Friday, December 9, 2005


In his fine tribute to the actor's most famous role, Tony Figueroa had this to say about Jack McGee in 'The Incredible Hulk':

"As an adult I enjoyed the show again in reruns... and really saw what Jack Colvin brought to the character of McGee. Here was a brilliant reporter who now was down on his luck working at a tabloid (The National Register). He knew that the HULK story would put him at the top of his profession again and became obsessed like Capt. Ahab.

....I cared for McGee because, unlike Ahab, his quest was not a personal vendetta, he just wanted to be respected in his field again."

You'll see a link to Tony's blog off there to the left, "Child of Television". Check it out.

"Washingtoon" (1985) TV Series
"The Incredible Hulk" (1978) TV Series .... Jack McGee (1978-1982)

The Incredible Hulk: Death in the Family (1977) (TV) .... Jack McGee
The Incredible Hulk (1977) (TV) .... Jack McGee

The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988) (TV) .... Jack McGee
The Incredible Hulk: Married (1978) (TV) .... Jack McGee

Exo-Man (1977) (TV) .... Martin
The Spell (1977) (TV) .... Dale Boyce
Benny and Barney: Las Vegas Undercover (1977) (TV) .... Lieutenant Callan
Amelia Earhart (1976) (TV) .... Wilmer Stultz
Knuckle (1975) (TV)
The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder (1974) .... Sergeant
Hurricane (1974) (TV) .... Newscaster
Footsteps (1972) (TV) .... Crowther
Operation Razzle-Dazzle (1966) (TV)

"Murder, She Wrote" playing "Chandler Hellman" in episode: "Moving Violation" (episode # 7.13) 3 February 1991
"Murder, She Wrote" playing "Harris Atwater" in episode: "Indian Giver" (episode # 4.10) 29 November 1987
"Scarecrow and Mrs. King" playing "Doneck" in episode: "Bad Timing" (episode # 4.15) 6 February 1987
"MacGyver" playing "Abel Makepeace" in episode: "Silent World" (episode # 2.9) 24 November 1986
"Cagney & Lacey" playing "Delawter" in episode: "The Zealot" (episode # 6.6) 10 November 1986
"Hunter" playing "Michael Varn" in episode: "The Set Up" (episode # 2.19) 25 March 1986
"The Six Million Dollar Man" playing "Dr. Charles Leith"
in episode: "The Dark Side of the Moon: Part 1" (episode # 5.9) 13 November 1977
in episode: "The Dark Side of the Moon: Part 2" (episode # 5.8) 6 November 1977
"Switch" playing "Lieutenant Koehler"
in episode: "Legend of the Macunas: Part 2" (episode # 3.4) 21 October 1977
in episode: "Legend of the Macunas: Part 1" (episode # 3.3) 14 October 1977
"Westside Medical" playing "Dr. Bower" in episode: "The Mermaid" (episode # 1.7) 7 July 1977
"Quincy" playing "Bill Leggett" in episode: "Hit and Run at Danny's" (episode # 2.6) 11 March 1977
"The Bionic Woman" playing "Baron Constantine" in episode: "Kill Oscar: Part 1" (episode # 2.6) 27 October 1976
"The Rockford Files" playing "Preacher" in episode: "A Bad Deal in the Valley" (episode # 2.22) 19 March 1976
"Switch" playing "Detective Sgt. Colder" in episode: "The Case of the Purloined Case" (episode # 1.21) 2 March 1976
"The Six Million Dollar Man" playing "Will Collins" in episode: "Hocus-Pocus" (episode # 3.16) 18 January 1976
"The Rookies" playing "Wolfe Burdett" in episode: "Reluctant Hero" (episode # 4.12) 25 November 1975
"Harry O" playing "Willie" in episode: "Mayday" (episode # 2.7) 23 October 1975
"Baretta" playing "Gowen" in episode: "Double Image" (episode # 2.6) 15 October 1975
"The Invisible Man" playing "Williams" in episode: "Man of Influence" (episode # 1.4) 22 September 1975
"The Six Million Dollar Man" playing "Ed Jasper" in episode: "Look Alike" (episode # 2.17) 23 February 1975
"Petrocelli" playing "Judge" in episode: "The Sleep of Reason" (episode # 1.13) 15 January 1975
"Kojak" playing "Laurie Cherneff" in episode: "Eighteen Hours of Fear" (episode # 1.16) 20 February 1974
"Tarzan" playing "Military Governor" in episode: "The Professional" (episode # 2.14) 5 January 1968
"The Rat Patrol" playing "Luden" in episode: "The One That Got Away Raid" (episode # 1.18) 9 January 1967



It's probably a shame that that she'll forever first be mentioned as the older sister of Marlon Brando. But who knows? As good as she may have been (and I have to admit I wouldn't be able to judge that), perhaps she wouldn't have had the opportunities to work as much as she did had it not been for her sibling's fame.

It's a strange business......

