Here's an example of UNREEL in action. The preceding post pictured a magazine cover showing one of the British agents who worked under the name of "James Bond". That same agent does - or did (He may be dead.) - exist in Toobworld, but almost everyone believes him to just be a character in a couple of movies.
Here's the proof that he was once active on Earth Prime-Time:
As you can see, gadget designer "Q" was also to be found in Toobworld. As for the security check girl, I don't think there is any theory of relateeveety which could connect her to a certain secretary at a New York advertising firm in the 1960's....
The blanket splainin for mentions of 'Doctor Who' in other TV shows is that a shadowy world government organization (which we've labeled an off-shoot of UNIT called UNREEL - not to be confused with several real world companies and a magazine with the same name) subsidizes fictional movies and TV shows about certain individuals and organizations - not only the Doctor, but James Bond, the Batman, and U.N.C.L.E. as well - to negate any unwanted publicity about those subjects.
If someone tries to claim that they saw the Doctor in action, their account is discredited as the ravings of someone who can't differentiate between "real life" and the world of entertainment. (This is an idea which I've found is shared by my Wold Newton Universe ally, Win Scott Eckert, as mentioned in his excellent two-volume reference source "Crossovers.")
In the last few weeks as the new TV season has begun, three different TV series have referenced the Time Lord as a fictional show within their shows:
The reference to the name of "Amy Pond" could just be a coincidence; I haven't seen any evidence yet in other TV shows that his "current" adventures and Companions have been adapted for the fictional TV show.
As for the mention of TV Crossover Hall Of Fame member Russell T. Davies (League of Themselves division), RTD's televersion is most likely a member of that shadowy organization, or at least works for them in creating these cover stories.
One of these videos is a mash-up of Ms. Carter's roles as both Rita Hayworth and as Diana Prince/'Wonder Woman'. But at least the Rita Hayworth material is intact and not intercut with scenes from the super-hero series....
It may only be Skitlandia, but this past edition of 'Saturday Night Live' may have locked in the Toobits Award for Best Movie to TV Crossover.
During the "Weekend News Update" segment, Ben Stiller appeared as his character of Derek Zoolander during Stephon's report on the hottest clubs in the City.
He was the only character from the movie "Zoolander" to appear, so the bit wasn't diluted by cast members filling in for Hansel and Mathilda and the like. (Although I wouldn't be surprised if Will Ferrell was willing to appear as Jacobim Mugatu.) The "Pulp Fiction"/"Reservoir Dogs" take on 'Welcome Back, Kotter' may have featured John Travolta as Vinnie Barbarino and Michael McKean and David S. Lander as Lenny & Squiggy from 'Laverne & Shirley', but everybody else in the sketch was played by a cast member. So that was a bastard stepchild in comparison.
Zoolander already made two appearances on television, one of them a short film for the VH1 Fashion Awards. These could be part of the main Toobworld, or they could belong in Skitlandia as well.
Here's another tele-quickie review for one of the new shows in the Fall 2011 TV season:
I was prepared to like this show. I'm a fan of Zooey Deschanel, moreso than of her sister who's on some other show - oh, what's her name on whaddyacallit?
I found the pilot to be great - as a self-contained one 'n' done story with the guys coming to the rescue of their new roommate.
But there's the rub - the story continues.
By the time I got around to the second episode, I now had the third in my queue as well. I got about five minutes into that second one - ten, tops - when I decided: nope, not for me. And so I erased it and the third one as well.
That awakening came when she bounced the basketball and destroyed the TV. True, that image was traumatic enough for one such as I, but it got me thinking - this 'New Girl' is the Lucy for a new millennium, and that first one with three indelible sitcoms to enforce the image (not ever counting 'Life With Lucy'!) was more than enough.
There were better things to do in my viewing life.
There's another reason I bailed - I had enough of the character Schmidt and his penchant to peel off his T-shirt. I don't care if he raised enough money to cure cancer with all the donations he made to the Douchebag Jar; I was done with him.
I will give 'New Girl' thanks, however, for adding to the Toobworld lexicon. "Adorkable" - probably the Toobits Award winner for Best New Coined Word for this year.
