Saturday, August 28, 2004

Gavel to Gavel Grovel

Having just published an essay about 'Jack & Bobby', I found this interesting little news item about the show's promotion:

~~The WB plans to sprinke the Republican Convention with campaign buttons for its new political drama 'Jack & Bobby'. The show is the story of the young McCallister brothers---one of whom will go on to be president in 2041.

At the GOP convention this week, the WB will be handing out "Bush 2004, McCallister 2040" buttons to Republican delegates, and papering the confab with fliers and placards. Net did it during the Democratic convention in Boston last month, using Kerry instead of Bush. 'Jack & Bobby' also is being promoted with screenings on Capitol Hill.~~

So picture me down on my knees. No, really! I can do it. I just may need a little help getting up afterwards, that's all.

If you know of someone who's a delegate to the convention, or are even one yourself, I'd be eternally - very - ever so! - grateful if you could snare me one of those buttons.

I realize this early in the life of the Toob's World blog, the chances are slim that somebody is out there reading this who has the connections to make this happen.

But as they say in the commercials for the New York Lotter: "Hey! You never know!"



Thanks to The WB and Entertainment Weekly, I received a preview DVD of the entire first episode for 'Jack & Bobby' (one of the two new series I'm most eager to see).

Here's the official party line about the show:

From master storytellers Greg Berlanti (Everwood, Dawson's Creek) and Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing, Ally McBeal) comes a powerful and poignant new drama directed by the incomparable David Nutter (Smallville, Without a Trace).

If "greatness is thrust upon us," as Winston Churchill once said, then it's equally true that those who are destined for greatness are rarely aware of it. Take Jack and Bobby McCallister, for example: two bright young brothers growing up under the watchful eye of their eccentric single mother (Academy Award, Emmy, and Golden Globe winner Christine Lahti).

Her personality is a force of nature destined to shape both of these young men's lives and secure one a place in the history books - as future President of the United States.

Set in present day, with flash-forward interviews of future-President McCallister's White House staffers and first lady, it's a snapshot of a young man being molded to beat the odds and become the mid-century's greatest presidential leader. ~~

As the show's poster states: "In 2041, one of them will be President." (At the end of the debut episode, you find out which one.)

The show's "present" will be in 2049, when former members of President McCallister's staff, his family, and historians are interviewed about him.

Now, 37 years may seem like a long way off - I'm fairly certain I won't be around to see it arrive! - but in the grand scale of the Universe, 2041 will be here before you know it.

Just ask the creators of '1984', 'Space: 1999', and 'The Jetsons (which was set in 2001): perceived futures arrive and the promises (or threats) don't play out. So I'm fairly certain that there will not be a President McCallister; at least, not in our world. And that means there won't be one in Toobworld either.

At least... not on Earth Prime-Time.

But why not place the show in one of the alternate TV Earths? My personal choice would be the TV Earth in which Jed Bartlet is currently President. But it could just as easily be the world of President Palmer, or President Hayes, or any one of Presidents to be found in the 'Slider' worlds found in 'The Outer Limits' and other anthology shows.

The only sticking point to exclude the universe of 'The West Wing' would be if there are any references to our current political situations during the flashback sequences set in the "past" of 2004. If so, it definitely can't be the West Wing World. They broke away from sharing our history and our line of presidential succession since at least the mid-1980s. The divergence may have even occurred as far back as Nixon's term. (Maybe their Tricky Dick never resigned?)

In the West Wing World, which is definitely set in the present (They did an episode in 1999 regarding the coming millennium.), there would have been no Reagan (at least as President, that is), no Bush I or II, no Clinton, probably no Carter as well.

This has been their line of succession so far:
D. Wire Newman
Owen Lassiter
Josiah "Jed" Bartlet
Glenallen Walken
Josiah "Jed" Bartlet

But should 'Jack & Bobby' make reference to say, the election of 2000, or Ralph Nader's campaigns, or to the possibility that Hillary Clinton might one day run, then it's inclusion in the West Wing World has to be nullified.

