Thursday, June 22, 2017

GPS-TV: A TOOBWORLD TRAIN TIMETABLE


'HERE'S LUCY'
"LUCY VISITS THE WHITE HOUSE"


From the IMDb:
Lucy and Vivian's sons' Boy Scout club make a replica of the White House out of sugar cubes. The President is so impressed that he invites all of them to the White House to unveil it. Calamity ensues when the replica get destroyed on the train.

The Toobworld version of the United States of America (which I unofficially call "Telemerica") has more towns and cities than the actual USA.  A lot of them are famous; some even got their names in the title, with one eventually getting its name in the titles of two spin-offs. And two of them at least are multiversal.
  • Fernwood
  • Cicely
  • Dunn's River
  • Hooterville
  • Metropolis
  • Gotham
  • Twin Peaks
Those are just a sampling.  But there were plenty of shows which passed through small fictional towns for just an episode but that's all which was needed to give them their own push-pin on the map.  And this episode of 'The Lucy Show' was no different.  

As Lucy and Viv made their way to Washington D.C., the train made stops in the following towns:



  • Greenview
  • Middlebrook
  • Flint Ridge
  • Scottville
All of those, including Danfield, can only be found in Earth Prime-Time, but not in Earth Prime.  So where in "Telemerica" would they be located?

The destination was Washington DC, so that's locked in place.  As for their starting point, I think they left from Danfield and transferred to the Silver Meteor train in New York City; it's an established, long-standing route.  I believe the others are listed in order of arrival as the train worked down the Mid-Atlantic route.

So let's fill in the blanks.

GREENVIEW - New Jersey!  A perfect name to be found in the Garden State and I would not be surprised to find that it didn't live up to the name.  It would be the TV punchline thing to do.  It has to be the first stop after leaving New York City because Lucy would have jumped off the train the first chance she got in order to get the sugar cubes to rebuild the "replicker" (as JFK pronounced it.)  But the reason I'm hesitant to use it is mainly for the sake of poor Annabelle.  That horse would have had to carry Lucy practically to Washington, finally dislodging her in time to catch the train in Scottville.

MIDDLEBROOK - Pennsylvania.  Probably a toney suburb encroaching on Philadelphia from the North, with gated communities, elite prep schools....  A place where the people walk with their noses in the air.

FLINT RIDGE - Delaware.  More than likely Flint Ridge is otherwise off the beaten path in the nation's second smallest state.  I like to think there is more than one Flint Ridge in "Telemerica," because it's the type of name I'd expect to find just up the road a piece from Walton's Mountain.  There's a signpost up ahead.....

SCOTTVILLE - Maryland.  This one intrigues me for the possibilities in connections to other TV shows.  I was hoping I could make the link to Francis Scott Key of Baltimore, but I would have to take it back further than the composer of "The Star Spangled Banner" (multi-dimensional: 'Voyagers!', 'Animaniacs', 'Drunk History') in order to find out where his parents found the inspiration for his middle name.  

So instead, i'm going with General Charles Scott, head of Intelligence during the American Revolution and later the governor of Maryland.  (Played by Michael Gaston in 'Turn'.)  In Toobworld, it is the last stop before entering the nation's capital.  It is also very close to Virginia and may have been highly influenced by that neighboring state.  Earlier on, that area was under the dominion of the Virginia charter and perhaps those feelings of loyalty lasted even after the demarcation set by the Mason-Dixon line, well into statehood in the new nation.  The people of that town, upon incorporation, named themselves after the patriot and governor of Virginia - Scottville - rather than taking the name of a Maryland native son as their inspiration.  



I've got another theory of relateeveety for Scottville in relation to Governor Scott.  As a landholder in Virginia, Scott had about ten slaves and the custom was to give those slaves the last name of the man who owned them.

So I believe master spy Alexander Scott ('I Spy') was descended from slaves owned by the televersion of Charles Scott.  As he was the head of intelligence for the Continental Army, it could be said that "Scotty" was carrying on the family business.....

There's one last location from this series to tackle - the biggest one, Danfield.



