Saturday, November 27, 2010


9:00 PM, EST

The penultimate episode of 'Boardwalk Empire' airs!

This has been a spectacular debut season, and it's nice to know it's already assured to return for another go next year.

So to whet your whistle, here are a few clips from this upcoming episode:



There's never a bad time for Bilko......



It's not really a tribute to Kevin McCarthy, who was one of my favorite actors and who unfortunately passed away earlier this year. It's more like a chance to watch him try to beat up a girl.....



I don't care if it is a Saturday during a holiday weekend - School's in session!




"First You Cry"

Betty Rollin - Mary Tyler Moore
"Arthur Heroz" - Anthony Perkins

Betty Rollin's own words:

I had a lump for a year. At least a year. It was a hard little thing -- about the size of a yellow grape -- and it resided, imperceptible except to the touch, on the far left side of my left breast, due west of the nipple. I knew it was there, my (ex-) husband knew it was there, and my (ex-) internist knew it was there, and my (ex-) mammographer knew it was there. Of the four, only one of us was worried about it. That was Arthur Herzog, the husband, who had found it on a spring evening in 1974 during a routine sexual feel.
What's that? he said. I don't know, I said. It's a lump, he said. Mmmm, I said, wanting to sleep. Will you get it looked at? he said. Sure, I said, and went to sleep.

From People magazine:
In 1972 Rollin married science fiction writer Arthur Herzog III. Three years later she discovered a lump in her left breast and within months found herself in New York City's Beth Israel Medical Center recovering from a modified radical mastectomy.

The cancer forced Rollin to rethink many things, including her relationship with Herzog, whom she divorced in 1975. "I felt, 'I'm in this marriage that isn't great, and I could die soon, and I don't have any time to waste,' " she explains.

In the TV Movie, Herzog is named Arthur Heroz. So the televersion of Betty Rollin's life is not the same as it for the real Betty Rollin in the Trueniverse.


Friday, November 26, 2010


On the season finale for 'Bored To Death', there was one visitor to the Brooklyn Comic-Con who was in a costume that wasn't based on comic books or movies. If I'm not mistaken, his white collar and black jacket marked him as a classic TV character from the 1960's, and this could have been the same age as that character today. So to avoid a Zonk, I'm going to suggest that he actually was the TV character, out for the night and enjoying himself at the comic book convention.

(He'd be visible right after this moment, when Ray collapses across the table.)

I haven't been able to track down a picture of him in this episode, and with my limited resources, I can't find a way to make my own screen capture. But if you still have a copy of the episode ("Super Ray Is Mortal!"), you'll find him in the Brooklyn Comic-Con scenes near the Super Ray autograph table - off to the upper left, after the attack on Ray. He's wearing a large, round white collar, dressed in black otherwise, and his hair slicked back.

I'm going to say it's Eddie Munster from 'The Munsters'. Not just a convention visitor dressed as Eddie, but the actual werewolf. (A grown-up Eddie Munster was seen once before - but over in Skitlandia, where he was played by Ben Stiller on 'Saturday Night Live'.)

You can't hit me with the argument that he should be in Mockingbird Heights. I'm about the same age as Eddie Munster, and I was in Connecticut back then. If I'm in NYC now, why can't Eddie be as well?

That he should be still dressing the same way as he did as a kid, well that's just sad. Not like me - I used to wear T-shirts, dungarees, sneakers and today I wear....

Oh dear.

So I'm sticking to that splainin - we're seeing the actual Eddie Munster out and about in Toobworld after forty years.

And as for the recasting, Toobworld Central always makes allowances for the aging process.



Since we celebrated a great American tradition yesterday,the "As Seen On TV" showcase veers off from that today and features two couples from Great Britain's Royal Family.........


'Saturday Night Live'

Prince William - Andy Samberg
Kate Middleton - Anne Hathaway
Queen Elizabeth - Fred Armisen
Prince Philip - Bill Hader
Britain's Prince William proposed to bride-to-be Kate Middleton in a secluded African lodge, but won't say if he got down on one knee to give her his mother's ring.

"We had a holiday in Africa, it was out there in a very quiet lodge and it was very romantic," Middleton said of the engagement.

"It was very romantic and it was very personal."

When pressed if he knelt down in front of his future wife, William quipped: "That's going to stay a secret."

The beaming couple, who are both 28, made their first appearance Tuesday hours after it was publicly announced they plan to wed next year.

Kate, who is now dropping her nickname and wants to be known as Catherine, said the thought of joining the royal family is "quite a daunting prospect."