No matter. The TV Universe is nothing if not flexible. We'll tuck it away in some other dimension. And if that alternate proves untenable, we'll just keep at it until we find its proper berth in the TV multiverse; even if we have to give the McCallister boys their own dimension.

But we'll have to figure it out long before 2041, though. Because sometime between now and then, we'll have at least five more presidents (as seen in an opening montage of photographs in that first episode of 'Jack & Bobby').

Among them will be one black president and one female president. It could be that the black president is Spencer Harvey, who will resign after a corporate scandal. (Although at the same time they showed a photo of the black president, they also showed a photo of a future white president, very downcast and troubled, who was seemingly making a heart-wrenching public announcement. The narration did not make the distinction between the two.)

As for the woman who will one day be the Commander-in-Chief of this particular TV dimension, she appears to be President Hellman - who was the first president to visit Africa after the plague of 2018. (It could be my imagination, but I could have sworn that we saw Jan Hooks as President Hellman in that particular photograph.)

And then there's Paul Sorvino as President Lorio. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lorio is a seasoned politician who serves as president from 2037-41. So he would be McCallister's immediate predecessor in the job.

So that brings the total up to six presidents before McCallister, and I would like to add the seventh: the president who will succeed Jed Bartlet.

According to recent news sources, these three men will be the leading candidates for the job:
•Alan Vinick (Alan Alda), “a socially moderate and fiscally conservative Republican from California in the same political vein as Arnold Schwazenegger.”
•Matthew Santos (Jimmy Smits, in his first TV series role since leaving NYPD Blue in 1998), “a three-term congressman from Houston who came up by the bootstraps out of the barrio and made something of himself.”
•VP Bob Russell (Gary Cole), whose campaign will be managed by Will Bailey (Josh Malina).

Like I said, 37 years isn't so long off. If 'Jack & Bobby' is to share the same universe as 'The West Wing', then that world can expect a lot of one-termers!

From the pilot episode, here's a quote by the mother of 'Jack & Bobby', Grace McCallister:

"All the best people were geeks. George Bernard Shaw, Bertrand Russell, Kafka, Yours Truly....."


Friday, August 27, 2004


Next week on 'Guiding Light', Steve Schirripa will be appearing as himself (Sept. 1 & 2).

This is great for the guy who plays Bobbie Baccala; I'm glad he's getting the exposure to further his career.

But it'll more than likely be bad news for the integrity of the TV Universe.

Schirripa isn't exactly a household name; maybe not even a familiar face to anyone not familiar with his role on HBO's 'The Sopranos'.

So more than likely somebody in the regular cast will have to actually state it for the viewing audience that he plays one of the wise guys on that show.

And both shows should be in the same universe.

I can see it now.... we're heading for a Zonk! (That's what I call such discrepancies.)

Oh well, at least it will tie in to all those other shows in which he's played himself, like 'Lifegame', 'Rendez-View', and when he co-hosted Sharon Osbourne's talk show. But I usually ignore such entries for the meatier, fictional programs. (Although I'm not sure how often he'd be called upon to play himself in a fictional setting.........)



I am just one of the caretakers of the TV Universe; there are many of us. (And for the next cosmic summoning, I have to bring the crudites.)

But as one of those caretakers, I have my failings; chief among them that I can't possibly see everything on TV. Unlike other kinds of potatoes, this sofa spud only has two eyes. I can't even tape one show while watching another, because I've never been able to master the A/B switch. Dammit, Jim! I'm a TV philosopher, not a TV technician!

The fact that trivial matters of epic scale might be slipping past my notice was brought home yesterday by that article on TV in-jokes which David Bianculli wrote for the NY Daily News.

It was this segment in particular:

One sharp-eyed Extra detective busted the Sci-Fi Channel's 'Stargate SG-1' for a very statuesque in joke.
Marcia Brin (who didn't give her hometown) watched carefully as guest star William Devane, playing the newly elected US President, admired the statues while walking in the White House his first day.
One that especially caught his eye, and Brin's, was a bust of John F. Kennedy.
"One of the first things that William Devane did as an actor that brought him to national awareness," she writes, "was to play JFK in 'The Missiles of October.'"
That's right - and brother Bobby was played by Martin Sheen, who wound up playing a President himself on 'The West Wing.'

