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'Instant Family' Will Pull Your Heartstrings in a Good Way

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What started as an older man’s joke about wanting to adopt a five-year-old instead of starting from scratch, Instant Family was inspired by writer and director Sean Anders’ real-life family. Pete (Mark Wahlberg) “accidentally” makes the joke to his wife Ellie (Rose Byrne) not wanting to be become that “old dad” everyone knows and before you know it, the two are traveling down to road toward foster care adoptions. After numerous classes taught by two caseworkers (Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro), the two meet three kids at a “foster fair” gathering. Lizzy (Isabela Moner) is the 15-year-old older sister who has protectively looked after her younger siblings Juan (Gustavo Quiroz) and Lita (Julianna Gamiz) while their mother has been incarcerated. She’s a tough cookie with trust issues. Juan is both accident prone and highly sensitive and Lita is super sweet as long as she gets to eat potato chips at every meal. Almost overnight they become an “instant family” and everything g…

This Day in Pop Culture for September 13

‘The Outer Limits’ Take Control of Our TVs for the First Time
Often compared to The Twilight Zone (but with a focus strictly on science fiction) The Outer Limits premiered on this day in 1963 on ABC. Originally titled Please Stand By but rejected by the network, The Outer Limits was created by Leslie Stevens. Each episode opened with voice actor Vic Perrin stating that “there is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission…” Season one of the series often mixed science fiction and horror together featuring some type of monster and the show received fairly good ratings. However, the second season didn’t fare as well having been moved from Monday to Saturday and having to go up against The Jackie Gleason Show. The stories were largely changed to focus more on more hard science fiction. The show was cancelled halfway through the second season. The series was revived in 1995 on Showtime and ran for five seasons before moving to the Sci-Fi Channel to run for two more.

'Scooby-Doo Where are You?' Premieres
Scooby-Doo is just as popular today as he was when his first premiered Saturday morning on this day in 1969. Originally, Hanna-Barbera put together a whole different show. CBS was looking for companion piece to match the look and feel of its’ Archie Show. The Mysteries Five featured five teens and their dog, Too Much, who played rock music when they weren’t solving mysteries. The show went through many changes including taking away one cast member, re-naming all of the characters and taking out the rock band element. (Hanna-Barbera basically used that formula the following year with Josie and the Pussycats). The characters were strongly based on the TV show, Dobie Gillis. Too Much got a name change too. After hearing Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night,” (where he sings "doo-be-doo-be-doo") they decided that “Scooby-Doo” was a better name for the dog.


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