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‘Family Ties’ original cast to reunite for benefit special

Get ready for another star-studded blast from the past.

“Family Ties” has been added to the list of countless reunions, reboots and revivals happening this year. Original cast members who played the Keaton family on the iconic sitcom will join together Nov. 10 for the “Stars in the House” benefit series for The Actors Fund.

Meredith Baxter, Michael Gross, Michael J. Fox, Tina Yothers, Marc Price and Scott Valentine are slated to attend the reunion benefit hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, Deadline reported.

“We’re so thankful that our audiences continue to generously donate to StarsInTheHouse.com, which goes directly to The Actors Fund, helping anyone in the artistic community with essential needs like financial support to buy groceries, pay rent and pay doctor’s bills,” Rudetsky and Wesley said. “We’re overwhelmed with gratitude that we raised over $15,000 during Tuesday’s all-day ‘Vote-a-thon’ broadcast.”

The pair added that they hope the “Family Ties” reunion will be comforting for many whose lives have been disrupted and upended by the coronavirus pandemic.

“During this time of what seems like unending national stress, we find that our audiences are drawn to reunions of what we call ‘comfort tv,’ those tv shows from yesteryear that brought us all so much joy,” they said. “Some of our most popular episodes featured TV shows like ‘Taxi,’ ‘Frasier,’ and ‘Melrose Place,’ and we have no doubt the ‘Family Ties’ reunion is going to be one of our most viewed!”

“Family Ties,” which ran on NBC from 1982-89, is one of many shows that “Stars In The House” has brought together, including “Scandal,” “Glee” and “30 Rock,” since it began in March.

The reunion will stream Tuesday at 8 p.m. EST on the “Stars In The House” YouTube channel and StarsInTheHouse.com.

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by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 135Last Monday at 2:49 PM

Justine Bateman already had plans?

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 111/05/2020

Was Justine Bateman busy?

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 211/05/2020

Why no Justine Bateman? WTF? WE WANT MALLORY!!!!!!

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 311/05/2020

Stupid

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 411/05/2020

Where's Andy?????

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 511/05/2020

It's probably for the better that they're not including Brian Bonsall:

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by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 611/05/2020

Justine is above it all. Or below. That kind of attitude is probably why she has no career.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 711/05/2020

No Tracy Pollan-Fox?

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 811/05/2020

Justine not attending seems to be causing more of a scandal than Delta Burke not appearing on the 'Designing Women' reunion. And that one was a two-parter with Wendy McClendon-Covey playing the part of Suzanne Sugarbaker in a table read of the pilot!

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 911/05/2020

I’ve just written and directed a major motion picture, y’all!

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by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 1011/05/2020

Justine still holds a grudge that her movie career never took off.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 1111/05/2020

Nor did she get to ride my monster hog!

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 1211/05/2020

I’m sorry, but Brian Bonsall looks like the only only interesting one.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 1311/05/2020

They should riff on real life, and have both Keaton parents be living as gay people, with their new partners on the reunion. That would be interesting.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 1411/05/2020

I'm free!

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 1511/05/2020

I’m not

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 1611/05/2020

Sha la la la.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 1711/05/2020

They could get Jason Bateman to play Mallory.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 1811/05/2020

Is this the television equivalent of the Hollywood remake?

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 1911/05/2020

"What would we do, baby, without us..."--with Meredith Baxter Birney?

Boy is Michael Gross ever barking up the wrong lesbian!

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 2011/05/2020

Justine Bateman will probably just get "she looks so damn old" or "Why isn't she getting Botox treatments?" comments. But, still, seems odd she won't be a part of it.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 2111/05/2020

Maybe Marc Price or Scott Valentine is playing Mallory.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 2211/05/2020

Is Moon Unit available?

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by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 2311/05/2020

"And the role of Mallory will be played by Julia Roberts."

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 2411/05/2020

I hope there's a segment for mean tweets and Tina Yothers can read hers. She was on either Conan or Leno years ago and was talking about how fans of the show hated her and she would get hate mail saying they wished she would die.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 2511/05/2020

I hate when they interrupt the guests to have the doctor talk about Covid. No shit we know that’s why you’re doing Stars in the House guys but for fucks sake I’d rather see the stars than hear the doctor tell the same Covid-19 information. Also reply 23 is right on, Moon Unit Zappa and Justine Bateman were separated at birth.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 2611/05/2020

Why reunite for a "benefit"? Meh. We want a revival of the series!!!

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 2711/05/2020

I always found Michael Gross so damn sexy.

I think he was funnier and sexier than Michael J. Fox.

The hotter Michael.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 2811/05/2020

Will Courtney Cox stop by?

