Friday, September 12, 2008


The new TV season is underway (although the shows are arriving in dribs and drabs). And with their return, we are getting more trivia tidbits to enrich and expand the TV Universe.

Two summer shows about to close up shop for the season both contributed TV shows you could only find on Toobworld cable. 'Trauma Unit' is a medical drama, probably in the style of 'ER' and one of its make-up trailers was a crime scene in an episode of 'The Closer'. The studio where 'Trauma Unit' wasn't named, so I'm going to make a theoretical link to the latest season of 'Nip/Tuck'. Drs. McMahon and Troy got a lot of work through their association with another medical drama, 'Hearts And Scalpels'.

For "Mr. Monk's 100th Episode", the investigation skills of Adrian Monk were given the spotlight on a show called 'In Focus'. This was a real crime examination/re-enactment program similar to those found on Tru-TV, the Discovery Channel, and A&E, where the trend began once A&E reinvented itself from being "the Hitler Channel".

Once they go back from Jolly Olde, Booth and 'Bones' investigated a murder that took them into the TV studio where 'Busted By Bill' was produced. This was similar to Chris Hansen's 'To Catch A Predator', only 'Busted By Bill' concerned itself with catching cheating spouses in the act. As Mel Cooley would say: Smile! You're on 'Sneaky Camera'!

'Sons of Anarchy' and 'True Blood' made the map of the United States a little more crowded with the additions of Charming, California, and Bon Temps, Louisiana, respectively. Charming is probably in the same general area as Bakersfield, but it could also be farther south near the Mexican border.

As for Bon Temps, it looks to be bayou country. This vampire tale also brings us a synthetic blood drink for vampires, also called "True Blood" (I think the packaging said "Tru-Blood".) which supposedly keeps the vampires sated and less likely to attack humans.

The debut episode also provided the first crossover of the Fall TV season. A spokeswoman for a vampire rights group appeared on a segment of 'Real Time with Bill Maher' (which "coincidentally" enough, is also aired on HBO).

I'll be going into more detail about a few of these trivial additions to Toobworld later. And as I only have the two eyes - which don't always work in conjunction with each other - I'm asking for your help. If the shows you watch provide any new fictional locations, products, or TV shows, movies, and books, let me know! Thanks!
Toby O'B

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