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England's three time Footballer of the Year-Thierry Henry Tags: football soccer three time player year england paris france thierry henry word life production

Henry is one of the most outrageously talented players of the past decade. From the callow youth who top-scored during France's triumph at the 1998 World Cup to his country's captain and all-time record goalscorer, surpassing the great Michel Platini, Henry is a French icon.

Having emerged from the Monaco youth ranks under the guidance of a certain Arsene Wenger, Henry's abortive move to Juventus followed, where he was largely used as a winger under Carlo Ancelotti, before Wenger parted with £10.5 million to link up once again with the man he would transform into Europe's most feared forward.

Victory at Euro 2000 saw his star rise and Henry was converted from a winger to a dazzling striker, winning the Double with Arsenal before going on to dominate the league in the years to follow. His club record tally of 228 goals in 377 games included all manner of spectacular strikes and unforgettable matches, and he signed off in Highbury's final game, typically, with a hat-trick.

But a move to Emirates Stadium in 2006 signalled the beginning of the end for Henry. In that summer he lost in both the final of the Champions League and the World Cup, and while he signed a new contract with Arsenal despite strong interest from Barcelona, he suffered from fitness problems and eventually moved to Catalunya in the summer of 2007, bringing to an end a golden period in England during which he won two titles, two FA Cups and five player of the year awards.

In Barcelona, Henry would finally capture the Champions League trophy that had eluded him when playing a prominent role in Barca's remarkable Treble-winning campaign of 2008-09, but the following year saw him left out of the side and he embarked on a new challenge in the MLS a few weeks after France's dismal World Cup campaign.

His efforts with the New York Red Bulls saw him land the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference in 2010 but, in January 2011, he was given another chance at the Gunners as Arsenal took him back for a two-month loan period. His return to the club came just weeks after his statue was erected outside the Emirates stadium and his goal against Leeds United in the FA Cup was a moment to remember for all.

His legacy at Arsenal will live on forever, but his hunger for glory continued as he picked up the MLS Eastern Conference again in 2013, along with the MLS Supporters' Shield.

Strengths: One of the most complete forwards of recent times, Henry boasts electric pace, superb control, intricate technique and unrivalled composure in front of goal. His creative streak is put to good use when unselfishly teeing up team-mates with finesse and he has a strong character and a winner's mentality. Also a threat from set-pieces.

Weaknesses: Finding fault in Henry is a difficult enterprise, but a headed goal is a rarity from the Frenchman and fitness problems have afflicted him somewhat in recent seasons. His suitability for a captaincy role has also been questioned.

Career high: Henry was at his peak when Arsenal went the entire Premier League season unbeaten in 2003-04, scoring a highly impressive 30 goals in 37 league appearances and being named both PFA Players' Player of the Year and Footballer of the Year.

Career low: Becoming a target for venomous criticism and a national hate figure in Ireland when he committed a blatant handball before squaring for William Gallas to score the goal that took France to the World Cup finals.

Style: Flamboyant, prolific, complete, a once-in-a-generation striker.

Quotes: "When I first put him at centre forward, he said, 'Look I cannot score goals' [but] for someone who cannot score goals he has done quite well! He is a legend at the club, and if you ask every Arsenal fan 'who is the [key] player of Arsenal?' they will say Thierry Henry." Arsene Wenger, July 2014

Trivia: Henry is the only player to have been named England's Footballer of the Year on three separate occasions , although individual accolades on an international level have always eluded him.

Source: ESPNFC

Classic TV - Three's Company Tags: classic movies television three's company word life production new quality entertainment word life production

In the great tradition of farce, Three's Company is the comedy that pushed the envelope by matching two attractive young women and one handsome, but clumsy, willing and able young male chef living under one roof. Jack, Janet, Chrissy, Cindy, and Terri all resided in apartment 201. And their presence made American audiences gladly want to knock on their door each week.

