Pat Clark: Kids say the darndest things

07/10/2014 8:26 AM

07/10/2014 8:27 AM

When my son was little he used to say the cutest things.

Yes, I know your son or daughter did the same thing, but when it’s your own kid, you think they’re the cutest, funniest most adorable child ever born.

(It just turns out mine actually is. We can debate that opinion another time, if we must.)

As he grew older, the cute things continued, but lessened as they tend to do while children morph their way toward adulthood. When he became a teenager, I figured cute was going to be a thing of the past.

But that has yet to be the case. Sure, the cute things are interwoven with sometimes biting critiques, often ridiculous declarations and the occasional total brush-off.

Ah, sweet 16. A misnomer if ever there was one.

Nevertheless, I’ve been blessed with one of the sweeter teenage boys in the bunch. And he still warms my heart with some of the cute things coming out of that cute mouth.

Like a recent comment about current TV shows for the preschool- and elementary-age set.

After a commercial for some preschool show that I wasn’t paying any attention to at all, he shook his head dejectedly and told me, “Mom, they just don’t make them like they used to.”

“No honey, I guess they don’t.” I found myself trying not to smile. Or giggle. He was seriously disheartened, after all.

“Like they used to” – oh, son, wait until you’re my age and start comparing things that aren’t done like they used to be. Then we can talk disheartened.

The conversation turned into a mini-trip down memory lane – a short street given we were only going back 10 years or so.

“What show do you miss watching from when I was a kid?” he asked.

Hmm. That was tough. It wasn’t the shows I miss so much as the time cuddling on the couch with my tiny boy. Still, some of the old Disney and Nick channel material was entertaining.

“Probably ‘PB&J Otter,’ ” I told him. And that’s true. That was a sweet animated show if ever there was one.

He came back with a list that I was surprised he remembered – “Rolie Polie Olie,” “Bear in the Big Blue House,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “Little Bear,” “Arthur” and a few others.

“Kids today don’t know what they’re missing,” he lamented.

OK, that was almost too much cuteness to take.

Honestly, I have no idea if kids today are missing out, since there hasn’t been a reason to tune into those channels for quite a while, but I’m pretty sure they’re doing just fine with whatever Disney and Nickelodeon and other child-geared channels are airing “these days.”

Funny, I used to encourage my son to watch the Boomerang throw-back cartoons when he was little, so he could see what I thought kids were missing – classics from the 1960s like “Looney Tunes,” “The Flintstones” and “Yogi Bear.” And he loved those old shows, too.

Still does. Every now and then I catch him between syndicated repeats of “Big Bang Theory” and “South Park” (ugh) watching an old “Tom and Jerry” or “Bugs Bunny” or something similar.

Good to know he never had to miss out on the true classics. Those never seem to get old, even if we – and our kids – do.

Leary returning to FX

One of the best shows to ever come out of cable was the now defunct “Rescue Me” on FX, starring comedian, actor and writer Denis Leary. That show ended in 2011, but Leary will return to the cable channel in 2015, according to a Los Angeles Times story.

“Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” will star Leary as Johnny Rock, “a middle-aged singer who had a once-promising career but managed to blow it all through a combination of drinking, drugs and really poor interpersonal skills,” according to the Times story. “But now he’s looking to get his old band back together and give it one last shot.”

The show also will star one of Modesto’s favorite visiting performers, John Corbett, the former “Sex and the City” and “Northern Exposure” actor who sidelines in music and has brought his band to town to sold-out crowds.

FX has ordered a 10-episode first season of the new comedy, which will be produced by Leary, who also wrote the first episode. The Times reports the New York-based series will feature original songs and is expected to include appearances from many real-life rockers.

According to the Times, the show is just one music industry-set series in the works: “Empire” is a hip-hop-based drama planned for Fox; and HBO has a plans for a show set around 1970s rock from producers Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger.

If Leary’s expertise with his post-9/11 firefighter comedy/drama “Rescue Me” is any indication, “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” will be a welcome, no doubt edgy, addition to the future television fare.

Leary, comedy, rock ’n’ roll. How can it miss?

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