I'm sitting in a lounge here at the Beijing airport waiting for my now two-hours late flight to Bangkok. On the TV screen in front of me is what looks like a documentary on the U.S. TV show Growing Pains. At first, I thought it was just the news and that Alan Thicke had died! But once I realized this wasn't the case, I had to wonder...is this show really influential enough in China to need a 30-minute documentary about it?
To top that off, the amount of time spent on Kirk Cameron's character was somewhat disturbing. Everytime I looked up at the TV, it seemed as though they were in midst of a character montage centered around him.
Is it possible that Mike Seaver is/was a sex symbol in China?
And more importantly, is there a potential Growing Pains: Family Trip to China movie in the works?!? If so, the subplots about Carol relapsing into anorexia after comparing herself to always-thin Chinese girls and Ben's fetish for young asian males could be somewhat disturbing. I am however hoping to see a brief cameo appearance by Coach Lubbock teaching young Chinese kids how to play basketball...