Thursday, April 17, 2014

TELE-FOLKS DIRECTORY - MARTY NEMO




Marty Nero was a juvenile delinquent and member of a New York street gang.  He couldn't go through with an ordered execution of the rival gang member who gunned down Marty's friend LIttle Pancho, and because of that he became a target of his own gang.  But luckily, the police were able to arrive in time and rescue Marty.

It isn't known what happened to Marty later in his life.  Since he had not committed a crime and in fact tried to prevent a murder, Marty wasn't arrested.  And Lt. Muldoon offered to put in a good word for him with Mr. Cienzi, Marty's former boss in the garment district.

"Marty Nero" was not his real name, according to Toobworld Central.  Like all gang members, he had taken an alias.  But his nickname was based on his real name, the surname being "Martin".

Marty had an older brother named James Martin who walked the straight and narrow growing up.  He became a special agent for the government who got involved with secret agent Amos Burke during a very special case in 1965:

A peace group planned on stealing an LSD gas to use on the populace of Washington, DC, in order to cover their plans to steal military secrets.  It was Amos Burke's plan to infiltrate the group.

However, it turned out that Special Agent James Martin wasn't the All-American Boy Scout he appeared to be.  He tried to arrest Burke after Amos  made contact with the real leaders of the peace group.  During their struggle, Burke accidentally shot Agent Martin and killed him, only to find out later that Martin was a double agent.

As for Marty's chosen surname of "Nemo", he picked it because Captain Nemo had been his favorite character when he was growing up.  And Marty may have imagined himself one day being the captain of the gang.

Marty had no clue that Nemo wasn't fictional, but instead that he not only was a nautical and scientific genius back in the 1850's to rival Dr. Loveless, but that he was still alive (although trapped in suspended animation undersea in the Nautilus.)

SHOWS CITED:
  • 'Naked City' - "No More Rumbles"
  • 'Amos Burke, Secret Agent' - "Peace, It's A Gasser"
  • "The Amazing Captain Nemo"
BCnU!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

LITTLE BIG SCREEN - IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD MOVIE


"It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" was definitely a movie in the TV Universe.  And there were at least three mentions of it by TV characters to establish this fact:

'Remington Steele'
"Steele Among the Living"
Mentioned in the dialogue.

'Remington Steele' 
"Steele in the Chips"
Steele remarks how their pursuit of cookies is similar to the pursuit for an object in this film.

'Mad Men' 
"The Good News" 
The movie is one of the films that Don and Lane are contemplating seeing.


They ended up seeing a "Godzilla" movie....

[Most of that info is courtesy of the IMDb.....]

BCnU!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

HISTORY, CHANNELED: ONE YEAR AGO TODAY


From Wikipedia:
During the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, two pressure cooker bombs exploded at 2:49 pm EDT, killing 3 people and injuring an estimated 264 others.

This act of terrorism happened one year ago today.  Because of the televised coverage of the marathon on ESPN, the tragedy entered the Toobworld Dynamic immediately.  


But it would not be until August 27th, 2013 when the marathon bombing officially entered the History of Earth Prime-Time as a fixed point in Time.  That night it was mentioned by a bomb tech police investigator as a point of reference for a case he was working on.  It was sadly too easy for his audience to get the reference, since they were all working for the Boston Police Department.

'RIZZOLI & ISLES'
"BUILT FOR SPEED"

As far as I can tell, there were no other references to the Bostom Marathon bombing in a fictional context before that.  (Since then I have heard it mentioned on 'Law & Order: SVU'.)

Boston Strong!


Monday, April 14, 2014

THE "SIMON & SIMON" EPISODE THAT WAS... AND THEN WASN'T


'MAGNUM P.I.'
"KI'IS DON'T LIE"

'SIMON & SIMON'
"EMERALDS ARE NOT A GIRL'S BEST FRIEND"


This episode marked the first part of a crossover with "Emeralds Are Not a Girl's Best Friend", an episode of 'Simon & Simon' which was broadcast immediately following this program.

In that episode, the Simon Brothers, with Higgins tagging along, trail con artist Catherine Hailey to the South American country of Costa Nueva, in order to retrieve the money stolen from an orphanage charity of Robin Masters'.

However....


When it came time to present the 'Magnum P.I.' episode in syndication, a new ending was shot so that it remained self-contained.  Catherine Hailey was caught at the airport before her plane could take off. 

I am not sure what contingency measures were taken for the 'Simon & Simon' episode in syndication - it might not even be available in that format! - which would have an impact on how this story turns out.....

