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'Family Circus': The best of Bil Keane

Family Circus creator Bil Keane made a lot of people’s mornings brighter with his low-key observations, subtle eye for humor, and appreciation for the innocence of children. Back in 1990, our own Ken Tucker called Family Circus “the most underrated comic strip in the country.” In light of his sad passing Tuesday, I looked through the cartoonist’s archives and picked out some of my favorites. See them below. READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family': Has Toddler Lily won your heart yet?

Now that the new season of Modern Family is well underway, it’s time we took a moment to discuss the show’s newest addition: Toddler Lily (a.k.a Aubrey Anderson-Emmons).

Show creators Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd have wisely refrained from shining too bright a spotlight on the newest member of the Pritchett clan — possibly because she inexplicably aged two years during the summer hiatus, but who cares when the show is this good. In last night’s episode, she showed up only briefly to ask Daddy Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) for some raisins, forcing him to confront the dirty kitchen left by Daddy Cam (Eric Stonestreet).

We got our best look at Lily 2.0 in episode 2, where her hostile attitude towards a new baby drove the Cam/Mitchell plotline. READ FULL STORY

'All That' isn't all that it used to be, but I still love it

“Fresh out the box. Stop, look, and watch. Ready yet. Get set. It’s All That!” Now join in with TLC(!) and sing the rest of the theme song as you reminisce about the joys of All That, Nickelodeon’s comedy/variety show that aired from 1994–2000 and again from 2002–2005. But let’s be clear, the All That I fondly remember included a cast of Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Lori Beth Denberg, and Amanda Bynes. A golden era of kid comedy, if you will. I refuse to acknowledge the later reincarnation which featured the likes of Jamie Lynn Spears.

That said, in preparation for writing this piece, I went back and watched several clips from the show. And sadly, just like my colleague Sandra experienced earlier this month, I found myself saying, “I once watched this?!” Apparently, and probably for the better, my tastes have changed over the  years. I no longer find Denberg’s “Vital Information” so vital. “Good Burger” is really more mediocre than good. And I couldn’t even make it through all of Amanda Bynes’ yelling in “Ask Ashley.”

And yet, even though the jokes are no longer funny to me, I still have a really special place in my heart for the series. READ FULL STORY

Texas town allows 11-year-old to be mayor for a day; 'tween abuses power and renames main street Justin Bieber Way

If you’ve ever uttered the words, “That’s the Justin Bieber way!” then you’ve probably just done something very Canadian or in the third dimension. Or you live in the small town of Forney, Texas, where they recently allowed a precocious 11-year-old named Caroline Gonzalez to be mayor for a day — an honor she won by winning a contest on Facebook, natch — and renamed their main street Justin Bieber Way. (Ice Town isn’t looking so bad now is it, Ben Wyatt?!)

Gonzalez told local Dallas/Fort Worth affiliate KDAF TV the reasoning behind why she re-named their main street after that ‘tween pop star in particular: “I just really like Justin Bieber and I thought it would be cool if we had a street in our town named after him.” Fair enough. Honestly, if my town had elected me mayor for the day, in addition to making Dunkaroos mandatory school lunch fare, I definitely would have renamed my street New Kids on the Block Block, so I can’t judge. READ FULL STORY

Harry Connick Jr. talks American Girl song collaboration with daughter, opening of Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans


Harry Connick Jr.’s name is pretty much synonymous with his hometown New Orleans, which is why American Girl, the popular doll and book series now celebrating its 25th anniversary, reached out to him to pen the first original tune associated with the brand. “A Lot Like Me” is inspired by American Girl’s two new colorblind characters from 1850s New Orleans, Cécile and Marie-Grace. Even better, Connick’s 13-year-old daughter Kate sings the song, which is available exclusively on iTunes, and all proceeds from downloads go to benefit the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, which opens Aug. 25 in the New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village, the community conceived by Connick and Branford Marsalis post-Katrina to house the artists who have defined the city’s culture and pass along its musical heritage to the next generation. READ FULL STORY

'Double Dare': The eternal allure of getting 'super sloppy'