"Hopefully I'll take it in my stride," she added. "William's a great teacher so he'll be able to help me along the way."
BY Aliyah Shahid and Christina Boyle



Thursday, November 25, 2010


I thought we should celebrate a great American tradition like Thanksgiving with an "ASOTV" showcase featuring a great American.....

But we're going with John Boehner instead.


'Saturday Night Live'

Bill Hader

From Wikipedia:
John Andrew Boehner (born November 17, 1949) is the U.S. Representative from Ohio's 8th congressional district, serving since 1991, and the Republican House Minority Leader since 2007. The district includes several rural and suburban areas near Cincinnati and Dayton and a small portion of Dayton itself.

Following the 2010 midterm elections, with the Republicans becoming the majority party in the House of Representatives, Boehner [will be] Speaker of the House of Representatives once the 112th Congress takes office on January 3, 2011.

Well, at least he looks like he's nicely basted.....



'Raising Hope' and 'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' both featured girls with a dead front tooth within the space of a few weeks. Greg Garcia, creator of 'Raising Hope' talked about the coincidence in this interview with "Culture Vulture":
Will we be seeing more of Shelley (Kate Micucci), the babysitter with a dead tooth and a crush on Jimmy?
Yes, she comes back quite often, but we took her dead tooth away. I watched the season premiere of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which I think is the funniest show on TV. And they had a woman with a dead tooth. And I was like, "Awww, shit! Ours hasn't even aired yet! How the fuck can you have two people with dead tooths?" So we shot an episode with her last week where we took her dead tooth away. I thought, What's the point? They did a dead tooth, I don't want to keep doing it.
How do you explain it?
Martha's character asks her, "What happened to your dead tooth?" And Shelley says, "Well, I thought it was unique and then I was watching a hilarious episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and a girl had a dead tooth, so I decided to have it fixed." I just figured, we got all our dead-tooth jokes out. And their dead tooth looked better than ours. That just bummed me out. Their's was all cool and gray. Ours didn't look as good. But Shelley has more to offer than a dead tooth.

So he solved his problem, but created one for me at Toobworld Central. The Chance Family and the gang at Paddy's Bar should be existing in the same TV dimension. But Shelley supposedly watched an episode of 'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia'.

So here's my splainin:

What Shelley saw was an episode of Dennis Reynolds' video podcast, his "vodcast".

What's that, you say? You didn't know Dennis had a vodcast? Well, it's something he must do outside the parameters of the sitcom's half hour. Or during the commercials.

So Dennis must have done an episode of his vodcast about his quickie marriage and divorce to Maureen Ponderosa. Pictures of Maureen with her dead tooth on that vodcast prompted Shelley to rethink having one herself.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010


If a Zonk happens on a TV show which I don't watch, do I still have to splain it away? I'm afraid if I found out about it, I'd have no choice. It's a compulsion by now....

I found this tele-quote listed in the Sound Bites of Entertainment Weekly:
"If I show up empty-handed,
Carlos will go all Ricky Ricardo on my ass."
Gabrielle Solis
'Desperate Housewives'

So long as the TV show 'I Love Lucy' isn't mentioned, a Ricky Ricardo reference is never a Zonk, since he becamse a major Hollywood star. (And even the mention of that title wouldn't be a deal-breaker; it could have been a title for the Ricardos' reality show a la 'Harry Loves Lisa'.)

But Gaby's comment adds a new dimension to what we know about that Cuban Pete.....

The way I would interpret it would be that Ricky Ricardo was another Ike Turner, subjecting his wife Lucy to domestic abuse.

(Uh-oh! Lucy's in for a beat-down!)

I'd hate to think this was the case, but even in black & white television there are shades of gray.......




"Gideon's Trumpet"

Henry Fonda

From Wikipedia:
Clarence Earl Gideon (August 30, 1910 – January 18, 1972) was a poor drifter accused in a Florida state court of felony theft. His case resulted in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Gideon v. Wainwright, holding that a criminal defendant who cannot afford to hire a lawyer must be provided with a lawyer at no cost.

At Gideon's first trial, he represented himself, and he was convicted. After the Supreme Court ruled that the state had to provide defense counsel for the indigent, Florida retried Gideon. At his second trial, with a lawyer representing him and bringing out for the jury the weaknesses in the prosecution's case, Gideon was acquitted.

After his acquittal, he resumed his previous way of life and married again some time later. He died of cancer in Fort Lauderdale on January 18, 1972, at age 61.

