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  • Chris Beachum
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    By Tim Kenneally

    Ed O’Neill, David Duchovny, Jason Priestley and other former Fox stars are gathering to help the network celebrate its first quarter-century on April 22.

    O’Neill, Duchovny and the other Fox alum are set to take part in “Fox’s 25th Anniversary Special,” which will look back on “the groundbreaking and irreverent shows that have defined the network since its first signal transmission on April 5, 1987 and “pay tribute to Fox’s most memorable moments,” the network said Monday.
     
    O’Neill will be joined by his former castmates Christina Applegate, David Faustino and Katey Sagal to fete their former series “Married With Children,” while Duchovny will be joined by his former “The X-Files” co-star Gillian Anderson and series creator Chris Carter.
     
    Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Gabrielle Carteris and Ian Ziering, meanwhile, will help celebrate “Beverly Hills, 90210,” which ran on the network from 1990 to 2000.
     
    Also on hand for the look down memory lane: “The Tick” star Patrick Warburton and Calista Flockhart from “Ally McBeal.”
     
    More guests and cast reunions will be announced as they’re confirmed, as will the host for the special.
     
    “Fox’s 25th Anniversary Special” will air Sunday, April 22 at 8 p.m.

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    Emmyfan
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    I hope that Tracey Ullman and actors from In Living Color are included in this special.

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    Richard LeBeau
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    I hope Kiefer appears to fete “24” and that someone from “Arrested Development” makes an appearance.

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    That Don Guy
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    I’m a little surprised they didn’t schedule it for the full three hours they have on Sundays – when ABC had its “25th anniversary special” (actually, it was closer to its 35th, but they did some creative accounting to have a special in the same year NBC and CBS both had 50th anniversary specials) in the late 1970s, it was four hours.

    If this is the “wish list,” I hope for some reference to “those classic Fox shows” Rewind, The Ortegas, Septuplets, and Manchester Prep (which became the movie “Cruel Intentions 2”).  What?  You don’t remember those?  That’s probably because all four were announced on Fox’s schedule at some point, but never aired (I call them “zero-hit wonders”).  (Technically, Our Little Genius should be on there as well, but that was cancelled without airing because of a potential legal issue.)
    Another idea; play back the opening scene of when Family Guy returned, and when Peter lists the shows that Fox decided to make instead of bringing back FG, they can flash brief snippets of each one.

    Then again, it will probably end up being eight 15-minute blocks along the lines of:
    Generic opening segment
    Married…with Children / comedies
    The X Files / science fiction
    Beverly Hills 90210 / drama
    The NFL on Fox / sports
    The Simpsons / animation (remember when The PJs and The Critic were on Fox?)
    American Idol / reality shows
    Big production number finale (possibly including the Glee cast, and throw in some So You Think You Can Dance winners while you’re at it)

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    I hope they have a segment about Melrose Place, Party Of Five, 21 Jump Street and Ally McBeal.

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    Chris Beachum
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    Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon and Wilmer Valderrama from That ’70s Show have joined the lineup of talent for the Fox network’s 25th Anniversary Special. Also joining the show are Keenen Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans from In Living Color. Memorable clips will accompany stars talking about their experiences. Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest and Steven Tyler will chime in for American Idol, and Fox dramatic veteran Kiefer Sutherland will represent 24 and Touch. Seth MacFarlane from Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad will also spice up the festivities. Fox’s 25th Anniversary Special is exec produced by Don Mischer and Charlie Haykel. Juliane Hare serves as producer and Louis J. Horvitz is directing. Hosts have yet to be announced, and more talent yet to come.

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    Boidiva02
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    I’m really hoping that they do a big tribute to Melrose Place. I realize 90210 was the more popular show; but  MP was insanely popular in it’s own right, was a stable of the networks line-up and had a huge role in 90’s pop culture.    I’d love to see some of the cast reunited.   I’d love to see at the very least the key players: Heather Locklear, Thomas Calabro, Josie Bissett, Daphne Zuniga, Grant Show, Courtney Thorne Smith, Doug Savant, Jack Wagner and Laura Leighton reunited.     I realize not all of them would likely be invited, but at the very least Heather, Courtney and Thomas should be there.

    I also hope that in some way they acknowledge MadTV which ran for over a decade and was very popular and launched careers of numerous people.

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    For one, I’m very exicited for FOX’ 25th Anniversary Special. And the lineup is so far is just getting better, but hopefully any of these shows and or actors or creators from these shows get some acknowledgement in the special:

    21 Jump Street (Johnny Depp, Holly Robinson Peete)
    America’s Most Wanted (John Walsh)
    Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader (Jeff Foxworthy)
    Arrested Development (Jason Bateman,Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Tony Hale, Jeffery Tambor)
    Boston Public (Chi McBride, Anthony Heald, Loretta Devine, Michael Rapaport)
    The Bernie Mac Show (with a fitting tribute to the late Bernie Mac)
    Dark Angel (James Cameron, Jessica Alba)
    Firefly (Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau)
    Guinness World Records Primetime
    Joe Millionaire
    King of the Hill (Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy)
    MADtv (Michael McDonald, Nicole Sullivan, Alex Borstein, Debra Wilson, Phil LaMarr, Frank Caliendo, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele)
    Malcolm in the Middle (Bryan Cranston, Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek)
    Martin (Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Tichina Arnold)
    Melrose Place (Marcia Cross, Heather Locklear, Courtney Thorne-Smith)
    New Your Undercover
    Living Single (Queen Latifah)
    The O.C. (Ben McKenzie, Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Rachel Bilson)
    The PJs (Eddie Murphy
    Party of Five (Matthew Fox, Scott Wolf, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Neve Campbell, Lacey Chabert)
    Prison Break (Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Sarah Wayne Collins, Robert Knepper)
    The Critic (Jon Lovitz)
    The Simple Life
    The Tracy Ullman Show (Tracy Ullman)
    Trading Spouses
    Undeclared (Judd Apatow, Jay Baruchel, Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnman, Seth Rogen)
    World’s Wildest Police Videos

    And maybe also acknowledge any of the Fox Kids children programing with shows like:
    Animaniacs
    Batman: The Animated Series
    Bobby’s World
    Digimon: Digital Monsters
    Life With Louie
    Power Rangers (the era where the power rangers were the most popular)
    Spider-Man
    Tiny Toon Adventures
    Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?
    X-Men

    Man, these shows take me back!

     

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    And maybe also acknowledge any of the Fox Kids children programing with shows like:
    Animaniacs
    Batman: The Animated Series
    Bobby’s World
    Digimon: Digital Monsters
    Life With Louie
    Power Rangers (the era where the power rangers were the most popular)
    Spider-Man
    Tiny Toon Adventures
    Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?
    X-Men

     

    OMFG! That lineup pratically raised me! My childhood  . . . memories fludding back and holding back tears. I agree w/your other mentions that I cut out from your post, but man that Saturday lineup was just IT for me.

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    Chris Beachum
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    Ryan Seacrest, Kelsey Grammer, Hugh Laurie, and Tommy Davidson have been added to the lineup.

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    Any word on Melrose Place?  The show was a institution and should be highlighted.    All the press I’ve seen for this special has neglected to mention Melrose Place.

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    Chris Beachum
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    This was well constructed and entertaining, but it’s a real shame they didn’t have a big party with everybody in attendance and some actual cast reunions. The best network anniversary specials have all done that in recent years. Also, I would have liked a little more pride and attention paid to their Emmy caliber projects like Arrested Development, Bernie Mac Show, Malcolm in the Middle, and Tracey Ullman Show.

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    I feel that was lame.  For the exact reason that Boomer mentioned. I also feel like they kind of just glossed over some of the biggest FOX shows like Ally McBeal, 90210, Melrose Place, Party of five, 21 Jump Street and New York Undercover.   

    I would have liked at least a mention of MADTV which ran on FOX for what, 14 years?  In Living Color only aired for four seasons and got a whole segment devoted to them. I realize MadTV never had the cultural relevance that In Living Color has, but it was still very popular.

    Lastly, can somebody explain to me, who the “Oscar Winner” was they talked about in the In Living Color tribute? Ryan said something like “and the cast included a future Oscar Winner”, but I can’t figure out who it was.

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    Charles Carter
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    The “Oscar Winner that Ryan was talking about is Jamie Foxx, who joined the cast of In Living Color during the show’s third season.

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    I feel that was lame.  For the exact reason that Boomer mentioned. I also feel like they kind of just glossed over some of the biggest FOX shows like Ally McBeal, 90210, Melrose Place, Party of five, 21 Jump Street and New York Undercover.   

    I would have liked at least a mention of MADTV which ran on FOX for what, 14 years?  In Living Color only aired for four seasons and got a whole segment devoted to them. I realize MadTV never had the cultural relevance that In Living Color has, but it was still very popular.

    They did show a scene from MadTV in one of the montages – which is better than what The Tracey Ullman Show got; the only reference to that show was that it is where The Simpsons got its start.  Didn’t TTUS win Fox its first Emmy?

    The show seriously needed another hour – too many of the “reunions” were rushed, and there was very little interaction.

    I think the most glaring overlook was America’s Most Wanted – there was an entire segment dedicated to “reality TV”, but I don’t remember a single reference to it.  Please, please, please, pleasepleaseplease, PLEASE, did I mention please, please tell me it was not because of any rift between Fox and either John Walsh or AMW’s producers over the show’s demotion from weekly series to quarterly specials.

    They could have done a brief montage of famous actors in short-lived Fox series, starting with George C. Scott in Mr. President.

    Considering how many game shows Fox has aired, I’m surprised none of them got mentioned – okay, they mentioned “dating” shows (and props to Fox for not only not airing clips of The Swan, but having the cast of New Girl bring out the {six-letter D-word} jar for Fox even considering it), but there were no mentions of Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? or Hole in the Wall; they could have thrown in The Moment of Truth and The Chamber as well if they wanted examples of “only on Fox” sorts of things.

    (And I know I have said this before, but it bears repeating: when Family Guy did that list of shows that Fox aired after cancelling FG for the second time, Titus had actually aired more episodes than FG up to that point.)

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