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Trying to Keep Kids Just Kids

Frankie Muniz (Malcolm) Grows UpSome interesting quotes from Malcolm in the Middle creator Linwood Boomer on how season 2 may have been very different if Frankie Muniz (Malcolm) didn’t grow up so fast!

“Malcolm in the Middle” went through its awkward stage early. It was an instant hit for Fox when it premiered in January 2000. However, its 14-year-old star, Frankie Muniz, who was 13 when he shot the first season as an 11-year-old whiz kid, had grown eight inches and his voice had dropped at least an octave before the show came back for a second season that fall. So producers scrambled for an early shoot over the summer, and juggled new story lines for their lead character.
“We realized that a lot of the fourth grade, fifth grade, 10-11-year old stories we had been planning to do with Malcolm we couldn’t do anymore,” said creator Linwood Boomer. “We had to sort of write to his age.”

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June 26th, 2007

Bryan Cranston (Hal) a Top Physical Comedian

Bryan Cranston (Hal) Bryan Cranston (Hal) has been named the 5th best physical comedian on TV by UnsoughtInput.com. A title that I’m sure many readers agree with.

5. Bryan Cranston - Who is Bryan Cranston? He’s known as the dad (Hal) from Malcolm in the Middle, but astute viewers might also remember him as the “dentist who converted to Judaism just for the jokes” on Seinfeld (”Whatley!”). I realize it’s odd to see Cranston up here near the top of the list, but while doing research (read: watching 6 seasons of Malcolm back-to-back) it goes without saying the Cranston is sitcom television’s most talented and relentless physical comedian of the past 10 years. Granted, the entire television family of Malcolm does an amazing job of beating each other up (and other random characters) but Cranston shines as the most physical of the group. Most notable are his roller skating scenes (in which he reportedly did most of the “stunts” himself), his work in a Dance, Dance Revolution contest and his new hobby of race walking (note the fabulous costumes in each clip). Cranston is an all-around physical comedian on the show, giving a performance that completely defines “hapless boob.” From flustered screaming to girly whining, Bryan Cranston currently holds the torch for best television physical comedian of the 21st century. Since his show has been off the air for a year now, let’s hope Scrubs‘ Zach Braff (16) kicks it up a notch and decides to join a circus.

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June 26th, 2007


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