I will be interested in the sitcom for events outside the box - it's been yanked from the schedule, after posting impressive numbers in its first few weeks out, until late November because of FOX's commitment to the World Series. I've seen this tactic kill other shows in the past even if they had a following beforehand. So it'll be interesting to see if 'New Girl' survives the Big Hiatus.
Final analysis - A good sitcom that could be worth dropping in to visit on occasion, but not one for making the commitment. And there's nothing to keep it from remaining in Earth Prime-Time. They even replaced the character of Coach* from the pilot with a whole new character without just turning him into a recastaway.
* Damon Wayans Jr. already had a sweet gig with 'Happy Endings' on ABC......
From Wikipedia: Prince Ali Solomone Aga Khan (June 13, 1911 – May 12, 1960), known as Aly Khan was a son of Aga Khan III, the head of the Ismaili Muslims, and the father of Aga Khan IV. A socialite, racehorse owner and jockey, he was the third husband of actress Rita Hayworth. After being passed over for succession as Aga Khan, he served as Pakistan's representative to the United Nations, where he became a vice president of the General Assembly.
On 27 May (civil) and 28 May (religious) 1949, in Cannes, France, Aly Aga Khan married the American movie star Rita Hayworth. She was then pregnant with their only child, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, who was born seven months later. (Hayworth also brought Aly a stepdaughter, Rebecca Welles, by her previous marriage to Orson Welles.)
At the wedding, "500 guests from the United States and Europe feasted on 50 pounds of caviar, 600 bottles of Champagne and other gourmet delights around a swimming pool scented with 200 gallons of eau de Cologne." The couple intended to have another marriage ceremony in India, but the plan was cancelled because Hayworth's pregnancy had become too obvious. Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth separated in 1951 and filed for divorce the same year; the suit was dropped in 1952. Eventually, however, the couple were divorced in April 1953, due in part to his infidelities.
Due to his well-publicized romances, Prince Aly Khan was mentioned in a verse of Noel Coward's new 1950s lyrics for Cole Porter's 1928 song "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love": "Monkeys whenever you look do it / Aly Khan and King Farouk do it/Let's do it, let's fall in love."
Lucille P. Markey, owner of Calumet Farm Thoroughbred racing stable in Lexington, KY, named one of her outstanding colts, "Alydar" in his honor because she always addressed the prince as, "Aly Darling".
This latest season of 'In Plain Sight' ended back in August, but I only got around to watching the last six episodes over my days off this week. And throughout that half dozen WITSEC cases, a number of possible Zonks were tossed around, usually by US Marshal Mary Shannon, and mostly as derogatory insults to those around her.
1] "Nancy Drew" This was Mary's name for her partner Marshall's girlfriend Abigail, the detective from the Albuquerque Police Department.
Nancy Drew was a teen-aged amateur sleuth who first appeared in the literary universe (Word-World?) in 1930. Decades after a few forays into the Cineverse, Ms. Drew became part of Toobworld in 1978. Any appearance beyond 1979 would be of a Nancy Drew from alternate TV dimensions.
Thirty plus years on from that point, Nancy Drew probably drew (Sorry about that, Chief!) national attention to herself for solving some crime - perhaps one that put the entire country at risk. This could splain how Mary knew about her.
But then again....
In 1979, Nancy Drew's physical appearance suddenly changed. (Outside the box, this was due to recasting - Pamela Sue Martin originated the role, but suddenly quit when her episode order in the rotation with the Hardy Boys* was drastically reduced to mostly guest appearances in their episodes. She was replaced by Janet Louise Johnson, without any comment about her change in appearance by those around her. Although no one seemed to notice at the time, perhaps the truth was eventually revealed and caused a media sensation which Mary would have read about.
2] "Serpico" Twice Mary called Marshall by the name of this famous police detective.
Everybody in the real world has a counterpart in Toobworld. Frank Serpico is one who actually got a televersion visible to the Trueniverse audience. But Mary was referring to David Birney's portrayal in the TV series, but as the real cop, not a TV character. If she was referring to any fictional portrayal of Serpico, then it would be to Al Pacino's role in the movie, which was made in Toobworld as well. (Since Serpico was played by Pacino and not Birney in the movie, the movie cannot be absorbed into the Toobworld Dynamic.)
3] "The 'Law & Order' boxed set" Abigail gave the complete series to Marshal as a gift.
