I thought people tuned into sitcom television for a lighthearted good time, but apparently not. If I didn't know that the following clip was from the popular '80s show Diff'rent Strokes then I would have mistook it for some hokey scene from an old-school Lifetime made-for-television movie. Mr. Crazy Eyes is unsettling, but Sam's almost nonchalant response to this death threat is even more disturbing. Where are the tears? The screaming? The escape and chase? Even a laugh track could've helped resuscitate this scene, but no . . .
Every Wednesday on BuzzSugar, I post a Recast challenge, where I ask you to choose new actors for a classic TV show or movie. The reader who submits the best cast wins a BuzzSugar t-shirt!
This week, everyone had great ideas for a modern makeover to the 1978 cast of "Diff'rent Strokes." I loved that CaterpillarGirl drew from the "Lost" cast, putting Terry O'Quinn in the role of Mr. Drummond and Malcolm David Kelly (Walt) as Willis. I also loved some of the Mrs. Garrett ideas, from Jinx's Bonnie Hunt to glam sugar and sascha9000's pick of Kathy Bates.
- Need a playlist for your Memorial Day BBQ this weekend? I made one for you!
- Have you seen Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End already? If so, do you think we need more Pirates movies after this one? And by the way, that sexy Captain Jack Sparrow totally made my Top 10 Boys of Summer list.
- Who would you cast in Diff'rent Strokes if you could cast the show today?
- Check out my Cannes reviews roundups for A Mighty Heart, My Blueberry Nights and Sicko.
- Weigh in on the week's finales of "Desperate Housewives," "Lost," "Heroes," and "Veronica Mars."
- Speaking of finales, "American Idol" finally ended this week after a super long finale. The show was so long, in fact, that many people missed the climactic naming-of-the-next-American-Idol moment, so if you did, check out the video clip of the last six minutes. Do you think Jordin was the right winner?
- In honor of Morissey's birthday this week, I posted Coldplay's version of The Smiths' "Stop Me if You Think You've Heard This One Before." And in honor of Bob Dylan's birthday I posted some of my favorite Dylan tunes.