Sunday, January 22, 2017

VIDEO SUNDAY - REMEMBERING GENE CERNAN


(CNN)
Eugene A. Cernan, the last astronaut to leave his footprints on the surface of the moon, has died, NASA said Monday.

The retired United States Navy captain was 82.

His family confirmed the news in a statement Monday, saying he died following "ongoing health issues."





In the 1998 Primetime Emmy Award-winning HBO miniseries 'From the Earth to the Moon', Cernan was portrayed by Daniel Hugh Kelly.





'MODERN FAMILY'
"THE LAST WALT"

ALEX:
Dad, why are you acting like this? 
Is this about Walt dying? 

PHIL:
No. It's about what he didn't do when he was alive-- 
have a special bond with his daughter. 
I don't want to be that kind of dad. 
I want to be Eugene Cernan. 

ALEX:
Who's Eugene Cernan? 

PHIL:
"Apollo 17" astronaut, last man on the moon, 
coolest dad of all time. 
When he was leaving the moon, he reached down
and wrote his daughter's initials into the lunar surface. 
Since there's no atmosphere-- 
That'll be there forever. 

ALEX:
Wow. 
So every time she looks in the sky,
she knows there's a message just for her. 

PHIL:
Exactly. That's why dads everywhere hate Eugene Cernan. 
Okay, "hate's" a strong word.....


Good night and may God bless, Mr. Cernan........

Saturday, January 21, 2017

SATURDAY COMICS - "RUN FOR YOUR LIFE", A WISH-CRAFT


We've got a very simple "Saturday Comics" this weekend.  It's a "What If?" situation with a touch of Wish-Craft.


This is how Ben Gazzara's TV series "Run For Your Life" should have ended.

From Wikipedia:
'Run for Your Life' was an American television drama series starring Ben Gazzara as a man with only a short time to live. It ran on NBC from 1965 to 1968. The series was created by Roy Huggins, who had previously explored the "man on the move" concept with 'The Fugitive'.

[Bryan needed to have a disease that he would die from but which would not affect his quality of life otherwise. The disease selected was chronic myelocytic leukemia.]


His original doctor (seen in the pilot which aired in an anthology series, so Paul Bryan officially has two-thirds of the requirements for inclusion in the Television Crossover Hall of Fame) gave him only eighteen months to live.  But this new doctor saw Bryan near the end of that eighteen months* and obviously lied about  the fact that he was going to die in two weeks because he was a psychotic killer.

Whether Bryan still died from chronic myelocytic leukemia or not is unknown.  

By the way, based on the cartoon figure, I think Jack Cassidy would have been the perfect guest star as the psycho doctor.

Thanks to my brother Bill for finding this.....

BCnU!

* The timeline for this show differed from the real world.  It took three TV seasons for that eighteen months to pass.

Friday, January 20, 2017

DRUMPFSONS



"I'm about to become President, Sweetheart. 
We're all going to die."
Donald J. Trump
'Saturday Night Live'

Mourning in America.....


Where is an ACME anvil when you really need one?



BCnU... I hope.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

MISSING LINKS: ON THE ROAD WITH FRASIER CRANE




"America has always been enchanted with the romance of the open highway. 
Jack Kerouac went on the road. 
Buzz and Tod got their kicks on Route 66."
Dr. Frasier Crane
'Frasier'

The position taken by Toobworld Central is that if a TV character mentions another TV character without the context of origin, then we can assume he is accepting the "reality" of that other character.

So in this case, where Frasier rattles off the names of Buzz Murdock and Tod Stiles in the same speech in which he mentions real life author Kerouac, then it's pozz'ble, just pozz'ble, that he believed those two roadsters were real.

Yes, Route 66 is mentioned in the quote.  However, it's also a real location, a touchstone of Americana and the lure of the open road.  So we're giving that a pass.  (But remember, kids: we only pass on the left.)

So accepting that Tod and Buzz were real people to Frasier, there are two ways this could go.  

