Thursday, June 9, 2005

THE LEAGUE OF THEMSELVES WALKS THIS WAY

It may not be official yet, but as far as the networks are concerned, since the May Sweeps are over, then Summer's here and the time is right for....

RERUNS!

Time for the Televisiologist to catch up on a few of the shows he missed while being totally fixated on other series like 'Lost'. (Not that I abstained from catching tonight's repeat, mind you!)

So tonight, I played catch-up with 'Stacked', the Pamela Anderson sitcom which also stars Marissa Winokur, Elon Gold, and Christopher Lloyd.

It was a good episode for making the introduction too, especially in regards to how it expands the TV Universe.

That's because we learned that Skyler Dayton (Anderson) used to date the lead singer of Aerosmith, Steven Tyler.

A major scene took place backstage at a video shoot for Aerosmith.

And the guest star was Steven Tyler himself. Well, at least we heard his voice. And saw his finger. The whole elevator scene with Katrina was very funny - she's a very talented physical comic actress and I hope they take full advantage of that without having to resort to her being the victim in such scenes all the time.

Moreso because of her work in that scene, Mr. Tyler's contribution was the best unseen special guest appearance since Johnny Carson showed up at Mary Richards' dinner party when the power went out. ('The Mary Tyler Moore Show')

Even discounting his work with Aerosmith on variety shows, award shows, and in music videos, Steven Tyler has assured himself a place in the League Of Themselves, which sometimes leads to a sub-genre of the TV Crossover Hall of Fame. (As of Monday, my membership in the League of Themselves led to my own induction on my 50th birthday. I'd like to thank the Academy.....)

His other credits include:

'Lizzie McGuire'
'Two And A Half Men'
and over in the Tooniverse, 'The Simpsons'

Plus there are his appearances in commercials for The Gap and the Sony Cybershot camera, which carry just as much heft as the sitcom work in the overview of the TV Universe.

BCnU
Tele-Toby

2 comments:

WordsSayNothing said...

Ever thought about adding music videos to the expanded TV Universe? Then not only could we get the rest of Aerosmith more cemented in, but we could get more of Alicia Silverstone from the "Cryin'"/"Amazing"/"Crazy" trilogy of vidoes. Meeee-owww.

Toby said...

I think music videos deserve to be included in the TV universe just as much as the commercials, but mostly those which have a storyline. (Of course, those which are just performance videos are fine, I guess - they just incoroporate the actual band's concerts/studio work into the everyday world of Toobworld.)

The first videos that made me realize they belong was also a trilogy - the series of vids for ZZ Top with the car, the lightning fobbed key, the phantom lovelies.... LOL! They should have all crossed over with 'Highway To Heaven'!

So yeah, if the music videos are knocking on the door and ringing the bell, open the door and let 'em in!