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Given that Alan Thicke will forever be associated with the 1985–92 sitcom Growing Pains, his latest TV project feels downright Warholian. He stars in Unusually Thicke, a Canadian-produced “reality sitcom” premiering tonight on the TV Guide Network that sends up annoying reality-programming tropes (e.g., intrusively plucky background music, swooping establishing shots showcasing the family mansion’s beige exterior) but also plays out like a scripted comedy. It is surprisingly astute at skewering the ridiculousness of everyday Hollywood, such as when Alan is outed as a swag-bag hoarder and is convinced by his wife, Tanya, and teenage son, Carter, to unload it via a charity garage sale — which, of course, winds up involving Bob Saget doing stand-up for bargain hunters. (Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, LeVar Burton, and Minnie Driver also turn up in the premiere, and future episodes will feature John Stamos, David Hasselhoff, and, yes, Robin Thicke.). Vulture spoke with »
- Rose Maura Lorre
Robin Thicke might hate these blurred lines, but his father sure doesn't. (Not like that!)
Alan Thicke, the erstwhile patriarch Jason Seaver on Growing Pains, returns to TV on Wednesday on Unusually Thicke (10/9c, Tvgn), his reality-sitcom hybrid that's real, but not really. The series follows Thicke, 67, and his self-professed modern family, 16-year-old son Carter from his second marriage, and his third wife Tanya, who is 28 years his junior. It's authentic in that every interaction and piece of dialogue on the show is unscripted, but not totally legit in that they semi-stage the situations the trio finds themselves in.
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"It's real with a nudge and a wink," Thicke tells TVGuide.com. "It's part-reality, part-sitcom. I never was so presumptuous to think that we're interesting enough to be followed ...
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- Joyce Eng
Just because Robin Thicke's dad Alan Thicke has a new reality series, it doesn't mean the "Blurred Lines" singer's breakup from Paula Patton will be part of the show. "You won't see his drama," Alan told me today while promoting Unusually Thicke, which premieres tomorrow night on Tvgn. "You'll see a couple of appearances, cameos by Robin checking up on me. "Of course, I'm happy to exploit him as much as possible," he added with a laugh. "He's clearly an important part of the family and good enough to participate a little bit." When I ask if he thinks the couple will reconcile, the former Growing Pains star said, "I hope whatever they decide »
Look at it from TV Guide Network’s perspective: The channel can’t afford “Modern Family” reruns, much less a scripted approximation. So it has replicated a small part of that hit on the cheap in “Unusually Thicke,” a reality-sitcom hybrid that casts 67-year-old TV personality Alan Thicke as the irascible husband, and his 28-years-younger (and more curvaceous) third wife, Tanya, as his sparring spouse. Filled with celebrity cameos, the show works so far as viewers are willing to play along, although for the target demo, Thicke has probably been relegated to, “Oh, you mean Robin’s dad?” consideration.
As has become status quo in these shows, the program dispenses with formal introductions and dives right in, gradually doling out information about the couple and Thicke’s young son, Carter, who lives with them.
In the premiere, Tanya gripes about Alan’s pack-rat ways, pushing him to get rid of »
- Brian Lowry
Jeremy Miller Talks About Alcoholism
Miller starred as Ben Seaver, the youngest son in the Seaver family, on Growing Pains from 1985 to 1992, and took some time away from acting after the show ended. Instead, Miller reveals he began binge drinking after the show ended. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Miller says he would start every day with a trip to the liquor store and drink until he passed out.
At his lowest moments, Miller admitted that he considered suicide, saying, “There were probably a few nights it was awful close. I’m glad I did not own a gun, because I hated myself so thoroughly, I would have done something very stupid.”
Miller made the decision to truly get sober about eight years ago, around »
Sony’s Christian drama “Heaven Is for Real,” which opens Wednesday, is the latest offering in a year with an uncommonly large slate of religious-themed wide releases.
Although there’s long been a robust DVD market and numerous indie releases, more major studios have been taking a leap of faith and embarking on extensive marketing missions this year. It’s only fitting that the senior production exec for “Heaven Is for Real,” DeVon Franklin, is an ordained minister and one of the film’s producers, T.D. Jakes, is a bishop. Jakes has teamed up with “Alice in Wonderland” producer Joe Roth for the project.