1)  A TV SHOW WAS MADE ABOUT THE TWO WANDERERS

In Toobworld, Andy Warhol's cultural observation should have been "Everybody will have a TV show made about them."  In Buzz and Tod's case, the idea of two guys driving all around the country in search of America and themselves might have been alluring to a TV producer who saw their story as a vision of the unrest that our society was about to enter. And so Frasier would have known about the two drifters by watching the TV show based on their adventures and which starred two actors who looked amazingly like them: Martin Milner and George Maharis.

2) FRASIER ACTUALLY KNEW TOD STILES AND BUZZ MURDOCK
There are moments in life during prime-time that we as the audience of the Trueniverse are not privy to.  

Examples: 
  • When Khan Noonian Singh first met Pavel Chekov
  • Buddy Sorrell's career in the early days of television, including as host of 'Buddy's Band'
  • Mary Richards' wedding to Congressman Steven Cronin and the birth of their daughter Rose
So as a televisiologist,  I have no problem with the idea of Frasier Crane knowing Tod Stiles and Buzz Murdock.  But I think we should adhere to the Toobworld timeline.


Buzz and Tod tooled about the country from 1960 until January of 1963.  But then they went their separate ways and Linc Case joined Tod by the end of March of that year.  There were several weeks in between early December of 1962 and early January of the next year in which Buzz had gone off on his own.  They were reunited for one last adventure on the road before Buzz left forever

Frasier spoke of both men, so he had to know them both, unless Tod told him about good ol' Buzz.  If Frasier actually knew Tod and Buzz, it was probably during that time period.  And it could be because of their encounter with each other that Buzz began to question the direction of his life.

Frasier Crane always did have that effect on people.

One might think there was a problem with this idea - the age discrepancy between Frasier and Tod & Buzz.  Frasier was only eight years old by 1963.  This tallies with Kelsey Grammar's age, which is what I prefer.  In the 1997 episode "Odd Man Out", Frasier realizes:

"I'm forty-three, and I'm alone."
["Odd Man Out"]

But that still isn't a hindrance.  I know at least Tod dealt with kids during his travels - a thirteen year old boy and his sister living on their own.  So why couldn't young Master Crane decide to chuck it all and run away from home when he was just a lad, and in so doing he crossed paths with Tod and Buzz who just happened to be driving through Seattle?

After that, it just gets too deep into Fanficcer territory so I'll leave it at that.

BCnU!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

GAME OF THE NAME: THE ROBBIN' DOCS OF "CASTLE"



Richard Castle: 
So, why "Doogie Howser"? 
There's so many cooler doctors you could pick: 
Dr. House, Dr. Shepherd, Dr. Phil.....
Dr. Howser: 
Shut up.

'CASTLE'
"COPS & ROBBERS"

When dealing with other TV dimensions, I don't worry so much about any possible Zonks that might be found there.  

Take this episode for example.  'Castle' has to take place in another TV dimension because the NYC Mayor is different from the one in Earth Prime-Time, who has to be the same one holding the office in Earth Prime, AKA "The Real World."  The mayor in Castle's world was an old friend of the writer, and black.  At the time, Mike Bloomberg was "Hizzoner", which was well established in shows like 'Law & Order', '30 Rock', and even a Muppets Christmas special.  And you'll note that he ain't black.


Henry Jefferson:
Well, don't complain to me about it.

Even after a new election and a new mayor was sworn in, it still didn't jibe with Earth Prime and Earth Prime-Time.  Bill DeBlasio landed the gig and as far as I have tallied so far, he's been mentioned as the Mayor in four TV series: 
  • 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'
  • 'Constantine'
  • 'The Mindy Project'
  • 'Girls'
However, there is an author by the name of Richard Castle in the main Toobworld as established in an episode of 'Missing'.  Could be the same guy, only with a different life path than the one seen on our TVs.  


But we do know there is a TV show in Earth Prime-Time called 'Castle' and the details are basically the same as what we see in the actual show.  It has been mentioned in the following shows:
  • 'Gates'
  • 'Last Man Standing'
  • '30 Rock'
  • 'Men At Work'
  • 'Red Band Society'
  • 'The Middle'
  • 'Mystery Girls'
  • 'The Mindy Project'
The televersion of that 'Castle' TV show might not be based on Richard Castle's real life but instead on books he's written in which his own fictionalized persona helps out the cops in solving cases.  (We have precedence for this in the real world.  Check out the books by Kinky Friedman.)

