Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Today's Blind Items - Another Dysfunctional Show

Shortly after I wrote about what I think was the most dysfunctional show ever on television, someone reminded me about a show I had not thought of in awhile. In my mind, it was not nearly as dysfunctional because there were really only about four or five people involved in the dysfunctionality of it. I will let you decide.

In favor of this show being the most dysfunctional is that what happened on the show caused one of the leads to quit acting forever. Every once in awhile they will do something, but since the show ended its run in the 90's she has been out of the limelight. She was the Betty almost in this fivesome. I figure if threesome is a word, then fivesome should be too. Anyway, the lead actor (#1) who is still a solid B lister who keeps making good shows asked our actress out almost on the first day of filming and they dated awhile. This is where it gets kind of freaky. The lead actress on the show who is a C lister at best now was a head turner and is the Veronica in this fivesome. Our lead actor and his co-star (#2) who is probably the best known of the five now and has been in one of the most popular shows of all time both tried to ask her out and they kept failing. She would always turn them down cold. Ice cold. The reason? Well, it is one of the bigger secrets in Hollywood and one she would never in a million years make public because it would cost her so much face, but she was having a torrid affair with the Betty of the fivesome. Our Betty was quiet about it then and now and says it is the only woman she has ever been with. Neither of the other male leads had any clue. Now where it gets even more interesting is that #1 would often drop off Betty at her place at about midnight and waiting at her place would be Veronica. At some point, #2 started dating a former A lister known way more for her looks than her acting. In order to have a chance with her, Veronica agreed to sleep with #2 hoping she could convince him to have a threesome with his girlfriend. He was game, but his girlfriend was not. At the end of all of this and years of being manipulated by #1 and Veronica, our Betty walked away from the world of acting.

84 comments:

SkittleKitty said...

L.A. Law? Susan Dey in here?

The Kraken said...

This is my first ever post so be gentle with me...

Cheers for the show?

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commandeered said...

Freaks and geeks with Linda Cardinelle as the Betty?

Busy Phillips as the Veronica
Jason Segal as the guy in the popular show (HIMYM.
Seth Rogen as the other guy? or maybe James Franco?

discoflux said...

Linda Cardellini has most definitely not walked away from acting.

shaun said...

For Christs sakes karrotts, if you dont like it dont read it!!!!! Find somethin better to do with your time other than bitching about a gossip blog

CrazyCatLady said...

Party of Five?

JSierra said...

Took me a second to figure out who Veronica and Betty where outside this blind. Thank god for Sunday funnies.

And I have no fffin clue who or what this could be. I stopped reading after the first sentence quite honestly.

Jurmanji said...

Like this guess.

prettiestinpink said...

Probably way off but- Saved by the Bell with Mark Paul Gosselar as lead, Tiffani Thiessen as Veronica, Mario Lopez as Co star with Ali Landry as former A lister girlfriend (maybe) and Lark Voohries as Betty, hence why she is the way she is now.

Kloie said...

Party of Five was also my guess, assuming Scott Wolf was supposed to be the lead (Matthew Fox for the other co-star, JLH for the Veronica, and that random blonde who played Kirsten for the one who left HW).

Snapdragon said...

Mention of the "fivesome" makes me think "Party of Five", but I don't know enough about that show to comment intelligently. A quick glance at IMDB... Lacy Chabert hasn't really dropped out of acting, though.

disenchanted said...

How about Northern Exposure? Betty is Cynthia Geary, Veronica is Janine Turner, star is Rob Morrow (Numbers), better known co star is John Corbett who dated Bo Derek (better known for looks than acting).

Reference to cold, ice cold. Hee.

VIPblonde said...

No idea, so I'm offering up a breakdown of the blind:

Show - ended run in the 90s

"Betty" actress - out of the limelight since the 90s, walked away from the world of acting

#1 Lead Actor - Still a sold B-lister, makes good shows

"Veronica" actress - Lead actress on show, head turner then, C-lister now at best, was having affair with "Betty"

#2 Co-star - Male, best known of the 5, has been in one of the most popular shows of all time (to me, this reads as if he could have had a guest stint, not necessarily one of the stats of "most popular show")

Former A-list actress - Dated #2 Co-star, known more for looks than for acting

Hope this helps!!

camembert said...