Robert F. Kennedy remarked about the case, "If an obscure Florida convict named Clarence Earl Gideon had not sat down in prison with a pencil and paper to write a letter to the Supreme Court; and if the Supreme Court had not taken the trouble to look at the merits in that one crude petition among all the bundles of mail it must receive every day, the vast machinery of American law would have gone on functioning undisturbed. But Gideon did write that letter; the court did look into his case; he was re-tried with the help of competent defense counsel; found not guilty and released from prison after two years of punishment for a crime he did not commit. And the whole course of legal history has been changed."


Tuesday, November 23, 2010


TV characters have counterparts in other TV dimensions; we see this all the time. And there are plenty of characters from Toobworld that show up in the Tooniverse - Punky Brewster, Mork, Jeannie, the Fonz, the Brady Bunch, Laverne & Shirley, and Batman & Robin.

There's a Tooniverse character living in the Springfield area who has a doppleganger in the dimension that houses the new version of 'Human Target'. (As much as I like that show, it can't be in Earth Prime-Time because its Great Britain has a totally different Royal Family.)

The mobster Fat Tony was mentioned this past week on the show, but unlike with the original on 'The Simpsons', that Fat Tony is already dead; killed by the thugs working for Ilsa Pucci's lawyer.



Lawrencia Bembenek, a former Playboy bunny and Milwaukee police officer whose conviction for the murder of her husband’s ex-wife and audacious escape from prison became tabloid and TV-movie fodder and a cause célèbre for supporters who insisted on her innocence — as she always did — died Saturday in a hospice in Portland, Ore. She was 52.
Dennis Hevesi
New York Times

"Woman On The Run"

Tatum O'Neal

From Wikipedia:
Lawrencia "Bambi" Bembenek (August 15, 1958 — November 20, 2010), known as Laurie Bembenek, was convicted of murdering her husband's ex-wife, Christine Schultz, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on May 28, 1981. Her story garnered national attention after she escaped from Taycheedah Correctional Institution and was recaptured in Canada, an episode which inspired a TV movie and the slogan "Run, Bambi, Run". Upon winning a new trial, she pled no contest to second-degree murder and was sentenced to time served and ten years probation. Since then, she had sought to have the sentence overturned.

Bembenek was a former Milwaukee police officer who had been fired and had gone on to sue the department, claiming that it engaged in sexual discrimination and other illegal activities. She worked briefly as a waitress at a Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Playboy Club. At the time of her arrest, she was working for Marquette University's Public Safety Department, in downtown Milwaukee.

"Heart Of The Lie"

Lindsay Frost

Two for Tuesday.....


Monday, November 22, 2010


In discussing the reference to James Bond in a recent episode of 'How I Met Your Mother', I used the relevant screen capture which showed a man wearing a monocle.

We never found out who he is in the show, but what if it turned out that he was related to the Wimsey family of England?
Why does Sarah Jane Smith have to keep meeting the current Doctors? Why can't there be episodes in which she and her Scooby Doo Gang meet the Doctors played by at least Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann? Sylvester doesn't look too different from his tenure in the TARDIS, and a pork-pie hat would take care of any... erm, follicle discrepancies. As for McGann, we never saw him regenerate, so he could have aged to any point when we encounter him again.

I would have thrown Peter Davison into the suggestion blue box, but the change in his appearance might have been too drastic. At least in "Time Clash", it was splained away as the effects of being in close proximity with another incarnation.
When it was announced that Bristol Leadfoot Palin was still on the show, but that Brandy was voted off, some guy aimed his gun at the TV and blew out the picture screen. Then he pointed it at his wife. This sort of behavior is wrong, people. What kind of sick bastard would take aim at a TV set?
I'm actually kind of happy that Bristol Palin might win. So many people on FB have been saying that they would never watch 'Dancing With The Stars' ever again. I support anything that might open time slots for shows that need actors, directors, and writers!
On the Toobworld timeline, the second season finale of 'Bored To Death' took place on either November 6 or 7th of this year between 11am – 7pm at the Brooklyn Lyceum.
Imagine some old lady tuning in to 'Castle' last week just as Detective Kate Beckett said, "Let's just stick it in and get this over with." (She was talking about a computer disk.)
I watched a horrible TV movie from 1973. "The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery". I couldn't help myself; I had to see how it ended. So many good people involved, many with 'Columbo' connections, and yet nobody seemed to notice how bad the script was. Maybe because it was written by the director (Dean Hargrove) and the star (Gabriel Dell). The 'Columbo' connections: Hargrove, Nicholas Colasanto (once again playing a bartender, like in 'Cheers'), Anjanette Comer, Will Geer, Joyce Van Patten, Sorrell Brooke, and Nita Talbot. But also Huntz Hall, Jackie Coogan, Vincent Gardenia, and Dick Gautier.
Entertainment reporter Nellie Andreeva has a last name that would have made a great name for a Tenctonese in 'Alien Nation'. There's a show that should be back, but NOT updated. A continuation of the original, okay. But not a remake.
Have a great Thanksgiving!