"Love of Life" (1951) TV Series .... Anna Krakauer (1966-1967)

Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land (1983) (TV) .... Mrs. Harvey
Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) (TV) .... Mrs. Ritter
A Question of Love (1978/I) (TV) .... Mrs. Hunnicutt

"Darkroom" playing "Mrs. Mingle" in episode: "Catnip" (episode # 1.11) 25 December 1981
"Dallas" playing "Mrs. Reeves"
in episode: "Mother of the Year" (episode # 3.13) 14 December 1979
in episode: "Secrets" (episode # 3.4) 12 October 1979
in episode: "The Silent Killer" (episode # 3.3) 5 October 1979
in episode: "Whatever Happened to Baby John?: Part 2" (episode # 3.2) 28 September 1979
"Kojak" playing "Mrs. Newfield" in episode: "The Summer of '69: Part 1" (episode # 5.9) 4 December 1977
"Little House on the Prairie" playing "Woman" in episode: "Money Crop" (episode # 1.21) 19 February 1975
"Ironside" playing "Etta Gibbs" in episode: "Puzzlelock" (episode # 2.23) 13 March 1969
"The Virginian" playing "Mrs. Owens" in episode: "Last Grave at Socorro Creek" (episode # 7.16) 22 January 1969
"The Virginian" playing "Ida Martin" in episode: "A Welcoming Town" (episode # 5.26) 22 March 1967
"The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" playing "Emma Jane" in episode: "The Jar" (episode # 2.17) 14 February 1964
"Dr. Kildare" playing "Doris Phillips" in episode: "The Oracle" (episode # 3.13) 19 December 1963
"Arrest and Trial" playing "Mrs. Ware" in episode: "The Quality of Justice" (episode # 1.10) 17 November 1963
"Wagon Train" playing "Mrs. Pulaski" in episode: "The Sam Pulaski Story" (episode # 7.8) 4 November 1963
"The Virginian" playing "Lucy Wallace" in episode: "Strangers at Sundown" (episode # 1.27) 3 April 1963
"Wagon Train" playing "Ada Meyers" in episode: "The Michael McGoo Story" (episode # 6.26) 20 March 1963
"Wagon Train" playing "Grace Lefton" in episode: "The Martin Gatsby Story" (episode # 6.4) 10 October 1962
"Wagon Train" playing "Martha Lane" in episode: "The Mary Beckett Story" (episode # 5.32) 9 May 1962
"Thriller" playing "Myrtle Hooper" in episode: "'Til Death Do Us Part" (episode # 2.24) 12 March 1962
"87th Precinct" playing "Mrs. Mason" in episode: "My Friend, My Enemy" (episode # 1.10) 27 November 1961
"Frontier Circus" playing "Phyllis Jordan" in episode: "The Hunter and the Hunted" (episode # 1.5) 2 November 1961
"Tales of Wells Fargo" playing "Frances Cobb" in episode: "Treasure Coach" (episode # 6.3) 14 October 1961
"Alcoa Premiere" playing "Nurse Slater" in episode: "People Need People" (episode # 1.1) 10 October 1961
"Wagon Train" playing "Lettie" in episode: "The Kitty Allbright Story" (episode # 5.2) 4 October 1961
"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" playing "Della Hudson" in episode: "Make My Death Bed" (episode # 6.37) 27 June 1961
"Wagon Train" playing "Agnes McDermott" in episode: "The Will Santee Story" (episode # 4.31) 3 May 1961
"The Tall Man" playing "Martha" in episode: "The Legend and the Gun" (episode # 1.29) 1 April 1961
"Checkmate" playing "Sarah" in episode: "One for the Book" (episode # 1.24) 18 March 1961
"Laramie" playing "Sarah Willoughby" in episode: "Man from Kansas" (episode # 2.15) 10 January 1961
"General Electric Theater" playing "Margaret Hobbs" in episode: "The Money Driver" (episode # 9.10) 18 December 1960
"Riverboat" in episode: "The Water of Gorgeous Springs" (episode # 2.7) 7 November 1960
"COronado 9" in episode: "The Spinster of Nob Hill" (episode # 1.4) 27 September 1960
"Thriller" playing "Mrs. Sinclair" in episode: "Worse Than Murder" (episode # 1.3) 27 September 1960
"Laramie" in episode: "Cemetery Road" (episode # 1.29) 12 April 1960
"Riverboat" playing "Mrs. Pauley" in episode: "The Night of the Faceless Men" (episode # 1.28) 28 March 1960
"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" playing "Julia Conrad" in episode: "Graduating Class" (episode # 5.14) 27 December 1959
"Lux Playhouse" playing "Madge" in episode: "The Miss and Missiles" (episode # 1.18) 12 June 1959
"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" playing "Alice" in episode: "A True Account" (episode # 4.34) 7 June 1959
"M Squad" playing "Esther Bonsel" in episode: "The Terror on Dark Street" (episode # 2.30) 24 April 1959
"Buckskin" playing "Lucy Corkle" in episode: "Mail-Order Groom" (episode # 1.34) 20 April 1959
"Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond" playing "Ellen Larrabee" in episode: "Emergency Only" (episode # 1.3) 3 February 1959
"State Trooper" in episode: "The Trap That Jack Built" (episode # 3.2) 8 January 1959
"Richard Diamond, Private Detective" playing "Wife" in episode: "Lost Testament" (episode # 2.16) 1 May 1958
"Wagon Train" playing "Millie Bennett" in episode: "The Sally Potter Story" (episode # 1.28) 9 April 1958
"Official Detective" in episode: "The Wristwatch" (episode # 1.12)
"The United States Steel Hour" playing "Ann" in episode: "Thirty Year Man" (episode # 3.20) 28 March 1956
"General Electric Theater" playing "Nurse" in episode: "A Letter from the Queen" (episode # 4.23) 4 March 1956
"The United States Steel Hour" playing "Jane" in episode: "Freighter" (episode # 2.12) 15 February 1955
"Omnibus" in episode: "The Golden Dress" (episode # 2.4) 24 October 1953
"Kraft Television Theatre" in episode: "Ben Franklin" (episode # 4.36) 30 May 1951
"Actor's Studio" in episode: "Greasy Luck" (episode # 1.23) 27 February 1949
"Actor's Studio" in episode: "A Day in Town" (episode # 1.15) 2 January 1949
"Actor's Studio" in episode: "Esther" (episode # 1.8) 14 November 1948
"Actor's Studio" in episode: "The Thousand Dollar Bill" (episode # 1.4) 17 October 1948



Constance Cummings was probably best known for her work in the theatre and in the movies, but she did some TV work in the United Kingdom and here in the United States as well.

