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Jeff Franklin, creator of the iconic family sitcom, says finding the perfect cast members in the ’80s was a pretty seamless experience, which is unusual for the typical tedious casting process.
“It was a dream to cast,” Franklin says. “Pilots are really, really tough. Everybody’s casting at the same time so you have 100 shows all fighting for the same talent pool. Most pilots fail because the cast isn’t right — not necessarily that the writing is bad because you have so many scripts that are written and the ones they pick are usually the cream of the crop, for the most part.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Plenty of people call themselves Full House fans, but how much trivia do you know about the people and the stories behind the hit '90s show? Well, now is the perfect time to test your knowledge, because over the past few months, we've been collecting details about the Full House reboot, Fuller House, prompting all kinds of nostalgia. To celebrate the new show, which premieres on Feb. 26, take a look at 33 things you may not know about your favorite '90s series. The Show The show was originally going to be called House of Comics, and it was set to follow three comics who lived together. Family sitcoms were so popular at the time, though, that the show's creator, Jeff Franklin, decided to shift the theme. The theme song was cowritten and performed by Jesse Frederick, who was also behind the theme songs for Family Matters, Step by Step, »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Ray Colcord, Emmy-nominated TV composer whose themes included the long-running “Boy Meets World” and “227” series, died Friday at his Studio City home after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66.
Colcord scored hundreds of hours of television, mostly comedies. He was Emmy-nominated for his theme for the 1990 sitcom “Singer & Sons,” but he also wrote the themes for “The Charmings,” “The Ann Jillian Show,” “The Torkelsons” and others in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
He also composed the scores for dozens of other series including “Dinosaurs,” “Boy Meets World,” “Big Brother,” “Facts of Life,” “The Simpsons,” “Touched by an Angel,” “Silver Spoons,” “My Two Dads” and the currently running “Girl Meets World.”
Colcord’s other credits include scores for the films “Resurrection Mary,” “The King’s Guard,” “Heartwood,” “The Paper Brigade,” “Wish Upon a Star” and “Amityville Dollhouse,” and songs for “Earth Girls Are Easy” and “All Dogs Go to Heaven 2. »
- Jon Burlingame
Unsuspecting Panda Gets Hit on the Head: The Franchise returns after 5 years in hibernation to serve up its popular platter of exquisitely crafted visual aesthetics and minimally involving story beats (author’s note: giant pandas do not hibernate). Kung Fu Panda 3 once again follows Po (voiced by Jack Black) on his legendary “Skadooshing” adventures, as he faces down threats to his kingdom, his species and his concept of fatherhood.
Not entirely unlike the recent viral video of Smithsonian’s National Zoo panda, Tian Tian, rolling through the snow, this installment in the Kung Fu Panda franchise provides a fleeting but fairly adorable diversion. The film – co-helmed by Oscar-nominated Kung Fu Panda 2 director Jennifer Yuh as well as Kung Fu Panda story artist Alessandro Carloni (his feature debut) – is rich with stylized sequences that heighten the experience from moment to moment when the movie isn’t bogged down by its all too familiar plot. »
- Zachary Shevich
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