When I was a kid watching this syndicated series in the afternoons, I got it into my head that Danfield was in Connecticut just like I was.  (No surprise there - when I was six years old, I ran away from home because I was convinced Captain Kangaroo's Treasure House was on the next block.)


But Geoffrey Mark, the go-to guru for all things Lucy who penned an excellent book about the queen of TV, inclusive and exhaustive in the compilation of trivia, had this to say in the book:

Several episodes firmly placed Danfield in New York State just north of new Rochelle.  Many books state that the town is located in Connecticut, but this is not so. (There is a Danfield in Connecticut but it is not the Lucy shows town.)

I heard back from Geoff on Monday the 19th in which he gave me some more information... information... information.....

I asked him about specific episodes which would confirm Danfield as being in New York.  (I'm afraid it was the Doubting Thomas in me, which is one reason I prefer "Toby" over my given name!)

Geoff:
The easiest one is "No More Double Dates", where Lucy and Harry want to be alone and Viv and her date keep taking them to the train station to go into NYC. They make it clear that Danfield is the next stop after New Rochelle, NY (they could have visited Rob and Laura Petrie) on the way to NYC.

I guess you can't get more specific than that!  And man, I like the idea that Lucy and Viv might have met the Petries on the train!

This episode about the sugar cube White House has Lucy also telling the White House operator that she was calling from Danfield, New York.  So that's that!  Oh well, I still have Dunn's River and fictional towns from 'The Fugitive' and 'Murder, She Wrote' for my Nutmeg State.....

So I can see them taking the Harlem-Hudson line down to NYC and then switching over to the Northeast Corridor train.  It's amazing the sugar cube White House made it that far!  Have you ever tried to maneuver through that train station even without a sugar cube White House?  (The train probably was the Silver Meteor on the Pennsylvania Railroad line until the Washington station.)

A big thanks to Geoff Mark for his help in putting together this Toobworld train timetable.  If you're interested in learning more Lucy lore, you can't go wrong with his book, seen above.  It's a valuable asset in the stacks at the Toobworld Central library......

BCnU!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A WESEN WISHCRAFT WEDNESDAY


'GRIMM'
"THE SEVEN-YEAR ITCH"


From Oregon Live:

"The Wesen killer this week was a huge cicada insect that climbs out of the ground once every seven years and has one day to find a substantial human to feed on for the next seven years, until it's feeding time again. Ick. Even more disturbing, the big bug -- who's also quite a Dionysian party animal, in a detail that didn't really get developed -- is none other than William Stillman, a Portland founding father. For you non-Portlanders, Stillman is fictional, and we don't have a park named after him, with a statue looming. But it was nice to see "Grimm" back in Portland's woodsy parks, a hallmark of the show that I missed last season, with all that hanging around the gloomy Hadrian's Wall headquarters."

If you want to read the full review, click here.

I give props to the creators behind this show for this episode, in writing it so that the background story was believable.  Not that I bought into the "cicada-man" character, but that I believed that there really was a William Stillman in Portland's past.



I was sorry to find out that William Stillman was not only fictional, but that they didn't claim an actual Portland founder was Wesen.  The show in the past had asserted historical characters were involved in the Grimm/Wesen "history".  The most famous example was even echoed in the opening credits - that Adolph Hitler was a Shakal Wesen.  Nobody had a problem with that - I mean, it's Hitler.  I would believe he ate babies, even if he couldn't woge.


And Hitler wasn't the only one!  (Napoleon was supposedly a Steinadler.)

And showing that TV is educational, the show also introduced me to a famous artist in its last episodes:

From the Grimm Wiki:

Monroe shows the others a classic mythological rendering of the astrological constellations by Giovanni Antonio Vanosino da Varese. He says based on the what was painted, he thinks Giovanni could have been a Grimm. Nick agrees that the painting looks pretty Grimm-like and Monroe asks, "What if what they assumed were mythological pagan creatures were actually artistic representations of Wesen from the universe or multiverse or wherever?" Nick and Monroe point out that if that were the case, then Leo would be a Löwen, Ursa would be a Jägerbar, and Taurus would be a Taureus-Armenta. Rosalee asks Monroe if he is suggesting that Wesen come from other planets, and he tells her no, but he saying that Giovanni might be suggesting it.


