Two Tivos To Paradise 9.27.13: Edge, Joel McHale, Katee Sackhoff, Ali Sweeny, and more!
Posted by Al Norton on 09.27.2013
Edge, Joel McHale, Katee Sackhoff, and favorites from Parks and Recreation, Glee, Impractical Jokers, SYTYCD, and more stop by to help 411's Al Norton celebrate the 350th edition of Two Tivos to Paradise!
Hello friends. It blows my mind that I wrote my first Two Tivos to Paradise seven years ago. Seriously, SEVEN YEARS AGO!!! As I write every year at this time, I got my start thanks to then Ask 411 Movies columnist Leonard Hayhurst going to bat for me, recognizing that the guy who wrote the questions to his column every week to show off his knowledge might have something to say, although those first few columns are nothing to write home about, let me tell you. It was somewhere close to 100 that I really start to feel like I'd found my voice and that readers were coming along for the ride.
The TTTP Facebook page has added to that greatly, where folks can exchange their thoughts and lovingly snarky barbs about the world of TV in an environment that is based on respect for other's opinions, which is rare in the world in general, let alone the internet. If you haven't come on board our FB page, please take a minute the next time you're on-line to do so as it really is a lot of fun.
I usually use the anniversary column's "cold open" to thank all the industry people that helped me get to this point, and while I am eternally grateful to all of them, I figured with the 350th I should really put a spotlight on a few. I haven't ever created a TTTP Hall of Fame – and I don't plan to – but if I did, there is no doubt who would be among that inaugural class. The aforementioned Leonard Hayhurst would be a part for opening the door for me, hands down. Bill Simmons would have to go as his linking to TTTP in his ESPN.com column a couple of time opened me up to a HUGE new group of readers.
Working in PR in the entertainment industry can be a rough job although the vast majority of PR people I've dealt with over the years have been great. If I were doing a TTTP Hall of Fame, PR would have to be there, and representing their field would be Carrie Simons Kemper, Amanda Ruisi, Lisa Goldberg, Morgan Di Stefano, and Lee Wallman. Again, so many have been so good to us over the years but those five have always gone above and beyond, returning my emails and giving me access to talent that was above my level at times. There's also all really high quality people, too, and the value of that can't be undersold. (FYI – this shout out to those named above also includes the great people who work on their teams/for their companies, so if you work for/with one of them then yes, I am talking about you, too!!)
And then there's the famous folks, those who take time of their days to chat with me for your viewing pleasure. Our first group into the TTTP Hall of Fame would be Joel McHale, Ali Sweeney, Mark Schwan, Matt Iseman, Katee Sackhoff, James Marsters, and Sally Pressman. All have come through for me in a big way over the years and again, are high quality people.
I don't want to put any one reader over another so I think I'd just induct My Readers as one unit; you don't all agree about everything – or anything – but your passion for television is what has kept me going, especially in those years when I was exhausted from middle of the night feedings of the twins and didn't feel like plopping myself down in front of my laptop to talk about the latest episode of Gary UnMarried.
No TTTP Hall of Fame would be complete without my brother Walter, whose commitment to making the lives of others better is inspiring to me on a daily basis, and of course Mrs. Tivo, whose presence in my life is what gave me the confidence to put my fingers to the keyboard seven years ago; I love you, Tina.
Ok, if I don't hurry this along then it will be time for my 400th before I finish 350, so let's jump right in.
He just grinned and shook my hand, "news" was all he said.
So Bring Your Good Times And Your Laughter, Too, We're Gonna Celebrate Your Party With You
For this anniversary column we continued with our celebrity round up theme of previous years, asking folks to answer the following questions:
*Who was your first TV crush?
*What game/reality competition show from TV history do you think you'd have the best chance at winning?
*Who would you cast to play you in a TV series about your life?
Some gave us short answers, some went into more detail, and we thank each and every person who took part. As always, these answers were given exclusively to TTTP for use in this column.
