Thursday, February 07, 2008

Here's the Story...

..of a lovely lady...

Or the end of it.

I've been a little sick and my bad neck has been acting up so I'm only now getting to a post. And it ain't much, but it's all I've got at the moment. It's about how I've suffered a disappointment in the television world lately, and it's a bit sad, if only a reminder that the world keeps spinning and nothing stays the same. At least nothing good on TV.

Marsha, Marsha, Marsha. Otherwise known as Maureen McCormick. Good god, who didn't grow up in the sixties and not have a crush on Marsha Brady? She seemed pretty, she seemed smart, and although she couldn't catch a football with her nose we forgave her because, hey, who can? She surfaced last year on Celebrity Fit Club, overweight and out of shape, but just as sweet-seeming as she had been when we were all eight years old. She'd apparently suffered some personal trauma and was looking to overcome all and get back to a healthier lifestyle.

We laughed with her, we cried with her, we loved her all over again on the show. Most of her cast-mates seemed to do the same. At the end of the show she'd exceeded her weight loss target and served as a rejuvenating beacon for all of us once and former fans. She's since showed up on a Brad Paisley video as the girlfriend of Jason Alexander showing her winsome sense of humor as she plays George's girlfriend in a song called "Online," as 'I look so much better online." But then...

Maureen, Maureen, Maureen.

I chanced upon a show on CMT (yeah, I know) called "Gone Country" where a number of non-country music performers live in a house and apparently compete for the opportunity to record country music for some guy named John Rich.

All the weight is back, but that's okay as long as it's okay with her. But what happened since the last show? It apparently wasn't okay back then. Bobby Brown walks onto the bus and onto the show. Instant bonding because now, during what looks like every break or bus stop, Maureen's out on the sidewalk chain smoking with her new buddy. Once they get into the house, it's Maureen and Bobby smoking away.

I can't help it, I'm disappointed. Clearly she's fallen off the Fit Club wagon and added cigarettes to boot. This may not be as big a disappointment as the King of Rock and Roll dying from prescription drug overdose on a toilet, but still. It hurts.


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