Tuesday, December 1, 2009


At last! It's the final month in our celebration of the TV Crossover Hall of Fame's 10th anniversary! I don't think I could take the pressure of a weekly induction for much longer; it'll be nice to get back to a monthly schedule in January!

O'Bviously, December is traditionally the time we find a holiday theme for the latest member to join the Hall of Fame, and that will be true with each week's category: the League of Themselves, As Seen On TV, the Tooniverse, and Location Location Location.

First up, since we "inducted" Bob Hope back in the "Proto-Hall", before the TVXOHOF actually existed, it seemed like the only other viable candidate with strong ties to the holiday was:


Take a look at all the shows he appeared in that tied in to Christmas:

"TV Land's Top Ten" - Holiday Moments (2005)

Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Specials (2001)

The Daily Show Andy Williams Christmas Special (1997)

"Late Show with David Letterman"
- Episode dated 23 December 1993 (1993)

A Musical Christmas at Walt Disney World (1993)

Season's Greetings: An Evening with John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra (1988)

Andy Williams and the NBC Kids Search for Santa (1985)

Andy Williams' Early New England Christmas (1982)

The Bob Hope Christmas Special (1981)

Johnny Cash: Christmas in Scotland (1981)

Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the Troops - 1941-1972 (1980)

"The Mike Douglas Show"
- Episode dated 15 December 1978 (1978)

The Andy Williams Christmas Show (1974)

The Andy Williams Christmas Special (1973)

The Andy Williams Christmas Show (1971)

"The Bob Hope Show"
- Episode dated 18 December 1969 (1969) TV specials, like talk show appearances, usually aren't the fodder for true membership in the Hall of Fame. But Andy Williams made plenty of appearances as his fictionalized televersion in other shows:

"As the World Turns"

- Episode #1.13055 (2007)
- Episode #1.13054 (2007)
- Episode #1.13052 (2007)

"The Larry Sanders Show"
- As My Career Lay Dying (1998)

"The Muppet Show"
- Episode #4.22 (1980)

"America 2-Night"
- Celebrity Night (1978)

"The Joey Bishop Show"
- Andy Williams Visits Joey (1964)

"The Jack Benny Program"
- Andy Williams Show (1964)

And because of those episodes, we can claim that it was the televersion who hosted (or took part in) all of these shows:

Andy Williams Presents (1974)

"The Andy Williams Show" (1969-1971)

Movin' (1970)

"The Andy Williams Show" (1962-1969)

"The Andy Williams Show" (1959)

"The Chevy Showroom Starring Andy Williams" (1958)

"The Andy Williams and June Valli Show" (1957)

"Tonight!" (1953) (1954-1957)

Here's one last picture of Andy Williams in the holiday mode: Of course, the younger generation today will think that he was somehow connected to "The Chronicles Of Narnia".....

Well Come to the Hall, Sir!
(LOL - I just got this image of Andy Williams as Number Six in 'The Prisoner'!)



Tom said...

I must be in the older generation. I don't get the "Narnia" reference.

Toby O'B said...

When Lucy first entered the world of Narnia via the wardrobe, she found herself at a lamp-post in the snowy woods.

Here's how it looked in the movie:


Thanks for checking in, Tom!