Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Minor TV Characters Who Stole The Show (Of The Day)

When afterthoughts become a show's raison d'ĂȘtre. The Fonz is the classic example of this.

From Mental Floss.

At the urging of a casting director, show creator Gary David Goldberg gave a young Canadian actor named Michael J. Fox a second screen test, and reluctantly hired him. Much to everyone’s surprise, Michael J. Fox had an on-screen charisma that quickly made him an audience favorite; he could deliver the most absurd and extreme remarks and garner a laugh instead of a groan as long as he flashed that adorable smile. Meredith Baxter-Birney was just a bit miffed, because she was told that the parents would be the focus of the series. During the taping of the episode where Alex lost his virginity, the audience’s laughter went on so long that the show ran 12 minutes overtime. Goldberg was standing backstage with Baxter-Birney at the time and said to her, “If you want to leave the show, I’ll understand.”

Even though John Ritter was the acknowledged star of the show, it was Suzanne Somers who got her picture on all the magazine covers and had her own mega-selling poster. As soon as Somers landed the role of Chrissy, she contacted powerhouse manager Jay Bernstein and begged him to take her on as a client. She wanted to be “bigger than Farrah,” and Bernstein, impressed by her passion, agreed to manage her. Thanks to his savvy promotion, soon every episode of Three’s Company, no matter what the plot, focused heavily on Chrissy prancing around in tight T-shirts and short-shorts.

Norman Reedus originally read for the role of Merle Dixon when AMC’s zombie show was being cast, but that part was given to Michael Rooker. Nevertheless, producers liked something about Reedus, so they had the writers give Merle a younger brother named Daryl. The redneck bow-hunter was intended to be just another member of the ensemble that rounded out the main cast. But Norman took what could’ve been a one-note character and, with just a few lines of dialog per episode, made him intriguingly complex instead. By season three, Daryl (a character that didn’t exist in the WD graphic novels the TV show is based on) had become Rick’s second-in-command and rabid fans were frequently spotted wearing T-shirts warning “If Daryl Dies, We Riot.”

Michael Emerson was invited to make a guest appearance on Lost based on the strength of his Emmy-winning portrayal of a serial killer on The Practice. That initial appearance in the episode “One of Them” led producers to invite him back for three more episodes, still billed as a “guest star.” His morally ambiguous Benjamin Linus (originally known as Henry Gale) struck a chord with viewers, who loved to hate him, and as of season three, Emerson was offered a contract and became a series regular as well as the leader of the Others.

(See six more here)

News: College Spends 107K To Make Logo Look Less Like A Giant Dong

From the New York Post.
Brooklyn College spends $107,000 on design firm to ax supposedly phallic logo

Aug. 11, 2013

She gave it the shaft.

One of Karen Gould’s first acts as president of Brooklyn College was to thrust $107,000 into creating a new school logo — because the old clock-tower silhouette was supposedly too phallic looking, insiders said.

Just months after Gould took the helm of the institution in 2009 as its first woman president, the college hired Baltimore-based Neustadt Creative Marketing to draft a new logo and redo the Web site.

The company soon cut all visual references to the seminal symbol of the La Guardia Hall tower, erected in the 1930s.

The new logo was all words: “Brooklyn College” in 16px type, with “The City University of New York” in smaller letters. 

The design firm, which was hired without a bidding process or request for proposals, claims its work was cutting-edge.

“We replaced a logo that highlighted the campus clock tower with a fresh, youth-oriented design that would help the college stand out in the brand chaos of New York City,” the design firm touts on its Web site.


Face Swaps Of The Day

From Daisy. Fun with crazy celebrity faces.
Tom Cruise with Celine Dion's eyes

Celine with Tom's mouth

I swapped mouths on Lindsay and Celine.

What if Gary and Britney switched eyes?

And Gary and Oprah exchanged mouths?

Miley's tongue was a perfect fit for Gary's mouth, and I gave her his eyes.
(Gary has enough crazy to go around.)

If you thought Charlie couldn't look any crazier, check him out with Mel Gibson's eyes.

And Mel with Charlie's mouth.

Finally, a crazy celebrity list isn't complete without these two. I traded mouths on Snooki and Kim.



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