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Saturday, June 24, 2006

No more "Mind Candy" for us...

Aaron Spelling, the legendary producer of such notable TV moments as Charlie's Angels, Dynasty, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, The Mod Squad, TJ Hooker, Starsky & Hutch, Hart To Hart, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Charmed and 7th Heaven has died from the stroke he suffered last week.

(Photo is courtesy of CBS News)

Growing up penniless in Dallas, by the 1980s he was worth over 300 million dollars. He was married to Carolyn Jones - best known as The Addams Family's voluptuous matriarch, Morticia - for 13 years, and married Candy Spelling - mother of Tori and Randy - in 1968. I guess she's going to be pretty lonely in the 123 room family home.

What was your favourite piece of "Mind Candy"
or "Mindless Candy" if you preferred the critics' version?
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  • At 12:27 am, Anonymous Pearl said…

    Mind candy of his shows? I seem to remember looking forward to love boat, but whether it was the theme song or the show I can't remember anymore.

  • At 12:32 am, Blogger Bearette24 said…

    wow...tori spelling looks like him.

  • At 12:41 am, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Aaron himself referred to his creations as "Mind Candy", his critics called them "Mindless Candy". I loved "The Love Boat" too Pearl!

    Kind of scary, isn't it Bearette?

  • At 12:43 am, Blogger The Muttering Muse said…

    I was never a huge fan of the Spelling family (mainly Tori) but I'm sad to hear of his passing. :(


  • At 12:50 am, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Good point Kestrel, but his shows were great, in a fluffy, sugary way :D

  • At 12:53 am, Blogger Vickie said…

    I feel bad for Tori - she always get such bad press. She really isn't a great actress, but the media has been harsch to her anyway. Hope they are nice for the funeral.

    Here from michelles!

    PS) my WV is "datao" i like that way of say data. sounds like a dad would say that for "good bye" or something

  • At 1:08 am, Anonymous colleen said…

    The Mod Squad was pretty hip.

    I'm glad you explained your name. I found my way over via michele.

  • At 1:12 am, Blogger keda said…

    ooh charlies angels... i so wanted to be sabrina coz she was clever. though i pretended to want to be kelly cos she was pretty! wierd kid.

    then as a student i 'ironically' adored bev hills 0898 as we called it. luke perry was yumminess. wierd young lady.

    here via michele

  • At 1:18 am, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Vickie, I can't help wondering if she brings it on herself?!

    Colleen, I only got to see Mod Squad relatively recently...I missed out!

    Keda, CA was cool as was 90210 :D

  • At 1:46 am, Blogger panthergirl said…

    Oh, it would have to be Dynasty. We used to act it out at work with hilarious results (I was nine months pregnant with my daughter at the time, which made my roles even funnier).

    Here via michele!

  • At 2:01 am, Blogger Amy said…

    90210 by far! A great loss in the entertainment community.

  • At 2:17 am, Blogger Elsa said…

    I was definintely a TV junkie growing up, so I loved it all - Charlie's Angels (I used to pretend to be one of them); Dynasty - loved the shoulder pads; and who can forget the cheesy Love Boat which I used to watch every Saturday night followed by Fanasty Island (the plane, the plane). I used to watch The Mod Squad, too, but was a bit young to fully appreciate it ;) And I loved Starsky & Hutch...and Huggy Bear. I also used to watch Hart to Hart. I never saw the rest of the shows you listed. I became less of a TV junkie as I grew older, but still enjoy it.

  • At 2:21 am, Blogger Christy said…

    Boss-Boss, da plane, da plane! Who couldn't love that show! Most of his were mind candy, not good for us, but enjoyable still! LOL

    I'm here via Michelle's!

  • At 2:23 am, Anonymous Last Girl On Earth said…

    I'm with Christy on this one. Fantasy Island ROCKED! TV just won't be the same! Michele sent me over and I'm glad she did!

  • At 4:44 am, Blogger Carolyn said…

    I thought it was "Za" plane. LOL

    I loved Fantasy Island and Love Boat.

    Do I hafta choose?

  • At 7:28 am, Blogger Ed said…

    I was saddened when I heard the news this morning. I grew up watching Love Boat and Fantasy Island. I also liked Hart to Hart, and I thought 7th Heaven was a good show. RIP, Mr. Spelling.

  • At 8:14 am, Blogger My float said…

    I loved Hart to Hart but I was only young when this played and used to sneak in to watch through the living room door instead of sleeping!

    Loved Melrose Place the most!

  • At 11:03 am, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    LOL long as you had the shoulderpads you would have been fine!

    Amy, Before I had cable to rescue me here in Japan, 90210 re-runs were among the only English programming I had!

    Elsa, I didn't become a TV junkie till uni...but I certainly worked hard to make up for lost time ;P

    Christy, A quotable quote indeed :D

    LGOE, You are so right!

    Carolyn, I'm just impressed you narrowed it down to 2 ;)

    Ed, I agree with your choices and your sentiments :D

    MF, One of our cable channels periodically replays Hart to's become a guilty pleasure!

  • At 11:15 am, Blogger Liz said…

    Oh, no. I heard about the stroke last week, but I didn't know that he passed away.

    He always looked like a nice man.

  • At 6:45 pm, Blogger ribbiticus said…

    i gotta admit, i was a sucker for all that mind candy, except for mod squad. i remember how we used to discuss episodes of melrose place or beverly hills 90210 in school. i even bought tiger beat on a weekly basis just so i could get my "dylan fix"! hahaha! ;)

  • At 11:32 pm, Anonymous Janet ( said…

    wow, he was married to Morticia??! Who knew!

  • At 8:10 am, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    That one surprised me too Janet!

  • At 10:15 am, Blogger Chelsea's Mama said…

    I loved his mind candy! Charlie's Angels, Knots Landing, Melrose Place some of my alltime faves!! Kept me out of trouble when I was a kid.

  • At 10:30 am, Blogger Miss Cow is a Cow said…

    90210, I'd have to say. I was growing up right around the time it was big.

    Here from Michele's again.

  • At 10:52 am, Blogger Carmi said…

    I loved mocking 90210. We'd get together with friends each week and ruthlessly boo the screen throughout the show. Good times. He'll be missed, for his work did indeed define a certain cultural theme in broadcast television.

    But quality wasn't his game: if anything, he served as an example to others of baseless, crass shallowness. He incented others to raise the bar - in itself a good thing.


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