This should be a Zonk! 'In Plain Sight' and the 'Law & Order' franchise should be sharing the same TV dimension. In fact, Mary made a quick cameo in an episode of 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent'.
But the Toobworld Central splainin is that mentions of 'Law & Order' are most likely to a reality documentary series which followed the detectives of the 27th Precinct around on their cases 24/7; a series which proved highly popular. (And Abigail must really love Marshall in order to get him the complete series. I'm not really sure if the same holds true for Toobworld, but that warhorse ran for 20 years in the real world. A complete boxed set is a hefty investment! I think it runs about $700.00....) 4] "Norman Bates" Mary called Marshall "Norman Bates" after he referred to her as "Mother".
He's much better known for the original "Psycho" directed by Alfred Hitchcock and then for the two sequels, but Norman Bates is a citizen of Toobworld as well. And since Anthony Perkins played him in a TV movie (with Henry Thomas playing young Norman), those first three "Psycho" movies can be excised from the Cineverse and absorbed into the Toobworld Dynamic.
(And, of course, the Vince Vaughn remake goes to some other movie world. If there's a Cinematic Evil Mirror Universe......)
So even though Norman Bates is a fellow TV character, Mary could still know all about him. He probably had the same notoriety as had John Wayne Gacy and Jeffrey Dahmer in the real world. Plus the original "Psycho" movie, even though it can be considered real-life events in Toobworld, was still made by Alfred Hitchcock in the early 1960's. (So much was made of its existence in an episode of 'Murder, She Wrote' that we can't ignore it.) Therefore, TV's Hitchcock was making a docudrama based on fact.
Norman Bates also exists in Skitlandia, thanks to the 'Saturday Night Live' sketch about the Norman Bates School of Motel Management. That episode of the show was hosted by Anthony Perkins......
As for the Norman Bates who mentored young Alex West in the asylum, as seen in the TV movie "Bates Motel", he was delusional and only believed himself to be the famous murderer.
When 'In Plain Sight' eventually returns, I'm sure Mary Shannon will be spouting plenty of other Zonks which we'll have to disable. Hopefully in doing so, we won't wake the baby....
* Because I didn't want to take anything away from the main focus of this post, I'm not getting into the Zonk about the Hardy Boys themselves. They originally appeared back in the 50's on TV, but it's their 70's incarnation that is better known. And we can't have that version of Nancy Drew in the main Toobworld if we banish the later Frank and Joe.
So why not keep both versions? The Hardy Boys of the 1950's were the real deal, and as for the brother sleuths of the 70's? Oh, I don't know - off the top of my head I'll say alien recreations. It could splain why they showed no surprise when Nancy Drew suddenly changed her appearance....
Like I said, I don't even want to bother thinking about that right now!
Fanfic is okay - I mean, I at least don't rail against it as some do - but when it comes to what happened in the ongoing lives of TV characters after their shows are cancelled, I much prefer reading the thoughts of the creators of those shows.
From Wikipedia: Matthew Wayne Shepard (December 1, 1976 – October 12, 1998) was a student at the University of Wyoming who was tortured and murdered near Laramie, Wyoming, in October 1998. He was attacked on the night of October 6–7, and died at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado, on October 12 from severe head injuries.
During the trial, witnesses stated that Shepard was targeted because of his sexual orientation. Shepard's murder brought national and international attention to the contention of hate crime legislation at the state and federal levels.
In 2009, his mother Judy Shepard authored a book The Meaning of Matthew: My Son's Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed. On October 22, 2009, the United States Congress passed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (Matthew Shepard Act for short), and on October 28, 2009, President Obama signed the legislation into law.
*"Anatomy Of A Hate Crime" did come first by almost a year, but this was the better production. In the end it doesn't really matter so long as Matthew's story is remembered and hopefully prevented from ever happening to somebody else....
Tim Stack of "Entertainment Weekly" had this scoop:
'Don't Trust The Bitch In Apartment 23' will be a midseason series on ABC. (I'm not really sure if the title will actually have "Bitch" in it, but I'm not going to shy away from using it if others are just using "B____" for propriety's sake.)
And it has several Toobworldly factors going for it. First off, that the apartment in question is number "23" gives it a 'Lost' missing link, as "23" is one of the numbers in Hurley's unlucky sequence.