I totally thought of LA Law and Susan Dey too, but I really have no clue.

A RESIDENT said...

Party of Five:

Betty: Paula Deviq
Veronica: Jennifer Love Hewitt
1: Matthew Fox
2: Scott Wolff (engaged to Alyssa Milano)

Renoblondee said...

I like @disenchanted's guess!

Amber said...

Love the Northern Exposure guess. I have been racking my brain trying to think of shows and the only thing I could think of was Empty Nest hah.

Laura said...

I like the Northern exposure guess!!

Cathy said...

Cynthia Geary has not left acting.

Laura said...

For best known shows of all time "sex in the. City"

Laura said...

I was thinking Betty was Janine, but did she leave acting.

Basil said...

My thought was Party of Five.

disenchanted said...

Well, Janine Turner would never admit to a same sex affair because she is a hardcore conservative. He did say Betty shows up once in a while in stuff. Janine Turner - head turner. That's my guess.

FS said...

before this gets really busy, can I remind the mobile site users that those of us viewing on a desktop/laptop see the replies in a linear, chronological order and not as replies to specific posts. Can you include a name in your directed replies please. Thank you.

MAC said...

Some ideas on the most popular shows of all time = Lost, Cheers, Seinfeld, Mash, Frazier, Cosby Show, SNL

rhinovodka said...

I will just say Roseanne & call it day. TV show blinds cast are way above my head.

Mamaroni said...

Awesome guess disenchanted!

Fiona Hayes said...

when was frasier cancelled?

All about Eve said...

Didn't know that @ FS, thanks for letting us know

Dee Lurker said...

OMG Amber, now I'm having illict thoughts about Empty Nest!...(and I kinda like it :/)

DontRainOnMyPrada said...

You're right but you're fighting a losing battle, FS...oh, and blogger is stupid for having this issue!!! ;)

CamColty said...

I was trying to make this work for friends while reading (because to me phoebe would be Betty and Monica would be Veronica) but it wrapped in the 2000's I believe and other clues don't fit.

leemonada76 said...

At the god awful hour of 7am when i am working out, Charmed is on Tnt or tbs... It immediately popped into my head.

Charles said...

Completely insane guess: Married with Children.

#1 Ed O'Neill
#2 Matt LeBlanc (Friends popular show)
Veronica: Christina Applegate
Betty: Katey Sagal

CamColty said...

Katey segal is on sons of anarchy

Rain said...

Thank you! I almost needed a flow chart. Reading it this way, I can see "Cheers" fitting.

Betty - Shelley Long
#1 lead - Ted Danson
Veronica - Kirstie Alley
#2 lead - Kelsey Grammer

I just have no idea who KG would have been dating. Legally, he was married during "Cheers", but it is documented that they were separated through most of their marriage.

Gretchen Kocinsky said...

Allie McBeal!

msgirl said...

Shelley Long and Kirstie weren't on Cheers at the same time, and Shelley doesn't get work because she was difficult, left Cheers early and bombed in movies.

Love the NE idea!

AKM said...

How can it be "Cheers" when Long and Alley were never on at the same time? (Save for the special guest starring turns that Long did.)

A Joey Lawrence "WHOA!" to the NE guess. I think I like it. Gotta go back and reread, with the help of the flowcharts some of you have posted. ;-)

(And ironic to me personally, since I think I'm going to start rewatching "NE" from beginning to end.)

tealily said...

Have to say, so far I like the Northern Exposure guess best.

WW said...

Sorry if this post repeats, I had a weird error message after I posted the first time.

This is totally Northern Exposure.

1. Lead actor who is still on a good show: Rob Morrow (Numbers)

2. Betty who left acting: The blonde waitress who was married to Hollis on the show. I've never seen her after NE went off the air and always wondered what happened to her.

3. Veronica who is a C lister now but was a head TURNER then, Janine Turner

4. Co-star #2 who is the best known of all of them, has been in one of the most popular shows of all time and dates a former A lister more known for looks than acting: John Corbett, who has been in a ton of movies, was on Sex and the City and dates Bo Derreck.

ButterKwup said...

I totally read this as Saved By The Bell. Lark Voorhees's problems are pretty well known.

AKM said...

"At some point, #2 started dating a former A lister known way more for her looks than her acting. In order to have a chance with her, Veronica agreed to sleep with #2 hoping she could convince him to have a threesome with his girlfriend."