Matt Iseman is the co-host of American Ninja Warrior on NBC as well as Style's Clean House. He was also the co-winner of the 2008 Two Tivos To Paradise TV Entertainer of the Year Award. He is such a loyal friend of TTTP that the leadoff spot in our anniversary columns is his as long as he wants it
*Wow… we really have to get in the WayBack machine for this… I know my eyes would always get wide when Ginger and/or Maryann were on screen in Gilligan's Island…sometimes, even with Lovie Howell (a silver haired cougar to be sure), but I think my first real crush was Col. Wilma Dearing from Buck Rogers… Erin Gray…she could stun me with her phaser anytime! Excuse me, I need a moment.
*Certainly not American Ninja Warrior…tried and failed miserably. MISERABLY. I think anything trivia related…Jeopardy or Millionaire; my mind is crammed with useless knowledge that I would love to unleash on Alex Trebek or Meredith Viera.
Molly Hopkins is one of the stars of Lifetime's reality series Double Divas, currently airing its second season.
*My first TV crush was Brian Austin green from 90210
*I would be awesome at Family Feud.
*If a celebrity were cast to play my life in a role, it would be Jennifer Tilly.
Will Dailey is the official singer/songerwriter of TTTP, with the list of shows his music has featured being too long to run through here. He is doing his latest album through Pleadge Music, info available here – http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/willdailey
*MacGyver. But if that doesn't count then I suppose it was Scully.
*Price is Right. It's all in the spin.
*A young Liam Neeson.
Jessi Cruickshank is TV personality/entertainment journalist who was most recently seen co-hosting The CW's Oh Sit.
*Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I realize he was an anthropomorphic cartoon turtle, but there was something about his laid back surfer ‘tude and rock hard turtle body that got me all hot and bothered as a kid. Also, his favorite food was Pizza and MY favorite food was Pizza - we had a lot in common, ok?
*NOT Oh Sit! If I'd even attempted to compete on my own show, I wouldn't have lived to answer these questions. I would, however, KILL on Wheel of Fortune. In the 6th Grade we had to do a presentation on a ‘Person of Influence'. I did mine on Vanna White.
*Amanda Bynes. In her highly publicized comeback role. Lets be honest, it's the only way I could get people to watch a TV series about my life.
David Alan Basche's TV resume is way too long to list here so let's just tell you that he's been starring on TV Land's The Exes for the last three seasons.
*Valerie Bertinelli! Kind of embarrassing because I'm on TV Land with her now and I keep running into her at press events and I can barely stammer out my own name!
*Hollywood Squares. I do a mean Paul Lynde impression.
*George Clooney, of course. I mean we do actually look a little bit alike. Can I say that without sounding like an a@$hole?
Alison Holker was introduced to the masses as a competitor on season two of So You Think You Can Dance, a show she has appeared as an all-star on multiple times since, receiving a Emmy nomination this year for her choreography.
*Ben Savage, Boy Meets World. And Will Smith, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air-- everyone likes a man that can make them laugh.
*Well, I attempted to win So You Think You Can Dance and it was a good run but no win ;) but my next would be Worst Cooks in America. I'd win for sure.
*I'd love Emma Watson to play me in a TV series. We have sorcery in common.
Gildart Jackson was most recently seen as Butler Giles on ABC's summer reality series Whodunnit?. You'll next see him on the upcoming season of Supernatural.
*Lindsay Wagner - The Bionic Woman
Kelli Berglund stars as Bree Davenport on Disney XD's hit series Lab Rats.
*My first TV crush was definitely Aaron Carter when he guest-starred on Lizzie McGuire. LOL
*I think I would have a good shot at So You Think You Can Dance!
*I would be flattered if the oh-so-talented Chloe Moretz played myself in a TV series about my life.
Beth Troutman and Steve Fabian are the co-hosts of the new syndicated show RightThisMinute, the first TV show ever dedicated to covering the internet.