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by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 2911/05/2020

I liked Tina Yothers. I thought she got much better as the show progressed.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 3011/05/2020

Hated Tina in the show but she was on Celebrity Fit Club years later and I thought she was really great and relatable.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 3111/05/2020

As a gayling Tina’s hair horrified me.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 3211/05/2020

I agree. Michael Gross was quite attractive on the show...after he grew the beard.

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by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 3311/05/2020

I like Tina but they didn't really know what to do with Jennifer as she got older.

Watching the show now, they really did cater to MJF. They simply turned Mallory into an airhead so Bateman had nothing to work with except act dumb along with Nick.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 3411/05/2020

WTF?

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by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 3511/05/2020

Tina Yothers hosted gay bingo in West Hollywood one night with some former SNL comedian (I think her name is Ellen). She seemed nice and approachable. There was a character actress sitting next to me playing bingo. She's the woman who played Doug's mother on King of Queens. She was there with her husband. They were funny and very friendly.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 3611/05/2020

[quote]She's the woman who played Doug's mother on King of Queens.

Jenny O'Hara?

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 3711/05/2020

Yes. Her name is Jenny. I had forgotten her last name. Thanks.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 3811/05/2020

I met Tina ~1990 when she was doing dinner theatre in Calgary — she was playing Sandy in Grease! She was good in the production but as well, she was a very sweet person. No attitude at all.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 3911/07/2020

Is Justine a Trumper? I looked at her twitter and the lack of politics seemed like it pointed that way.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 4011/07/2020

Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter Bushwhacker were only 35 when Family Ties started. 35! They both looked like a modern 50.

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by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 4111/07/2020

I don't think she is r40.

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by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 4211/07/2020

Justine Bateman also skipped the reunion at the NBC 75th. But she did the Today show and seemed happy.

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by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 4311/07/2020

Why does Justine have such a bug up her ass about Family Ties? It's her only notable credit and it's not like she's super busy doing anything else that she can't participate in the reunions.

She must be a difficult person to get along with. Jason Bateman was on Stern a few years ago and he said they don't really have much of a relationship, even though they live very close to each other.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 4411/07/2020

Didn’t Justine taunt MJF on a regular basis by calling him a little homosexual boy?

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 4511/07/2020

Meredith admitted, many years later, that she would drink white wine (in a plastic cup) on the set all the time, including when they were filming.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 4611/07/2020

[Quote] Meredith admitted, many years later, that she would drink white wine (in a plastic cup) on the set all the time, including when they were filming.

She's my spirit animal.

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by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 4711/08/2020

I had the biggest crush on Brian Bonsall when I was a kid....

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 4811/08/2020

[quote]Why does Justine have such a bug up her ass about Family Ties?

I dunno, I wouldn't be interested in a reunion with people I worked with over 30 years ago.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 4911/08/2020

I can't believe this!

They have actually located Scott Valentine!?

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 5011/08/2020

R36 Ellen Cleghorne?

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 5111/08/2020

Who cares about that CRAPPY show.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 5211/08/2020

[quote]Didn’t Justine taunt MJF on a regular basis by calling him a little homosexual boy?

That was Demi Moore.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 5311/08/2020

R52 = Matthew Broderick

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 5411/08/2020

Did Mallory ever graduate from "Grant College"? LMAO!

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 5511/08/2020

[quote]Why does Justine have such a bug up her ass about Family Ties? It's her only notable credit and it's not like she's super busy doing anything else that she can't participate in the reunions.

Apparently she wanted to go to college at the end of season three or four and thought the show would be able to write around her absences. But the producers told her no because she was too popular to only be on half the shows each season. She stayed, but didn't enjoy doing as much as she once did. I'm sure MJF getting a lions share of the attention didn't help things either.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 5611/08/2020

Family Ties was originally supposed to be centered around Gross and Baxter Birney with the kids as supporting players, but then Michael J Fox blew up and got tons of attention, so the show was changed with Alex P Keaton as the star.

It's the old story of a supporting actor becoming the breakout star of a series, and then the whole series is retooled to center around that actor. Sometimes the other actors on the show just take it in stride and continue to do their jobs, and then other times it's a war zone on the set.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 5711/08/2020

Justine was in that late '90s (?) short-lived sitcom Men Behaving Badly (with that Deuce Bigalow guy). I don't remember if the show was good or crap. Poor Justine. How does she earn a living?