The show has now ended, but as the Curator of Toobworld, I think I should continue looking for signs of Wesen activity in other TV shows.  I had done so once before, when Kay Lenz displayed such raw emotion in an episode of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' that I was certain she was about to woge into one of the big cat-like Wesen.  (Click here for more.)

I would also like to take a look at some real world people with their own "televersions"; some of them easily could be Wesen... one in particular.

A lot of the Wesen mythology stems from Germany.  And many of the Wesen we've seen in the past sometimes have a resemblance to their Wesen physiognomy in their human appearances.  

They never did have a Wesen during the run of the series which resembled squirrels.  Which is kind of surprising, considering how wooded an area surrounded Portland.  I even had the perfect name for such a Wesen - "Nussscheren".

A bit o' wishcraft: who could be this Nussscheren Wesen?  Is there somebody out there in the real world with an established televersion who has a Germanic background and sometimes resembles a squirrel.....?

 

I guess we'll never know now.....

BCnU!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

TWO-FER TUESDAY TRIVIA FROM THE OAK APPLE FESTIVAL


'MIDSOMER MURDERS'
"DEAD LETTERS"

From the IMDb:
Oak Apple Week is an autumn festival held every year in the picturesque village of Midsomer Barton. After the festival queen died tragically from food poisoning seven years earlier, that particular part of the celebration was discontinued. Shortly after the reinstitution of the contest, however, the dead girl's mother is found drowned in a shallow stream under suspicious circumstances. Barnaby and Jones are faced with many suspects, a plethora of unfaithful spouses, and more dead bodies.

The IMDb listed a couple of bits o' trivia in this episode which can make Two-Fer Tuesday.

First up:


In the last seconds of "Dead Letters we see, on a book rack in the small lending library, a copy of "Chromosome Wars" by Jezebel Tripp, the author we met in "Sins of Commission" from season 7.


No show is perfect, but after having been on the air for twenty years now, 'Midsomer Murders' has done a pretty good job at recalling its own history in later episodes.  ("Dead Letters" had a more noticeable call-back dealing with a theory of relateeveety.)

And there was a Zonk to be splained away as well....

At the Oak Apple fairgrounds, the sign at the gypsy fortune-teller's booth reads "Katina". When she goes into the booth, the man next to the booth addresses her as "Katrina".


That's an easy one!  Whoever made the sign O'Bviously made a mistake.  And it was left as is.

BCnU!

Monday, June 19, 2017

MINUTIAE MONDAY - DE-ZONKING BROCKMIRE


'BROCKMIRE'
"RETALIATION"


From the Goofs Department at the IMDb:
In the opening "Modern Day" scene, Lucy tells Brockmire she is staying in Room 114 at the Marlowe Inn. When Brockmire goes to visit, he knocks on door 411, and Lucy opens.


This is easy enough to fix.  Lucy is dyslexic.  (Or as the graffiti in the movie "Between The Lines" put it, "Lysdexia".)

As for Brockmire showing up at the right door even though he was given the wrong information?  Hey, we don't see everything in Toobworld, remember.  You want to waste time in that first season of '24' watching Jack Bauer taking a dump?  This is all protected under the Khan-Chekov Act in the Articles of Tele-Federation.  Or something like that - anyway, Khan-Chekov is invoked.

When Brockmire first showed up at the Marlowe Inn, he went to Room 114 and quickly realized it was the wrong room.  Well, I say "quickly" but it might have taken a few minutes to figure out that the stranger who answered wasn't one of Lucy's sex partners.

So then Brockmire went down to the front desk to get the correct room number from the clerk on duty.

No Zonk!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

THEORY OF RELATEEVEETY - A BRANCH FROM THE BRANCH FAMILY TREE



In 2006, the Television Crossover Hall Of Fame honored many of the characters from 'Law And Order' with membership in the Hall.  Among them was DA Arthur Branch, inducted in November of that year with 142 episodes over four TV series.