So that's why it doesn't bother me that in "Cops & Robbers", the four bank robbers use a stunt used over in the Cineverse in the movies "The Taking Of Pelham 1-2-3" and "Reservoir Dogs": thematically linked code names.  However, instead of using "colorful" names like "Mr. Pink" or "Blue", they donned surgical scrubs and masks and called each by TV doctor names:
  • Dr. Huxtable
  • Dr. Quinn
  • Dr. Howser
  • Trapper John
Splainin courtesy of the IMDb:
The bank robbers refer to each other as names from t.v. shows. Dr. Huxtable is from 'The Cosby Show', Dr. Howser is from 'Doogie Howser, MD', Dr. Quinn is from 'Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman', and 'Trapper John' is from 'M.A.S.H'. (as mentioned in the show.)

If the rest of the main Toobworld can make references to 'Castle', then it seems only fair play that 'Castle' should do the same.

BCnU!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

TUESDAY NEWS DAY: BARNUM & BAILEY

From the Chicago Tribune:

Send out the clowns. The Big Top is coming down — for good.

On Saturday, officials of the company that owns the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced that it will close in May, ending a 146-year run that dates back to a time before automobiles or airplanes or movies, when Ulysses S. Grant was president and minstrel shows were popular entertainment.


From Wikipedia:

PHINEAS T. BARNUM

Phineas Taylor "P. T." Barnum (July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) was an American politician, showman, and businessman remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Although Barnum was also an author, publisher, philanthropist, and for some time a politician, he said of himself, "I am a showman by profession...and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me", and his personal aim was "to put money in his own coffers". Barnum is widely, but erroneously, credited with coining the phrase "There's a sucker born every minute".

Born in Bethel, Connecticut, Barnum became a small-business owner in his early twenties, and founded a weekly newspaper, before moving to New York City in 1834. He embarked on an entertainment career, first with a variety troupe called "Barnum's Grand Scientific and Musical Theater", and soon after by purchasing Scudder's American Museum, which he renamed after himself. Barnum used the museum as a platform to promote hoaxes and human curiosities such as the Feejee mermaid and General Tom Thumb. In 1850 he promoted the American tour of singer Jenny Lind, paying her an unprecedented $1,000 a night for 150 nights. After economic reversals due to bad investments in the 1850s, and years of litigation and public humiliation, he used a lecture tour, mostly as a temperance speaker, to emerge from debt. His museum added America's first aquarium and expanded the wax-figure department. While in New York, he converted to Universalism and was a member of the Church of the Divine Paternity, now the Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York.

Barnum served two terms in the Connecticut legislature in 1865 as a Republican for Fairfield. With the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution over slavery and African-American suffrage, Barnum spoke before the legislature and said, "A human soul, ‘that God has created and Christ died for,’ is not to be trifled with. It may tenant the body of a Chinaman, a Turk, an Arab or a Hottentot – it is still an immortal spirit". Elected in 1875 as Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut, he worked to improve the water supply, bring gas lighting to streets, and enforce liquor and prostitution laws. Barnum was instrumental in starting Bridgeport Hospital, founded in 1878, and was its first president.

The circus business was the source of much of his enduring fame. He established "P. T. Barnum's Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan & Hippodrome", a traveling circus, menagerie and museum of "freaks", which adopted many names over the years. Barnum died in his sleep at home in 1891, and was buried in Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport, which he designed himself.


JAMES A. BAILEY

Orphaned at the age of eight, McGuiness was working as a bellhop in Pontiac, Michigan when he was discovered by Frederic Harrison Bailey (a nephew of circus pioneer Hachaliah Bailey) as a teenager. Bailey gave McGuiness a job as his assistant and the two traveled together for many years. James Anthony eventually adopted Bailey's surname to become James A. Bailey.

Bailey later associated with James E. Cooper and, by the time he was 25, he was manager of the Cooper and Bailey circus. He then met with P.T. Barnum and together they established Barnum and Bailey's Circus (for which Bailey was instrumental in obtaining Jumbo the Elephant) in 1881.