This part gives me pause on the "NE" guess, though. Corbett didn't start dating Derek until 2002. This BI makes it sound as though #2 was dating the former A-lister whilst he was on the show, right? If not, Turner was trying to hook up with Corbett to get to Derek after 2002, correct? Would they really have still been in touch? I mean, I don't know. I guess it's possible, but it seems unlikely.

Unless Enty is fudging on the timeline, which could be.

msgirl said...

Geary still does occasional acting.... hmmm

Rain said...

Well, now that you throw logic into it... ;)

Northern Exposure doesn't fit only because Cynthia Geary still acts. IMDB shows her doing 1-2 projects steadily every year from 2002 to now, lots of things in 1998.

This just got really tough. There aren't that many huge shows that could fit for #2, so it shouldn't be that hard! Ugh.

Jessica said...

After VIPBlonde's breakdown, I'm on the Saved By The Bell train.

SingBlue said...
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SingBlue said...

Didn't Janine Turner get left at the alter by Kevin Costner (as in real life, not a movie!)?

Jessi said...

Not looking at guesses yet, but this has to be Party of Five!

#1 - Scott Wolf
#2 - Matthew Fox
Betty - Neve Campbell
Veronica - Jennifer Love
Girlfriend - Alyssa Milano (dated Scott)

tealily said...

But Party of Five ended in 2000.

ButterKwup said...

Mark-Paul Gosselaar dated Lark Voorhees but was hot for Tiffani. They've all admitted that much. The only thing that gives me pause about the SBTB guess clicking into place is that Ali Landry was maybe A list for six months and it was long after the show ended.

HolidayinCambodia said...

For what it is worth, Janine Turner got her start on General Hospital in the mid-'80's with Demi Moore, as they tried to replace Genie Francis. Turner had long blond hair at the time.

After Northern Exposure, Turner dated/bearded Troy Aikman and ended up having the child of the son of the owner of the (hated-in-Philadelphia) Dallas Cowboys. She was in some awful movies (Leave it to Beaver, anyone?) and more recently some commercials for snake oil-type products.

Don't know what Cynthia Geary has been up to--too lazy to check.

To add to the Betty and Veronica dichotomy is that Geary was blond and Turner was brunette during Northern Exposure.

Bo Derek is the quintessential known-more-for-her-looks-than-her-acting.

Presto said...

Party of Five and Saved By The Bell are good guesses.. this could be it!

msgirl said...

Even tho Geary does some occasional acting, the world was at her feet after NE ended and I'm sure her phone was ringing off the hook but she really didn't pursue acting on a steady level. So I'm sticking with NE.

Nicole said...

Party of Five

Groovy said...

Neve Campbell for Betty

FS said...

Prada, actually it was a mobile site user who asked me to post that reminder every once in a while. It's fine with me if only a few see it and remember the difference. :)

lostathome said...

KIRSTIE ALLIE STARRED IN VERONICA'S CLOSET HELLO!!

AKM said...

Oh, more on Janine Turner...HUGE Tea Partier. Founded something called Constituting America -- I think -- and has a hard-core right-wing radio show.

Spring said...

Paula Devicq lived with Scott Wolf for a while....and she's still acting....

Apocryfool Jones said...

That's exactly what I thought, too!

Sherry said...

I like the NE guess. You guys are goood!~!

Sherry said...

I like the NE guess. You guys are goood!~!

annabella said...

janine turner is some wacky conservative who, according to her own website, believes that the law requiring that women get paid equal to men is bad for women. she's kind of the beautiful, bleached blonde version of rush limbaugh.

and cynthia geary has basically not worked since ne went off of the air.

Berenice said...

Sorry, I know I'm late but anyway, my guess is for Saved By the Bell.

Lead actor, still makes good shows: Mark-Paul Gosselaar - is on Franklin and Bash (though I've never seen it).

Lead actress/Veronica: Tiffani Thiessen (I'd call her C, is on White Collar)

Co-star/best known: Mario Lopez, was on Dancing with the Stars(one of the most popular shows of all time)

Betty: Elizabeth Berkley or Lark Voorhies (both have been out of the limelight).

lakeuniongirl said...