But it's one TV credit that leapt out to grab my attention:

Cyrano de Bergerac (1938) (TV) .... Roxane


From what little I've read about the TV industry and its history in England, (mostly in the British Television: An Illustrated Guide), I've often wondered how far ahead they might have been had it not been for the interruption of WWII.

Dead Man's Folly (1986) (TV) .... Amy Folliatt
Love Song (1985) (TV) .... Dame Philippa Hatchard
Wings (1983) (TV) .... Emily Stilson
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1973) (TV) .... Mary Tyrone
Nine Bean Rows (1968) (TV) .... Rose
Cyrano de Bergerac (1938) (TV) .... Roxane

Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989) (TV) .... Herself

"Jemima Shore Investigates" in episode: "The Crime of the Dancing Duchess" (episode # 1.2) 22 June 1983
"Menace" playing "Rose" in episode: "Nine Bean Rows" (episode # 1.10) 1 December 1970
"The Jazz Age" playing "Rose" in episode: "Nine Bean Rows" (episode # 1.9) 5 November 1968
"Schlitz Playhouse of Stars" in episode: "Night Drive" (episode # 6.18) 15 February 1957
"Screen Directors Playhouse" playing "Louisa Pallant" in episode: "Bitter Waters" (episode # 1.33) 1 August 1956
"Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents" playing "Julia" in episode: "The Scream" (episode # 1.2) 14 January 1953
"Lux Video Theatre" in episode: "Lady from Washington" (episode # 2.46) 7 July 1952



"Search" (1972) TV Series .... Dr. Barnett #2 (1973)
"Paradise Bay" (1965) TV Series .... Jeff Morgan (1965-1966)
"Glynis" (1963) TV Series .... Keith Granville
[There was an episode of 'Murder, She Wrote' which guest-starred Jean Simmons as a mystery novelist and Ken Howard as her husband. It would have been perfect for a reunion between Mr. Andes and Glynis Johns as their characters in this series.]
"This Man Dawson" (1959) TV Series .... Police Chief Col. Frank Dawson

Blinded by the Light (1980) (TV) .... Father Adam
The Ultimate Impostor (1979) (TV) .... Eugene Danziger
Doctor Mike (1959) (TV) .... Dr. Michael Grant
The Great Waltz (1955) (TV) .... Johann Strauss, Jr.