James Anthony Bailey was married to Ruth McCaddon of Zanesville, Ohio. He died of erysipelas. He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, in The Bronx, New York City.


PT Barnum, more than Bailey, has had enough appearances in TV programs so that Toobworld Central can share the wealth and spread them around a few TV dimensions.  The only ones from the list below who would remain in the main Toobworld would be the portrayals from 'Branded' and 'The Restless Gun' as Barnum interacted with characters from Earth Prime-Time.  And the difference in their appearances (Carson looked NOTHING like the real Barnum!) can be attributed to them depicted as the points of view of the main characters from both shows.  

With the others, for the most part it doesn't matter which Toobworld they end up on.  But there will be O'Bservations posted for the exemptions.

  • "America: Facts vs. Fiction"
        - Masters of Illusion 
  • (2014) 
  • Played by Paul D'Elia

  • "The Folklorist"
        - The New England Lighthouse Storm, Elizabeth Jennings, Cardiff Giant
  • (2014) 
  • Played by Kevin Murphy

    "Wild West Tech"
        - Freak Show II 
  • (2005) 
  • Played by Tad Atkinson (as PT Barnum)

    "Mentors"
        - Humbug 
  • (2002) 
  • Played by Heath Lamberts

  • O'BSERVATION: Although this is from the main Toobworld, this wasn't the real Barnum.  He was actually a computer generated image, a holographic simulacrum.

    P.T. Barnum 
  • (1999) 

  • Played by Beau Bridges / Jordan Bridges (as Young P.T. Barnum)

  • "Biography"
        - P.T. Barnum: America's Greatest Showman
     
  • (1995) 
  • Played by Karl Malden
O'BSERVATION: Malden only supplied the voice for this documentary, but he would have made for a reasonable facsimile of the showman.  This is why I included the picture.


  • "A.J.'s Time Travelers"
        - P.T. Barnum
     
  • (1995) 
  • Played by Dell Yount

  • O'BSERVATION: Toobworld holds that historical figures encoutered in this series were from an alternate dimension, or at the very least, from the original timeline of the main Toobworld.

    Barnum 
  • (1986) 
  • Played by John Roney (as Young Barnum) / Burt Lancaster (as Phineas Taylor 'P.T.' Barnum)

  • Barnum! 
  • (1986) 
  • Played by Michael Crawford (as Phineas Taylor Barnum)

  • O'BSERVATION: This musical version of Barnum's life takes place in ToobStage,  TV dimension that is more heavily influenced by the precepts of a theatrical universe.

  • "Un, dos, tres... responda otra vez"
        - El circo II 
  • (1984) 
  • Played by Emilio Arag√≥n (as Phineas Taylor Barnum)

  • O'BSERVATION: I don't know too much about this episode and based on the episode description, I'm not sure how PT Barnum fits into it all.  Nevertheless, it takes place in Spanish Toobworld, that TV Earth which began with a victory by the Spanish Armada so that they dominated the globe.  (All caused by the Meddling Monk.)

    "Branded"
        - The Greatest Coward on Earth 
  • (1965) 
  • Played by Pat O'Brien (as Phineas T. Barnum)
    [James Bailey payed by Dick Clark]

  • O'BSERVATION: This is probably the only portrayal of James A. Bailey to be found in the main Toobworld.

    "The Restless Gun"
        - More Than Kin 
  • (1958) 
  • Played by Robert Carson

  • O'BSERVATION: Vint Bonner must have been drunk to think Barnum looked like this guy.

  • "You Are There" 
  •     - P.T. Barnum Presents Jenny Lind (September 11, 1850) 
  • (1955) 
  • Played by Ray Collins
O'BSERVATION: i have yet to come up with a workable splainin for 'You Are There', but I don't think the CBS reporters actually found themselves back in Time where they could interview these historical figures.

I'm kind of sad that the circus will be no more but all things must pass.....

BCnU!


Monday, January 16, 2017

TV-GPS: SPRINGFIELD AS A MISSING LINK ON THE MAP?