I like 'Stargate SG-1'; I just don't watch it on a regular basis. (I have yet to catch 'Stargate: Atlantis'.) Every so often I'll watch an episode and easily pick up anything new about its overall cosmology.

But I never caught this little item. And because of it, I have to remove 'Stargate SG-1' and 'Stargate: Atlantis' and the animated 'Stargate: Infinity' from the main TV Universe.

Earth Prime-Time has so many differences from our own Earth Prime. But aside from all of the talking cars, talking horses, talking food, and talking toasters, both the Real World and Toobworld have at least one thing in common: the President of the United States is the same for both universes.

It just has to be this way, otherwise the creators of too many TV shows lose out on either interesting plot points or cheap shot jokes at the expense of the current resident of the Oval Office.

It was George the First who moved into the Springfield neighborhood of 'The Simpsons'; it was the half-brother of Bill who lived next door to 'The Nanny'. And it was W who made an emergency pit stop in the hotel bathroom on 'Whoopi'.

You can tell the time period for any random episode of the long-running 'Law & Order' just by whose portrait hangs in the DAs office.

Jimmy dropped in on 'Angie', First Lady Bette Ford phoned Mayr on 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show'; and Nixon pre-empted his most ardent supporter on 'All In The Family'.

(Tricky Dick is still paying for that - 1000 years from now, his head will be residing in Robot Hell. Thanks, 'Futurama'!)

So if 'Stargate SG-1' was to be in the main TV Universe, their POTUS ought to be George W. Bush. But at least since earlier this year, it has been Henry Hayes.

So, off we have to "slide" the show into its own offshoot of the main TV Universe. It's the same thing we had to do for 'The West Wing', and '24', and for three sitcoms which all share the same TV Universe: 'Karen', 'Hail To The Chief', and 'Mr. President'.

But we wouldn't want those 3 'SG-1' shows to be lonely in their own universe, so we've relegated a few other series to keep them company. (We did the same thing for 'The West Wing'. Having 'Mr. Sterling' join that dimension was a gimmee; the show's exec producer said as much. But we've also consigned 'Smallville' and 'James Michener's Space' to the world of Jed Bartlet.)

For the SG-1 Earth, we're also tossing in 3 CBS series which dealt with a recent fictional president:

'Citizen Baines' (The President was played by Charles Haid.)

'The Agency' (We never saw that President, but we did meet his irresponsible half-brother, played by Tom Arnold. I have no problem with the concept of Haid and Arnold sharing DNA.)
'The District' (I was sorry to let this go, but the series did do a crossover with 'The Agency' and thus it was marked by "the Company" it kept.)

And since there is such a playful spirit on 'Stargate SG-1', I'm willing to add in a similar series but from the espionage genre - 'Spy Game'. Its President was a World War II vet, like George the First, but he was a "real", roughhewn, Texan cowboy (not some blue-blood wannabe from Connecticut).

And it's nice to know that John Steed ('The Avengers'), Willie Armitage ('Mission: Impossible'), and Bill Maxwell ('The Greatest American Hero') have counterparts in another dimension. (All these characters, although not actually named, appeared in the 'Spy Game' pilot.)

One final note about President Henry Hayes. He has no relation to President Jonathan Hayes who is to be found in 3 TV movies. ('First Daughter', 'First Shot', and 'First Target')

President Jonathan Hayes is the current POTUS in a long line of Chief Executives to be found in Earth Prime-Time-MOW. I'll be writing more about that line of succession when we get closer to the November election... at which time I hope the current role will be recast..

(Couch Potato, Not POTUS)

Thursday, August 26, 2004



(by David Bianculli)

"When the Olympics are over Monday, NBC's fall season will start - and so will a new wave of Extras from new first-run shows.

Extras, of course, are jokes producers bury within shows that are caught by eagle-eyed Daily News readers.

Meanwhile, to empty the current mailbag, here are some of the best Extras that have trickled in the last few months, since last season ended.


