As part of my ongoing campaign to (1) keep the sitcoms of the 1980s in the public consciousness and (2) showcase my nerdery, I'm reproducing this e-mail exchange between me and my man JMV. The title of this post refers to the guitar lick after "as long as we've got each other" in the Growing Pains theme song.
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2004 11:53:19 -0800
found on the "futon critic" tv industry news site:
GROWING PAINS II: HOME EQUITY (ABC) - The Alphabet has released a detailed description of the upcoming telefilm: "Production has begun in New Orleans on "Growing Pains II: Home Equity," an all-new two-hour movie based on the hit '80s television comedy. The film will air during May 2004 on the ABC Television Network. Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron, Tracey Gold, Jeremy Miller, Ashley Johnson and Chelsea Noble will all reprise their roles from the series, which ran for seven seasons on ABC.Ms. Kerns (whose directing credits include "Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story" and "Boston Public") will direct the movie.As the lyrics to the "Growing Pains" theme song said, "We're nowhere near the end. The best is ready to begin . . ." "Growing Pains II: Home Equity" finds Jason (Thicke) and Maggie Seaver (Ms. Kerns) ready to start a new chapter in their lives. With the nest finally empty, they have put the family home up for sale and are preparing to spend their retirement years traveling (Maggie longs for a villa in Tuscany, while ever-thrifty Jason wants to tour the USA in a Winnebago).But all that's easier said than done, as Mike (Cameron) and a very pregnant Carol (Ms. Gold, pregnant in real life with her third child), each with their own agenda for wanting their parents to stay put, team up to sabotage the move, while little brother Ben (Miller), now a realtor, needs the big sale of his parents' home to please his boss. Meanwhile, Chrissie (Ms. Johnson), now an aspiring singer, just wants to get out from under her parents' watchful gaze so she can launch her career as a rock star.Jim Green and Mark Bacino are executive producers, Albert J. Salzer is producer and Christine Lynch & Loren Segan wrote the script for the film, from Green/Epstein/Bacino Productions, Inc."
Subject: Re: upyeralley
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2004 08:46:32 -0800
thanks for the heads-up. this sounds interesting. the winnebago angle is particularly intriguing since there was an episode where maggie's father (played by gordon "maytag repairman" jump) sells his house and buys a winnebago to tour the country, much to the chagrin of maggie's mother, who's too meek to protest the sale of her home until it's too late. they may work that into maggie's anti-winnebago stance.
i'm also surprised that kirk cameron is returning. usually when sitcom stars go wacko-christian they want nothing to do with their network past. cameron, of course, played buck williams in the straight-to-video movie adaptation of "left behind," and i think that he, like willie ames of charles in charge fame, became a regular on evangelical television. evangelivision. anyway, kirk cameron's wife is amazingly hot. she played mike seaver's girlfriend on growing pains for a while. she was also in the "left behind" movie. if kirk is coming back there's really no reason for her not to come back as mrs. kirk. and that would add a degree of hotness to the growing pains movie that a pregnant tracy gold could never accomplish.
i always hated jeremy miller. he was on celebrity double dare once and he came off as a total "i'm too cool to be here" prick. he also did some commercial hocking some kind of video game hotline and identified himself as "the star of growing pains." i was really hoping he'd get coked up and die.
but the real question is, will andrew koenig reprise his role as richard "boner" stabone?