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Monday, July 26, 2004

A Partridge in a bare tree...

The "nostalgia" and "reality TV" crazes unite (making for double the suckage in just one show):
The Beatles or the Rolling Stones. Veronica versus Betty. The Bradys or The Partridges. For some kids growing up in the early '70s, the issue was an ongoing, raging debate.

And the debate continues some 35 years later, as the Bradys and the Partridges were brought together again — or rather, for only the second time ever — on the final day of the annual TV critics fall-preview tour.

An all-new multi-coloured Partridge Family bus was parked conspicuously outside the hotel, touting VH1's new reality show, In Search Of The Partridge Family — a kind of Partridge-themed American Idol, with original series stars Shirley Jones, David Cassidy and Danny Bonaduce on board to help hand-pick auditioning amateurs to form an all-new Partridge clan for an all-new Partridge sitcom.
Couldn't the programming idiots have tried to exercise a few of their rapidly-hæmorrahging brain cells and bring back a show that at least had a little class like...oh...The Banana Splits (even though the Cartoon Network beat them to it)?

If you really must have more info on this travesty, you can go here.

If you feel like toasting your brain's an essay that (peripherally) ties in the PF with Mondrian and Ayn Rand. And if you really hate the PF you can go here.

[Author's Note: No Partridges (real or otherwise) were harmed in the writing of this piece. It's the thought that counts.]