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

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 3

Sons of Anarchy‘Sons of Anarchy’ Debuts
FX debuted its series, Sons of Anarchy, on this day in 2008. Following the lives of an outlaw motorcycle club in Charming, California, Sons of Anarchy was created by Kurt Sutter and starred Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal and Ron Perlman. David Labrava, a real-life Hell's Angel from Oakland, California served as a technical adviser and even played the club’s assassin Happy Lowman. While telling tales of vigilantism, government corruption and racism, it is said that the show served as an analogy for human transformation. The show ended on December 9, 2014.

‘Disneyland’ Airs for the Last Time
In order to help finance Walt Disney’s dream theme park, he tried his hand at television and created Disneyland, an anthology series which also served as an advertisement for the park. After being turned down by CBS and NBC, ABC agreed to air the show airing episodes that represented the four main sections of the park: Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland and Frontierland. For instance, a story about Davy Crockett would appear under the “Frontierland” banner while cartoons would be labeled under “Fantasyland.” The program began airing on Sunday, March 29, 1954 and ended on this day in 1958. The show was then changed slightly, moved to Friday nights and became Walt Disney Presents.

'Search for Tomorrow' Airs
The American daytime TV show Search for Tomorrow began its long run on this day in 1951 on CBS. The show’s initial sponsors were Proctor & Gamble’s “Joy” and “Spic and Span” which help the show earn its name as a “soap opera.” Tomorrow began as a 15-minute serial and was shown live until March of 1967. The show also went from black and white to color in September of 1967 and became a half-hour serial in September 1968. On March 29, 1982, the show made the big move from CBS to NBC. On August 4, 1983, both the master and backup copy of Tomorrow became lost and the cast was forced to do the show live for the first time in 16 years. The show’s last airing was on December 26, 1986 and it was during this time that it held the record for the longest-running non-news program on television. The record was broken by Hallmark Hall of Fame, which stills airs occasionally.

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