"Birdman and the Galaxy Trio" (1967) TV Series (voice) .... Ray Randall/Birdman

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" playing "Darius" in episode: "Buck's Duel to the Death" (episode # 1.22) 20 March 1980
"Caribe" in episode: "One Second to Doom" (episode # 1.9) 14 April 1975
"Cannon" playing "Editor Matthews" in episode: "The Investigator" (episode # 4.20) 26 February 1975
"Cannon" in episode: "Trial By Terror" (episode # 3.11) 21 November 1973
"Gunsmoke" playing "Hasty Starcourt" in episode: "Matt's Love Story" (episode # 19.3) 24 September 1973
"Cannon" playing "A. R. Benning" in episode: "Moving Target" (episode # 2.17) 31 January 1973
"The Streets of San Francisco" playing "Colonel Frawley, US Army" in episode: "Act of Duty" (episode # 1.15) 18 January 1973
"Cannon" playing "Mr. Glen" in episode: "A Deadly Quiet Town" (episode # 1.20) 15 February 1972
"The Bold Ones: The New Doctors" playing "Dr. Iverson" in episode: "Killer on the Loose" (episode # 2.2) 11 October 1970
"Petticoat Junction" playing "Dr. Peter Marlow" in episode: "No, No, You Can't Take Her Away" (episode # 7.25) 28 March 1970
"I Spy" playing "Troy Duncan" in episode: "Now You See Her, Now You Don't" (episode # 3.7) 23 October 1967
"Star Trek" playing "Akuta" in episode: "The Apple" (episode # 2.5) 13 October 1967
[I wouldn't be surprised if this turned out to be Mr. Andes' most famous role in Toobworld. At the very least, it will be the one remembered longest.]
"I Spy" playing "Troy" in episode: "Laya" (episode # 3.3) 25 September 1967
"The Andy Griffith Show" playing "Roger Bryant" in episode: "Helen, the Authoress" (episode # 7.24) 27 February 1967
"I Spy" playing "Anderson" in episode: "A Room with a Rack" (episode # 2.21) 8 February 1967
"Daniel Boone" playing "Ben Moore"
in episode: "The Williamsburg Cannon: Part 2" (episode # 3.17) 19 January 1967
in episode: "The Williamsburg Cannon: Part 1" (episode # 3.16) 12 January 1967
"Run for Your Life" playing "Martin Shawe" in episode: "Where Mystery Begins" (episode # 1.7) 29 October 1965
"The Lucy Show" playing "Keith"
in episode: "Lucy the Stunt Man" (episode # 4.5) 18 October 1965
in episode: "Lucy and Joan" (episode # 4.4) 11 October 1965
"Branded" playing "Roy Harris" in episode: "Price of a Name" (episode # 1.16) 23 May 1965
"Death Valley Days" playing "Colonel Rob Hunter" in episode: "Paid in Full" (episode # 13.13) 1 January 1965
"The Outer Limits" playing "Dr. Peter Wayne" in episode: "Expanding Human" (episode # 2.4) 10 October 1964
"The Lucy Show" in episode: "Lucy and the Winter Sports" (episode # 3.3) 5 October 1964
"The Lucy Show" in episode: "Lucy Goes Duck Hunting" (episode # 2.6) 7 November 1963
[Although his character in those two episodes was Lucy's boyfriend, he's not playing the same role in the two later episodes. In those, he's more of a televersion of his Real World self.]
"Perry Mason" playing "Dr. Jesse Young" in episode: "The Case of the Illicit Illusion" (episode # 7.25) 9 April 1964
"77 Sunset Strip" playing "Frank Cassel" in episode: "The Target" (episode # 6.18) 24 January 1964
"Vacation Playhouse" playing "John Granville" in episode: "Hide and Seek" 5 August 1963
"Perry Mason" playing "Dave Weaver" in episode: "The Case of the Skeleton's Closet" (episode # 6.26) 2 May 1963
"G.E. True" playing "Harry Spohr" in episode: "Firebug" (episode # 1.17) 27 January 1963
"The Rifleman" playing "Hank Patterson" in episode: "The Debt" (episode # 4.23) 5 March 1962
"Follow the Sun" in episode: "Marine of the Month" (episode # 1.25) 4 March 1962
"Have Gun - Will Travel" playing "Franz Lister" in episode: "The Piano" (episode # 5.9) 11 November 1961
"Sea Hunt" in episode: "Crime at Sea" (episode # 4.37) 16 September 1961
"The Bell Telephone Hour" in episode: "And There Shall Be Music" 6 January 1961
"Alcoa Theatre" playing "Major Linc Willet" in episode: "Ten Miles to Doomsday" (episode # 2.13) 20 April 1959
"The Gale Storm Show" playing "Gilbert Leeds" in episode: "Don't Give Up the Ship" (episode # 3.15) 20 December 1958
"Goodyear Theatre" playing "David Cramer" in episode: "The Lady Takes the Stand" (episode # 1.16) 12 May 1958
"Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre" playing "Paul Mitchell" in episode: "The Doctor Was a Lady" (episode # 3.18) 27 March 1958
"Playhouse 90" playing "Andy Colby" in episode: "Homeward Borne" (episode # 1.32) 9 May 1957
"Conflict" in episode: "Blind Drop: Warsaw" (episode # 1.10) 22 January 1957
"Producers' Showcase" in episode: "Bloomer Girl" (episode # 2.10) 28 May 1956
"Letter to Loretta" playing "Bill Strawn" in episode: "The Challenge" (episode # 3.20) 15 January 1956
"The Ford Television Theatre" playing "John Foster" in episode: "Johnny, Where Are You?" (episode # 4.5) 3 November 1955
"Celebrity Playhouse" in episode: "Mink Does Something for You" (episode # 1.4) 18 October 1955
"The Ford Television Theatre" playing "Freddy Remington" in episode: "Pretend You're You" (episode # 3.19) 10 February 1955



There's no denying that Wendi Jo Sperber put up a brave fight against her cancer all these years. I'd like to point out that she also succeeded in creating characters with dignity despite the attempts to cash in on easy humor dealing with weight and appearance.

Ms. Sperber co-starred in a pretty bad movie about a stewardess school with my friend Mary Cadorette, and she ended up being the butt - literally! - of a bad sight gag near the end of the movie. But the whole film seemed to harken back to those old movies that relied on that type of goofy humor, so at least in that regard, it worked.

In the final season of 'Murphy Brown', she appeared in an episode with other actresses battling breast cancer, to help the year-long story arc bring the issue to the forefront of awareness.

Hopefully it did help some women think about early detection. It's just a shame Ms. Sperber lost her life to the disease when she should have been racking up even more TV work for many years to come.

"Hearts Afire" (1992) TV Series .... Mavis Davis (1992-1993)
"Babes" (1990) TV Series .... Charlene Gilbert (1990-1991)
"Women in Prison" (1987) TV Series .... Pam (1987-1988)
"Private Benjamin" (1981) TV Series .... Pvt. Stacy Kouchalakas (1982-1983)
"Bosom Buddies" (1980) TV Series .... Amy Cassidy (1980-1982)

The Return of Hunter (1995) (TV) .... Lucille

The Image (1990) (TV) .... Anita Cox
Dinky Hocker (1979) (TV) .... Susan 'Dinky' Hocker

"8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter" playing "Mrs. Wells" in episode: "The Teachers Lounge" (episode # 3.22) 1 April 2005
"8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter" playing "Louise"

