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I’m co-hosted WBRE-TV’s “PA Live!” all week with Monica Madeja. On Thursday’s show, I filed my Ralphie Report, interviewed local artist Dani-elle Kleha, and ate some excellent BBQ from Gerrity’s. Tough life, someone had to lead it.


As reunited boy bands like New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys continue to tour the globe, other boy bands like 98 Degrees contemplate a reunion, and new boy bands like The Wanted and One Direction find success in the States, there is yet another group that is still plotting its comeback.

“We’re in the process of getting [the reunion] green-lit by MTV,” Alex Solowitz revealed to me on “The Ralphie Radio Show.” Alex played Mickey Parke in the faux-boy band 2Ge+her. Yes, the reunion you heard about last November still has a very real chance of happening. “We have all the original songwriters… everybody is on board. All the producers that we had are on board.”

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It seems as if the last piece in the puzzle is the network. Solowitz said MTV likes the idea, and is just waiting to see how much more interest the guys can generate.

“I think there’s a good place for us at MTV,” Solowitz said. “We can have some pregnant teenagers, if they want. We can get some ‘Jersey Shore’ dudes too.”

Nice to see that Solowitz hasn’t lost his sense of humor or that edge that his character Mickey displayed over 10 years ago with 2Gether. Noah Bastian, Evan Farmer, and Kevin Farley are also on tap for the reunion. Michael Cuccione passed away after a battle with cancer in 2001. He died just eight days after his 16th birthday. Solowitz said in a previous interview that a portion of the proceeds from the group’s return would benefit Cuccione’s foundation. And one of those performances is right around the corner.

“We’re doing a little teaser show May 4 at the Jon Lovitz [Comedy Club],” Solowitz said. “Evan can’t make it because he’s having a baby, he’s got a new born coming.”

Who would’ve thought that you plus me would end up equaling a baby?

I stopped by WBRE’s “PA Live!” for my weekly segment, “The Ralphie Report.” This week, I recapped my Skype interview with MTV 2Ge+her’s Alex Solowitz about a possible reunion, played Coldplay’s cover of Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” and talked about Justin Bieber’s new number one album.

New Kids on the Block, the Backstreet Boys, The Police, Beavis and Butthead… hey, they all came back and reunited successfully. So, why can’t “2Ge+her” – the MTV faux-boy band? Alex Solowitz, who played the role of bad boy Mickey Parke, believes the time is now.

“It would just be funny to get back together and do a show,” Solowitz said in an interview via Skype on “The Ralphie Radio Show.” “We’re no spring chickens anymore, but I think that would even add to the comedy of it all.”

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That is how the “band” started out: as a comedy. The whole premise of “2Ge+her” was to spoof the boy band craze of the late 90’s. But after the made-for-MTV movie aired, the popularity of the five guys grew off the charts. The project spawned an additional two TV seasons and two albums. Fans still remember the lyrics to songs like “U + Me = Us (Calculus)” and “Say It (Don’t Spray It).” Solowitz wants to recapture that magic, and the rest of the crew is down for another go at it.

“Me and Kevin (Farley) were at lunch at The Newsroom (restaurant in Los Angeles), and we were like, ‘Dude, we should totally do a reunion show,’” recalled Solowitz. “He was like, ‘Cool,’ and I was like, ‘Alright, pose for a picture!’”

Solowitz posted the photo to his Facebook page and instantly received likes, comments, and friend requests. The light bulb that had gone off in his head moments ago wasn’t turning off anytime soon. Immediately, it was his goal to rally the troops on the social networks and grab MTV’s attention. So far, so good. TMZ and CNN blogged about the story already, and Solowitz revealed during the interview that MTV has also been contacted directly regarding some type of unlikely comeback for this unlikely band.

In addition to Solowitz and Farley, Noah Bastian and Evan Farmer are also on board for the possible reunion. Not joining the group will be the youngest, Michael Cuccione. The teen heartthrob lost a battle with cancer in 2001. Solowitz said that he plans to perform at least one live show in addition to the TV return, with a portion of the proceeds from the concert going to a foundation set up in Cuccione’s honor to fund cancer research.