Director Sean Anders Talks About His Own ‘Instant Family’

Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne’s comedy/drama film, Instant Family appears to be an instant hit with both critics and audiences alike. Sure, not everyone is a fan, but I suspect that people don’t actually have kids themselves. Those that do, appreciate all of the chaos and (at times) the corniness that is a part of family life. In the movie, Wahlberg and Byrne play a couple who want to start a family, but sort of feel that they are a bit old to be just starting and find themselves looking into foster care adoption and end up adopting a teen girl and her two younger siblings. Unrealistic you say? Try telling that to Sean Anders who co-wrote the script and directed the movie. He lived it. Well, mostly.

I met Anders last week to talk about Instant Family just before the film opened and my biggest question for him was how much of this film was actually based on real life. “A lot of it,” he said and then went on telling me a story about how his family came to be.

“First of all, my …

The Stars are Coming Out: 'Splash'

"Splash" premieres Tuesday, March 19
at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.

Of all the celebrity-induced mid-season replacement series coming to television this season (“Celebrity Wife Swap,” “Celebrity Apprentice,” “Dancing with the Stars” etc.), probably the strangest is the newest: “Splash.”

ABC describes “Splash” this way: “Splash” marks the first time 10 celebrities will train and compete in regulation platform and springboard diving at dizzying heights in front of a weekly poolside audience. Each week the celebrities will look fear in the face as they leap off the 10-meter high dive, pair off to complete synchronized stunts, and flip, twist and spin into the depths of the pool below.”

With the success of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” all of the networks have been trying to find the next hit completion show where celebrities learn a new skill. Similar shows with limited success over the years include “Skating with the Stars,” “Rachel vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off” and “Stars Earn Stripes.” What makes these shows worth watching is seeing someone of talent learn a new skill and become more human right before our eyes and they prove to the world that they are not as perfect as we sometimes think they are. Given the show’s premise, it could be fascinating or a train wreck. And even possibly, both.

The cast of "Splash"
Olympic gold medal legend, Greg Louganis, will serve as the star’s trainer and each celebrity will be judged by London Olympic U.S. Gold medalist David Boudia and Australian Olympic athlete and USA Dive Team director Steve Foley.

Like other reality competition shows before them, “Splash” invite a few unlikely stars to the party. This just might be the most eclectic mix to date:
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Former basketball player)
  • Louie Anderson (Comedian)
  • Chuy Bravo (Actor and sidekick for “Chelsea Lately”)
  • Drake Bell (Actor from “Drake & Josh”)
  • Rory Bushfield (Extreme skier)
  • Nicole Eggbert (Actress from “Baywatch”)
  • Keishia Knight Pulliam (Played Rudy on “The Cosby Show”)
  • Ndamukong Suh (Football player)
  • Katherine Webb (Miss USA 2012)
  • Kendra Wilkinson (Former girlfriend of Hugh Hefner)

“Splash” is hosted by Joey Lawrence (“Blossom” star and Old Navy commercials) and Charissa Thompson (co-host of ESPN’s SportsNation.) The show premieres on Tuesday, March 19 at 8:00 p.m. on ABC. 

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