Little Suri vs. Little Ricky

101348__lucy_lAnd now, EW presents: A Look Back at Overhyped Babies

Some have already made the inevitable comparison to the 1953 arrival of Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV (pictured), better known to the world of pop culture as "Little Ricky." (Little Desi never actually played Little Ricky on the show, but he did snag the cover of the very first TV Guide.) That birth also featured an unseemly media stakeout and a father who said dumb things to the press. ("Lucy gave me one girl [Lucie Arnaz], she might give me another," Desi Arnaz said, explaining why he wanted the producers to make the TV baby a boy, no matter what the sex of the real one. "This is my only chance to get a son. You give me a boy on TV.")

But TomKat lack a sitcom via which we can vicariously experience their (muted) joy. They ARE a sitcom, or a sitragicom, or a wholesome rom-com, depending entirely on your opinion of the extreme silliness that’s played out over the last few months. (And you MUST have an opinion, readers. This is only the most important news story since L’Affaire Aniston.)

And speaking of opinions: Let’s hear you sound off on the most satisfying celebrity births, as well as the most disappointing. Personally? I think the classic birth of Alexa Ray Joel to Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel tops my list. The sadly underexposed birth of Jodie Foster’s son Charles still proved to be a sleeper hit — that kid sure had legs. Kal-El Cage opened strong, but faded fast, despite the headline-making stupid name.

Let’s hear it: Which babies were blockbusters, and which should’ve never been made?

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  • mike

    Maybe I’m in the minority here, but I couldn’t care less about celebrity weddings, break-ups or births. It happens to almost everyone. If it’s hype about a movie, CD, TV show, then thats news. Tell me about that.

  • Scott Brown

    Our strategy, mike, is to force so much of this crap on our readership, they’ll never want it again. Thank you then, for leading the charge.

  • john hoff

    i wonder if tom will make his kid where berkas to cover their head and face like michael jackson….as time goes by the more these two dad’s seem to be getting similar ….in a crazy, meltdown kind of way …here is a hint guys and gals…#1-keep your personell life ,personel…real people that have a life really don’t care…the reason i am writing this is i really should be working…

  • Ep Sato

    In science fiction, the two most disapointing baby births were the over hyped birth of the half-cylon baby on the new Galatica and the really poorly done half alien baby birth on “V”.
    Fave Celeb baby birth announcement? Demi Moore’s. That Vanity Fair cover was the bomb diddly-izzle.

  • dma69

    Oh, man! I remember watching “V: The Final Battle” and seeing that Lizard Baby being born along with its human twin with the lizardy tongue. It gave me the creeps for weeks.

  • Stacey

    You gotta love the “grand slam” of Steffi Graf & Andre Agassi. A boy and a girl for future mixed double games!

  • aramis

    Well TV-Birth wise…I’m a huge fan of Cordelia Chase’s “Angel” Season 4 Earth-shattering birth to Jasmine, an adult black woman set out to make mindless saps of everyone in the world so she could eat them. There’s also the perennial Whedon-dome birth of Connor in season 3 which had his mother staking herself so that he could live (I’ve made that analogy to TomKat’s pregnancy on more than one occasion). Going further back, Phoebe on “Friends” who was eventually followed by Rachael, both of whom were hilarious. Further still, Geena Davis pumping out the spawn of giant Fly that would inevitably lead to a frightening sequel that still plagues our dreams in the spirit of cheese and camp.
    As far as real births go…I’m a big fan of Drew Barrymore, Chastity Bono, Jakob Dylan, Kate Hudson, Lourdes Ciccone, Angelina Jolie, Liza Minelli, etc. etc. I can’t stand the overhyped births of TomKat to start, Apple and Moses Martin, Prince Michael, etc…

  • Mike Kennedy

    Please please please please and please go to this website…
    http://www.surinetwork.org/
    I love that they named their baby Suri especially after seeing this website. Man I hate Tom Cruise.

  • mike

    The problem, Scott, is that we’re already over-saturated with celebrity crap and still people can’t get enough. I assume Tom and Katie will be on every mag cover until Brad & Angie have their kid. It never ends. By the time, some of your readers will be sated with this stuff, the rest of us will be gone. But, don’t worry, there’s not that many of us.

  • dma69

    “Further still, Geena Davis pumping out the spawn of giant Fly that would inevitably lead to a frightening sequel that still plagues our dreams in the spirit of cheese and camp.”
    True story. I saw THE FLY when it first came out in 1986 in the Bronx and when Geena Davis was saying that she was having “a baby”, a guy in the audience said “a roach” at the same time. The whole place was in stitches.

  • Scott

    Yup, soon it’ll be just you and me, mike! What a fun time that will be.

  • Tim

    I’ll take Little Ricky any day.

  • Ep Sato

    Aramis- Credit where it is due. The creepy baby from the Fly was something else.

  • aramis

    Well, I was just talking tv/movie births…real or otherwise.
    :)

  • Thad

    and Desi has a gig in his left hand, toooo tacky.

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