Wednesday, October 18, 2006

RIP Townies

For some reason, I started thinking about this short-lived sitcom from 1996 called Townies.

This was meant as a comeback vehicle for Brat Pack movie star Molly Ringwald. It was about these three women who work in a small seaside fish restaurant in New England. As with all sitcoms, wackiness ensues.

However, like Lisa Bonet in A Different World, Molly Ringwald soon was overshadowed by her co-stars and the show ended a quick death.

15 episodes were shot, only 10 actually made it to air. What is fascinating about the show is the other cast members who launched their own careers after Townies ended. Lauren Graham who now stars in Gilmour Girls, Jenna Elfman who went on to some success with show Dharma & Greg, Eric McCormack who starred on Will & Grace and Ron Livingston who appeared in the films Swingers and Office Space.

Why am I writing about this? Was this some great show that got overlooked like Sports Night or Arrested Development? Actually no. I just found it interesting that so many people went on to fame after this show got cancelled. Plus, isn't Molly Ringwald someone that should be written about? She once represented a whole generation, now she is a punch line. Isn't her dancing during The Breakfast Club one of the most iconic moments of 80s film history (I say this while simultaneously searching youtube to see if they have that scene)? Don't you feel sad for her because she turned down the lead roles in both Pretty Woman AND Ghost?

Top 5 John Hughes Films
1. The Breakfast Club
2. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
3. Planes, Trains And Automobiles
4. Sixteen Candles
5. She's Having A Baby



Blogger JMacK said...

she should have turned down the roles of Ghost and Pretty Woman

6:44 AM  

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