Here's what we know about Arthur Branch:


Branch graduated from Yale University and Yale Law School. He was later a professor at Yale Law School. He and his wife, Lillian, have lived in New York City since moving in the early 1980s from the state of Georgia. According to McCoy, Lillian "loves the smell of concrete", and would not allow Arthur to move from New York City back to Georgia.  Arthur and Lillian have at least one child, a son named Bobby. They also have a grandson and a granddaughter named Maggie. He also has a nephew named Andy. He owns a Chevrolet and a Porsche.  He speaks with a southern accent and commonly uses colorful metaphors.

Branch is elected the Manhattan District Attorney in 2002, replacing Nora Lewin.  He says that he was elected DA because the people of Manhattan wanted to feel safe after the September 11 attacks.  He and Abbie Carmichael are the only characters in the show known to be Republicans. Branch's administration is a sharp contrast to that of Lewin, as he supports the death penalty and does not believe in the existence of a Constitutional right to privacy.  He had written a book on the justice system and represented the Chinese government when he worked in private practice.


ADA Michael Cutter told Branch's successor Jack McCoy that Branch was being recruited to participate in a reality television show. He did not respond when McCoy asked if that statement was a joke.  
[Wikipedia]

Branch resigned in 2009 with no reason given and it is assumed by Toobworld Central that, like the actor who portrayed him, Arthur Branch has passed away.


So we know about three branches of the Branch family, down to the third generation with his two grandchildren.  But what if we looked back into his family history?  Even just one generation - do we know who his father is, for example?

I think we can take a pretty good guess at who Daddy Branch was.  And when it comes down to it, the Theories of Relateeveety in the Toobworld Dynamic are only conjectures at best.


In the early 1960s, Randolph E. Branch was the Secretary of Science in the Johnson Administration.  The Department of Science is a cabinet post only in Toobworld.  It was an all-encompassing field which would be divided up into the Departments of Energy, Health & Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency in the Trueniverse.

And the Department of Science would also have dealt with the more shadowy investigations into extraterrestrial activity (handled by the shadow ops group known as Majestic 12.)

'THE OUTER LIMITS'
"THE INHERITORS, PARTS I & II"


This was the one time we got to see Science Secretary Randolph E. Branch in Toobworld.  His assistant Adam Ballard was investigating four veterans who had been shot in the head during the Vietnam War.  The bullets had all been forged from the metal of a mysterious meteorite which Ballard claimed was the reason why the soldiers exhibited the same brain wave patterns.  The veterans were engaged in a furtive plan to build a spaceship in which they planned to spirit away a group of disabled children to a world where they would lead normal, healthy lives, free of their handicaps.

In the end, convinced of the sincerity in the plans by the quartet of alien representatives, Ballard let them go on their mission.  I'm assuming Secretary Branch agreed once he learned of all the facts in the case.


It doesn't come up in the two-part episode, but it has to be a given that Randolph Branch was originally from the state of Georgia.  And I'll offer up another theory of relateeveety: Randolph E. Branch married a Connally girl whom he met in college.  Her first name unknown, Miss Connally was from Absaroka County in Wyoming.  Her brother had a son named Barlow who idolized Branch to the point that he named his own son "Branch" after his uncle.


And that's about all I can think of now for Arthur Branch's father.  I suppose I could have forged a few connections to 'The X-Files', 'Threshold', and any series based in Washington, D.C., that was not relegated to some alternate TV dimension because of a different occupant in the Oval Office.  But I didn't want to push it.

At any rate, that's our contribution to the celebration of Father's Day in TV Land, 2017.

Happy Father's Day!


Saturday, June 17, 2017

GAME OF THE NAME - "TWO-FACE"



"I thought something happened to you guys.  
Two-Face told me you guys were dead."
Cisco 

'THE FLASH'

Oh, there'll be spoilers ahead.....

Cisco used this nickname to describe the alternate future version of Barry Allen whose face had been scarred.

But in that Toobworld dimension (which considers itself Earth-1, but which is known here at Toobworld Central as Comix Toobworld DC1), where did Cisco come up with that phrase?  Did he coin it himself, as he had done with the monikers for various members of the Flash's "Rogues Gallery"?  

