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Little Suri vs. Little Ricky

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101348__lucy_lAnd now, EW presents: A Look Back at Overhyped Babies

Some have already made the inevitable comparison to the 1953 arrival of Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV (pictured), better known to the world of pop culture as “Little Ricky.” (Little Desi never actually played Little Ricky on the show, but he did snag the cover of the very first TV Guide.) That birth also featured an unseemly media stakeout and a father who said dumb things to the press. (“Lucy gave me one girl [Lucie Arnaz], she might give me another,” Desi Arnaz said, explaining why he wanted the producers to make the TV baby a boy, no matter what the sex of the real one. “This is my only chance to get a son. You give me a boy on TV.”)

But TomKat lack a sitcom via which we can vicariously experience their (muted) joy. They ARE a sitcom, or a sitragicom, or a wholesome rom-com, depending entirely on your opinion of the extreme silliness that’s played out over the last few months. (And you MUST have an opinion, readers. This is only the most important news story since L’Affaire Aniston.)

And speaking of opinions: Let’s hear you sound off on the most satisfying celebrity births, as well as the most disappointing. Personally? I think the classic birth of Alexa Ray Joel to Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel tops my list. The sadly underexposed birth of Jodie Foster’s son Charles still proved to be a sleeper hit – that kid sure had legs. Kal-El Cage opened strong, but faded fast, despite the headline-making stupid name.

Let’s hear it: Which babies were blockbusters, and which should’ve never been made?

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Originally posted April 19 2006 — 2:52 PM EDT

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