When Springfield was chosen as the location for 'The Simpsons', I think it was meant as a tip of the hat to the town in which the long-running TV family the Andersons lived in 'Father Knows Best'.  As with 'The Simpsons', no state was ever designated as housing the Andersons' Springfield, although many people believe it was in the Midwest.  One contributor to the IMDb thinks it was probably Sprinfield, Pennsylvania.  The reasoning?  

"Several times, characters mentioned Altoona, an actual city in Pennsylvania."

But there are a lot of options when it comes to Springfield in America, with some states having more than one according to Wikipedia:
  • Springfield, Arkansas
  • Springfield, California
  • Springfield, Colorado
  • Springfield, Florida, a city in Bay County
  • Springfield (Jacksonville), Florida, a neighborhood
  • Springfield, Georgia
  • Springfield, Idaho
  • Springfield, Illinois, the state capital of Illinois
  • Springfield metropolitan area, Illinois
  • Springfield, LaPorte County, Indiana
  • Springfield, Posey County, Indiana
  • Springfield, Kentucky
  • Springfield, Louisiana
  • Springfield, Maine
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, the first Springfield settled in America
  • Springfield metropolitan area, Massachusetts, the most populous Metropolitan Springfield Area
  • Springfield, Michigan, a city in Calhoun County
  • Springfield, Minnesota, in Brown County
  • Springfield, Missouri, the most populous Springfield in the United States
  • Springfield metropolitan area, Missouri
  • Springfield, Nebraska
  • Springfield, New Hampshire
  • Springfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey (referred to as "Springfield")
  • Springfield Township, Union County, New Jersey (referred to as "Springfield")
  • Springfield/Belmont, Newark, New Jersey, a neighborhood of Newark
  • Springfield, New York
  • Springfield, Ohio
  • Springfield, Oregon
  • Springfield Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania (referred to as "Springfield")
  • Springfield, South Carolina
  • Springfield, South Dakota
  • Springfield, Tennessee
  • Springfield, Texas, Jim Wells County
  • Springfield, former town and county seat of Limestone County, Texas, now part of Fort Parker State Park
  • Springfield, Vermont
  • Springfield (CDP), Vermont
  • Springfield, Virginia
  • Springfield, Albemarle County, Virginia
  • Springfield (Coatesville, Virginia), a historic home
  • Springfield, Page County, Virginia
  • Springfield, Westmoreland County, Virginia
  • Springfield, West Virginia
  • Springfield, Dane County, Wisconsin
  • Springfield, Jackson County, Wisconsin
  • Springfield, Marquette County, Wisconsin
  • Springfield, St. Croix County, Wisconsin
  • Springfield, Walworth County, Wisconsin

I'm throwing out the suggestion that it could have been Springfield, Massachusetts.  And I'm basing that on the 'Father Knows Best' episode "Bud's Encounter With The Law".  Actor Stafford Repp, best known for playiing Chief O'Hara on 'Batman', played Sgt. Rice in this episode.  Almost twenty years later he showed up again as a police chief in the 'Banacek' episode "Project Phoenix".

Thomas Banacek was an insurance investigator based in Boston, although the series took him all over the country.  In "Project Phoenix", an experimental new car was stolen off of a train flatbed car while the train was en route from Boston.  Repp's police chief worked in a town along the train route (which does not have to follow the routes laid down in the real world) and Banacek met with him in the woods along the train tracks.


The Police Chief was never named, so I'm suggesting that after twenty years, Sgt. Rice rose through the department and finally was named as the chief of Springfield police.  And because that train was traveling through the Bay State, I think Rice became the Chief of Police in "Hoop City".

I think this is one of those times when such a declaration can never be proven or disproved.  But should more "evidence" arises from the show's trivia that it really has to remain in the Midwest, it's small potatoes.  I can just rework the theory so that Sgt. Rice left that Springfield and moved to the Springfield of Massachusetts, after accepting the job offer after applying to be their police chief.

BCnU!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

VIDEO SUNDAY - DRUMPF: LIFE IMITATES TOOB



A few more days and a new era dawns in America.  Jack Lord help us.

Drumpf built his campaign on the promise that he would erect a wall between America and Mexico.  And topping that, he promised that Mexico would pay for the wall.

