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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 05/ 3/2006

Mr. T's A Game

By Liz Kelly

An American icon: Mr. T. (AP)

There's just something about Mr. T that makes one smile. At least this one. C'mon, we loved him in "Rocky III," "The A-Team" and the 1-800-COLLECT ads. And how many of us wouldn't be able to identify an "I pity the fool" reference in three syllables or less? The man is a bona fide cultural treasure.

And finally someone in a position to do something about it has offered T a ticket back to the small screen -- and not in a demeaning "Surreal Life" second act. T will be the star of his very own weekly advice show. That's right, advice show.

From the official TV Land press release:

TV Land has picked up six episodes of this Dr. Phil-meets-Tony-Robbins reality show in which Mr. T stars in the unlikely role of social scientist traveling across the country to dispense his own classic Mr. T style advice.

Said T when asked by the Associated Press about his new show:

"My show ain't no `Dr. Phil,' with people sitting around crying," he said. "You're a fool - that's what's wrong with you. You're a fool if you don't take my advice."

Isn't that just like a social scientist?

This is going to be good television. Unfortunately, the show doesn't debut until October.

Rather than squander the time, use the next six months to bone up on your T knowledge: review Mr. T's biography (did you know he released an album?), quotes ("Don't give me no jibber-jabber") and filmography ("D.C. Cab"!).

If you missed the "Mr. T vs..." phenomenon, go back and watch him battle foes as diverse as Ali G, Tony Blair, Kathie Lee Gifford, Saddam Hussein and Super Mario.

Finally, spend some time with Mike Essl and Greg Rivera, two children of the '80s who may just have the largest collections of Mr. T memorabilia in the world.

By Liz Kelly  | May 3, 2006; 10:43 AM ET
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That is the best news I've heard all day

Posted by: DC | May 3, 2006 12:46 PM | Report abuse

This is great news! I actually think this could be highly entertaining...

Best Mr. T moment (outside of the A-Team, of course): Mr. T on Conan O'Brien, promoting Hanes undershirts, "I got needs, chicken-legs!"

Posted by: mwindc | May 3, 2006 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Of course all of his predictions will be "I predict pain!"

Posted by: Stick | May 3, 2006 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm SO excited! Have to mark my calendar! Now THIS is a reality show worth watching!

Posted by: Miss Ultra | May 3, 2006 1:37 PM | Report abuse

The social-advice thing is only natural, since T is already on record (or video, as it were) in support of mothers:

Can't wait for the show's theme song...

Posted by: Bob | May 3, 2006 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Now if he can get Dolph Lundgren, Brigitte Nielsen (and I guess Flav if he's interested), and Carl Weathers on this show, that'll be Must See TV.

Leave all of those cranky Stallones out of it though. They're a little too humorless for this kind of thing.


Posted by: bc | May 3, 2006 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Click on Treat Your Mother Right - The Video
and then we can talk about Mr. T.

Posted by: doobie! | May 3, 2006 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget the Mr. T cartoon on satuday mornings, with him running around with crime fighting gymnasts. The drink of the show with be The Mr. and Mrs. T Bloody Mary mix!-That was a great bit on Satuday Night Live. Also Mr. T and Hulk Hogan sitting in the booth in Fernando's Hidaway on SNL.

Posted by: hnic1971 | May 3, 2006 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Thank you so much for the link!

Posted by: Mike Essl | May 3, 2006 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget Weve Got Mr T!
Now located at

Posted by: Weve Got Mr T | August 16, 2006 10:51 AM | Report abuse

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