Damon Wayans Sr. cameos on son's show 'Happy Endings.' What other family pairings would you like to see on TV?


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During last night’s episode of Happy Endings, was anyone else hoping that in addition to Damon Wayans Sr.’s guest stint as Damon Wayans Jr.’s dad (yes, it was quite a stretch) that the entire gaggle of Wayanses would show up? Not only would it have been overwhelming (at last count there are roughly 312 of them), but family cameos pretty much always make for good TV.

While Papa Wayans’ appearance on the freshman ABC sitcom as a rough-around-the-edges dad likely won’t go down in the pantheon of great patriarch guest spots (though he did look awesome in that track suit) it did serve as a reminder that these casting stints are actually something get on board with. Case in point: Justine Bateman as Michael’s (brother Jason Bateman) fake estranged sister/actual hooker on Arrested Development and the genius move to make Zooey Deschanel play a relative of Bones (sister Emily Deschanel) on — you guessed it – Bones.

But who else on TV should keep it all in the family? I would tune in to see James Caan stop by son Scott Caan’s Hawaii Five-O. And not just because the man is a living legend, but because there would be so.much.handsomeness. If Chad Lowe can get away from all the youthful hooligans over at Pretty Little Liars, he should definitely play Chris’ (Rob Lowe) equally chipper brother on Parks and Recreation. And while we’re on the subject of brothers, how about Mark Wahlberg visit brother Donnie Wahlberg on his cop drama Blue Bloods?

Another option: While he doesn’t star on the series, Fred Savage has directed scads of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia episodes. Wouldn’t it be nice to know what other Philly native, Boy Meets World‘s Cory Matthews (baby brother Ben Savage) is up to these days? (Though, if he was hanging out with the gang at Paddy’s Pub, the answer is probably no good.)

Still, the ultimate family television appearance would have to be from Tom Hanks. Sure, we won’t be able to see him on Colin Hanks’ canceled show The Good Guys, but wouldn’t the unbearably distant return of Mad Men be that much sweeter if Papa Hanks played Father John Gill’s padre? 1) It gives them a reason to bring that character, and 2) You guys, how amazing would it be to see Tom Hanks on Mad Men?!

Which stars would you like to see join their famous family members on the small screen, PopWatchers?

Comments (21 total) Add your comment
  • Mr. Holloway

    I’m still mildly shocked that none of the lesser Baldwins (Billy, Stephen) have ever appeared on “30 Rock.”

    I also think Anna Farris (Chris Pratt’s wife) would absolutely kill on “Parks and Rec”…as long as her character doesn’t come between Andy and April. (I actually see her more as a younger Leslie.)

    • Brigid

      Agreed about Anna Farris. I think Megan Mullaly’s spots as Tammy have been pretty amazing!

    • lagitha

      I kept looking at the multiple Jacks on last week’s 30 Rock–I could have sworn that 80s Jack was Daniel Baldwin for quite a few minutes!

    • Bob R

      No one is “lesser” than alec baldwin

  • Jethro

    Will he use that same silly clown voice he uses in everything he plays on TV and in the movies?

  • crispy

    I love the gay guy on that show. He’s the anti-Kurt.

    • Helene

      LOL he’s so much like one of my longtime male friends who was closeted until he was about 25. He didn’t SEEM gay – torn ancient clothes, utter apathy towards normal hygiene standards (let’s just say he didn’t always smell fresh), gaming all the time and during LAN parties with the most horrible violent games… we hypothesized about him maybe being gay, since he never wanted to go out with girls…but no one ever really thought seriously about it. I think we all just thought he happened to be asexual or afraid of relationships or something. These days, however, I love seeing a good stealth gay, because I do hate the portrayal of all gay men as prancing effeminate hair stylists. Represent, gay dude on Happy Endings!

  • horndog

    Elisha Cuthburt gives me a woody

  • katiej1980

    How’s about Donnie and Mark Wahlberg working together?

    • Jay

      did you read the article…? They were mentioned

      • jenn

        lol…apparently not.

      • katiej1980

        oh well I guess i didn’t oops =(

    • John

      If they can’t get Mark then get Andy Samberg.

  • Fabe

    Actually Anna Faris was on board with a guest appearance on Parks and Recreation if the writers can pen the perfect part for her.

  • Meghan

    Fred and Ben Savage worked together on Boy Meets World. Fred played a professor that hit on Topanga and Cory pushed him. And no, I’m not embarassed that I know that.

    • Fabe

      i remember that episode haha.

      • Summer

        How…how did I miss that?!

  • Janet

    They should bring Kiefer Sutherland to play Elisha Cuthbert’s character’s dad.

    • Summer

      THIS. YES.

    • Bradley Stein

      I feel like this WILL happen… Especially since he would be the dad to 2 of our main characters. They have to get somebody to big

  • lainiek

    James Caan said during an interview Scott Caan gave to Buck Hollywood yesterday that he would appear on Hawaii Five-0 as long as he got to play his father. So, you may get your (and a lot of H50 fans) wish!

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