But as it stands now, subject to revision here is how it plays out for the Toobworld Dynamic:

The original crossover is the official storyline for Earth Prime-Time.  However, at many points in the timeline of Toobworld, there have been many alterations to History - both large and small.  Shows from 'Doctor Who', 'Primeval', 'Quantum Leap', 'Seven Days', etc. have made changes to how History has played out.


With any one of them, a temporal ripple, no matter how small, could have altered the events of this crossover.

Originally, Catherine got away by bribing a woman to pose as her on the plane to L.A.  So that when the FBI was waiting for her at the airport, they got the wrong woman.  And Higgins was held in custody instead.  From that point, the Simon Brothers, with Higgins tagging along, followed the real Catherine to Costa Nueva and hatched a scheme to get her out of a country that had no extradition treaty with the USA.

And then the temporal alteration occurred.

Now, while Thomas Magnum was being beaten up by Catherine's bodyguard in the airport, Higgins faked a medical emergency to get the plane to remain on the runway.  He personally escorted Catherine Hailey off the plane and delivered her to the Honolulu police.

With Catherine in custody, the 'Simon & Simon' episode never happened.  But only in the new Toobworld created by that temporal quirk.

So that means this second meeting between the casts of 'Magnum P.I.' and 'Simon & Simon' did not occur:



BCnU!



Sunday, April 13, 2014

THE CASE OF THE ALTERNATE TOOBWORLD VS. THE CINEVERSE



Sherlock Holmes: 
John’s great too. Haven’t said that enough.  Barely scratched the surface. 
I could go on all night about the depth and complexity of his jumpers.  
And he can cook. Does, uh this thing. Thing with peas. Once. 
Might not be peas. 
Might not be him."
'SHERLOCK'
"A SIGN OF THREE"

Might be a different John Watson.....


BCnU!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

THE HAT SQUAD: THE LEGACY OF BOB LARBEY


Bob Larbey just passed away.  He is best known for creating 'The Good Life' (known over in the States as 'Good Neighbors') plus 'A Fine Romance', 'Ever Decreasing Circles', and his last big hit, 'As Time Goes By'.

I would have tipped my hat to him anyway, I'm sure, considering he was responsible for introducing me to the talents of Felicity Kendal.  But I found this video in the many online tributes and it brings up an important point for Toobworld.....



It's policy for Toobworld Central to accept the fates of various TV shows and their characters after cancellation, if those fates are detailed by the shows creators.  The leading example of this is what Larry Cohen had in mind for the splainin about Frank Converse' character in 'Coronet Blue'.  I'm sure I could have come up with something more pleasing to me, but that's fanfic and the creator's voice should be heeded.

'Mulberry' should have been given the chance to produce a one-off to allow the ending outlined by Mr. Larbey to become a fact of Life... and Death... in Toobworld.

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

Friday, April 11, 2014

TV TIMELINE - THE DEATH OF "THE ELEPHANT MAN"


'RIPPER STREET'
"AM I NOT MONSTROUS?"


I can't be certain, but I think the timeline for 'Ripper Street' has been a bit nebulous so far in its two seasons.  All we know is that it began soon after the Ripper murders ceased.  But now, 'Ripper Street' has locked in the date of April 11, 1890 as the cornerstone for the timeline of this series.  It was on that night Joseph Merrick - cruelly known as "The Elephant Man" died.  And so it was at the end of this episode.

However.....


The circumstances of his death can now be seen as a divergence from the timeline of Earth Prime.  That's because he was murdered by Inspector Jedidiah Shine, who perversely removed the pillows from under Merrick's head one by one until he was lying prone... and unable to breathe.

We've seen the circumstances in the lives of real life historical figures be altered before in Earth Prime-Time.  President Kennedy was transported into the far Future while a descendent took his place in the car as it drove through Dealey Plaza.  Lily Langtry was embraced into the vampiric kindred.  Amelia Earhart ended up on an alien planet.  Dennis Rodman IS an alien!


Whether this scenario could work in the real world?  Unlike those other examples, this one is pozz'ble, just pozz'ble.  The only difference is that it would have to be committed by someone just as real in the Trueniverse as Merrick.  There were no witnesses, and it could look as though there was a possibility of suicide.  

BCnU.....

Thursday, April 10, 2014

LITTLE BIG SCREEN: "IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD"


I couldn't think of a good movie to showcase for the monthly "Little Big Screen" feature (formerly "Toobworld Goes To The Movies") in April.  And then, sadly, Mickey Rooney died, which reminded me of the greatest collection of classic Hollywood fools and clowns ever assembled:

"IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD"


So I do have a few posts in mind about this movie and its impact on Toobworld, but I'll start with a simple one.....