Only now he's saying the American taxpayer would pay for it now, but that Mexico will pay for it.... eventually.

Yeah.  Right.

This story has been going around - apparently there was an episode of 'Trackdown' in which a con man was offering to build a wall around a town to protect it from a meteor strike.  And his name?  Trump.

Okay, his first name was Walter and he didn't try to cover up his lack of hair with vermin fur, but it's a neat coincidence.

That great debunker of urban myths, Snopes.com, has the story.  Click here.
http://www.snopes.com/trackdown-trump-character-wall/


I would say that Walter Trump is the ancestor of Donald Trump's televersion (who is a member of the TVXOHOF) except his family only came to America a few generations ago.  

I think Walter Trump's spirit can rest easy.....

BCnU!


Saturday, January 14, 2017

MAKE ROOM FOR SATURDAY COMICS


From Wikipedia:
'The Danny Thomas Show' (known as 'Make Room for Daddy' during the first three seasons) is an American sitcom which ran from 1953 to 1957 on ABC and from 1957 to 1964 on CBS. A revival series known as 'Make Room for Granddaddy' aired on ABC from 1970 to 1971. Episodes regularly featured music as part of the plot by Danny Thomas, guest stars and occasionally by other cast members.

In March 1953, Danny Thomas first signed the contract for the show with ABC and chose Desilu Studios to film it using its three-camera method. Two proposed titles during pre-production were 'The Children's Hour' and 'Here Comes Daddy'.


For me, it will always be 'Make Room For Daddy'.  For a long time, the show lay in syndicated limbo although I remember it being on every afternoon around the late 1960s, early 70s.  But thanks to renewed interest in old shows on various retro networks (in this case COZI-TV), DVD rebirth, and a fervent following on Facebook, 'Make Room For Daddy' is enjoying a growing popularity (even if it is shown during the middle of the night.)

So for today's edition of Saturday comics, we present you with a few examples of the Williams Family as they were seen in the universe of comic books.





BCnU!

Friday, January 13, 2017

BIG SCREEN TV: ALL ABOUT "ALL ABOUT EVE"



"You can cut the sweetness act, ballerina! 
I've seen that movie too." 
Maggie Tarrow
'Murder, She Wrote'

Maggie didn't have to tell Barbara the name of the movie; she knew what it was.  A lot of people in Toobworld know about "All About Eve".

From Wikipedia:
"All About Eve" is a 1950 American drama film written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. It was based on the 1946 short story "The Wisdom of Eve" by Mary Orr, although screen credit was not given for it.

The film stars Bette Davis as Margo Channing, a highly regarded but aging Broadway star. Anne Baxter plays Eve Harrington, an ambitious young fan who insinuates herself into Channing's life, ultimately threatening Channing's career and her personal relationships. George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Hugh Marlowe, Barbara Bates, Gary Merrill, and Thelma Ritter also appear, and the film provided one of Marilyn Monroe's earliest important roles.

Praised by critics at the time of its release, "All About Eve" received 14 Academy Awards nominations (a feat unmatched until the 1997 film "Titanic") and won six, including Best Picture. "All About Eve" is the only film in Oscar history to receive four female acting nominations (Davis and Baxter as Best Actress, Holm and Ritter as Best Supporting Actress). "All About Eve" was selected in 1990 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry and was among the first 50 films to be registered. "All About Eve" appeared at #16 on AFI's 1998 list of the 100 best American films.



Based on that, it would be unlikely that the citizens of Earth Prime-Time would not know about it.

Kate & Allie:
Allie's Graduation 
(1987)
Kate and Allie hear the week's line-up of classic movies at the 9th Street Cinema:
  • "All About Eve"
  • "The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg"
  • "The Misfits"
  • "The 400 Blows"
  • "Sunset Boulevard"
  • "Godzilla"  (Once a week they show something for the bloodthirsty.)
The Golden Girls: 
Dorothy's Prized Pupil 
(1987)

Rose Nylund: 
The president's married to Nancy Davis now.
Sophia: 
From "All About Eve"?
Rose Nylund: 
That was Bette Davis.