in episode: "Merry Christmas: The Story of Anne Frank and Skeevy" (episode # 2.9) 23 December 2003
in episode: "Premiere" (episode # 2.1) 23 September 2003
"8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter" playing "Rachel" in episode: "Career Woman" (episode # 1.23) 28 March 2003
"Touched by an Angel" playing "Tricia" in episode: "And a Nightingale Sang" (episode # 9.12) 8 February 2003
"JAG" playing "Landlady" in episode: "Standards of Conduct" (episode # 8.13) 21 January 2003
"Bette" playing "Penny" (episode # 1.18)
"Home Improvement" playing "Sue" in episode: "The Long and Winding Road: Part 1" (episode # 8.25) 18 May 1999
"Will & Grace" playing "April" in episode: "My Fair Maid-y" (episode # 1.12) 2 February 1999
"Unhappily Ever After" playing "Ms. Lewolsky" in episode: "Ross' IQ" (episode # 5.7) 1 November 1998
"Murphy Brown" playing "Ann" in episode: "Turpis Capillus Annus (Bad Hair Day)" (episode # 10.13) 14 January 1998
"The Rosie O'Donnell Show" playing "Herself" 13 January 1998
"You Wish" playing "Margo" in episode: "A Real Don Juan" (episode # 1.5) 24 October 1997
"Kirk" playing "Saleswoman" in episode: "S'Wonderbra" (episode # 1.2) 30 August 1995
"Dinosaurs" playing "Wendy Richfield" (voice) in episode: "License to Parent" (episode # 3.8) 20 November 1992
"Parker Lewis Can't Lose" in episode: "Hungry Heart" (episode # 3.8) 13 September 1992
"Parker Lewis Can't Lose" in episode: "Love Is Hell" (episode # 3.5) 13 August 1992
"Married... with Children" playing "Sandy" in episode: "I Who Have Nothing" (episode # 6.13) 22 December 1991
"Who's the Boss?" playing "Lori" in episode: "Micelli's Marauders" (episode # 6.18) 30 January 1990
"Designing Women" playing "Estelle" in episode: "The Women of Atlanta" (episode # 3.19) 1 May 1989
"Marblehead Manor" in episode: "Madame Butterfat" (episode # 1.3) 27 September 1987



[Ralph] Edwards' charm, wit, and one-of-a-kind voice were enjoyed in American living rooms for more than half a century. Perhaps best remembered for the groundbreaking reality television series "This is Your Life" and "Truth or Consequences," Edwards hosted, produced, and wrote thousands of hours of TV programming, much of it live.

Among the now-standard television production techniques Edwards developed is the multiple-camera, live-on-film format, which was later adapted by Desi Arnaz for "I Love Lucy" and is still used in sitcoms today. Every year since 1950, there has been at least one Ralph Edwards series on television.

"The People's Court" (1997) TV Series (producer)
"Bzzz!" (1995) TV Series (producer)
"Family Medical Center" (1988) TV Series (executive producer)
This Is Your Life (1987) (TV) (producer)
"This Is Your Life" (1983) TV Series (producer)
"The People's Court" (1981) TV Series (producer)
"The Cross-Wits" (1975) TV Series (executive producer)
"This Is Your Life" (1971) TV Series (producer)
"The Wide Country" (1962) TV Series (producer)
"It Could Be You" (1956) TV Series (producer)
"Funny Boners" (1954) TV Series (producer)
"Truth or Consequences" (1950) TV Series (executive producer) (1954-1988) (producer) (1950-1951)

"This Is Your Life" (2006) TV Series (announced) (creator)
This Is Your Life (1987) (TV)
"This Is Your Life" (1975) TV Series (creator)
"This Is Your Life" (1971) TV Series (writer)

This Is Your Life (1987) (TV) .... Host
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration (1986) (TV) .... Himself
The Good Old Days of Radio (1976) (TV)
"This Is Your Life" (1971) TV Series .... Host
"This Is Your Life" (1952) TV Series .... Host
"Truth or Consequences" (1950) TV Series .... Emcee (1950-1951)

"The Flip Wilson Show" playing "Himself" 4 October 1973
"The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" playing "Himself" (episode # 2.10) 28 February 1972
"Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" playing "Himself" (episode # 5.9) 8 November 1971
"This Is Your Life" playing "Himself" in episode: "Patrick Joseph Kelly" 19 May 1954



Of all the features I've created for Inner Toob, it's "The Hat Squad" which I dread the most. "The Hat Squad" is where we "tip our hat" to the memory of actors who have passed away and the characters they've left behind to populate Toobworld.

I've let this feature slide for about two weeks now, and unfortunately the ranks will only swell before the year is out; to make this one of the worst years in my memory for such obituaries. So forgive me while I catch up on these poor excuses for tributes.....



As the day fast approaches for the new Narnia film (one which I am very excited about, by the way, as a Lewisian scholar), thoughts (as always) turn to the Narnian possibilities for Toobworld.

There are several shows which have made references to Narnia:
*Chandler made a joke on Friends about a portal opening there (n.b.: he never said anything about the books)
*on Young Ones, a trip deeper and deeper into a closet finally ended in Narnia with the White Queen
*on Family Guy, Mr. Tumnus the Faun appeared
*on Sabrina, a character mentioned really enjoying the book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe before ending up in a magical world of her own
*on Buffy, Willow gives a book report on LWW

For both of the last two, I see no contradiction with the fact that they refer to the books, as the books could just be a record of the Pevensie children's magical adventures. The Magician's Nephew even makes references to works by Nesbitt and Conan Doyle as though they exist within that fictive world, so I think it's easy to see a network of pop culture here.

There have been three prior televised adaptations: an ABC production in the UK in 1967 of the first novel, which ran for several weeks; the 1979 animated tv-movie produced by the Episcopal TV-Radio fund of LWW; and the 1988 BBC/Wonderworks live-action versions of four of the novels. For all I know, there have been some commercials to also suggest that world.

Now, given the rules you normally apply, the 1979 one is being shipped to the Toon world (one I see as being part of a larger TV universe, but that's another talk for another time). However, even though the 1988 version should be on Prime Time-Delayed, I think it should be the main one, with the other (from 1967) moved. The 1988 version is the better known and the one that still exists (what was the Brits and their tendency to erase tapes anyway?), but it also is part of a series of adaptations, and I think those sequels seal the deal to make this one more important as the prime example of a visit to that magical world in Toobworld.