*I was soooooo in love with Jason Bateman when he played David Hogan on "Valerie" . I used to record the show on our VCR and fast forward to all of his scenes. I *may* have even paused the tape and kissed the screen a few times. I am certain my mom was consistently confused by the lip prints on our TV. (I still have a crush on him to this day. Hi, Jason *wink*)
*I'd like to say that I'd be great on "Jeopardy", but I think it's more likely that I would totally win "Wipe-Out"
*Kristen Wiig (but only if she channels her Target Lady Character)
*Topanga Lawrence, for sure. I was relatively the same age as Cory Matthews when "Boy Meets World" started airing so I could relate and Topanga was right in that same age wheelhouse, too (which also makes this crush legal and not creepy). She was the smart, eccentric girl next door who was far more interesting than the previous envy of all pre-teen boys, Winnie Cooper. Most of all though, I dug her weird personality and equally weird first name. Now that I think about it, this may explain why I can't date girls today with names like "Jennifer" or "Lindsey" or "Kim."* Too plain and un-Topanga-y.
*GUTS from the old school Nickelodeon days. I've played a lot of sports and can't say I've been the absolute best at any of them, but for some reason I know I could dominate some sort of competition where I have to climb across ropes and rafts dangling over a swimming pool collecting flags and shoving them down my pants. I'd be lying if I didn't say I still dream about getting my hands on that Aggro Crag trophy. And I also always had a crush on the co-host "Mo" (another girl with a weird name.. hmm).
*The only answer I have is Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius. He is my celebrity doppelgänger. This would have to be an animated series.
Apologies to all Jennifers, Lindseys, and Kims of the world. I will happily date you.
Jolene Purdy just finished up the first season of CBS' Under the Dome, the biggest show of the summer.
*Luke Perry - my mom let me stay up late to watch 90210.
*The Singing Bee. I'd love to go karaoke to practice!!
*My younger sister. She would love to use it as an opportunity to spoof me :)
Brendan Penny just finished his first season starring on ABC's Motive
*My first serious TV crush was, and still is, Jennifer Aniston.
*It's funny, but when I was 20, I was convinced that I would win survivor.
*I would cast my dad to play me, but we would have to do a Benjamin Button style film.
Kelly Stables may be recognizable to you for her work on Two and a Half Men, Greek, or Romantically Challenged, but chances are you know her for her role as Eden on all three seasons of TV Land's The Exes.
*Leonardo DiCaprio on Growing Pains. Sooo cute!
*Are You Smaller than a 5th Grader
*Is TinkerBell available?
Rutledge Wood is an auto racing analyst for Speed as well as a co-host of History's Top Gear (US).
*My first TV crush had to have been Kelly Kapowski on Saved by the Bell...better known as Tiffany Amber Thiessen. She was amazing. She was beautiful, and smart, and caring, and way out of my league if I had been a student at Bayside. Once she was done on SBTB, she changed zip codes and moved to Beverly Hills 90210! That blew my mind! Plus she rolled up in an Acura NSX which was then and is now a dream car of mine. Dream woman, in my dream car? Hello! She's still one of my favorite actresses and I hope I get to meet her one day and tell her that.
*I think the game show that I would love to be on is Double Dare hosted by the man himself, Marc Summers. That show was a great mix of pop culture and general knowledge questions, plus when they did Family Double Dare, it was even better. I would always take the physical challenge if I had been on there. Plus, remember that huge nose you had to dig around in and look for a flag? They should make a ride at Universal Studios where you get to run the obstacle course and get covered in all the slime and ooze! I would be there tomorrow!
*Trying to find someone to play yourself in a movie I think is a really tough question. If I pick someone super good looking, like say, Mark Paul Gosselar (continuing my love for Saved by The Bell), then I come off as conceited. If I pick someone like Paul Rudd, I obviously think I'm funnier than I really am. I think I'll say Dax Shepherd, because he's a huge car guy, he loves motorcycles, and he's got a big heart and loves to make people laugh. Plus, chicks dig him...or at least, Kristen Bell does, and her loving him is easily his greatest attribute :)
Jim McBride is the creator – and the voice of – the popular website MrSkin.com.
*Lynda Carter on Wonder Woman. What a statuesque beauty and what a sexy costume. I loved watching her own super heroes!
*Match Game. All those sex puns and double entendres really rubbed off on me.
*Robert De Niro, our greatest method actor. Remember how he put on sixty pounds for Raging Bull? Imagine how much more fun he'd have lubing up for The Mr. Skin Story.