There was never a TV remake of this film as there had been with so many other movies.  But then, the cost to gather together so many comedy stars, even low-wattage ones, would have been prohibitive.  But some shows did do homages to the movie and we'll cover those in future posts.  

It's biggest impact, perhaps, may have been its title which has been referenced in so many TV episode titles since then.

Here's just a partial list:

'McHale's Navy': "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad War" 

'That Girl': "It's a Mod, Mod World: Part 1 & Part 2"

'The Wonder Years': "It's a Mad, Mad, Madeline World"

'Cheers': "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Bar"

'Family Matters': "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad House"

'Evening Shade': "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Wood" 

'Madman of the People': "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Christmas" 

'Weird Science': "It's a Mob, Mob, Mob, Mob World"

'Suddenly Susan': "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Maddy World"

'Ellen': "It's a Gay, Gay, Gay, Gay World!" 

'Sabrina, the Teenage Witch': "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad Season Opener" 

'Jack of All Trades': "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Opera" 

'Son of the Beach': "It's a Nude, Nude, Nude, Nude World" 

'Charmed': "It's a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World: Part 1 Part 2"

'The Suite Life of Zack and Cody':" It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad Hotel" 

'Lost Girl': "It's a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World" 

And in the "If Something Works, Steal It" Department:

'Will & Grace': "It's a Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World" 

'Gossip Girl': "It's a Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World"

THE TOONIVERSE:

'Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series': "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Virtual World"

'Beetlejuice': "It's a Big, Big, Big, Big Ape" 

'The Awesomes': "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad Parallel World"

'Phineas and Ferb': "It's a Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World"

'The Simpsons': "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge" 

TV SPECIAL:

"Milton Berle's Mad Mad Mad World of Comedy"

SKITLANDIA:

"It's a Mad World, World, World, World" (1993) 

BCnU!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

THEORIES OF RELATEEVEETY - HARRINGTON SMITHFIELD & CHARLIE GRIGGS



In years past, Harrington Smithfield had been a major movie star in Great Britain.  "The Lovers' Tiff" was one of the movies in which he appeared.   A waitress gushed over his performance in that, but her comments about how young she was when she saw it only served to bleep him off.

However, roles became scarce and he was reduced to acting as a judge in a "Great British Grub" competition.  (I have a feeling that he was one of these vain actors with an inflated ego who would take nothing less than the leading role.  More of them should learn a lesson from Burt Lancaster....)

The actor's life was in his blood - his maternal grandfather was a vaudeville performer in the early part of the 20th Century.  Charlie Griggs appeared in an act called "The Cheerful Charlies" with Charles Carson.  Mr. Carson broke up the act because Charlie couldn't keep his hand out of the till.


When acting work dried up for him as well, Griggs got a job as a door keeper at the Belfast Opera House.

SHOWS CITED:
  • 'Pie In The Sky' - "Chinese Whispers"
  • 'Downton Abbey' - S1E2 & S4E2
BCnU!

PS:
Nicky Henson played both roles.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

TVXOHOF, 4/2014 - MICKEY ROONEY



Usually, the Television Crossover Hall Of Fame has an April induction that is dedicated to the noble calling of "the Fool".  And that's not necessarily a pejorative term.  In Shakespeare, the Fool is often the wisest character.  And it's an umbrella term that could encompass the twits, twerps, idiots, clowns, and yes, the foolish.

But this year, we went a different path and inducted an April for April - the first female U.N.C.L.E. agent to be known as April Dancer.  (It's the 15th anniversary for the Hall, so what I say, goes.)

But Toobworld Central has another policy as well in which worthy candidates for membership are added right away upon news of their passing.  Which is why we're inducting the late, great Mickey Rooney into the Hall's League of Themselves wing.......

'Eagleheart;
"Once In A Wattle"
[See top of page for picture]

'Norm'
"Retribution" 

"There Must Be a Pony" (TV Movie)
 



"Senior Trip" (TV Movie)
 



'The Lucy Show' 
"Lucy Meets Mickey Rooney"



'The Jack Benny Program' 
"Modern Prison Sketch" 


'The Phil Silvers Show'
"Bilko Presents the McGuire Sisters"
 

'December Bride' 
"The Mickey Rooney Show"

He even showed up as himself in the Tooniverse:


'The Simpsons'
"Radioactive Man"

And although he didn't give voice to his other "Tooniversion", his appearance in 'Family Guy' has to count as well for that dimension......


Good night and may God bless, Mr. Rooney.  You will be missed.

Dingy Bell, it tolls for three.....