As always, Hugh, thanks for the info!

I figured I might as well add my reply to Hugh....

I agree with your assessment. With the Delayed World, it was only the most convenient of terms and for the most part the primary version is always the best (which can be translated as "sentimental favorite").

Other primary versions of shows or one-offs have been relegated to that world mostly on whim. But I agree that the preponderance of material from the follow-ups gives the 1988 version the advantage.


Thursday, December 8, 2005


Sorry, fans of the NBC 'American Dreams'; I didn't mean to get your hopes up......

British actor and dress-wearing Eddie Izzard has a new drama in the works with F/X. It's called 'Low Life', in which Izzard will star as the head of a family of con-artists who decided to bring an end to their family tradition. Instead, they decide to finally settle down and see what that "American dream" thing is all about.

Here's what I'd love to see happen, from a TV Universe point of view - the family's surname should be "Timson". The Timsons are the family that proved to be so rewarding to the financial status of Horace Rumpole, who was played by the late great Leo McKern. The barrister had to defend many a Timson family member who stood in the docks of the Old Bailey, in the books and the TV series about 'Rumpole Of The Bailey'.

[Thanks to for the news item.]



According to reports in Variety, there will be a TV series remake of 'Starsky And Hutch'... over in France. It's going to be more comic and very freely adapted from the original version which starred Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul.

This new version will be called 'Duval And Madani' and to make it even more different from the 70s American show, their version of Captain Dobey will be a woman. So technically, it's really just a variation on the cop/buddy show. It doesn't even have to worry about claims that they are just recycling a rip-off of the original 'Starsky And Hutch'.

Unless of course there's a young Muslim pimp to replace Huggy Bear, and the cops still drive around in a four-wheeled tomato with a wrap-around white stripe.

But still, those changes are far better than just remaking it over there faithfully; that causes too many problems for Toobworld, like all those international series about Inspector Maigret. This will be more in keeping with the extreme makeover German TV did with their version of 'The West Wing'.

I wish them luck with it, and I hope that if it's successful enough, there might be a way someday for us to see it over here; help expand the idea that Toobworld is truly global.

As for it being no more than a copy of an American "original", we've got no reason to turn our noses up in the air at the idea. Not when we have Britcom remakes like 'All In The Family', and 'Sanford & Son'. (And that's not even counting all the remakes of British shows like 'Touching Evil', 'Cracker', 'Reggie', and 'Amanda's' lying by the wayside.)



Last week, the one of the producers of the FOX show 'Reunion' issued a statement addressing the issue of the series' central mystery, now that the Murdochian Suits have cancelled it.

"The events of Samantha's murder are partially reliant on characters we haven't yet met — and events we haven't yet seen. There is no way to solve the mystery of her murder without being able to complete the full arc of our story through present day.

"I greatly regret that this question, along with many others that the series has posed, will remain unsolved, and I am deeply grateful for the support of viewers who share this regret."

It's a shame that they won't at least get the satisfaction of presenting the full run of their show on some cabler or even to wrap it all up in a truncated version. This mystery will just have to hang there like the meaning of the phrase 'Coronet Blue' or the execution of Jessica Tate on 'Soap'.

And it's the network who has to take the blame. Instead of squeezing in an episode before the Dubya's untimely speech back in October, they stuck with previously scheduled 'The O.C.' which didn't rely as heavily on the seamless forward motion of its narrative. And then there's the show-killing juggernaut of the Major League Baseball playoffs and the World Series.

Unless they can guarantee a really BIG team will always be in the series, this monopoly on the baseball TV coverage will always cost FOX in ratings, ad revenue, and in the loss of TV series investments.

At least with shows like 'Wonderfalls' and 'Nowhere Man', enough episodes were produced to make a DVD boxed set worthwhile. And each of them had reasonably satisfactory conclusions so they wouldn't just be exercises in frustration. But who's going to buy the DVD equivalent to 'The Mystery Of Edwin Drood'?

But here's the thing: Inner Toob has a suggestion to help them out.

One of the show's creators should novelize either the entire run of the series, or at least the story left untold. And then a hardcover book could be sold in a package with the DVDs of the episodes that were finished for the TV show. (And speaking of Dickens, this is what they should do with a movie like 'Nicholas Nickleby' as well as with the BBC Shakespeare Series.)

Just sayin' is all. It's an idea I'm tossing out there and they're free to pick it up and run with it.



In Ken Levine's recently created blog, he had this to say about the recent spate of papal bio-pics:

"Dueling Popes! Two networks have biopics on John Paul II scheduled. Sorry Fox is not one of them. They’d probably want to give the pontiff a hot love interest.

But two networks doing MOW’s on the same person is nothing new. Pope John Paul II joins Amy Fisher and Libarce."

Just a few months ago, Hallmark showed the Italian mini-series about John Paul II which starred a young Polish actor as the Pontiff. And back in the early eighties, Albert Finney took on the role in a MOW as well. So the Pope has taken the lead when it comes to figures from the late 20th Century having their own MOWs on multiple networks.

(Although I think in the long run as far as all historical figures go, the top four will always be Lincoln, Hitler, Jesus, and JFK. Now there's a 'Dinner For Five' lineup for Favreau if ever I saw one; it's like Steve Allen's old show 'Meeting of Minds'.)

But I don't think anybody will ever beat Amy Fisher, who had three movies on three different networks in the space of no more than a month.