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 5811/08/2020

Well, whatever and however she's earning money, she's certainly not using that money on Botox.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 5911/08/2020

Maybe Jason throws her a few bucks every now and then.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 6011/08/2020

She got an Emmy nomination while her brother was on a bunch of shows he now pays dirt to.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 6111/08/2020

R57 Baxter Birney can’t complain at all. Her per episode pay skyrocketed thanks to MJF becoming a huge star (120k/episode the last season or two ). That’s a lot more than she was worth.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 6211/08/2020

Now I'm wondering whether or not Alex *would* be a Trumptard. I'm leaning towards no.

But I think he fully supported Mitt Romney's nomination.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 6311/08/2020

Not sure why, but I feel like Alex would have supported Ted Cruz.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 6411/08/2020

All the talk of Jason Bateman makes me wish for a 'Hogan Family' reunion. I worry about not seeing Sandy Duncan for awhile. (This is when someone makes the requisite DL glass eye joke and replies, "I bet Sandy worries about seeing you, too.")

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 6511/08/2020

R46 I like her even more now. I'm wondering if this is when she became an alcoholic. An excerpt of her autobiography, [italic] Untied [/italic] stated she was an alcoholic for a spell.

I'm reading the book next, it looks really fascinating, considering how weird her mum and gran were. She thinks her grandmother's many husbands' bodies ought to be exhumed. She comes off as a black widow.

R62 I believe she was worth it... (as I remember the L'Oreal adverts) She was quite popular at the time, and the show wouldn't have been the same without her.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 6611/08/2020

Who will be watching tonight?

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 6711/10/2020

I won't!

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 6811/10/2020

It’s a “benefit”? Who donates the money? Who gets it?

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 6911/10/2020

Fuck Alex Pee Keaton. He had a picture of William F. Buckley above his bed! He talked to a photo of Nixon!

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 7011/10/2020

I wonder if they'll have a family portrait at the beginning of the zoom like in the opening credits. They should photoshop in some meth addict to double as Justine.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 7111/10/2020

Keaton was definitely the break-out star, and his role most likely grew, but he was a pretty big focus from the start. It was not as big of a change as say Fonzie and Urkel who were truly supporting or recurring characters at first.

The cast was pretty good and had decent chemistry with each other, but many of the episodes have not aged well. It did fall into the very special episode syndrome of the 80's from time to time.

I know they needed to keep everyone at home for story line purposes, but if there was ever a character who was going to go away for college or at very least not live at home it was Alex. I do think the ending was a bit more realistic where he broke up with Cortney Cox because his career (cannot remember if it was a job or grad school) came first. I saw the finale somewhat recently on Antenna TV, and it was a little cringeworthy of how they had to make it dramatic where Elyse was full of anger for Alex leaving. He was about 45 -- it was time!

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 7211/10/2020

Just adding -- Skippy also stayed on way past his expiration date.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 7311/10/2020

Michael Gross still looks good on this zoom!

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 7411/10/2020

Seth's husband used a poor choice of words introducing Marc Price. He's in a remote area and said his connection might shaky.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 7511/10/2020

Brian looks good except for the next tattoo. He seems pretty well-rounded.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 7611/10/2020

This show is cringe-worthy and supercheese, watching it now on Antenna TV. Growing Pains, Who's the Boss, and Head of the Class are also dated/rather terrible/kind of boring. I can't believe those shows were MUST SEE TV for me 35 years ago. Of course I was merely a tween back then. LOL.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 7711/10/2020

It's still better than most shit on nowadays.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 7811/10/2020

I was a kid back in the 80s and watched all the family sitcoms religiously. Growing Pains, Family Ties, Cosby Show, Different Strokes, Mr. Belvedere and so on. In my adult life, when I've happened upon a rerun, I can't watch for three minutes. They are absolutely putrid, and SO boring. I can't believe I used to watch all of these shit shows.

When Roseanne came along, that genre of sitcom's days were numbered. Roseanne really put an end to it.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 7911/10/2020

I still think some of them are funny. Family Ties was funny when it had a bit of an edge. Not all the time but sometimes it did have that bite. Mr. Belvedere is still funny. Mr. Belvedere and Wesley being frenemies is a highlight. Gimme a Break still makes me laugh although a lot of the Samantha-focused episodes are annoying.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 8011/10/2020

Many Facts of Life episodes don't hold up. Jesus H. I'm sure I'll get crucified for saying that on here, but whatevs.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 8111/11/2020

Reunion was cute, so thanks to OP and others for the reminder to watch it! Justine definitely should've participated, as it seemed like they all thoroughly enjoyed seeing one another again. (Even Brian Bonsall showed up!)

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 8211/11/2020

Did Justine show up?