Double Dare: who can forget it? It was the kiddie game show that put children through challenges such as throwing a football to your partner while blindfolded (oh, and your partner is blindfolded, too) or trying to assemble a Mr. Potato Head toy in less than 20 seconds (tougher than it sounds). There were obstacle courses whose stations included a slide slathered with chocolate sauce, and “The Icy Trike,” in which a luckless young person had to negotiate a baby-size tricycle across a surface slicked with vegetable oil. READ FULL STORY

Martha Stewart's animated web series (for children?) continues to baffle us

Last week, AOL Kids launched an online web series called Martha and Friends, about, presumably a young Martha Stewart — or at the very least, a wee Martha Stewart enthusiast who just so happens to share her name — and her fellow black-eyed pals Kevin, Lily, Hannah, and her talking dogs, Francesca and Sharkey. The gang engages in Martha Stewart-like activities, and speak to one another like they’re in an infomercial. (“Try mood mist, an avocado mask, homemade lip balm and everything you need for a natural manicure!”) READ FULL STORY

'Go the F-k to Sleep' backlash begins: Are you offended by the best-seller or still think it's f--ing hilarious?

It was bound to happen. Like anything else that becomes a pop culture sensation, Adam Mansbach’s Go the F–k to Sleep has become the subject of inevitable backlash and criticism (and will soon no doubt be followed by the backlash against the backlash).

Mansbach’s hilarious and sometimes all-too-relatable ode to a stubborn child who simply won’t go to bed became a hit even before it was released (it was No. 1 on Amazon’s best-seller list nearly a month before it was available for purchase) and has continued to be a best-seller since. Since then, the book, written in the prose of classic children’s books but with some way more adult language, has become a pop culture phenomenon, being read by the likes of Werner Herzog and Samuel L. Jackson (the latter’s reading is available for free download on Audible.com.)

While the book has been mostly loved by critics and exhausted parents/babysitters/next-door neighbors alike, some aren’t nearly as amused. In a post on CNN.com, Karen Spears Zacharias explained her confusion and worries about the book’s success. READ FULL STORY

The 'Cars 2' conundrum: Is Mater really Pixar's Jar Jar Binks?

Unlike most adults who went to see Cars 2 this weekend, I was there for one reason and one reason alone: To count how many planes, trains and automobiles kicked the can (for the record, it was eight cars and one very unfortunate boat.)

But, while I wasn’t in tow with a sugared-up youngster wearing full-on Lightning McQueen gear, I can safely say I wasn’t the only grown-up having a tough time getting through the flick. To be fair, it wasn’t for lack of eye-popping scenery or adult-friendly jokes (the nods at Japanese culture were pretty inspired) because they had plenty of that to go around…and around…and around…

Rather, it was sitting through a sequel that followed sweet, but dopey sidekick tow truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy, in excessive Southern drawl) around the globe for a series of misunderstandings (he’s mistaken for an American spy!) and hyuck-hyuck scenarios (he mistakes Wasabi for pistachio ice cream!) that tested some mom’s and dad’s good humor. You can practically hear the groans from adults sitting through that growing louder than a revving engine, no? READ FULL STORY

Cabbage Patch Kids get a TV special. What other '80s toys deserve a pop culture comeback?

It’s a good day to be a product of the ’80s, PopWatchers. Not only are some of us making scads of money, but Mikey from The Goonies (okay, Sean Astin, if you must) is going to voice Raphael in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series for Nickelodeon, and now the Cabbage Patch Kids, much like the Turtles, will once again be invading your living room.

Paramount Pictures confirmed to EW that Galen Walker, who is currently producing a live-action TMNT movie, will be also be producing the new Cabbage Patch Kids project. The Original Appalachian Artworks, owner of the Cabbage Patch Kids, sold their rights to the CWA Carlin West Agency, who will make the animated special. (West said in a statement, “I am excited that [creator] Xavier [Roberts] has granted us the rights to bring the magic of the Cabbage Patch Kids into the world of entertainment. I also am also thrilled to work on this project with Galen.”)

Yes, it’s true, those dolls with the perfectly round heads, yarn-like hair, unblinking gaze, and cutesy dimples that your parents fought to the death for to get you in the Christmas of 1983, are coming back. READ FULL STORY

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