Aug/2017

Hey guys, Jana here,

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My childhood was pretty average. I was in pep club, was going to marry Tom Cruise, practiced the piano for hours and stayed home from school as often as I could. On those days away from school, I camped out on the couch and watched TV. I played guess which model has seen Bob Barker’s wammer on ‘The Price Is Right‘, listened to whatever trash Ricki Lake was tackling and I watched Melissa Gilbert run down that stupid hill in the intro to ‘Little House on the Prairie‘.

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I won’t lie, I loathe that show. Something about it just didn’t click with me in the feel-good department. I was given the series of books for Christmas one year and I trudged through them. Sure, I can appreciate the spirit of survival, the strong family values, the mischievous antics Laura got herself into, and I totally despised Harriet and Nellie Oleson. One thing I did like about the show was Dean Butler as Almanzo Wilder…yummy.

The original series ran from 1974 to 1983 for 9 series and gathered scores of followers that tuned in regularly to see the Ingalls family survive and thrive in the 19th century American West. The series is reaching new generations of viewers as the show is still enjoying re-run fame in syndication.

Paramount has taken over a project that began at Sony in 2012 to bring the Little House to the big screen with Sean Durkin (‘Martha Macy May Marlene‘) attached to direct a script from Abi Morgan (‘The Iron Lady‘). I’m curious if the actors from the series will be making an appearance in the film as most of them are still alive, with the exception of the patriarch of the Ingalls family, Michael Landon, who died in 1991 at the age of 54.

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