One thing I find comforting about Ken Levine's observation - even for a big time TV writer, he still mis-spells "Liberace".

Because otherwise I'm totally jealous of the sense of humor that seems to flow so easily through his keyboard.



Lee Goldberg has an interesting story in his blog about a lawyer named Robert Tanenbaum who became a novelist. Apparently he was pretty good, with at least eleven great mysteries to his credit; right up to "Act Of Revenge" circa 1998.

Only thing was... Tanenbaum didn't write the books. He was slapping his name on novels that were being written by Michael Gruber.

Here's where my belief that living in Toobworld would be a lot more exciting than just existing here in the Real World. Had this been a plot for a Television show, Tanenbaum would have shot and killed Gruber before he had the chance to reveal the secret to a reporter from The Romantic Times. (Okay, so maybe it wouldn't have been much fun for the victim....)

Sound familiar? It's the plotline for the first episode of 'Columbo' as a series (third 'Columbo' outing overall if you count the two pilots). "Murder By The Book" starred Jack Cassidy, who would have been the Tanenbaum-type character, and Martin Milner as the Gruber stand-in.

Not that he ever had murder in his heart, but Tanenbaum sounds like he would have made for the perfect antagonist to Lt. Columbo. He was not only a lawyer and (alleged) author, but also a teacher and a mayor! It sounds as if his social standing would have been quite a formidable challenge to the attempts by the shabby, fumbling little detective trying to investigate him.

(Actually, based on Goldberg's description of events, this time around it sounds as if the ghost writer would be the one who commits the murder. Gruber is portrayed as one unhappy camper, even though he should be taking the responsibility for the campsite he's lying in...... Ugh! What a stupid metaphor. Sorry about that, Chief.)

If the story is appearing in this month's issue of San Francisco Magazine, it makes me wonder if one reason might be that the events unfolded in the Bay area. (I'm far too lazy to Google Tanenbaum and find out where exactly was he a mayor.) If so, then the story - had it gone the Toobworld way, - wouldn't be right for 'Columbo', but that's okay since the Lieutenant has already been there, investigated that.

But it would make for a great plotline in 'Monk', since Adrian Monk works in Frisco. He's had to butt heads in the past with an S.F. police commissioner (NOT Stuart MacMillan) during a case, and that guy wasn't even the murderer. Imagine the difficulties he would have to face should he have to confront a mayor or some other powerful politico who had a more desperate reason to spar with Adrian Monk.

And of course, since this is a bit of wish-craft for Inner Toob, why not invite Peter Falk to guest star in the episode as Columbo. The Lieutenant might have heard about the particulars of the case in the news and decided to go up to San Francisco to offer his advice and expertise since his earlier case had been so similar.........

Just sayin' is all.


Wednesday, December 7, 2005


The Tooniverse, that alternate TV dimension inhabited by cartoon characters, contains many of the people who can be found in Earth Prime-Time.

Here are a few examples:
Superman - 'The Adventures Of Superman' & 'Super-Friends'
Fonzie - 'Happy Days' & 'The Fonz And The Happy Days Gang'
Number Six - 'The Prisoner' & 'The Simpsons'

And the same can be applied to locations as well. We've seen 'Gilligan's Island' in the Tooniverse, as well as the planet Vulcan from 'Star Trek', and the residence of Sherlock Holmes, 221-B Baker Street.

Now I've got a new one which hits very close to "home".....

You'll notice in my profile that I list my residence as Joyville in TV Land. Joyville was the fictional town in a local children's show from Connecticut during the 1960s, 'The Hap Richards Show'. Hap Richards ran the post office-general store, and Henry Tibbets was the mayor. (Not that I knew it at the time, but they were the same man. No wonder they appeared on alternating days!)

Having grown up with that show, and hearing my name read on the air once, the concept of a town called Joyville will always hold special meaning for me. I even still have my Certificate of Citizenship in Joyville!

So it was a big kick in the head while watching Harry Connick Jr.'s animated Christmas special 'The Happy Elf' to see the town of Bluesville transform into Joyville. With that "Happily Ever After", 'The Happy Elf' made this Goofy Firbolg a happy boy indeed!

I'm sure NBC and Connick both wish the special will become an annual holiday tradition, which is why it had a timeless rather than topical feel. So who knows when exactly the story was meant to take place. But even if it can be locked down to having occurred in recent times, it's just one small detail that deviates from the "history" of Joyville in the main TV Universe. Nothing says it still can't be the same town in both dimensions.

After all, both of them can be found in the same place, despite the dimensional divide - in the heart of the imagination.

Not sure if a GPS could locate Joyville, however.......



Still on the topic of 'Conviction', the latest addition to the 'Law & Order' universe, it looks like Dick Wolf is also adding to the Toobworld lexicon along the lines of the generally accepted "dramady" as well as "soapedy" (used by Josh Schwartz, the creator of 'The O.C.')......

"Since 'Conviction' will be a 'charactercedural,' we will be dealing extensively with characters' back stories and personal lives."
- Dick Wolf

Sounds more like some kind of medical process......



'Law & Order' and its spin-offs can be seen as a mini-version of Toobworld. Characters who are long gone from the show might still show up one day even years later. Unless of course, the character died in a storyline, like Detective Sgt. Max Greevey or Detective Lenny Briscoe, or if the character is played by Michael Moriarty.....

