Only if you're Tony Danza, that is. The New York Post reports that the ex-Taxi driver's chatfest has been permanently muzzled, but his bosses "are afraid [he] will be so upset that he won't be able to go on with the live shows every morning." The rumored plan is that the execs will break the news to him next month over a two-week hiatus and 24 martinis. Okay, I made up the martini part.
Danny DeVito is returning to series television for the first time since his days as boss of Taxi's Sunshine Cab Company with a regular gig on FX's It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. DeVito will appear in all 10 episodes of the show's second season (premiering in June), although he'll shoot all of his scenes within 10 to 15 days — roughly half of the show's overall production schedule. That noise you hear is Vincent D'Onofrio calling his agent.
Question: Last Monday you had a letter in which the writer decried the quality of today's comedies. He noted that the networks are at a disadvantage compared to HBO because of censorship. Here's my problem. The writer noted great comedies from the past 20 years, like Seinfeld, Cheers, Frasier, Friends, The Cosby Show. I can add other great comedies: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart, M*A*S*H, Taxi, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Honeymooners, I Love Lucy and many more. None of these great comedies needed a lack of censorship in order to be funny. Why do so many people think there has to be foul language and sex in order for a show to be good? All that's needed is quality writing, truly funny situations that people can relate to and some good acting, and you know what? You have a classic sitcom. What do you think?
Answer: I think you're right, of course. But try convincing today's generation of tone-deaf program executives to go with class over crass. You'd think
Man of the house: Who's the Boss?'s Danza
Question: Did Tony and Angela ever get married on Who's the Boss?
Answer: That's entirely up to you, Mar, since the show never really said either way. When last we saw ad exec Angela Bower (Phenom's Judith Light) and her former housekeeper, Tony Micelli (Taxi and Family Law's Tony Danza), they were giving their relationship another shot after an incredibly long flirtation and at least one failed attempt. (Angela had moved to Iowa with ex-St. Louis Cardinals second-baseman Tony when he got a job coaching baseball, but had then moved back after jonesing for her old career.) If you're an optimist and old-fashioned romantic, then sure — consider them married.
Of course Danza wasn't one to settle down easily in real life, either, especially during the time the hit ABC sitcom was on the air (1984 to 199