Steven "tWitch" Boss has made the finales of Star Search and So You Think You Can Dance, appearing on the latter frequently since he was a contestant as an all-star and guest judge. He's also branched out into acting, with appearances in Step Up 3D, Step Up Revolution, and Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming. He's currently at work on Step Up 5.
*It's a tie between Kelly Kapowski and Lisa Turtle
*So You Think You Can Dance!!!!! But maybe not. Ha ha! I think I would be awesome at American Ninja Warrior!!
*Shia Lebouf! I know the color would be an issue, but they can work that out in post right?!! Maybe not, well, then, Jaden Smith!!!
Keith Powell is an actor, writer, and director who is best known to audiences as "Twofer" from 30 Rock.
*Alyssa Milano. I've subsequently become acquainted with her. AWKWARD.
*I've always thought that I could KILL at 25k dollar pyramid. Family
*I'd personally want to cast someone like Shemar Moore. But more likely,
I'd be played by Alfonso Ribeiro.
McKenzie Westmore is the host of Syfy's hit reality competition series Face Off.
*My first tv crush was Brent Spiner as Data! Something about the innocent perfection got me! ;)
*It's not TV past but would give anything to be on Dancing with the Stars! Not sure I'd win but would give it my all :))
*To play me, my dream cast would be Charlize Theron! I have always loved her as an actress and could certainly pull of the ups & downs of my life!
Alex Newell may not have won The Glee Project but he made it to the finals and here we are three years later and he's now a full time cast member on Glee
*Tony Danza!! Soooo hot still hot!!
*Family Feud. My family and I can sit for hours watching and guess the actual answers!!
*Meryl Streep. ...Needs no explanation.
Impractical Jokers is going into its third season on truTV, and we're lucky enough to have all four of the guys taking part this year.
James "MURR" Murray
*I'm a 37 year old guy from Staten Island. Naturally, Alyssa Milano!
*Double Dare. Mostly because kids wouldn't stand a chance against a grown man.
*Jennifer Lopez. She did such an amazing job honoring Selena, I feel like she'd do the same with my life.
Salvatore "SAL" Volcano
*Without question, Alyssa Milano. I had an entire wall with pictures of her from Teen Magazine. Literally wallpaper. I wrote her a letter once. I didn't send it. I recently found it. It's very embarrassing. Next question.
*Supermarket Sweep. I was obsessed with it. I know I would dominate. I want to be standing next to David Ruprecht with a cart full of canned hams, after I've shattered every record, and scream "Remember, the next time you're at the checkout counter and you hear the beep, think of the fun you could have on, Supermarket Sweep!" Word up.
*Angela Lansbury. There is no other choice and I don't feel I even have to explain.
Brian "Q" Quinn
*I want to say Justine Batemen or Alyssa Milano, but you have to understand how much I loved Michael J. Fox back in the day. It wasn't sexual, unfortunately, but once Alex P. Keaton started driving a DeLorean through time, a hero worship (crush) was born that no TV woman could touch. Sadly, to this day.
*The Gong Show. I'd put together some stupid act that would get me through to the end. Even if I lost, at least I'd be able to meet Chuck Barris, who was a complete misunderstood genius.
*I did a pushup today, so I imagine only Vin Diesel can pull off playing me at this point.
Joseph "Joe" Gatto
*No brainer -- Alyssa Milano. She was always the boss of me. I think everyone who grew up when I did loved the girl. And she is still amazing, so it is a crush that lives on.
*Tough one. I used to be killer at "Wheel of Fortune" when I was younger. But nowadays, I guess I'd go with, "Who wants to be a Millionaire" When it comes to multiple choice, I'm a good guesser. I also think I'd have some great choices in my lifelines. I surround myself with smart people. But if I am being honest, I would want to be on "Deal or No Deal" just to be surrounded by hot models and briefcases.
*Steve Carell. I think he'd nail the lead role in "A Man and His Nose: The Joe Gatto Story." Plus, people say I look like him all the time….that good looking S.O.B.
Margaret Cho is likely best known for her incredible standup comedy but she's also an accomplished actress, director, fashion designer, and humanitarian.
