Growing Pains

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Blurred Lines: Alan Thicke's Unusually Thicke Is Not Your Average Reality Show

Carter, Tanya, and Alan Thicke

Robin Thicke might hate these blurred lines, but his father sure doesn't. (Not like that!)

Alan Thicke, the erstwhile patriarch Jason Seaver on Growing Pains, returns to TV on Wednesday on Unusually Thicke (10/9c, TVGN), his reality-sitcom hybrid that's real, but not really. The series follows Thicke, 67, and his self-professed modern family, 16-year-old son Carter from his second marriage, and his third wife Tanya, who is 28 years his junior. It's authentic in that every interaction and piece of dialogue on the show is unscripted, but not totally legit in that they semi-stage the situations the trio finds themselves in.

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"It's real with a nudge and a wink," Thicke tells TVGuide.com. "It's part-reality, part-sitcom. I never was so presumptuous to think that we're interesting enough to be followed ...
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Alan Thicke to Star in TVGN Reality Show Unusually Thicke

Alan Thicke

Alan Thicke, best known for playing Growing Pains patriarch Jason Seaver, will star in a TVGN reality sitcom showcasing his real-life family, the network announced Wednesday.

Unusually Thicke, which will premiere Wednesday, April 16 at 10/9c, will follow Thicke, his "spicy" younger wife Tanya and their 16-year-old son Carter. Though his son Robin Thicke will not be a cast member, the "Blurred Lines" singer will be featured on the series, which blends aspects of reality television and scripted sitcoms.

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Top Videos: Veronica Mars First Look, "Blurred Lines" Parodies, Aubrey Plaza Plays Daria

Kristen Bell

This week, it seemed like everyone jumped on the "Blurred Lines" parody bandwagon, creating alternate versions that featured everything from reversed gender roles to the cast of Growing Pains. CollegeHumor released a trailer for a Daria movie (here's hoping!) starring Aubrey Plaza as the title character, and Veronica Mars fans got their first glimpse of the upcoming movie. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:

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Jeffersons and Silver Spoons Director Jack Shea dies at 84

Jack Shea

Inveterate TV sitcom director and Directors Guild of America chief Jack Shea died on Sunday in Los Angeles at age 84.

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Annette Funicello Dies at 70

Annette Funicello

Annette Funicello, the Beach Party star, singer and former teen icon who rose to fame on the original Mickey Mouse Club, died Monday. She was 70.

Funicello died from complications of multiple sclerosis and was taken off life support after being in a coma for years, her family told Extra. She was diagnosed with the disease in 1987.

Her death was first announced by the official Disney fan club Twitter page.

Born in upstate New York and raised in California, Funicello was discovered in ...
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Top Moments: Survivor's Meltdown, Justin Timberlake and Steve Carell Lend Jimmy Fallon a Hand

Steve Carell and Jimmy Fallon

Our top moments of the week:

15. Oddest Return:
Jerry Seinfeld has kept plenty busy since the end of his TV show in 1998. However, it's still a little odd to see him return to stand-up on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno basically doing the same comedy he's been doing his whole career with some minor chronologically required updates (America's obesity problem! Push-up bras!). Aren't there struggling up-and-coming stand-up comics who need his coveted spot more? Also, isn't this precisely why the... read more

James Van Der Beek, Jason Priestley to Guest on How I Met Your Mother

James Van Der Beek, Jason Priestley

Robin Sparkles (Cobie Smulders) is going back to the mall — and she's bringing a lot of famous (Canadian) faces with her!

How I Met Your Mother has lined up a slew of Canadian-born celebrities for the Feb. 4 return of Robin's teen idol alter ego, CBS announced Monday.

How I Met Your Mother returning for a ninth season

James Van Der Beek, Jason Priestley, K.D. Lang, Paul Shaffer, Barenaked Ladies frontman... read more

The L.A. Complex Season 2: New Faces, a New Couple and Another Near-Death

Jewel Staite, Jonathan Patrick Moore

After a finale that included blood, fire, pregnancy and heartbreak, The L.A. Complex is back.

When we last saw the residents of The Lux, Tariq (Benjamin Charles Watson) had been nearly beaten to death by his in-the-closet rap superstar boyfriend Kaldrick King (Andra Fuller), Abby (Cassie Steele) and Nick (Joe Dinicol) were officially a couple, Raquel (Jewel Staite) learned she was pregnant, Alicia (Chelan Simmons) booked the gig of a lifetime and Connor (Jonathan Patrick Moore) had purposely set his mansion on fire. When the series returns on Tuesday (9/8c, The CW), expect familiar faces to leave, newcomers to move in and immediate resolution to the freshman season's cliff-hangers.

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Kirk Cameron Clarifies Homosexuality Comments: "I Love All People"

Kirk Cameron

Kirk Cameron says he "absolutely" does not hate gay people and is surprised that his previous remarks that condemned homosexuality caused such a firestorm.

In an interview Tuesday with Today, the Growing Pains star denied that he is homophobic and clarified the comments he made on Piers Morgan Tonight earlier this month when he called homosexuality "unnatural" and "destructive."

GLAAD blasts Kirk Cameron for calling homosexuality "unnatural" and "destructive"

"Absolutely not," he said. "I love all people, I hate no one. ... When you take a subject and reduce it to something like a four-second sound bite and a check mark on a ballot, I think that that's inappropriate ...
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GLAAD Blasts Kirk Cameron for Calling Homosexuality "Unnatural" and "Destructive"

Kirk Cameron

Kirk Cameron is in hot water after the former Growing Pains star called homosexuality "unnatural" and "destructive" on Piers Morgan Tonight.

"It's unnatural," Cameron said on the show Friday. "I think that it's - it's detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the... read more

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Premiered: September 25, 1985, on ABC
Rating: TV-G
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Premise: Easy-to-take sitcom about a mild-mannered psychiatrist keeping an eye on his precocious kids from his home office while his wife is off at work as a reporter. Belying its innocent appearance, `Pains' did occasionally address teen social issues, but mostly it stuck to the Seaver kids' growing pains (and the youngest, Chrissy, literally shot up: growing from toddler to 6-year-old in two seasons). Leonardo DiCaprio (then 16) joined the cast in the final season as a homeless teenager.

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