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 8311/11/2020

R83, no Justine. The guy who played Nick was also there, and Skippy was there for a minute before he had some wifi difficulties.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 8411/11/2020

[quote]The guy who played Nick was also there

I am not going to watch the entire panel, so I forwarded through the vid and thought, "Who is this old guy with the grey hair? A producer?" Then it dawned on me it was Scott Valentine. He looks good.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 8511/11/2020

Michael Gross is checking the Youtube comments. He responded to a Justin inquiry.

Michael Gross: It would have been great to have her, but she explained that she was not a fan of these virtual meetings, and declined. We missed her.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 8611/11/2020

Maybe Justine was afraid of comments focusing on her looks.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 8711/11/2020

Maybe she has PTSD from visiting Datalounge

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 8811/11/2020

Maybe she has PTSD from Leif Garrett's cock.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 8911/11/2020

[quote] He talked to a photo of Nixon!

We would’ve had the photo talk back but we couldn’t afford it.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 9011/13/2020

Justine's living in squalor. Stay tuned for her GoFundMe thingy. Help my big sis, bitches!

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 9111/13/2020

The most unrealistic thing about the show was that the mother’s name was Elyse. I’ve never met or even HEARD of anyone with that name who wasn’t Jewish.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 9211/16/2020

Elyse means "God's promise" what ever that means.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 9311/16/2020

R92 I've never thought of it as a Jewish name, but then I grew up in flyoverstan without a lot of Jews around.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 9411/16/2020

Justine Bateman was on Bret Easton Ellis' podcast a few months back. She'd directed or produced a movie, and was pretty upset over Covid having wrecked the premiere (I think it was supposed to be March 15.)

It sounded like maybe she felt the shutdown was overkill, and was a bit bitter. Definitely got the feeling she's anti-PC, but I'm not sure if she goes as far to support Trump.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 9511/16/2020

No Mallory, no dice.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 9611/16/2020

She went on a gay man's show and didn't turn into a pillar of salt. That's a start.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 9711/17/2020

Did Jason say why he and Justine are now estranged?

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 9811/17/2020

Justine has made several comments on social media bitching about Covid restrictions. She comes off as a deplorable. And she also promoted her book on deplorable Megan Kelly’s one season flop show.

She seems to have a negative energy. Glad she wasn’t at the Zoom reunion. Nasty attitude and thinks she’s so above it all.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 9911/17/2020

[quote]Why does Justine have such a bug up her ass about Family Ties? It's her only notable credit.

Actually, wasn't she the spokeswoman for Laramie Cigarettes?

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 10011/17/2020

[quote]Jason Bateman was on Stern a few years ago and he said they don't really have much of a relationship, even though they live very close to each other.

Wow.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 10111/17/2020

I get the impression she's bitter that her career went nowhere. She got so much flack for Satisfaction. It was a huge flop and her singing was atrocious. It must have stung that not only did MJF was a movie star but a supporting actress in her film would end up an Oscar nominee a year or so later and become a megastar shortly thereafter.

I remember seeing Justine in a TV movie a few years later. She was the star but she was charmless and just wasn't strong or likable enough to carry it.

And I wonder if she's jealous of Jason. He was able to pull off an impressive "second act" in his career.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 10211/17/2020

[quote] R36 Ellen Cleghorne?

Yes. It was clear she didn't like being there. She was not quite as cheery as Tina. I do remember she made a comment about calling her agent for better gigs or getting a new agent. Or something of that nature. It definitely was snark. Not humor. I remember thinking "what a bitch." It was a fun night but I remember Ellen coming across as not so thrilled to be there.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 10311/17/2020

I met MJF in New Hampshire when he was working the phones for Pete Buttigieg. He made time to chat with everyone, and his love of Pete was so sincere and clear to see

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 10411/17/2020

Justine's TV career was shit. She wasn't even in that TV movie "Poison Ivy", which starred many of NBC's teen/young actors (including MJF and me). Fuck 'er!

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 10511/17/2020

It’s a potluck with an open bar.

Fox will make the martinis.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 10611/17/2020

Were MJF and Nancy Mckeon a real life couple or was that just for the teen mags? I notice he likes her pictures on instagram every now and then.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 10711/17/2020

R107, yes. Hot 'n heavy.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 10811/17/2020

R103 Considering I haven’t heard her name since 1995, I’m surprised Ellen wasn’t happy just to have a gig.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 10911/17/2020

[quote]I get the impression she's bitter that her career went nowhere.

Me too. And then you have her brother who became very successful. That must bother her.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 11011/17/2020

I just watched the reunion. It was a lot of fun. Tina Yothers revealed that Michael J Fox used to pin her down on the ground and fart on her head. All in fun. The cast talked about how they had fun on the set and how they welcomed guests with open arms.

Didn't Courtney Cox imply that it wasn't a happy set?