The laughs began when American producer Donald L. Taffner saw the success in adapting and "Americanizing " British television comedies for the U.S. Acquiring the Changed Format Rights for the Thames Television hit Britcom, Man About The House, Taffner partnered with former TV DuMont television executive Ted Bergmann and they flew to Los Angeles to pitch the networks CBS, NBC, and ABC with the idea. In the fall of 1975, all three networks balked at the risqué premise of two single women living with one single man. Three's Company was a novel and shocking first-timer for an American sitcom.

While each of the big three networks originally passed on the idea, newly appointed ABC Programming Chief Fred Silverman (a fan of the concept from his days at CBS) surprised everyone and contacted Taffner and Bergmann. Dennis Doty, Bridget Potter, and Tom Werner had been developing the program at ABC when Silverman gave them the green light to produce a pilot. Larry Gelbart, who penned the first four years of MASH and his stepson, Gary Markowitz, who coined the show's title, "Three's Company", were the first writers hired. At this point, no one involved knew that it would take three pilots and one year until the show would go to air. At the time, John Ritter was best known for his role as Rev. Matthew Fordwick on The Waltons. Although his role on the popular drama The Waltons was a completely different character type, Fred Silverman saw something in Ritter and convinced the actor to audition for the role of David Bell (the name was later changed to Jack Tripper) in January 1976. Everyone including Larry Gelbart knew he was right for the part. One down, two more to go.

More than 250 female actresses auditioned for the roles of the roommates. Valerie Curtin won the role of Jenny (the name was later changed to Janet) and Suzanne Zenor was cast as Samantha (which later became the role of Chrissy). Michael Eisner, then an ABC Programming Executive, inspired the casting of Norman Fell and Audra Lindley as the nosy landlords, Mr. and Mrs. Roper. The casting was complete, but unfortunately, ABC executives didn't feel this first pilot was strong enough to air. Back to the drawing board ... ABC enlisted the help of the Emmy-winning writers and producers of All in the Family and The Jeffersons, Don Nicholl, Michael Ross, and Bernie West.

Michael Eisner stepped in again and suggested that two new actresses be found to play the female roommates. Nicholl, Ross and West knew Joyce DeWitt was perfect for the smart, wise-cracking roommate known as Janet, but they were still short a blonde. Susan Lanier, who was then famous for her role as Bambi on Welcome Back Kotter, was given a shot.

The second pilot was taped, yet producers still felt something was missing. They needed to find another Chrissy. Fred Silverman remembered Suzanne Somers from her guest appearances on The Tonight Show and knew she was just what they wanted. The clock was ticking and a third pilot had to be created that would convince the network the show was good enough to air. Somers read for the part early January 1977 and the producers made their decision -- Somers was the Chrissy they had been looking for. The third and final pilot was filmed Friday, January 28, 1977 and soon after the first five episodes followed.

Three's Company first appeared on television Tuesday, March 15th at 9:30 p.m. and was ranked 28th in the Nielsen ratings on its premiere night. The remaining five episodes of the first season aired Thursday nights at 9:30 p.m.-never falling out of the Nielsen's Top Ten. The show was a hit with audiences though the critics were not always as kind. Even so, audiences all over the world continue to request the "company" of the very special ensemble cast that we know to be Three's Company.

In the words of the First Lady of Comedy.... "It didn't set out to change the world, it just made us laugh and that is why we love it." Lucille Ball (April 22, 1982)

A Little History

It's 1973... movies like Jesus Christ Super Star and The Poseidon Adventure are big screen hits in the US. The Seventies as an era was still in its infancy, and across the Atlantic Ocean in Europe a new comedy was making its debut on English Television.

This show would later make a lasting impression on the United States defining and celebrating new lifestyle changes in the seventies and eighties between men and women.