“My hope is that it’s going to appeal to the same demographic of the book, which was in the mainstream,” said Franklin, the author of spiritual success book “Produced by Faith.”
“But at the same time,” he adds, “(the story) really had a strong faith-based following. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Growing Pains star Jeremy Miller found fame very young - but he also battled alcoholism when the cameras stopped rolling. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight's Brooke Anderson, Miller described having his first taste of alcohol early on in life. "My grandparents actually tell a story about how at 4 years old I would run around after their parties and clean up everybody's beers," he said, making a swigging motion. After his family sitcom ended in 1992, Miller, now 37, left the spotlight. But his drinking became so bad that he'd head to the liquor store first thing in the morning and would drink until he blacked out. »
- Michele Corriston
Are Robin Thicke and wife Paula Patton back together? The two split earlier and Robin has begged his wife Paula to take him back, but so far it hasn't worked. However, Thicke is putting on a brave face and says he is ''doing great'' in the wake of his marriage split. The 'Blurred Lines' hitmaker and wife Paula Patton recently separated after nine years of marriage, and his dad Alan Thicke says his famous son is channeling his heartbreak into new music. Speaking to 'Entertainment Tonight Canada', Robin said: ''They're doing great and Robin is pouring himself into the musical artistry. ''There will be a fabulous album coming out within months... he's almost finished it.'' It has been speculated that Paula is willing to give Robin - with who she has three-year-old son Julian - another chance if he ''proves'' himself to be a good husband and father, »
April Fools Hoax Ace and Gary are back, baby. Warner Bros. has today given the greenlight on a movie version of The Ambiguously Gay Duo. Ashton Kutcher (“Two and a Half Men”) and Charlie Sheen (“Two and a Half Men”) are said to be in final negotiations for the leads. There are no details on which actor will play which part of the superhero duo. Nikki Fink tweeted, "Sheen and Kutcher beat off some stiff competition from Kirk Cameron (“Growing Pains”) and Angus T Jones (“Two and a Half Men”) for the coveted roles." The animated comedy sketch debuted on The Dana Carvey Show and then found a permanent home on Saturday Night Live. For those of you not familiar with the controversial but hilarious sketches, The Ambiguously Gay Duo is a parody of the stereotypical comic book superhero duo. It clearly satirized suggestions that Batman and his loyal sidekick »
EW has learned exclusively that a dream team of ’80s heartthrobs like Jack Wagner and Rob Estes (Melrose Place), as well as Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club) and Antonio Sabato Jr. (General Hospital) – as well as the aforementioned Peter Brady and Hercules – will take part in a new miniseries called Heartbreakers for Investigation Discovery.
Slated to premiere later this year, the three-parter will script true stories about how the perfect catch can sometime turn out to be the perfect criminal. »
- Lynette Rice
Robin and Paula exchanged vows in 2005 and separated in February this year.
"Robin's convinced that his smooth-talking dad - despite his own chequered romantic history - could help him win back his wife," femalefirst.co.uk quoted a source as saying.
Alan is said to share a close bond with Paula, who has three-year-old son Julian with Robin, and has been trying to talk her around.
"Paula adores Alan and he adores her. He admitted he made a mess. »
- Leon David
Warning: This is going to be a very '90s post."Growing Pains" star Jeremy Miller was definitely a popular face in Bop and Tiger Beat back in the day -- and last night, he reappeared in public for the first time in forever.The actor, now 37, popped up on "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday to show his support for Danica McKellar and Candace Cameron ... both of whom he used to date back in the day.Their shared ex and pasts as former child stars have fueled a rivalry between the two on the ABC reality show, one heightened by the fact that Candace plans to stay conservative with her costumes while Danica is ready to show some serious sex appeal.Check out the video above to see what Jeremy looks like now -- plus, see who he's rooting for to win it this year!Both Candace and Danica »
- tooFab Staff
"Dancing with the Stars" has the remnants of a '90s-era love triangle to keep things competitive and spicy in the ballroom with Candace Cameron Bure and Danica McKellar - and Access Hollywood has Jeremy Miller's take (the other third of the teen triangle!) on what when down oh so many years ago!
Back in their teen years, the "Full House" star and the "Wonder Years" star had a man in common - "Growing Pains" star Jeremy (who just happened to co-star with Kirk Cameron, the older brother of Candace).
On Tuesday, Access spoke to Jeremy about his relationships ...
