Monday, November 3, 2008


Considering 'Entourage' is a show about the inside world of show business, TV Zonks should be expected in every episode. With the episode "First Class Jerk", there were two that cancel each other out when it comes to their ability to ruin the integrity of the TV Universe. (Actually there was a third Zonk as well, but for the life of - well, somebody other than me! - I can't remember it. was no help, and I'm too lazy to do HBO On Demand to watch the episode again.)

The first one is easy enough to dismiss. Turtle was described as a character from 'South Park'. Even though both shows are on TV, they don't share the same TV Universe. 'Entourage' is in Earth Prime-Time while 'South Park' is part of Earth Prime-Time/Toon, more commonly known as the Tooniverse. For the most part, residents of the main Toobworld only know animated shows as cartoons; they have no concept of them being "real" in their own TV dimension, even though several of them have crossed over into the main Toobworld. (Bart and Lisa Simpson, Brian and Stewie Griffin, Superman, Daffy Duck, Beavis and Butthead, among others.)

So there's no Zonk in Turtle being described as a cartoon character from 'South Park'.

However, it's apparently impossible to dance around the fact that 'Entourage' provided a 'Sopranos' Zonk because of the appearance of Jamie Lynn Sigler in that episode. It was bad enough that her former show was mentioned and that she had been a part of the cast, but at least that could have been handled. 'The Sopranos' is the type of title that could have a different meaning in Toobworld, so long as specifics about the show are never mentioned. For instance, it could have been a reality show about singers!

But at one point, Jamie Lynn was actually referred to as her character on 'The Sopranos', as "Meadow Soprano". No escaping that!


Here in the Trueniverse, there have been TV movies about real-life gangsters, mobsters, er, alleged criminals. Perhaps a TV movie was recently filmed in the last year (since 'The Sopranos' went off the air) which detailed the life of one of that crime family's members.

My guess would be Christopher Moltisanti. After his death, his affiliations with organized crime may have come out, and perhaps he's been linked to the murder of the screenwriter played by Tim Daly. And as he was beginning to make a name for himself in Hollywood as a low-budget movie producer, that would certainly have been a hook for the subject of a TV movie. And the televersion of Jamie Lynn Sigler, since she bears such an uncanny resemblance to Meadow Soprano, was cast in that role.

For the time being, I'm going to stick with that splainin, which means that particular Zonk now sleeps with the fishes.

Toby O'B

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