*I'm pretty sure it was Shaun Cassidy from the Hardy Boys.
*Probably Survivor. I think. There's also a Japanese one called endurance that I thought I could be good for. Then there's the low stakes predecessors like Battle of the Network Stars!
Kristen Johnston is a two-time Emmy winning actress who's been appearing regularly on your TV or on your local movie screens for more than 15 years. She can currently be seen starring on TV Land's The Exes.
*I wasn't really allowed to watch T.V. as a kid. But I'd baby-sit on Saturday nights when The Hardy Boys were on, and fell MADLY in love with Shaun Cassidy. I remember actually weeping one night when the kid got sick & they stayed home. My mom was like "Wow, you sure love babysitting."
* Without question, Survivor. I've never missed an episode.
*That's a hard one. Since I always think it's hilarious when actors play themselves, like Suzanne Somers or Joan & Melissa Rivers, I'd hire myself. However, eventually I'd fire myself and hire Lisa Kudrow instead.
Adam Copland the actor continues to build his resume, with a role on the current season of Haven being added to his previous work on Sanctuary, but he'll likely always be best known as WWE Hall of Famer Edge
*Darla from the Little Rascals. I couldn't grasp that she was probably 80 by the time I had my crush at 5 years old.
*Amazing Race. Or if there were an actual Running Man
*From the past, I'd love to say Paul Newman, but I'd have to say Dan Haggarty from Grizzly Adams, or maybe Greg Allman or Robert Plant. Big foreheads, tight dungarees and lion's manes. Actually that could be the name of the series.
Retta is a successful stand up comedienne who is known to TV audiences for her role as Donna on NBC's Parks and Recreation.
*John Stamos as Blackie on General Hospital
*Win, Lose or Draw or Hollywood Game Night
*James Earl from Glee. We're both fabulous.
*Julie Benz is currently filming season two of Syfy's Defiance, although to some fans she'll always be Dexter's Rita and/or Buffy/Angel's Darla.
*Michael J Fox as Alex P Keaton.
*I'd have an unfair advantage but that Skating with the Stars show.
*Meryl Streep but I'm not sure she'd take the part.
Sally Ann Salsano is one of the most prolific and successful producers in reality TV, with a resume that includes Jersey Shore, Snooki & JWoww, HGTV Design Star, Tool Academy, A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, FriendZone, Repo Games, Nashville Star, The Nail Files, The Real, and more.
*Kirk Cameron (Mike Seaver) on "Growing Pains"... It was neck and neck between Kirk Cameron and Michael J. Fox (Alex P. Keaton) from "Family Ties"
* The show I would most likely lose is "So You Think You Can Dance," but "Top Chef" because I like to cook.
*Marisa Tomei...she could for sure nail my accent.
Katee Sackhoff's current series Longmire was just picked up for a third season and her movie Riddick opened at # 1 at the box office this summer.
*I don't know that I would win but I'd love to try Wipeout.
Alison Sweeney continues to be among the hardest working people in the industry, with two series on the air (Days of Our Live and The Biggest Loser) plus this year she published her first novel, and she is a tireless activist for multiple charities, and has a family. As importantly, she's the Queen of TTTP, with more appearances on these pages than anyone not named Joel McHale.
*Alex P Keaton
Joel McHale may have The Soup, Community, and the hit movie Ted on his resume as well as being an accomplished standup comedian but he is best known for his many appearances on these pages, where he reigns as the King of Two Tivos to Paradise.
*The Amazing Race if my partner was Nathan Fillion.
Al Norton is the creator and writer of Two Tivos to Paradise at 411Mania.com. He also spent a year as the TV Editor for BostonNow, a daily newspaper. The most important things in his life are his wife, his kids, the Red Sox, and his Tivos.
*Vicki Stubing, as played by the lovely Jill Whelan.
*Sale of the Century.
*Greg Grunberg, of Heroes and most recently Baby Daddy…Or Joel McHale.
And there we have it, column 350 (really 353, but who's counting) is in the books!!! Thanks for sticking around this long and I hope you'll be here this time next year for the big 4-0-0!!!
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