Tuesday, September 26, 2017

TWO FOR TUESDAY - TWO SAM FRANKLINS! UM, PLUS ONE.....


Those in Team Toobworld who have been following me for awhile know that I'm O'Bsessive over the tiniest trivial details to be found in TV shows.

But I'm just one guy; I'm not Argus Panoptes - I am not all-seeing.  And so a lot of stuff will slip by me - even in episodes which I watch over and over again.

Thankfully, I'm not alone in actually paying attention to the details.  

And that's why Toobworld Central is tipping the Topper today to Stuart Robertson.

I'll let Stuart share his discovery: 



Check out the autograph on the photo on the wall in "Exercise In Fatality". Hospital waiting room scene.

Sam Franklin.

Possibly the same artist Sam Franklin from "Suitable For Framing".

What do you think?

I think it's a fantastic find!  Sure, I'm usually looking for the connections which can be made between TV series, but just as important are the links forged between the episodes of a show which strengthen its sense of its own history.

I've had my eye on Sam Franklin in the past (although that striped tank top makes me want to look away.)  He shares the same name as a certain butcher also in Los Angeles....


I'm thinking that both men were related; that they shared a common ancestor, a grand-father perhaps, with the same name.  And that Sam Franklin must have done something in Toobworld's past which would warrant his family in honoring him, not just once but twice over.

And it could even be that it was such an extraordinary thing which the elder Sam Franklin did, that other, unrelated Franklin families thought his name would be an honor in their family ranks.  (One such Sam Franklin was a former multi-millionaire who spent the last of his fortune to buy the London-based Hotel Babylon located somewhere near Piccadilly Circus.)

We could even claim theoretical links to other shows from just the paintings seen in the backgrounds of other TV series, if they resemble the artistic style of Sam Franklin the painter.  (Not the butcher.)  Who knows?  If I find enough of such examples and can make the unassailable case for them being the work of Sam Franklin, he might even one day find himself in the TV Crossover Hall of Fame.


Not that I'm actually going to search Toobworld for pictures that look like THAT!

So here’s to you, Stuart Robinson.  (Sorry. I felt a song going off….) Thank you for finding Sam’s signature on that painting.

My thanks again to Stuart Robertson for sparking this post!

BCnU!



Monday, September 25, 2017

PRODUCT UNBECOMING - PURELL




Currently I have a visiting nurse service coming by once a week.  (Nothing to worry about now, but still....)  And the topic of the hand sanitizer Purell came up.  I mentioned that Purell has become like Xerox and Kleenex - trade-marked brand names which are becoming generic through constant use.  

Out of curiosity, I checked the IMDb to see how often the product Purell was mentioned in dialogue from Earth Prime-Time.

I don't know if these were the only examples; there may be more that were never submitted.

'Modern Family'
Episode:
Planes, Trains and Cars (2012)



[Cameron tosses Bunny to Mitchell; it sails past him and lands in the train just as the train doors close]
Mitchell Pritchett:
No! No, no, no, no, no, no, no! No!
Lily Tucker-Pritchett:
Bunny!
Cameron Tucker:
How did you miss that, Mitchell?
Mitchell Pritchett: 
Mr. Conductor! I-I... what? I was Purelling! 
And it's me; why would you toss it?

'The Big Bang Theory' 
Episode:
The Launch Acceleration (2012)

[Sheldon Cooper runs outside]
Jimmy: 
Uh, where is he going?
Leonard Hofstadter: 
He keeps emergency Purell in the car.

'Community'
Episode:
Accounting for Lawyers (2010)

Annie Edison:
Fourth floor, room 470. First, he said it was 69.
I wanna rub Purell on my brain.


'2 Broke Girls'
Episode:
And the Kosher Cupcakes (2012)

Max Black:
You realized I replaced that Purell with K-Y, right?
Caroline Channing:
Max, please say you're kidding.
Max Black:
Of course I'm kidding. I can't afford lube. I just use my tears.
Caroline Channing:
Max seriously, don't mess with my hand sanitizer. 
I've already caught poverty this year and I refuse to catch the flu.

BCnU!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

VIDEO SUNDAY - A TURKISH DELIGHT FOR "COLUMBO" FANS



The TV networks in nations around the world have borrowed from each other for decades now.  Usually they buy the rights to the concept; sometimes they just steal the idea.

Most of the time they make the appropriate changes to reflect their own culture, espeically the names of the characters.  (This doesn't always happen with the adaptations from England to the United States since they already share the language - 'Shameless' is a shameful example.  I had to banish the American version to another TV dimension because they couldn't bother changing the surnames, not even the first names!  At least 'All In The Family' ['Til Death Do Us Part'], 'Sanford A
nd Son' ['Steptoe And Son'], and 'Three's Company' ['Robin's Nest'] made the effort to change the character names.  'Amanda's (By the Sea)' went so far as to change the gender of the main character! ['Fawlty Towers'])

Here we have a Turkish adaptation of 'Columbo'.  The character name was barely changed ("Colombo") and with the same costume, it could just as easily be a parody as a remake.