The UK comedy that inspired Three's Company, Man About The House, was written by Johnnie Mortimer and Brian Cooke. This highly successful half-hour situation comedy produced by Thames Television aired from 1973 -1976. The series has Robin Tripp, played by Richard O'Sullivan, living with two female roommates. The characters include The Ropers as their landlords and a swinger friend Larry Simmons. After 39 episodes, the producers decided the story line had run its course and the show was able to finish it's run with high ratings.

After the end of Man About the House there came two spin-offs, George and Mildred and Robin's Nest. The former followed George and Mildred Roper, the bickering landlords, after they sell the apartment building and move into an exclusively British neighborhood. The other UK spin-off, Robin's Nest, saw Robin Tripp open his own restaurant. He moves in with his new girlfriend Vicky, much to her parents' dismay. These spin-offs were highly successful in the UK with the spin-offs series producing more episodes than the original series.

All three of these comedies would be developed into the ABC sitcoms recognizable as Three's Company, The Ropers, and Three's A Crowd.

Spin - Offs

The Ropers was the first spin-off for the super comedy hit, Three's Company. The story has the oddly matched couple, the landlords to Jack and company, selling their apartment building and moving across town into a posh townhouse development. Their neighbors in this upscale community never quite adjust to Stanley and Helen's outrageous antics, especially Jeffrey P. Brooks III, who lives next door with his proper family.

Released in mid-season, this spin-off began in the spring of 1979 as an instant rating success, airing directly after Three's Company. It received a 55 percent audience share in its ABC Network debut and stayed in the top ten all the rest of that season. In its second season, the show moved time slots to air Saturday night at 8 p.m. The time-slot change would turn out to be a difficult move for the show, and o The Ropers stars Norman Fell as Stanley Roper, Audra Lindley as Helen Roper, Jeffrey Tambor as Jeffrey P. Brookes III, Patricia McCormack as Anne Brooks, and Evan Cohen as young David Brooks.

After eight seasons, Three's Company was transformed into Three's A Crowd. The new show, the second spin-off, has Jack Tripper opening a bistro and moving in with his girlfriend, Vicky Bradford. The romance between Jack and Vicky has to compete with Vicky's father constantly meddling.nly twenty-six episodes would be produced.

Three's A Crowd presented another television first with its main characters living together unmarried. The cast included John Ritter, who as an actor was excited to see his Three's Company character grow up and take on new responsibilities, owning a restaurant and living with a long term love interest. Mary Cadorette, born in East Hartford, Connecticut, plays the lovable Vicky. She was chosen from over five hundred other actresses that auditioned for the role. It was the instant chemistry between John Ritter and Mary that clinched her the role.

 

Robert Mandan, a veteran star of theater, film and television is Vicky's meddling father, James Bradford. A few years prior to getting this role Robert worked with John Ritter in a CBS television movie, In Love with an Older Woman. Unfortunately, for Jack Tripper fans, the show lasted only one season producing twenty-two episodes.

A World Empire

Internationally endearing...one of the highest rated shows ever in the United States continues to delight television audiences around the world. Three's Company and its spin-offs have gone on to worldwide recognition. All three programs are aired in no less than forty countries across every continent (excluding Antarctica). The antics of Jack Tripper and friends have provided laughs in many languages. The U.S. version is translated into languages such as Spanish, German and even French. A partial list of countries that have aired the series include Canada, Italy, Japan,  Kenya, Lebanon, Indonesia, Thailand, Syria, the Philippines and the United Kingdom. The list continues...

Not only has the American version been aired in countries around the world, but the popularity is so overwhelming that countries are producing their own versions, using the original scripts. They tape their version of Three's Company utilizing their countries' national actors giving the series a local flavor with their own humor and euphemisms. Currently Sweden, Norway, and Portugal can say they have produced their own versions. In Sweden, for example, viewers tune into En Tyra For Tre. Audiences everywhere continue to respond in great numbers as reflected in the high ratings. Viewers from around the world tune-in to Three's Company.

Source: Official Website

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