Today marks the 47th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Over the years there have been many portrayals of JFK in the various dimensions of the TV Universe, and some of them could be found in Skitlandia (the sketch comedy TV dimension).

(Halloween, 1960)

'Saturday Night Live'

Jon Hamm

From Wikipedia:
The United States presidential election of 1960 was the 44th American presidential election, held on November 8, 1960, for the term beginning January 20, 1961, and ending January 20, 1965. The incumbent president, Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower, was not eligible to run again. The Republican Party nominated Richard M. Nixon, Eisenhower's Vice-President, while the Democrats nominated John F. Kennedy, the junior Senator from Massachusetts. Eventually, Kennedy was elected with a lead of 112,827 votes, or 0.1% of the popular vote, giving him a victory of 303 to 219 in the Electoral College, the closest since 1916.

There has been controversy among some historians as to whether vote theft in selected states aided Kennedy's victory.

This election saw Southern anger at the pro-civil rights stances of Kennedy and Nixon. Mississippi and Alabama sent uncommitted electors to the Electoral College: eventually, these voted for Harry F. Byrd, segregationist Democrat Senator from Virginia, for President, and Strom Thurmond, segregationist Democratic Senator from South Carolina, for Vice-President. A faithless elector from Oklahoma voted for Byrd for President and Barry Goldwater, a Republican senator from Arizona, for Vice-President.

This was the first presidential election in which Alaska and Hawaii participated, having been granted statehood, respectively, on January 3 and August 21 of the previous year. It was also the first election in which both candidates for president were born in the 20th century. This is also the most recent election where the candidate who carried Ohio did not win the overall election, and the first ever when a Democrat was elected President without carrying Florida (although this happened again in 1992).

Kennedy was inaugurated in 1961, serving almost three years before he was assassinated in 1963. Nixon went on to return in the 1968 election and served as President from 1969 to 1974, being re-elected in 1972.

(portrayed by Bill Hader)



Sunday, November 21, 2010


Having invoked Mama Cass with that last post about Desmond of 'Lost', I thought I'd also share this classic from her TV series in which she teamed up with Joni Mitchell and Mary Travers.....

And that concludes our video weekend......



'Lost' is finished, but I don't think I'll ever be able to let it go. (Especially not with the Numbers still popping up in Toobworld!)

My favorite character on the show was Desmond David Hume, which shows how big an impression he had to make - since he wasn't introduced until the first episode of the second season. By then, any of the other characters previously established could have taken root as my favorite on the show.

Here's how we first met Desmond, although we didn't know who he was until later in the episode.....

I would have to say that it is the greatest second season opening ever!

Here's that same scene, but this time a YouTuber let the song play throughout:

Desmond was known for addressing everyone as "Brotha", which is so infectious when used with a Scottish burr. I wonder how many people out there picked it up and still use it in their conversations even after the show is over?

Finally, here's a rendition of "Make Your Own Kind Of Music" as performed by the late Mama Cass Elliott in a television performance:

BCnU, Brotha......!

* There was no post labeled as "Desmond Toob One". I just couldn't resist that very bad pun.


I found this via Mark Evanier's blog and it reminded me of growing up with my Dad as a letter carrier. So O'Bviously it spoke to me, especially as we head into this homecoming holiday week.....

I also picture Ethel Merman falling flat on her ass at the end of "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World".......



Speaking of the Children in Need telethon, a hearty thanks to Team Toobworld member Andrew Brook for making sure I knew about this crossover that appeared during the broadcast....

Andrew wasn't convinced that they would take it seriously, and I was prepared to let it go off to Skitlandia, but now having seen it? I don't know; maybe it could remain in Earth Prime-Time.

I don't watch either show, and I'm only more conversant with 'EastEnders' because a security guard at work and his wife are big fans of the show. So my eye catches those stories when they crop up in entertainment news. But it seems to me that they played it for real.

I recognized the actor who played the Indian-Brit who ran the store, but I don't know from where. Otherwise, I really had no clue who was who in this crossover, so I couldn't appreciate some of the match-ups between the Wetherfield citizenry and their Watford visitors. I wasn't even too sure if some of the Wetherfield crowd were down in Albert Square, had it not been for the appearance of the Queen Vic pub. Or maybe I did get that wrong and it was a pub in Wetherfield.

My head hurts.