So I'm not yet sure where to place this in the greater Toobworld firmament.  Earth prime-Time?  Because of recasting, this is a different person, not the Lt. Columbo we know.) Turkish Toobworld? (Somehow I can't picture an Earth dominated by the country of Turkey so that even Lt. Columbo would be speaking their language.)

At any rate, here's the Turkish adaptation of 'Columbo'.  If you've got an hour and a half to spare and even if you can't understand the language, it might be a fun diversion for a fan of the original.....



BCnU!


Saturday, September 23, 2017

SATURDAY SOUNDTRACK - A MAJOR DISTRACTION



Yeah. You're seeing the right title card up there.

If you know me, you know I can't stand these so-called "reality" shows about vapid young people full of angst in hormonal overdrive.

But I watched the episode of this show which aired this week because a friend of mine was involved in it.  Natalie Major is a singer of beauty, strength & perseverance, and an amazing talent.  And the show sampled her version of "Follow The Leader", which they credited as it played on the soundtrack:


 



Every so often I've used the Saturday Inner Toob slot to feature music used on TV and this is along those same lines.  Natalie has been sharing her gift via YouTube and I'd like to showcase some of those videos with you so that you can see how talented she is.















Next step for Natalie: we have to see her "televersion" appear in some fictional club - perhaps in some CW series.

I think Natalie tours?  If so, maybe we'll see her in Riverdale one day!


BCnU!

Friday, September 22, 2017

THE MEME OF SUMMER 2017: BEACH BLANKET B-I-N-G-O




IT'S THE LAST DAY OF SUMMER!  YAAAAAY!

Oops.  Wrong end of the season.....

But as the summer season winds down (Relax - there's plenty of time to enjoy good weather!), it is time to put away some of the things from the Summer - beach toys, vacation books and for us: the Christie Beach Memes.

You heard what happened, I'm sure.  NJ Governor Chris Christie ordered all of the public beaches closed for the Fourth of July but then used the beach connected to the Governor's beach house without anybody on either side of him and his family and friends.

Drone pictures of him beached on the sand surfaced and quickly were decimated with photoshop derision.  There's even a Facebook page dedicated to these memes!

So to pay tribute to this past summer, I gathered some of the best Chris Christie Beach Chair memes, focusing only on the TV-oriented ones.

Thank the gods I don't have to consider any of these to be part of the TV Universe!

Some of you may think the captions aren't necessary, but not everybody has the encyclopedic knowledge enjoyed by Team Toobworld.

'Game of Thrones' seems to have the edge with the number of memes, but after that season finale, I'm not surprised.  As of this writing, a few days after the series finale, I can't believe I haven't seen any dealing with 'Twin Peaks'.  That red-curtained room in the Black Lodge would have been a natural setting!

'GAME OF THRONES'
 
 
 

'SEINFELD'
 

'THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES'
'THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW' (WITH THE BEATLES)

'TONIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON'

'IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA'

'SURVIVOR'

'THE PRICE IS RIGHT'

'THE SIMPSONS'

'ALL IN THE FAMILY'

'FRIENDS'

'THE JOY OF PAINTING'

'THE BIG BANG THEORY'

'GILLIGAN'S ISLAND'

'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE'

'I LOVE LUCY'

A FICTIONAL MOVIE BASED ON 'STAR TREK'

'STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES'

THE MUPPET SHOW

'SOUTH PARK'

'AMERICAN IDOL'

'KNIGHT RIDER'

'BEAVIS & BUTTHEAD'

'THE HONEYMOONERS'
'MARRIED... WITH CHILDREN'

'THE JERRY SPRINGER SHOW'

'THE OFFICE'

'SCOOBY DOO, WHERE ARE YOU?'

'THE FLASH'

'RICK AND MORTY'

'OPRAH'

'SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS'
 
 

'THE WALKING DEAD'

'THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR'

'THE ODD COUPLE'

'ROSEANNE'

'THE SOPRANOS'
 

'THE FLINTSTONES'

'PEANUTS'

'HOLLYWOOD SQUARES'

'BREAKING BAD'

'ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN'
 

'JOEL OSTEEN'/'PRAISE THE LORD'
 

And from my favorite TV show.....

'DOCTOR WHO'

I'll hopefully be adding more until this day arrives.  (And then - for the sake of George Reed's sanity - I'll stop.)

Aaaaand......  We're out of here!



BCnU!

O'BSERVATION:
If you're not sick of this type of meme and want to see how he was treated with regards to other media, check out the CHRISTIE BEACH CHAIR MEMES page on Facebook.