Thursday, September 13, 2007


Finally catching up to my DVRs of the TV Land marathon for 'The Bob Newhart Show' from Monday night, which was in celebration of the show's 35th anniversary......

When Dr. Bob Hartley's therapy group appeared on WTTW's 'Psychology In Action' in September of 1973 ("Last TV Show" (the second season premiere), they were up against 'Gunsmoke' and 'Monday Night Football'.

That week, the match-up was Steelers vs. Da Bears, and the Bears lost.

And so it went.... in Toobworld. But from 1970 until 1989, the Pittsburgh never played against Chicago on 'Monday Night Football'. Just another difference between Toobworld and the Real World.

As for 'Gunsmoke', we have no quarrel with a show set in the past like that being referenced in another show which shares the same dimension. The Toobworld version of 'Gunsmoke' was o'bviously based on the "true" history of Marshall Matt Dillon.

As a side note, there really is a public broadcasting station in Chicago with the call letters of WTTW. So at least in that respect, both universes are aligned.....

Toby OB

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