Or was it a reference to former prosecutor Harvey Dent, whose face had been scarred and drove him mad, becoming the arch-villain Two-Face.


From Wikipedia:
Two-Face (Harvey Dent) is a fictional super-villain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman. The character was created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane and first appeared in Detective Comics #66 (Aug. 1942). As one of Batman's most enduring enemies, Two-Face belongs to the collective of adversaries that make up Batman's rogues gallery.

Once an upstanding Gotham City district attorney, Harvey Dent was hideously scarred on the left side of his face after a mob boss threw acidic chemicals at him during a court trial. He was subsequently driven insane and adopted the "Two-Face" persona, becoming a criminal obsessed with duality. In later years, writers have portrayed Two-Face's obsession with chance and fate as the result of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and dissociative identity disorder. He obsessively makes all important decisions by flipping his former lucky charm, a two-headed coin which was damaged on one side by the acid as well. The modern version is established as having once been a personal friend and ally of James Gordon and Batman.


So it could be that Harvey Dent AKA Two-Face exists in this world.  Maybe Crime Boss Moroni, the mobster who disfigured Dent with acid, exists in Comix Toobworld DC1 as well.  It's always been the position of Toobworld Central that most characters found in Earth Prime-Time also exist in the alternate Toobworlds.  And so we could assume that Bruce Wayne is in that world too... not that we'll ever see that acknowledged.

DC Comics and its parent company, the Warner Brothers empire, are keeping a tight reign on what can be used on the various shows and in the movies which would normally share the same universe in the comic books.

And it's not just the characters who can't easily cross over into the various properties.  According to Andrew Kreisberg, the executive producer of both 'Arrow' and 'The Flash', "There’s the cities that we can use and then there’s everything else. I don’t think you’re going to be hearing ‘Gotham’ or ‘Metropolis’ [on 'Arrow' or 'The Flash'] anytime soon.”

So officially, that's how it has to stand - Cisco's turn of phrase is most likely just a derisive nickname.  

Luckily, Toobworld Central is not bound by such restrictions.

For us here in the brick-bound fortress of Toobworld Central, Cisco's question was phrased so that it can be read two ways.  And I'm going to be one of those who fall in the camp that sees it as a reference to the former District Attorney.  I think he did become disfigured and insane and is wreaking havoc in his hometown of Gotham City whenever he's escaped from Arkham Asylum.

However, whether that also means Two-Face has tangled with Batman in that world is unknown.  I think Bruce Wayne does - or did - exist in Comix Toobworld DC1, but we've seen so many permutations of the character in other dimensions that we can't say what he may be like in the "Arrowverse".  Just in the dimensions of the Toobworld Dynamic, we've seen:


  • a Bruce Wayne whose career as Batman peaked in the 1960s ('Batman' of Earth Prime-Time)
  • a Bruce Wayne who served as Batman but then abandoned Gotham City (Comix Toobworld DC7)
  • a Bruce Wayne whose fate was sealed by another child - Conan O'Brien (Skitlandia)
  • a Bruce Wayne who is still a boy and not yet the Batman ('Gotham' of Comix Toobworld DC6)

And that's all I have to say about that.  Blathered on more than I expected to actually....

BCnU!

Friday, June 16, 2017

DATELINE TOOBWORLD: 50 YEARS AGO, AJ O'BRIEN WAS BORN!


A few days ago on my own birthday, I mentioned how I was surprised that I didn't post a picture already which showed what was happening in the TV Universe on the day my youngest brother was born.  Two years had passed in which I could have marked the occasion with that screencap.  

But now as I write this up (a year in advance - and so this could be posted by a ghost!), I realize why I held off.

This year marks AJ's fiftieth birthday!

In my mind's eye, he's still a goofy little kid.  Even when I see him in person, I still see just a kid, at best still in college.  The reverse holds true for him: when he used to see me as a kid, he was already seeing a fat old man.....