I had totally forgotten that Janine Turner was on GH. She was Demi's sister, right? Heather and Jackie.
Janine dated some pretty high profile guys at her ppeak:Baryshnikov and Alec Baldwin, etc...IIRC.
NE is a great guess.

fancyscreenname said...

@FS thanx for the info. I didn't know that and was wondering why people did that.

Essie Rabinowitz said...



Popular? Picket Fences? My So Called My Life? Melrose Place? Providence?

trudi said...

The show ended in 1995. Bo Derrick was married to John Derrick until his death in 1998. She met Corbett on a blind date after his death. So I don't see how she could be involved in the blind.

car54 said...

The NE blind makes me want to find someplace to watch that show again--I loved it and haven't thought of it in a long time.

HeartNurse said...

I think the show is Baywatch.I seem to remember that show was touted as the most popular show on the planet at one time.

Many possibilities for Betty and Veronica. Could be Alexandra Paul is the girl who walked away from it all?

geminigirl789 said...

When did Dallas end? Didn't Victoria Prinsipal walk away and do nothing after? And refuse to get together with the cast or even discuss a return in the new version? Just a thought, there were some heavier hitters on there, like Larry Hagman.

JS said...

He mentions a fivesomes, but I didn't pick out any clue for the 5th person.

B list actor
Betty
Veronica
Costar who is best known now.

So, Northern Exposure had many regulars, well more than 5. If we were going to count Cynthia Geary, we would have to count all the others. I did like the guess at first, but this makes me rethink it.

Anna said...

Who were the guys on "Charmed?" I think all the women on it are active in TV still, right?


About NE: Acccording to imdb, Cynthia Geary met her now-husband in 1994, before the show ended, owns a restaurant/bar in Washington state, where NE was filmed, and is a mom. She basically created the character's life as her own except marrying a real estate guy instead of an older former fur trader. I don't think the BV is NE unless Enty posts on occasion to give us a hint to look there.

Yxtabay said...

I like the Party of Five guess, but I have a hard time with Jennifer Love Hewett being the Alpha Girl at such a tender age.

CarmeliteLady said...

Cheers is my guess. Being that Kirstie Alley is suspect number one for the lipstick lesbian team. Her close friendship with Kelly Preston, the blind about the Xenu ladies drinking too much wine once in a while and....., the fact that she's been without a man for what seems like the last fifteen years.... I'm thinking her and Shelly Long for the torrid secret affair. She's just got that deep butch cigarette voice that I can't imagine being interested in a man.

AKM said...

But Shelley and Kirstie were never on the show at the same time...

sbalb said...

I'm most intrigued by the Party of Five and Saved by the Bell guesses, having watched pretty much the entire runs of both shows. (I'm pathetic, I know)
If it were Party of Five
-"Betty"- Paula Deviq- she and Scott Wolf were publicly dating and living together when the show was first on. She's not around much anymore, but does fit Enty's description of "every once in a while will do something".
-#1 then clearly would be Scott Wolf.
-#2 would have to be Matthew Fox. "Most popular shows of all time"=Lost, most famous of the five now.
-"Veronica"; I would go with Neve Campbell over JLH here, she fits the "C-list at best now" more than JLH, who Enty's described before as television A-list, plus I just see her more the secret lesbian type than JLH, LOL.
Reasons "Party of Five" doesn't work- it ended in 2000 and I can't think of any former A-listers Matthew Fox dated.
if it was "Saved By the Bell"
- "Betty" would clearly be Lark Voorhees
-#1 Mark-Paul Gosselear
-#2 Mario Lopez, clearly the most famous of them all know (who would have thought???) and the show would be DWTS?
-"Veronica"- Tiffani-Amber Theissan- she's a C-lister who seems like she would very much care about her reputation.
-But then I guess the A-lister known more for her looks would have to be Ali Larter, which seems off to me.

Lucas said...

@Dee Lurker - Empty Nest was on in my teen years and I had lots of illicit thoughts about Park Overall.

Shane said...

What about Calista Flockhart as Betty on "Ally McBeal". She basically dropped out of acting after that. Can't figure out the co-stars to match tho...anyone?

j7145 said...

How about Ally McBeal for the show?

j7145 said...

Sorry I didn't see Shane's guess. Was listening to a song from the tv soundtrack and made me think of it.