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 11111/17/2020

There's a mean girl hierarchy. She was at the bottom of the acting food chain on Family Ties.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 11211/17/2020

[quote]Tina Yothers revealed that Michael J Fox used to pin her down on the ground and fart on her head. All in fun.

That’s fucking gross and I’m not sure how that is s considered fun for the person on the receiving end.

That would never fly today and you would seriously be reprimanded for that.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 11311/20/2020

Justine looks ravaged by something. Eating disorder?

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 11411/20/2020

Justine Bateman was certainly no Lisa Whelchel!

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 11511/20/2020

R113, I agree. I hope he apologized. It is an abuse of power.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 11611/20/2020

MARY Baxter Birneys!!!

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 11711/20/2020

I thought Fox had "retired" from show business due to health reasons.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 11811/20/2020

It was barely watchable because MJF audio was horrible, Tina ‘fat frau housewife trying to be the cool mom’ Yothers was talking all the bloody time then she got FOMO when the young kid from the show showed off his brand new adorable baby so she forced her FUG teen to get on camera. Meridith Baxter had an attitude problem, didn’t laugh when others did and was oddly cold. Maybe she had no Audio but she didn’t seem very receptive unless it was about her. I hate when they stop the chat to bring on their “medical expert” to discuss what we all know about Covid-19 already. It takes the show to a screeching halt.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 11911/20/2020

Justine was in a film where she plays a mad scientist that transplants wolves eyes in a guy played by the late Cory Monteith.

I kid you not!

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by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 12011/20/2020

Whaddabout M.B. Birney on the Aaron Spelling drama "Family" (1976-80)? I'm currently watching seasons one and two. Love that DL fave Kristy McNichol!

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 12111/20/2020

R119 she has always been oddly cold. There’s something offputting about her that I’ve never quite been able to put my finger on.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 12211/20/2020

R119 Does it make sense to you that she’s now a drake? She’s just dead personality, how did she make it at all as an actress? Totally dead as a performer. Zero charisma or like ability. Like Renee zellweger in that there’s just something unlikeable about her hard to put your finger on.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 12311/20/2020

[quote] Whaddabout M.B. Birney on the Aaron Spelling drama "Family" (1976-80)? I'm currently watching seasons one and two. Love that DL fave Kristy McNichol!

Family was superior in every way to Family Ties. I loved that show.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 12411/20/2020

I couldn’t stand Sada Thompson on FAMILY. Kate Lawrence was so smug about everything.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 12511/21/2020

Every TV show cast seems to have their own little bitter ‘Eve Plumb.’

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 126Last Saturday at 5:55 PM

ENTERTAINMENT LAWYER 11/12

Things Were Different: I don't know if they have really made up, but a reunion probably wouldn't have happened if there was not some reaching out. It was a different time when they were shooting their hit sitcom ("Family Ties"). He was A list (Michael J. Fox) and at the time, she was not far behind. At that point in his life, our actor preferred spending time with men rather than women and his co-star (Meredith Baxter) used to talk smack to him about his dating preferences. The thing is, as the show became a larger hit, it was not just her talking to him about it, but all his "people," and then the next thing you know he had a girlfriend who became his wife (Tracy Pollan). They couldn't have their huge money maker get caught with a man. It would ruin him. The co-star who talked to him like that is not the same person now she was then. She would probably condemn her old self. You would think this was some show from the 1950's, but it wasn't. It was decades later. All of you know who these two people are. "Family Ties"/Michael J. Fox/Meredith Baxter

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by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 127Last Saturday at 6:03 PM

But why?

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 128Last Saturday at 6:27 PM

MB was the one talking smack about that? Knowing what we know now, I find that difficult to believe.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 129Last Sunday at 12:46 AM

MB was a hypocrite. And still is.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 130Last Sunday at 7:03 AM

Well, remember, Meredith had her share of beard marriages.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 131Last Sunday at 7:17 AM

The story on here from someone who claimed to know Michael J Fox during that period was that it was Justine who was very homophobic to him on the set. Using to openly ridicule him.

I doubt Meredith was that caught up in Michael's love life as she was going through her own shit with Birney at that time. Plus she had a favored nations clause in her contract, so everytime MJF got a raise, she got more.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 132Last Sunday at 7:25 AM

David Birney was a total asshole, Meredith went through a lot with him.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 133Last Sunday at 7:37 AM

I'm available, but I must see the script.

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 134Last Sunday at 7:40 AM

What did Birney do to her? Did he beat her? Did he know about her closet lesbianism?

by Skippy, or maybe the uncle that Tom Hanks playedreply 135Last Monday at 2:49 PM
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