Also from "Monk," Manhattan's Toby O'Brien - perhaps the all-time Extras champ - took the entire hour to catch what he thought was one long Extra joke.

For the episode called "Mr. Monk and the Employee of the Month," the setting was a store called Mega-Mart.

"With the vests emblazoned with 'May I help you?' and the fact that they sold guns and ammo, the store was a thinly disguised version of Wal-Mart," O'Brien writes.

"So I found it funny that, as the episode ended, the announcer said, '"Monk" has been brought to you by Wal-Mart.' I'm not so sure Wal-Mart knew they were sponsoring that particular episode, or if they were amused by the connection, but I sure found it funny!"


Yep! That's me, folks!

For the full article, check out:

Wednesday, August 25, 2004


Of all the series from this past season, it's 'Entourage' on HBO which will probably do the most towards expanding the TV Universe. Most of its contribution is coming from all of the celebrities appearing as themselves who can then link to other shows in which they appeared as themselves (but not as other characters).

My crossover comrade, Thom Holbrooke, the "Grand Poobala" of the Crossover/Spinoffs page (, seems to dismiss these cameos as casting stunts and not as legitimate links to other TV shows. But as for my more expansive vision of the TV Universe, these celebs are fictional versions of themselves, what I call "tele-versions". And they're welcome under the big tent of Toobworld.

Stars like Milton Berle ('Here's Lucy', 'CHiPs'), George Burns ('Alice', 'Wendy And Me'), and Sammy Davis, Jr. ('I Dream Of Jeannie', 'All In The Family') are so much larger than life, it's hard to look past that and see them as any other fictional characters.

Jack Benny was such an indelible impression with his fictional version - with the violin, the car, the vault, his age, and his overall stinginess - that I wouldn't be surprised if there are still people out there who believe that really was him. (Of course, I wouldn't be surprised if there are even more people nowadays who don't even know who he was. As somebody once stated, we are a nation of amnesiacs......)

At any rate, 'Entourage' averages about two celebrity cameos per episode, featuring boldfaced-type names from Jessica Alba to Mark Wahlberg (one of the creative forces behind the show). And each of them has the potential to connect the dots to some other show. There are also fictional references to other celebrities who don't appear (like when Ari Gold the agent mentions sharing sake with Sophia Coppola in Tokyo while she was filming 'Lost In Translation'.)

Two of the biggest links came from Jimmy Kimmel and Gary Busey. Since the concept of Toobworld covers all kinds of shows, then variety programs, talk shows, and reality shows are just as viable as the dramas and sitcoms. Now normally, I tend to ignore talk shows and sketch comedies as qualifiers if the celeb in question is just a guest. But when that celeb is the actual host or star, that's a talking horse of a different color.

So with Jimmy Kimmel, 'Entourage' makes the connection to 'The Man Show' and with 'The Jimmy Kimmel Show'.

As for Gary Busey, you can't get better validation than a reality series with your name in the title ('I'm With Busey')!

I've already removed 'Entourage' from my list of crossovers I'd like to see because apparently HBO was hip to the same possibility. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jeremy Piven (who plays Ari Gold) said:

"Larry David plays himself as one of my clients, and that was one of the best days of my life. Going toe-to-toe with that freak was fantastic."

Some fudging and obfuscating (fancy fudging) may be needed if Larry David or Ari refers to 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' as an actual TV show. But I've packed away that same kind of fudge (sorry about that) when it came to appearances by Jerry Seinfeld in the post-'Seinfeld' era. (Unfortunately, with his three former co-stars, I was not able to remain the master of my domain. I'm still stuck for a splainin as to how they could refer to 'Seinfeld' as a fictional series on 'The Larry Sanders Show' when both series should be in the same universe.)

But as for that 'Entourage'/'Curb Your Enthusiasm' crossover, I hope Larry David's cameo can be kept within the bounds. HBO must know it'll be good publicity and good business. Hell, it has to be a no-brainer if I thought of it!

