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Friday, June 23, 2006

R.I.P. Aaron Spelling

Posted by on June 23 at 22:03 PM

spelling.jpgThose who have read my TV column over the years know that more than any TV personality (yes, even Hasselhoff or Selleck) I held uber-producer Aaron Spelling in the highest regard. After suffering a stroke this past weekend, Spelling died earlier today at the ripe age of 83. Though best known for guilty pleasures such as Charlie’s Angels, The Love Boat, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Fantasy Island, T.J. Hooker, Dynasty—Christ, the list goes on and on—Spelling never gave two craps about what the critics thought, always keeping the viewers in mind first.

“The knocks by the critics bother you,” he admitted in a 1986 interview with The Associated Press. “But you have a choice of proving yourself to 300 critics or 30 million fans. You have to make a choice.”

It’s a choice I’m glad he made. While there are those who still criticize him for his so-called “mindless” shows, I for one am thankful for all the hilarious, trashy memories. There ain’t nothing wrong with entertainment. We still need it now more than ever.
God speed Aaron Spelling. Got a fave Spelling show or character? Let me know!

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My childhood would have been a far darker place without the shining beacons of Charlie's Angels, The Love Boat, and especially Fantasy Island.

I still remember asking my dad (when I was something like 9) what a "hooker" was after seeing an episode of Love Boat. Spelling's shows were entertaining AND educational, dammit!

RIP Aaron!


Got to be Tori.

Amanda Woodward is undoubtedly looking fabulous in a very short black dress and glancing occasionally at her watch, impatient for the memorial to be over so that she can meet up with her newest lover. But, at the same time, cruising the pallbearers.

Rest in Peace, Mr. Spelling.

I'm saddened... that his legacy lives on in that talentless bitch daughter of his, Tori.

Love Boat, baby. The musical episode with Ethel Merman. The Warhol episode. The coked-up Cruise Director. Masterpiece of shit.

Family with Kristy McNichol was a good show. Love Boat was always reliable in the Saturday night TV line-up. There was always a guest-star you had to see! I just felt like a lose watching it.

Tori's show on VH-1 was actually somewhat amusing.

I would like to suggest that any writer who uses the phrase "now more than ever" be permanently banned from the Stranger/Slog.

Thank you for hearing me out on this one.




One of Spelling's tits & ass failures was "Nightingales," a high-concept series that he got on the air by pitching it to network executives as a steamy drama about gorgeous student nurses in a hospital with no air conditioning. Yowza!!

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