If it was the Queen Vic, then this should have taken place a few weeks ago. American viewers may not be caught up, but if I'm not mistaken the pub got burned out.

Again, I'm in uncharted waters for my televisiological knowledge.

But what to make of that ending with the two women behind the bar and their big revelation? (What would you call them? Bar owners? Bar maids? Publickennes?) If that theory of relateeveety held up and was carried over to both series, then I think we can safely guarantee that this sketch belongs to Earth Prime-Time and not in Skitlandia.

At any rate, this sketch on the Children in Need telethon is a strong contender for the Crossover of the Year award at the 2010 Toobits Awards.


Thanks again, Andrew B! (To differentiate you from my own brother, Andrew O'B.) Having read through this, I'm sure you've recognized a cry for help when you see one. So any more info you can supply the visitors to my world would be greatly appreciated. (That goes for you too, Rob B!)


First on our Video Weekend Sunday agenda: the preview for the 'Doctor Who' Christmas special. Officially, it debuted last night during the Children In Need telethon over in the UK, but it had been available online for about a week.

The best news about this is that there is virtually no appreciable lag time between the special's broadcast in Britain and its showing in the States - finally! They'll both happen on Christmas Day, with the American premiere at 9:00 PM EST.

I am so ready for some new 'Who', and I don't care how cheesy it may seem to rip off Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", just so long as the Doctor mentions that he knew Dickens.

Of course, if they want to ignore the "fact" that Ebenezer Scrooge also exists in the same TV Universe as the Doctor, I'm fine with that........



Each Sunday, while 'Boardwalk Empire' makes it way toward the end of its first season, we're offering up the various portrayals of real-life historical figures in the show.....

'Boardwalk Empire'

Virginia Kull

From Wikipedia:
Nan P. "Nanny" Britton (November 9, 1896–March 21, 1991) was a figure associated with the Presidency of Warren G. Harding. She authored the 1927 memoir "The President's Daughter".

Born in Marion, Ohio, Britton developed an obsession with her father's friend, Warren G. Harding. As a young girl, her bedroom walls were covered with images of Harding from local papers and magazine. While still less than sixteen years old, she would also dawdle near his Marion Daily Star building in downtown Marion, Ohio hoping to bump into Harding on his walk home from work.

Her father, Dr. Britton, talked to Harding about his daughter's infatuation, and in turn, Harding spoke with the girl, assuring her that one day she would find the man of her dreams. At the time, Harding was involved in a very passionate affair with Carrie Fulton Phillips, wife of James Phillips, co-owner of Marion's Uhler-Phillips Company, a local department store. Following her graduation from Marion High School in 1914, Britton moved to New York City where she hoped to start a career as a secretary.

Following Harding's death, Britton wrote what is considered to be the first kiss-and-tell book "The President's Daughter", published in 1927. In this book, she claimed to have been the mistress of U.S. President Warren G. Harding, and that Harding was the father of her daughter, Elizabeth Ann (1919–2005), who was later adopted by Britton's husband, Mr. Christian. One famous passage mentions their making love in a coat closet in the executive office of the White House.

According to Britton, Harding had promised to support her daughter, but after his sudden death in 1923, Harding's family refused to acknowledge the obligation. The ostensible purpose of the book was to earn money for the support of her daughter, and to champion the rights of illegitimate children. Eventually, a lawsuit (Britton v. Klunk) was brought; however, Britton was unable to provide any concrete evidence and buckled under the cross-examination of former Marion U.S. Representative Grant Mouser, which cost her the case. Britton's memoirs seemed sincere; however, her portrayal of Harding and his colloquialisms — which she found charming — painted a picture of a crude womanizer.

In "Only Yesterday", Frederick Lewis Allen remarks that, on the testimony of Britton's book, Harding's private life was "one of cheap sex episodes" and that "one sees with deadly clarity the essential ordinariness of the man, the commonness of his 'Gee dearie' and 'Say, you darling.'" The book was among those irreverently reviewed by Dorothy Parker for The New Yorker magazine as part of her famous Constant Reader column, under the title "An American DuBarry."

At the time of her death, aged 94, on March 21, 1991 in Clackamas County, Oregon, she was known as Nan P. Britton. She was always resolute that Harding was Elizabeth Ann's father.

Harding's poem to Nan Britton:

"I love your back,
I love your breasts
Daring to feel,
where my face rests.

I love your skin,
so soft and white,
So dear to feel
and sweet to bite.

I love your knees,
their dimple's kiss,
I love your ways
of giving bliss.

I love your poise
of perfect thighs,
They way they
hold me in paradise..."

'Boardwalk Empire' airs tonight at 9 PM on HBO.