There's another strong possibility for a cross-over using celebrities; in fact, the names of these particular actors have already been invoked on the show:
Don Swayze
Frank Stallone
Joey Travolta

Each of them appeared on a recurring basis on 'Movie Stars'. They were the poker buddies of Todd Hardin, who was an actor struggling in the shadows of his more famous brother and sister-in-law, Reese Hardin and Jacey Watts.

The same situation occurs in 'Entourage' with Johnny Drama tagging along after Vince Chase, his younger half-brother and a star on the rise.

'Entourage' is also good for universal expansion with the fictional movies and TV shows it's come up with:

'Head On' starring Vince Chase and Jessica Alba
'Queens Boulevard' - Vince's next project
'Mattahorn' - a 'Die Hard in Disneyland' that Vince turned down but now to be made with Colin Farrell
'Viking Quest' - a show cancelled seven years before but finding new fans via reruns on the Sci-Fi channel (Johnny Drama was one of its stars)

'Entourage' has already been renewed for a second season, so we're sure to find even more links to other TV shows thanks to all of those cameo appearances as time goes on.........


Back in 1997, I started a little website on AOL for the Tubeworld Dynamic, my vision of Life within the harsh realm of TV's "inner reality". It ran for five years until AOL finally closed the door on my use of AOLPress.

So here I am again, still with my desire to share my "telly visions" with the REAL WORLD. But before I go traipsing off to surf this particular corner of TV Land, allow me to share with you this early essay I wrote on the subject of Toobworld, back when I was first exploring the interface between TV and the PC.

So consider this somewhat of a rerun......
I look at the TV Universe as one big jigsaw puzzle and I'm trying to get all the pieces to fit together. I consider this to be a form of "Tele-Literacy" research - TV critic David Bianculli coined that term for the treatment of Television as a serious subject.

I'm not the 'Creator' of Toobworld, per se: there are thousands of Creators out there who are adding new pieces to the Television Jigsaw Puzzle everyday.

I see myself more as a caretaker and a genealogist; tracking down all the puzzle pieces to keep Toobworld a cohesive whole. I'm certainly not the first to come up with this idea of a unified universe where everything on Television is connected to each other, no matter how different the show's premise. The TV writers themselves engage in this idea. And they have been for at least the last twenty years; ever since the kids who grew up watching TV started making TV shows themselves.

Alan Sepinwall wrote an article about the same thing in the New Jersey paper The Star-Ledger. He even touched on a premise that I hold dear - that 'St. Elsewhere' is the center of the TV Universe; every TV show sooner or later connects to it.

And my favorite TV critic - David Bianculli of The New York Daily News (author of "Tele-Literacy" and "The Dictionary of Tele-Literacy") wrote an article once with Cross-overs he'd like to see. (Here in Toobworld, that's what we call 'Wild Cards'.)
Nick at Nite/TV Land coined the perfect term for my avocation - I am aTelevisiologist Without Portfolio.

"You watch too many detective shows."
Thomas Magnum
'Magnum, P.I.'
What is Toobworld?

Tubeworld is basically Earth. Not our Earth, but an Earth set in an alternate universe where everything that happens on Television actually takes place.

For example, - slam that tube of cookie dough against the edge of the counter.

Lift the cover to the toilet tank.

Nothing happened, right? But on Toobworld, a doughboy would have popped out of the tube. There would have been a little man sailing in the tank.

Toobworld is TV Land, [a phrase long in existence before Nick at Nite co-opted it. Just check out 'The Magnificent Seven' by The Clash! ] It is constantly being re-written, edited, embellished, and colorized.

Every time a new show or mini-series, - or even a new commercial! - debuts on the air, "The Powers That Be" fit it into the Master Sked of Toobworld, complete with a backstory, to tie it into the other TV shows.Some of these connections are obvious, - due to sequels, 'prequels', and to "Very Special" crossover episodes.

For example, 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' has three separate shows branching out from hers - 'Rhoda', 'Phyllis', and 'Lou Grant'. And 'All In The Family' begot sequels such as 'Maude', 'The Jeffersons', 'Gloria', 'Archie Bunker's Place', and '704 Hauser', - but also sequels to its sequels! ['Good Times' from 'Maude', and 'Checking In' from 'The Jeffersons'!]