So let's take a look at what was going on in the Trueniverse on the day he was born:

The Monterey Pop Festival began on that day.  The performers included were Jefferson Airplane, The Who, The Grateful Dead, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Otis Redding, Ravi Shankar, and The Mamas & the Papas.  (The Monkees were not invited, but Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork showed up anyway.)

The two notable births - aside from AJ's of course! - were of two international footballers: Charalambos Andreou of Cyprus and Jürgen Klopp of Germany.

The one death of note on that day was of the actor Reginald Denny, who made a slew of silent pictures before making the transition to talkies.  In the silent movies, he appeared in 1922's "Sherlock Holmes" with John Barrymore and Roland Young as Holmes & Watson, with William Powell and Hedda Hopper also in the cast.  Once the use of sound was ushered in, Denny switched to being more of a supporting player rather than a leading man.  His more famous films from that point on were Hitchcock's "Rebecca", "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House", "Abbott & Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde", "Around The World In 80 Days", "Assault On The Queen", and "Cat Ballou" (in which I first saw him).  He had another encounter with Sherlock Holmes, this time with the team of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as the Detective and the Doctor - "Sherlock Holmes And The Voice of Terror".  And for my Wold Newton friends, he was in a series of "Bulldog Drummond" movies as Algy Longworth, Drummon's sidekick of questionable worth.

 
Our main concern is the TV Universe, of course, and Denny provided plenty of Toobworldlings in shows like 'Topper', 'Adventures In Paradise', 'Please Don't Eat The Daisies', 'Tales Of The 77th Bengal Lancers', 'Private Secretary', 'The Burns And Allen Show', and seven episodes of 'The Red Skelton Show'.  He played himself in an episode of 'My Hero' with Robert Cummings, thus ensuring his televersion's existence in Toobworld.  And for 'Batman', he was King Boris in two episodes of the TV series (featuring the Riddler as the guest villain) and as Commodore Schmidlapp for the 1966 movie which has been absorbed into the TV Universe.

Wait a minute....  This was supposed to be a salute to my brother AJ on his birthday!

So what happened in the TV Universe on the day AJ's televersion was born?

'RUN FOR YOUR LIFE'
"DOWN WITH WILLY HATCH"


This episode was broadcast on November 1st, 1967, but it had occurred months earlier beginning Friday, June 16th.  Lawyer Paul Bryan, who had been diagnosed as having less than two years to live, had taken time out of his chance to life what life he had left to the fullest in order to help an old pal.  Nightclub comic Willy Hatch, who once had his own late night talk show, had been arrested in a small Southern town on a morals charge.  It turned out the complaint was bogus, but the emotional strain on the comedian, along with an actual physical assault, left Hatch in a catatonic state.  It's unclear that he ever recovered.

By the way, the calendar on the Sheriff's wall marks June 16th as "TODAY", not "TUESDAY".  I'm sorry I couldn't get a clearer image.

So happy birthday, Andrew.  I'm sure your arrival in the world was a happier occasion than what happened to Willy Hatch.  But at least that was better than what happened in Toobworld on the day I chose to represent my birthdate!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DREW!

I loves ya, Brothermine!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A THURSDAY THEORY RE-THUNKED - BARNEY MILLER'S GUARDIAN ANGEL?



A few months ago I "solved" the recastaway discrepancy of the Two Father Clements on 'Barney Miller'.  

Now, I prefer that splainin.  It suits the demands of Occam's Razor.  And even though I have accepted some out-there theories about one of the best cop shows ever - the devil, ghosts, a werewolf, time travel - I prefer the sitcom to be more grounded in a semblance of reality.

So I'll stick with the original splainin.  But if I did give in to the whimsy.....


The elder Father Clement resembled a guardian angel named J. Hardy Hempstead.  For generations Hempstead has been assigned to watch over one particular member of the Bevis family per generation.  For the most part he had been an unobtrusive guardian angel to such Bevis progenitors as Magellan Bevis, Parnell Bevis, Gunner Lou Bevis.  But James B.W, Bevis proved to be a difficult case and Hempstead did his beatific best to improve the lot of Bevis' life.  But James B.W. resisted - he liked his life just the way it was, with zither music, bow ties, moose heads, and a calliginous 1920s Rickenbacker.  And Hempstead put right what once went wrong and let Bevis continue his life as it was.