Charmed: 
Run, Piper, Run 
(2005)
LEO: 
Hey, that was all about Eve
PIPER: 
Mm-hmm
PAIGE: 
Wasn't "All About Eve" some old movie? 
PIPER: 
One that I don't wanna see again anytime soon. 
LEO: 
Fine by me.

Beverly Hills, 90210:
U4EA 
(1991)
Jim and Cindy are watching the movie on TV.

Days of Our Lives: 
Episode #1.11621 
(2011)
Maggie says this is her favorite old movie.

Mr & Mrs Murder: 
Lost Soul 
(2013)
Charlie compares the case they are working on to the plot of "All About Eve"

Smash: 
The Dress Rehearsal 
(2013)

Derek Wills:
I've got an idea for the beginning as well...
I want to try and tell the story in flashback.
You know, like "Sunset Boulevard"
or "All About Eve". 

Smash: 
Pilot 
(2012)
Derek Wills tells Karen Cartwright that "by the time she was 24, Marilyn had already done 'The Asphalt Jungle' and 'All About Eve'."

Nip/Tuck: 
Trudy Nye 
(2004)
The clerk gave Christian advice to rent "All about Eve", Christian says not yet, he want to see it alone.

Queer as Folk: 
Escalating Violence 
(2004)
Deb suggests watching the film with Michael, Ben and Hunter.

Glee: 
The Spanish Teacher 
(2012)
Sue says she's seen "All About Eve".

Suits: 
Leveraged 
(2014)
In the final scene, Jessica shows two DVDs, the top one being "All About Eve".


TV scripts are riddled with pop culture references and "All About Eve" is the go-to movie when the plot deals with ambitious underlings conniving to get their mentors' positions in life.  And sometimes all that takes is a play on the movie's title to clue in the audience about what the plot entails.  Here are a few examples:
  • "All About Adam"
  • "All About Christmas Eve"
  • "All About E.E.V."
  • "All About Steve"
  • "All About Nina"
And several "All About Eva"s.

Here are several examples in which TV characters realized their lives mirrored "All About Eve":

Caroline in the City:
Caroline and the Twenty-Eight-Pound Walleye
 
(1996)

CHARLIE: 
She could be after your job.
It's just like that old movie, "All About Eve".
DEL: 
Oh yeah, Caroline dragged me to see that film. 
Slept like a baby.

That Girl:
Break a Leg
 
(1966)
Ann's friend, Sandy, lands a role in a Broadway show, and asks Ann to be her understudy. While Sandy is staying with her, Ann is such a safety hazard, it is becoming even more likely that she'll have to take Sandy's place on stage.

Judy:
You ever see 'All About Eve'?
Ann:
Yeah....
Judy:
Now there was a girl who knew how to get what she really wanted.



The Carrie Diaries: 
Hungry Like the Wolf 
(2014)

Bennett:
All the times I've watched "All About Eve," 
and I didn't even realize you were "All About Eve-ing" me.


Will & Grace: 
My Fair Maid-y 
(1999)

KAREN: 
I've got your number, sister. 
I've seen "All about Eve."
APRIL: 
Who?
KAREN 
(Imitating Bette Davis): 
"Poor, Eve." 
Yeah, that's right, go ahead. 
Play the poor, naive little maid with a heart of gold. 
But I've got Grace's back! 
Trust me. You're not going to win the Tony in this version.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent: 
Icarus 
(2011) 

Bryce Calder:
You're asking if I had anything to do with him getting killed
Detective Robert Goren:
Did you? 
You know, Marc out of the way, 
you put on the wings, and you're icarus.
Bryce Calder:
That's a little all about Eve-ish, don't you think


Sordid Lives: The Series: 
The Fall and Rise of Brother Boy 
(2008)
Henry and Ty talk about the film.

Joseph L. Mankiewicz directed the movie from his own script and it was full of blistering, memorable quotes.  But if there's one line that is most quoted.....

Modern Family
The Late Show
(2013)

Lily:
Fasten your seatbelts. 
It's going to be a crazy night. 
Cameron;
No, honey, it's gonna be a bumpy night. 
Mitchell:
Remember, you can't have two dads and make that mistake. 
Lily:
Bumpy night.