As for crossover episodes that tie the TV Universe together, a good example would be the crossover between 'Magnum, P.I.' and 'Murder, She Wrote'. Or it could be a "Special Guest Appearance" - like Carl Reiner re-creating the legendary Alan Brady of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' for an episode of 'Mad About You' many years later.

But there are others whose links are disguised as in-jokes. [Patrick Macnee and Peter Lupus as retired agents in the premiere episode of 'Spy Game', let's say. They were not named, but who else could they be but top professionals John Steed of 'The Avengers' and Willy Armitage of 'Mission: Impossible' respectively?]

Some shows are connected by more tenuous links....... For example, 'Dynasty' is connected to 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' and even 'Batman'!!!!

Here's how it works.... Former President and Mrs. Ford showed up on 'Dynasty', and Betty Ford appeared on 'MTM' as well. In the very first episode of 'Batman', the Riddler was plotting to steal a rare collection of Moldavian stamps. Prince Michael of Moldavia was engaged to marry Amanda Carrington of 'Dynasty'.

See how it works? Now, I used to have 'Roseanne' tied into this as well. This past year, her sister Jackie was romanced by another prince of the Moldavian realm. But then it turned out that most of that last season of the series was nothing more than fantasies scripted by Roseanne Conner after the death of her husband Dan. Even her encounter with Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone was made up and that destroyed my chance to bring 'Absolutely Fabulous' into the mix.

(Grrrrrrrr! Thanks a lot, Roseanne!)

And then there are the connections that can only be guessed at. I call these the "Wild Cards".

Here are two examples.......

"The Nardo Factor"

This could tie together 'Taxi', 'The Bob Newhart Show', 'Sonny Spoon', and 'One Life To Live'.

Could it be that Michelle Nardo in Dr. Hartley's therapy group was related to Elaine Nardo's ex-husband?

And why did Elaine divorce him anyway? Was it possible that he was a gangster? There was a bad guy in 'Sonny Spoon' named Nardo and he was played by Dan Lauria. Lauria also played a thug named Gus on 'One Life To Live'.

So why couldn't his full name be Gus Nardo?Example #2 -

"Life Goes On [And On....]"

On Toobworld, reincarnation is a reality. We all come back in the second life sooner or later - everybody knows that. Dave Crabtree's mother dear came back as a car, as a matter of fact. And the Minbari believe that their souls are reborn in the humans of Earth.

It's my particular whimsy to think that in the Television Universe, the soul of Claudius I, - the stuttering Emperor who was a lone voice of sanity in the insane world of the First Century, - returned to the mortal life of the 20th Century. But Rome was no longer his kind of town, - Chicago was. Now he was a mild-mannered psychologist whose buttoned-down mind kept him afloat in the lunacy of modern society. 'Tis pity the stutter followed him through the centuries...... ['I, Claudius' and 'The Bob Newhart Show']

And with a bit of Minbari mumbo-jumbo, I think we would find out that Lennier, the Minbari diplomat, houses the soul of Will Robinson, a human explorer of an earlier time. ['Babylon 5' and 'Lost In Space']

Commercials can get into the act as well. Back in the fifties, Perry White and Clark Kent were seen enjoying breakfast cereal in one. And check out the "retro-mercials" you'll find on Nick At Nite's TV Land. Josephine the Plumber can be found in the home of a character played by Louise Lasser, Louise Lasser. So why couldn't that be the Hartman kitchen in Fernwood, before they moved to Bratner Avenue? [Comet Cleanser commercials and 'Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman']

The explanation for the different hairstyles for Louise Lasser? Easy. Those strange braids seen in the later series were the first sign of her mental breakdown.......

Hey, if a horse can talk on Toobworld, then anything is possible. Of course, of course.