As of this writing, James B.W. Bevis is still alive in Toobworld.  J. Hardy Hempstead still watches over him as his guardian angel, but he doesn't interfere.  It's been so long since Mr. Bevis saw his guardian angel, that he's probably come to the belief that he never really did meet Mr. Hempstead.

Hempstead was not always guarding members of the Bevis family.  There were other "clients" before he was assigned to that first notable Bevis.  In fact, some of his "clients" were quite famous.....


And who's to say Bevis was his only "client"?

This is where the alternate theory about the two Father Clements comes in......


One of Hempstead's other clients was an NYPD police captain named Barney Miller, assigned to the 12th Precinct.  And when the department ordered Barney to undergo counseling after he and his wife separated, Hempstead saw his chance to check up on him. He arranged it with his celestial bosses to make sure the real Father Clement was stuck in traffic and unable to make his appointment with Barney at the Ol' One-Two.  


Then Hempstead took his place.  Although we in the Trueniverse saw him as J. Hardy Hempstead dressed as Father Clement, Barney saw the real vicar's visage.  That's why he didn't bat an eye when the real Father Clement showed up some time later to deal with the satanic possession of one of the squad's prisoners.

Like I said, this is just speculation and I will stick with my original premise.  

But if you want to use it, feel free.......


BCnU!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

TRIVIAL CROSSOVERS - PEOPLE MAGAZINE


'McCLOUD'
"ENCOUNTER WITH ARIES"
[September 22, 1971]


This is the episode which kicked off the second season of 'McCloud'.  It played like a 'Columbo' episode - we know who the villain was and we watched as McCloud got under the villain's skin which helped him solve the crime.


At one point we saw a copy of People magazine on display with the villain depicted on the cover.  (Sebastian Cabot played Sidney Cantrell, a famous astrologer attempting to get his hands on his wife's fortune.)

As noted above, this episode aired in the Fall of 1971.  But the People magazine we know here in the real world was first published in March of 1974, nearly three years later.

So I have to assume this People magazine should be the publication aegis of the Glenn Howard empire.  Their People Magazine was seen in those episodes of 'Name Of The Game' which starred Tony Franciosa  as the magazine's reporter Jeff Dillon.

Even the headings on both issues look the same!



It's just a speck of trivia in the grand scheme of Toobworld, but it works for me!

BCnU!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

AS SEEN ON TV - MONTE HALPARIN & ROBERT WESTON SMITH



'I'M DYING UP HERE'
"MIDNIGHT SPECIAL"

With the second episode of this look-back at the LA stand-up comedy scene in the early 1970s*, the casting got better when it came to depicting historical characters.

Wolfman Jack showed up at Goldie's for what looked like a weekly poker game.  He got his producer on the TV show 'Midnight Special' to return Goldie's call to get one of the talents at her club a shot on the show.  The voice was a bit off, but it couldn't have been confused with anyone else's.


And then the two comics fresh from Boston, Eddie and Ron, got the chance to compete for prizes on 'Let's Make A Deal'.  They first won 200 bucks, then a billiard table, but lost it all by winning a sheep.  However, they were compensated with a year supply of that San Francisco treat, Rice-A-Roni and they couldn't have been happier - food was hard to come by when they weren't getting paid!


I think the problem with the appearance last week of Dylan Baker as Johnny Carson in the pilot episode was that the King of Late Night was so deeply embedded in the public's consciousness even moreso than Monty and Jack, because of his pronounced mannerisms.  A suggestion of the character just wouldn't cut it.  (Having seen the Tony Awards from Sunday night, I think they should have begged Kevin Spacey to do his impression of Carson for that cameo.  I think Netflix could have spared him for a day of filming.....)

Hopefully, if any more historical characters show up during this first season of 'I'm Dying Up Here', they'll be more than just a suggestion of an impression.....

Wolfman Jack & Monty Hall - Two for Tuesday!

BCnU!