90210: 
All About a Boy 
(2011)

Ian:
Fasten your seat belts.
It's gonna be a bumpy night.
Teddy:
All About Eve.
Ian:
See? I am teaching you something.

Mork & Mindy: Mork Gets Mindy-itis 
(1979)
Mork spouts off the famous line, "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night! "

Lab Rats: 
Drone Alone 
(2012)
Eddy paraphrases Betty Davis' famous line "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night."

Night Court: 
Educating Rhoda 
(1988)
"Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night"

Saved by the Bell: 
Cream for a Day 
(1989)
Screech says, "Fasten your seatbelt. It's gonna be a bumpy ride."

NewsRadio: 
Led Zeppelin 
(1996)
Jimmy "it's going to be a bumpy..." line and "Jimmy James: all about me".

Frasier: 
You Can Go Home Again 
(1996)
Frasier says, "Fasten your seatbelt, Eddie, it's going to be a bumpy ride."

Chuck: 
Chuck Versus the Family Volkoff 
(2011)
Volkoff says, "Fasten your seat belt; it's gonna be a bumpy match."

Hope Island: 
The Whole Kettle of Fish 
(1999)
Callie and Alex say a version of the line from the movie, "hang onto your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy ride".

Robson Arms: 
All About Kitty 
(2007)
An older Toni - speaking to Bao - states the line from the movie, "fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy ride" in reference to how she's going to deal with her younger rival, Kitty.

Bette Davis was the star of "All About Eve", but it's the name of Anne Baxter's character in the title.  And Eve is the one who is most central to so many of the references found in Toobworld.

Law & Order: 
Maritime 
(2003)
One of Julie Eastman's co-workers used to refer to her as Eve Harrington.

Gilmore Girls: 
Teach Me Tonight 
(2002)
Lorelai makes up a fake conflict between the new bag boy and Dean, and calls the new bag boy "Eve Harrington."

Gossip Girl: 
The Serena Also Rises 
(2008)
Laurel threatens to expose Jenny's "Eve Harrington ways."

Political Animals: 
Pilot 
(2012)
Susan Berg says:"If Eve Harrington was an actual person today she would look like Georgia."

Scream Queens: 
Seven Minutes in Hell 
(2015)
Chanel Oberlin calls Hester "Evil Harrington".

Gilmore Girls: 
But Not as Cute as Pushkin 
(2004)
[Knock at door]
PARIS: 
Eve Harrington has arrived.
[Rory opens the door]
ANNA: 
Hi. I'm looking for Rory Gilmore.

And in another TV dimension....

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: 
Monday 
(2007)
Jordan says Hallie was "all about Eve."

Finally, there are some episodes in which the plot line of the movie is played out but is never referenced, except maybe in the title.  It's likely many of these were due to the characters having seen the movie and picked up pointers.

Gilligan's Island: 
All About Eva 
(1966)
In the episode title and the plot, in which soft spoken young woman tries to take a famous actress's place.

Popular: 
All About Adam 
(2000)
Adam is taking over Brooke's life, just like Eve in "All about Eve".

Mary Tyler Moore: 
A New Sue Ann 
(1974)
Sue Ann's wide-eyed assistant Gloria is revealed to be a conniving schemer

ER: 
All About Christmas Eve 
(2005)
The episode title, in part, alludes to the 1950 film "All About Eve" in which a young upstart actress conspires to bring down an older leading lady. In the episode, Eve accuses Sam of conspiring behind her back to get her job.

That Girl: 
All About Ann 
(1966)
The reference is both in terms of the title, but also the story line, where Ann is seen as the potentially backstabbing young actress to the more established actress.
(O'BSERVATION: Actually, it was more along the lines of Ann taking out her anger on the young actress whom she mistakenly believed was dating Donald behind her back.)

All of the summaries and many of the quotes were found in the IMDb.

Margo Channing and Eve Harrington did appear on TV back in 1973, but not in Earth Prime-Time.  They were to be found in the theatrical dimension of the greater Television Universe, the dimension of ToobStage, as seen in "Applause".  (That does not say "Applesauce".)

And that's all I have to say about that.

Margo Channing:
Slow curtain...
The end.