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Test Pattern: ‘Unwritten’ has a ‘Family’ secret

Danielle Brisebois from ‘All in the Family’ helped write hit song

Unwritten’ has a ‘Family’ secret

It's been hard to avoid song "Unwritten." It's a mainstay on the radio, was sung by on "American Idol," and is now the theme song for the new "Laguna Beach" spin-off series,   It's easy to see why, it's darn catchy. I haven't been to any graduation ceremonies this spring, but I'm guessing it was a popular tune there as well, with its lyrics about beginning, starting a life with only blank pages ahead of you to be filled, and the encouragement to "live your life with arms wide open."

Bedingfield's name is a fairly new one to me, but one of the two people who helped her co-write "Unwritten" sounds pretty familiar. Remember who played Archie and Edith's young niece, Stephanie, on 1970s classic sitcom "All in the Family"? (29 fans consider her addition to the show the moment that "All in the Family" , but that's neither here nor there.) Yes, she's one of the three who wrote "Unwritten."

Turns out that since her acting career quieted down, Brisebois has moved into music. In the 1990s, she released solo albums and performed and wrote songs as a member of the New Radicals.

Bedingfield's hit isn't Brisebois' first contribution to another artist's music, either — nor is it her first brush with "American Idol." She wrote "Just Missed the Train," which appeared on Kelly Clarkson's debut album, "Thankful," and also wrote "Perfect Day," which is on Clay Aiken's debut, "Measure of a Man."

Brisebois doesn't anymore, either (click on "Gallery" for photos). She appears every bit the sleek, successful songwriter she's become. She's moved on. It's those of us who knew her as Stephanie that are still stuck back in time, hearing a juicy ("All kids are trouble, Edith. And I don't want to spend my reclining years raising another one.") every time we hear Brisebois' name So the next time you hear the über-popular "Unwritten," turn to whoever you're with and ask them if they know the connection.

, indeed.

Donald Trump's diaper duties

Today may be 06-06-06, but yesterday, oddly, was Diaper Day in entertainment news. We ran not one, but two stories about celebrity dads who don't change their babies' diapers. Both and have fessed up that they don't do nappies.

I'm not quite sure why this is news, or why anyone is surprised by this. Sandler is one thing: He's such a goof he'd be likely to diaper the wrong end. But Trump, a dad of five, tries to pass off his diaper avoidance by saying "Melania probably wouldn't let me."

"Melania" as in his breathtaking Slovenian model bride, who is just 7 years older than Trump's eldest child. The same Melania who wore a $200,000 dress to their wedding (a real bargain by Trump standards). Come on, does anyone out there besides me have a hard time believing that MELANIA has ever changed a diaper? Especially in the "bright-white nursery" with "gilded mirrors and marble baths" that's cited in the story.

I suspect that the Familia Trump probably has a different diaper-changer on hand for every hour. There's probably someone to hold the powder, someone to distract the baby, someone else to carefully record the diaper ID number in an Excel spreadsheet. This is not diaper-changing and baby-raising as you and I know it.

I can't give Trump too much grief. I come from a family of seven kids, and I highly doubt my own dad ever changed a diaper. Sure, his kids have been grown for some time now, but it wasn't done at the time, and I suspect my mom never even thought to ask him. (My nursery wasn't white and gilded, however. If I remember correctly, it had totally stylin' orange and red shag carpet.)

Trump does, however say he reads to baby Barron every morning. A selection of stories from the newspapers, according to him. They're never too young to get them started on the stock news, I guess.

• June 5, 2006 | 6 a.m. PT

Multi-link Monday

Just a note to those of you wondering where the annual summer commercial bash is. Don't worry, it's coming! Last summer's felt a bit long, so due to that and some scheduling issues, we'll be starting it up around June 28. So stop TiVoing past those commercials and prepare to send in descriptions of your most- and least-favorite ads. And just because it bears repeating? ? No longer eligible.

Let's get to the random linkage.

doesn't mess around: It is what its name says. A guy named Steve eats stuff that most of us would really rather not consume, such as potted meat, prison wine, Beggin' Strips and Urkel-O's cereal from 1991. Says Steve: "My wife doesn't like it when I eat potentially life-threatening stuff. I don't know what her problem is. Maybe she's just afraid to raise our children alone. What a baby." Warning to the sensitive: Steve occasionally swears, but wouldn't you if you were drinking prison wine?

is a fun Weblog that offers a look at really weird items that have in fact been patented. How did we ever get along without a cordless jump rope, deer-stomp simulator, or an orienting and sorting device for corn dogs? (One commenter calls that last one "a carnival ride for carnival food."

• Hey, who wants to ? No one? OK, then.

• I don't generally link to stories on our own site, but I was jolted by the photo of these . Yikes.

• Reader-submitted link o' the week is from Cory, who says "I just celebrated my 40th and received many email cards. Wanted to share a link to my favorite . When you need to say something a little different."

Lazy days of summer TV

I'm still coming back from a refreshing Memorial Day getaway, and am marveling at how quickly summer has taken over my mindset. The calendar has slipped over to June, we've stowed sweaters and slipped into warm-weather wardrobes. And as a TV editor, fresh from covering the finales of "American Idol," "Lost," "Survivor," "Desperate Housewives" and other shows, the TV season seems to have turned...amazingly quiet.

There's no question, the summer TV season is livelier these days than it once was. It's no longer a morass of reruns and infomercials. Reality shows especially have seized upon summer as a second season, with shows such as "The Contender" and "Project Runway" rolling out new seasons in the warmer months. (See a here.)

I can't be the only person who relishes a slow time for TV. As TV editor, I feel I have to keep up on new shows, and really, in summer, my tolerance for sitting inside on a couch is very limited. Who doesn't want to be outside on those rare perfect summer days?

But when I do choose to watch TV, whether rain has driven me inside or I'm flipping through the channels while cooking, I like to select different shows in the summer than I do during the regular TV season.

  • I'm not a crime-show buff, but this summer, I'm planning to try to figure out why is the most popular show in the nation. Can 30 million weekly viewers be wrong? Wait, don't answer that.
  • I missed all the fuss over when it aired the first season, but now I'm planning to tune in to the boxing reality show when it returns, on ESPN in July. ("Contender" fans who only have broadcast channels are irked that the once-network show has moved to cable.)
  • I missed Jack Bauer's latest race against time on but FOX is airing two episodes every Friday beginning June 16, just so I can catch up.
  • And I'm still embarrassed to admit it, but I'm counting the days until the premiere of my ultimate guilty pleasure reality show, "Bridezillas," which launches its third season June 11 on WE. (Watch a , hoo boy, are those brides testy.)
  • I've got a show to recommend, too. It seems as if I was the only person watching Jennifer Finnigan in a crime and lawyer drama with a twist. Finnigan's prosecutor, Annabeth Chase, had a happy home life, with hunky husband and adorable baby, so her plots didn't revolve around lust in the office. The show was set in Indiana, with crimes echoing the title, involving suburban moms and squeaky-clean teens with secrets. I loved it, but without spoiling anything, it seems that CBS has decided to ruin that premise for the show's next season, so check out the reruns before the show becomes just another crime show.

Do you watch different shows in the summer than during the cooler months? Drop me a line and recommend a show.