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Not to Sound Condescending, But I’m Really Proud of Todd Bridges

8 March 2017 3:30 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Last night my wife and I were talking about the episode of Growing Pains that featured Dana Plato.  It was one where she was pressuring Mike (Kirk Cameron) to “do it” with her.   We then looked her up and read about her tragic downfall to eventually drug/suicide death.  We also remarked on Gary Coleman’s death.   My wife than asked me about Willis and I said, “you mean Todd Bridges?”  While I knew that Bridges was alive I hadn’t researched him in quite some time.    My only recollection of him is a hilarious cameo he did in That’s My Boy

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- Nat Berman

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Howard Leeds, Writer and Producer on 'Brady Bunch,' 'Facts of Life' and 'Silver Spoons,' Dies at 97

1 March 2017 9:51 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Howard Leeds, the sitcom veteran who developed The Facts of Life and produced and wrote for The Brady Bunch, Diff'rent Strokes and Silver Spoons, has died. He was 97.

Leeds died Feb. 11 at his home in Los Angeles following a long illness, his family announced.

In the late 1970s, Leeds was a producer on the hit Diff’rent Strokes, starring Conrad Bain and child star Gary Coleman, when he was asked by NBC head Fred Silverman and producer Norman Lear to come up with a spinoff.

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- Mike Barnes

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From Black Mirror to Stranger Things, why do we keep going back to the 80s?

17 February 2017 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The 1980s has become the most beloved decade on TV, with leading shows mining inspiration from its defining films. But it’s not just a case of style – the era’s refreshing approach to social issues still appeals

Our scene begins with a young woman walking through a California town. The Lost Boys is playing at the cinema and a car goes past with Belinda Carlisle’s Heaven Is A Place On Earth on the stereo.

Just in case the point isn’t already made, the woman walks past an electronics store in which Max Headroom is snarling out of every television set. The only way the point could be made any clearer would be if Rick Astley, Alf the alien, Gary Coleman and Tiffany cartwheeled across the screen screeching: “Welcome to 1987, dudes!”

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- Hadley Freeman

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