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Growing pains in the White House! Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton opened up in a new interview on Monday, March 17, about calling 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home during her teenage years. "I was always deeply aware that I was living in history," Clinton, now 34, told Marlo Thomas in an interview shared by Huffington Post. President Bill Clinton's daughter would arrive home from school and walk through the receiving room, which she knew was a special place. "But then I would have dinner with my parents at [...] »
With a title like Unusually Thicke, how can reality show fans stay away? Alan Thicke and his family will take part in a new 14-episode reality series that focuses on the Growing Pains star and his relationship with his wife, Tanya, and his teenage son, Carter. "Unusually Thicke combines my two favorite things," the 67-year-old actor said in a statement. "Family … and laughing at my family." "This series is my foray into the 'reality-ish' world where viewers will meet the lovable, unpredictable and often challenging people who live with the real Jason Seaver," Thicke says, referring to his television alter-ego »
- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
Everyone's favorite Canadian is coming back to TV! Alan Thicke, is set to star in a new "reality-ish" television series, Unusually Thicke, on Tvgn that will center on his wacky and chaotic life with his "beautiful, spicy and much younger" wife Tanya and his "dry-witted, often opinionated" 16-year-old son, Carter. The 14-episode series, which premieres April 16, will feature The Growing Pains star in a blend of reality television and situational comedy. "Unusually Thicke combines my two favorite things: family...and laughing at my family," the 67-year-old actor said in a statement. "This series is my foray into the 'reality-ish' television world where viewers will meet »
“Growing Pains” patriarch Alan Thicke is heading back to the small screen in the new hybrid reality sitcom “Unusually Thicke” on Tvgn. “Unusually Thicke” — a reality-based series blended with situational comedy that Thicke describes as a “real life ‘Modern Family'” — will premiere on Wednesday, April 16 at 10 Pm. Also read: Robin Thicke's Mom Blasts Miley Cyrus: ‘She's Misbegotten’ (Video) The show stars his Bolivian-born wife Tanya, and his 16-year-old wise-cracking son Carter. Thicke's pop singer son Robin, who is best known for last summer's R&B hit, “Blurred Lines,” will also make an appearance. “We see this as falling somewhere between. »
- James Crugnale
Tvgn has picked up Alan Thicke’s faux-reality series Unusually Thicke and will premiere it on Wednesday, April 16 at 10 Pm Et/Pt. The series stars the Growing Pains patriarch and his real-life family including wife Tanya and teenaged son Carter. Also showing up in the 14-episode run: Thicke’s son Robin, David Hasselhoff, Bob Saget, Jon Stamos, Bill Maher, Tom Green, Magic Johnson, and Wayne Gretsky, according to Toronto-based Peacock Alley Entertainment, which is producing. Canadian press has said the first season also will include cameos by Jay Leno, the entire cast of CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, and Minnie Driver. The show is billed as a “reality sitcom” and Thicke has described the show to Canadian press as being a “cross between Larry David and the Kardashians”. It was shot last fall and also is scheduled to debut in Canada, on Slice, in the spring. Tvgn is owned by CBS Corp and Lionsgate. »
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Tvgn has given a 14-episode series order to “Unusually Thicke,” a reality show centering around Alan Thicke and his family, which is set to premiere at 10 p.m. April 16.
The show is said to be more “Modern Family” than “Keeping up with the Kardashians” and will concentrate on Thicke’s relationship with his younger wife, Tanya and his sarcastic teenage son, Carter. There will also be guest appearances from the “Growing Pains” star’s older son, musician Robin Thicke, as well as his friends David Hasselhoff, Bob Saget, John Stamos, Magic Johnson, Wayne Gretzky, Bill Maher and Tom Green.
“‘Unusually Thicke’ combines my two favorite things: family… and laughing at my family,” remarked Thicke. “This series is my foray into the ‘reality-ish’ television world where viewers will meet the lovable, unpredictable, and often challenging people who live with the real Jason Seaver. We take our relatable real-life stories and blow »
- Whitney Friedlander
Unusually Thicke, which will premiere Wednesday, April 16 at 10/9c, will follow Thicke, his "spicy" younger wife Tanya and their 16-year-old son Carter. Though his son Robin Thicke will not be a cast member, the "Blurred Lines" singer will be featured on the series, which blends aspects of reality television and scripted sitcoms.
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- Sadie Gennis
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