"I'm showing all the classic symptoms of TV Overload Psychosis.
If I don't do something fast,
My signals may wind up permanently scrambled."
Clarissa Darling
"Clarissa Explains It All"

What Is Toobworld's Background?
Toobworld is the fantasy universe which I'm using as the setting for a book - "Toobworld: The Tale Of A Fateful Trip".
The idea had many inspirations. First there was the Harold Shea pulp fiction by Fletcher Pratt and L. Sprague deCamp. Their 'hero' traveled to worlds based on Classic Mythology.
The basic premise of these stories in 'Unknown' magazine was stated by a character named Chalmers -

"The world we live in is composed of impressions received through thesenses. But there is an infinity of possible worlds, and if the senses can be attuned to receive a different series of impressions, we should invariably find ourselves living in a different world." ["The Complete Incompleat Enchanter" by Fletcher Pratt and L. Sprague deCamp]
Marvin Kaye also used this motif in "The Magic Umbrella". And although I haven't read his trilogy, Craig Shaw Gardner created a world of B-movies known as the Cineverse.
Another inspiration for the book is "Suspects" by David Thomson, which was a series of biographical sketches of film noir characters whose lives eventually become linked together.
And then there is the work of Joseph Campbell, as he sought the links between the various world mythologies. And that's how I came to view the story cliches in Television - as the conventions of Myth.
[If a pregnant woman gets on the elevator, she will go into labor as soon as it breaks down. All phone numbers after 1970 begin with the prefix '555'. Wherever Jessica Fletcher goes, there's a murder!]
Thus, in my TV Universe, if it was created for television, [but not necessarily broadcast], it would become fabric in the Toobworld quilt. [TV-movies would be included; theatrical releases shown on TV would not - they're from a different universe altogether.]
Here's a few terms I've coined for use in Toobworld -
Earth Prime-Time - Most of the time when I'm reading sci-fi stories and comic books about multiple universes, our Earth is considered "Earth Prime". Parallel Earths would be classified as Earth A, Earth B, Earth 2, Earth 3, etc. Well, Toobworld would be identified as Earth Prime-Time as opposed to Earth Prime.
Serlinguist - a person who is able to address the Real World through thedimensional barriers. I coined the term in honor of one of the greatest in this field - Rod Serling, host and creator of 'The Twilight Zone'. Others with this ability include George Burns, Garry Shandling, the Crypt-Keeper, newscasters, talk show hosts, commercial spokespeople, aerobics instructors and Finger Man.
Tele-version - the Television Universe counterpart to someone from the Real World. Everybody has a tele-version and thanks to 'America's Funniest Home Videos', your tele-version is probably getting hit in the crotch by a rake right now.
Trueniverse - as Blueboy once said on 'Dragnet': "Reality, man! Reality!" This is the world where I (and supposedly you) reside.
Since then, I rewrote that particular essay and now another version still resides on what's left of my old AOL website. If you want to read and compare that one, (PLUS! You can see what I look like!), just visit this link:

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Toob's World is Toobworld

The TV Universe is my version of collecting tin foil: a minor hobby that has been growing larger than I can control!

I like to look for the type of TV trivia that can help me link various TV shows together so that eventually they're all sharing the same universe. It doesn't matter if it's a cop drama or a sitcom or a cartoon or a mini-series or a Western or a space opera or even a commercial; it's my take that everything we see on TV shares the same alternate universe.

Sure, there are a lot of obvious links - the crossovers and the spinoffs that are actually designed by the producers to help boost ratings. (I know a guy who has an excellent web-site about these official crossovers. You can find his research at: )

I look for thematic crossovers as well - certain situations, locations, products, and characters which can bind shows together. As I continue with this blog, I'll elaborate on that topic, as well as post what "crossovers" I've found so far this year, entrants into the Crossover Hall of Fame, and what crossovers I'd like to see.

And as you watch TV, let me know whenever you might find a possible crossover that might be of interest!

In the meantime, here's another link for a website that helps to build the TV Universe:


Making my fall premiere......

Well, here I am.... have no idea what that Shoe Hand has pushed me into, but let's see what may be on the horizon for this new attempt at a web presence for Toobworld........

I'll just be getting my feet wet right now, dipping the toes actually. I'll see later what I might come up with for content.