Former ADA Paul Robinette came back as a defense lawyer, as did Jamie Ross who is now a judge as seen on 'Law & Order: Trial By Jury'. Detective Mike Logan was banished to Staten Island, came back in his own TV movie, and is now a regular on 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent'. Captain Donald Cragen is working with the 'Special Victims Unit', and
Dr. Olivet even crossed networks to appear on a non-'L&O' show, 'New York Undercover'.

Detective Munch of 'SVU' is a master at this, appearing on three different networks in the most TV show/TV movie crossovers. And his character started out on 'Homicide: Life On The Street'!

Even recurring characters help maintain this stability for the universe - judges and lawyers return often to all three shows.

And now we have another one. Assistant DA Alexandra Cabot had been shot by drug lords and everyone thought she was dead. But in truth she was recovering while in the witness protection system.

She'll be back full-time now according to news reports, as she shepherds a covey of young ADAs in the new 'Law & Order' show, 'Convictions'. (What aggregate term do you use for ADAs?)

Me, I'm hoping that one day we'll see Edie Falco show up on one of the 'Law & Order' shows as her defense lawyer, Sally Bell.



It's true what they say - what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

Since I'm not a regular visitor to 'Las Vegas', I was not fully informed on the character of Monica Mancuso, the late and unlamented owner of the Montecito Casino.

After she went sailing off the roof of the Montecito and did a dive bomb run to her death in a shoe store, I wrote up a small essay about her possible relationship to a retired FBI agent named Nick Mancuso. ('Mancuso, FBI' & 'Favorite Son')

But as it turns out, "Mancuso" was her married name. She had been a stripper back East who married an old man and inherited his fortune when he died.

It could be that the old man and Agent Mancuso might be related, but the details that I came up with about Monica's kinship to Nic-O would no longer apply.

So, as Emily Litella would say, "Never mind......"



The past month has seen plenty of interesting connections between TV shows and the Internet; Toobworld and Cyberia. offered up an extended ending for an episode of 'CSI: Miaim' that really would have ramifications on the rest of the season and wasn't just an ad for the Hummer 3.

On last week, you could see two different endings for UPN's 'Veronica Mars' episode "My Mother, The Fiend". And then you could vote on which one you preferred. I'm not sure how it will affect the TV Universe because they were so radically different. I'll have to see tonight's episode to see if the alternate ending ends up getting used otherwise. (Otherwise, it was just so dark that I'd either leave it be in the Cyber Universe or transfer it over to the Evil Mirror TV Dimension.)

But those were, like the Earth itself, mostly harmless. However, it appears that there is a TV/Internet "crossover" that just might land a U.S. Senator in hot water.

Or in more hot water than he's usually in......

For awhile now, representatives and spokespeople for Rick Santorum (R-Pa) have been denying that there is any connection whatsoever between Neand-# er, Conservative senator and a third party group called "Americans For Job Security".

And yet there it is for anybody to see online - There's a TV commercial running that's sponsored by that group which shows a grandfather walking through the woods with his little grandson.

It's a sweet, wholesome, life-affirming scene....with the same actors wearing the same clothing in the same setting as can be seen in an Internet ad on Santorum's own web-site.

As far as I'm concerned, for Toobworld purposes they are the same characters and this could be considered part of the TV-Internet melding.

But as for the Real World, it could mean trouble for the Senator if it's proven his team was deliberately lying about the relationship.

Santorum's main Democratic challenger for the Senate seat next year says that the coincidence is too much to be ignored.

It was the "Crooks And Liars" blog that pointed me in the right direction for the story, but you can find more
information and the two clips at:

It's going to take a while before the politicos and their handlers finally realize that the People can't be hoodwinked any longer by their control over most of the other media outlets. That's why you'll see a renewed attack on the liberation and freedom of the Internet in the future.

Ah, but I'm just a sofa spud. What do I know?


Tuesday, December 6, 2005


When people think of Television during the holidays, they'll usually turn to the classics.

So as we head into the holiday season and leave behind the last week of Sweeps for November, the crossover turned to a show that is already considered a classic even though it only left the airwaves back in May.


Ray Barone hasn't been out of the public eye more than seven months, and already he's back. Not that I needed the proof, but it was a good example that a character's life continues even though his show has ended.

It never came up, but Ray is probably still a sportswriter. His wife and the kids had gone up to Connecticut for the weekend, so he was staying with his parents. (The big baby!)

Meanwhile, Carrie Heffernan decided to accompany her father on his annual pilgrimage to her mother's grave in New Jersey, so Doug was on his own for the weekend as well.

Doug and Ray ran into each other in the supermarket and decided to sow their oats as "wild bulls"... only to find out their Pamplona days were behind them.

Yes, it's simple. They don't ALL have to be back-breaking, championship limbo contests of pretzel-twisting logic.

Doug and Ray, Ray and Doug.... Bot of them need to be paired with a Bob!


Monday, December 5, 2005


Over on the left you'll see a list of links I recommend that best fit the Toobworld philosophy. Some of them lead to news and information sites, others of similar crossover bent, and some off-beat, specialized topics like fictional breakfast cereals and raincoats used in TV shows.

But there are also a few that are supposed to be from Toobworld itself, presented as if they - like the TV shows they celebrate - should be considered as Real.

So I've got a new one to add to the group, thanks to the people who run the great clearinghouse of 'Lost'Links. It's a site which publicizes PB-Sales, an aquisitions firm that dabbles in transportation, data systems and even bio-technology.

These are the corporations connected to the TV shows 'Lost', 'Doctor Who', and 'Star Trek', and the movies 'The Island', 'The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai'.

So in its way, the PB-Sales site also celebrates the crossover.