sing I want Charles in charge of me!
Music and lyrics by David Kurtz, Michael Jacobs and Al Burton
“JOANIE LOVES CHACHI” THEME SONG a. k. a. “You Look At Me”
There’s something magic in the way you hold me in your eyes. No one ever warned me love just takes you by surprise. I don’t know what’s come over me. You got me hypnotized when you look at me.
This feeling’s not like anything I’ve known before. You’re all I dreamed that love would be and so much more. I can’t believe it’s true. You feel the way I do when you look at me.
You look at me as soft as any touch could be. And suddenly it happens. You just look at me And I can see forever. A perfect love endlessly.
I never noticed how the moonlight dances on the sea. I never saw a thousand things that lovers’ eyes can see. I thought love ties you down, but it just sets my spirit free When you look at me.
Love stirred in me when we were just the best of friends. My heart imagines all the dreams we’ve yet to spend. Your eyes can’t say enough because what I see is love When you look at me.
You look at me. You look and see the best in me as only love can do. You look at me and magically, I see myself in you.
Music and lyrics by Jimmy Dunne and Pamela Phillips Oland
“HAPPY DAYS” THEME SONG
Sunday, Monday, Happy Days. Tuesday, Wednesday, Happy Days. Thursday, Friday, Happy Days. The weekend comes, my cycle hums. Ready to race to you.
These days are ours. Happy and free. ( Oh Happy Days! ) These days are ours. Share them with me. ( Oh baby! )
Goodbye grey sky. Hello blue. There’s nothing can hold me when I hold you. Feels so right it can’t be wrong. Rocking and rolling all week long.
Sunday, Monday, Happy Days. Tuesday, Wednesday, Happy Days. Thursday, Friday, Happy Days. Saturday, what a day. Grooving all week with you.
These days are ours. Share them with me. ( Oh baby! ) These days are ours. Happy and free. ( Oh Happy Days! )
Hello sunshine. Goodbye rain. She’s wearing my school ring on her chain. She’s my steady. I’m her man. And I’m gonna love her all I can.
These days are ours. Won’t you be mine? ( Oh baby! ) These days are ours. Oh, please be mine. ( Oh baby! )
These Happy Days are yours and mine. ( Oh Happy Days! )
These Happy Days are yours and mine. Happy Days!
Music and lyrics by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox
“WHO’S WATCHING THE KIDS” THEME SONG
Here comes the daydream reaching out on you. Reach out and take it. Make it all come true.
Follow the dream until you see where it’s going. Look at a kid. You’re gonna feel yourself growing.
Look for the daydream. Sing it like a song. Before you know it, someone sings along.
And like the kids who know the dream when they see it. You wake yourself up and you know you can be it.
You can be as warm as sunshine. You can be as bright as day.
All it depends on what you’re watching.
Who’s watching the kids? From day to day.
Try watching the kids. They know the way.
Who’s watching the kids? They know the way.
“BUGSY MALONE” THEME SONG
He’s a sinner. Candy coated. For all his friends, he always seems to be alone. But they love him. Bugsy Malone.
A city slicker. He can charm you With a smile and a style all his own. Everybody loves that man. Bugsy Malone.
Hot headed Bugsy makes his mind up. Don’t mess with Bugsy or you’ll wind up Wishing you’d left well enough alone. He’s a man, a mountain. He’s a rolling stone.
And when he’ll leave you sad and lonely crying I couldn’t say but it’s known that Everybody wants that man. Bugsy Malone.
Music and lyrics by Paul Williams
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In a galaxy not so far away from here, a group of aliens tour the Museum of Earthly Wonders to see all the unique stuff the little blue planet has to offer.
Prepare to learn all there is to know about Earth’s strange inhabitants through fascinating and mysterious earthly artifacts such as the commercial airliner, emojis and SCOTT BAIO.
( “Super Bowl Commercials 2016 : The Biggest Hits From Puppymonkeybaby To Wiener Stampede” by Laura O’Neill, CBC News : February 8, 2016 )
Aliens tour a museum of Earth, including “the dress” that caused a civil war, emojis and “Happy Days” star SCOTT BAIO. No double dipping allowed.
( “The 20 Best Super Bowl Commercials 2016” by Geoff Herbert, Syracuse : February 8, 2016 )
BEST USE OF AN 80’S ICON TO PEDDLE HEALTHY FATS :
This is a commercial for Avocados From Mexico, which we presume was needed to compete with Avocados from California. But don’t let the late turn toward selling delicious and healthy fruit essential to that Super Bowl party staple, guacamole, keep you from enjoying a delightful trip through this alternate version of the Collector’s Gallery from “Guardians Of The Galaxy”.
A group of aliens follows a tour guide through an exhibit that includes the mythical cube of Rubiks, the seats in a commercial airliner ( a 21st century torture device ), the emoji alphabet, the white and gold dress ( or was it blue and black? ) that caused a civil war, and the illustrious SCOTT BAIO.
It’s a gallery any museum of pop culture ephemera would love to possess. Just make sure to feed SCOTT BAIO once in a while.
( “Here Are The Best [ And Worst ] Super Bowl 2016 Commercials” by The Wired Staff, Wired : February 8, 2016 )
AWARD FOR BEST CAMEO IN A COMEDIC ROLE :
SCOTT BAIO’s sense of humor shines in the Avocados From Mexico spot that is flat out ridiculous. It’s part “Hitchiker’s Guide To The Galaxy” with plenty of pop culture suggest to hold everyone’s attention. “Charles In Charge” is on display behind the glass as aliens enjoy chips and guacamole at the museum of earth history.
( “Comedians Shine In Best Super Bowl 2016 Ads ; Actors’ Spots Leave Us Scratching Our Heads” by Charles Wollborg [ guest blog ], Crain’s Detroit Business : February 8, 2016 )
And I have to tell you the Avocados From Mexico ( who knew? ) commercial which has a split second cameo from the legendary SCOTT BAIO is simply marvelous.
( “Canucks Keep Waving Goodbye; Coldplay Covers; Scott Baio Alert!” by Jonathan McDonald, The Province : February 5, 2016 )
Avocados From Mexico‘s first ever Super Bowl ad last year “First Draft Ever” about countries picking various flora and fauna for their “teams” was a surprise hit. And this commercial has the same ingredients for success : an absurd premise, a celebrity cameo and some snappy dialogue.
( “Avocados From Mexico Discover Earth’s Greatest Contribution Was Guacamole In 2016 Super Bowl Ad” by Maura Judkis, The Washington Post : February 7, 2016 )
Aliens, SCOTT BAIO, a Rubiks cube and guacamole.
Sounds like a good party.
( “The 5 Most Underrated Commercials Of Super Bowl 50” by Alan Siegel, Admeter U. S. A. Today : February 8, 2016 )
AVOCADOS FROM MEXICO : AVOS IN SPACE !
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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.