Welcome back to this very special addition of Behind the Lens. Tonight, we examine the rise and fall of a wildly popular show called Family Lies. In the previous episode we covered the early lives of the two co-stars from humble beginnings to the cusp of stardom. In this episode, we will meet the rest of the cast and hear about the early years. then the scandal and what could this mean for the future of this beloved show and it’s cast.
After some work was done on the concept of the show the new show needed a fresh cast. Emmy award winner Tony James, “they came to me and said they wanted to reinvigorate the nearly dead sitcom. But they needed a face the audience could connect will. I said so you are going door-to-door asking?” Tony James was associated with such classics as Daddy’s Back and Make Room for Father. Mr. James, “as a vet of the sitcom I was also asked to help with the script and boy did it need help. I would say my biggest rework was telling them to hire Linsey.” Linsey Dunham was best known for her work on the series Mommies a Truck Driver and the movie Franchise Away from Home. Ms. Dunham, “back in the day I was a struggling actor, Tony helped me find a role in what would become Mommies a Truck Driver. From there I found I didn’t need to suck as much Bleep to get a role.” Mommies a Truck Driver ran for 7 seasons until an accident on set killed two co-stars and a camera crew. The accident was covered in the 2006 movie Death on a Set. Ms. Dunham, “it would have been hard to be Mommies a Truck Driver with all her children dead.” Ms. Dunham’s interviews were done post scandal while Mr. James refused to comment on it. When we come back a show launches and stars are made.
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The season was green lit and the Network was Freeform the former ABC Family owned by Disney. Show Runner Kyle Gunn, “the show went through so many iterations it was difficult to say what would become of it. we almost changed the title to something more family friendly.” Mr. James, “I said no way man, it would be the best inside joke because sitcoms are as far removed from real life as it gets.” The first show had a viewing of 75,000 but the subsequent airings had higher views. By episode 3 the show was the highest viewed on Freeform. Mr. Gunn, “There was talk of moving it to a prime-time slot on ABC but the brass wanted Freeform to grow.” By the beginning of season two the show was number one in all three time-slots. Ms. Dunham, “I was someone again. Not that dead kid monster but a real mother with a real life. Then it all ended.” About ten months ago a series of celebrates had their cloud accounts hacked for personal information. Among them was Janet Lee Dorsey. At the time, no one knew about the now infamous sex video. Ms. Dunham, “when we first saw it we thought it was a test screening from an earlier draft but we learned soon enough that it was real and flexible.” The scandal forced the production down and Freeform pulled the show for two weeks. Speaking through an attorney Kyle Gunn said, “there was enough fan backlash to help bring us back on the air to at least finish the already filmed episodes.” When we come back we will meet the fans and talk the future of the show.
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Video of America’s favorite bickering siblings having sex had a polarizing effect on the audience. Fan reaction was split into two groups. Nancy Gilbert of Boise Idaho, “dam, little Jeffery has a six-pack. I would hit that. But I think it’s wrong to sleep with your sister weather she is your sister or not.” Mary Greats of Lancing Michigan, “oh please they are just actors and should be able to do what they want in the privacy of their own homes.” Harry George of Miami Florida, “they need to think of others before their hormones. Just think of the children who watched this knowing about this nasty business.” Daisy Williams of Ellet Ohio, “it’s not anything knew. Everyone know all the Brady kids were doing each other. They say the mother was sleeping with Greg. So, what does any of this matter?” The mixed fan reaction was noticed by the network but as of right now the advertizers refuse to come back. It is unclear if the show can be brought back. Freeform refused to cooperate this this program or comment on the story. With almost all the people involved not talking it seems the series will end in a week and like so many just fade away. When we come back we will speak with an insider on a possible future for the show or a return to the original pilot.
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An insider in the production company spoke to us about plans including a new revamped show for a MA-TV crowd. Insider, “the working title is My daughter’s baby daddy is my Son. We could use some of the original footage never sold to Disney. We think we could use this scandal to help save the company and free us from a contract that left us with little options.” For now, the series is set not to return for any filming with the series ending soon. What the future holds for the stars of the show is up in the air. Scandals can either hang around forever or end with the next scandal. Next week on Behind the Lens we will go into the mystery that is Ron Johnson-Henson and his dream of a new internet. Until then, from everyone here at Behind the Lens we want to wish you a good night I am your host Harry Knuckle.
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