Then there's James Van Der Beek co-starring as himself. It's not a novel idea - 'Half Nelson' with Dean Martin and 'It's Like... You Know' with Jennifer Grey have done it before - but it will foster a lot of 'Dawson's Creek' Zonks I'll have to deactivate.
Van Der Beek is not the only one who will be appearing as members of the League of Themselves on the sitcom. Dean Cain will show up as Van Der Beek's rival, while Kevin Sorbo will be in another as Chloe's wedding date.
If they want to make 'Lois & Clark' jokes about Dean Cain, I'm okay with that. 'Lois & Clark' took place in an alternate TV dimension and it could be that since the mythos of Superman is known to everybody in Toobworld since he died, then there might be a TV series based on the Man of Steel.....
But the most exciting bit o' news was for the casting of Kevin Sorbo as himself. This will tie the series in to 'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys', which established that the former TV Herc was actually the true Hercules using the alias of Kevin Sorbo!
Sweet. Kevin Sorbo may actually get into the TV Crossover Hall Of Fame based on this new series. (There's also the project "Legendary" which would have Sorbo playing himself, not to mention his appearances as Hercules in episodes of 'Xena-Warrior Princess'.)
So, another day, another review for one of the new series in the Fall 2011 season.
And today? It's 'Homeland'.
I really enjoyed the pilot. I could see myself having stayed with it for at least a handful of episodes, despite the personal stumbling block which I'll get to eventually. But I saw it via an online preview, and I didn't like it that much that I would plunk down the quatloos to order Showtime in order to watch it. (HBO is already a burden on the checkbook, but every time I want to get out, they pull me back in with a great new TV series. I'm now in it until 'Game Of Thrones' has run its course.)
Anyhoo, as good as this show is, how long do the producers envision it could run? The US marketing model demands as many seasons as pozz'ble, with the traditional magic number of 100 episodes for eventual syndication. But I don't think the premise could be carried that long. 'Homeland' would be better suited to the British model - about six or eight episodes and done.
As for the characters, I think making Claire Danes' agent so flawed was a brilliant stroke. Aside from preventing her becoming Joanie One-Note in her zeal to expose the Truth, it also helps that her flaws could hamper the investigation and thus stretch the series out more.
Damian Lewis, as the POW "freed" from Taliban captiviity after eight years is enigmatically good. I admit that he's a damn good actor. But something about him - in this and his previous series 'Life' - just turns me off. Too cold, maybe? But I'm sure that immortal line line applies here - "It's not him; it's me." (And it's not because he's ginger. LOL - I'm in that tribe as well!)
Most of all, I really enjoyed Mandy Patinkin as Claire Danes' mentor, and I feel there's a lot of potential for the patented Patinkin snark. On the other hand, there's his reputation for bailing out on his TV series. So the show's creators better have a contingency plan to eventually invoke the mentor tradition. (Think Merlin, Gandalf, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Sigourney Weaver of 'Avatar'.....)
There's one other reason I may not have stayed with 'Homeland' for very long. My brain is too invested in the Toobworld concept - and if it's not a show that can be set on Earth Prime-Time, I tend to lose interest nowadays. It has to be a really good series - 'The West Wing' good! - in order to get me to continue watching "Alternateevee".
'Homeland' jumped ship in the pilot episode once Jamey Sheridan showed up as the Vice President of the United States. He looked Bidenesque, but he wasn't Joe Biden. And as Joe Biden is the Veep for the real world as well as for Toobworld, 'Homeland' must take place in an alternate TV dimension.
A point in its favor, however - it could be taking place in the 'West Wing' TV dimension So long as the President is never named, it could be he's Matt Santos. Perhaps former Vice President Eric Baker had to step down for personal reasons and so this unnamed Vice President was chosen by Santos and approved by Congress to fill the vacancy. (The fact that Sheridan never appeared in 'The West Wing' is a huge plus for this theory.)
One last O'Bservation, about the promotional aspect of the series - I do like how 'Homeland' is spelled in the print advertising, with the "E" in 'Homeland' turned... just like Damian Lewis' character.......
So if you already have Showtime, I'd suggest catching up on this show. If not, wait for Netflix to offer up the DVDs.....
Actor George Baker passed away on October 7 at the age of 80. He was perhaps best known for playing Inspector Reg Wexford in the long-running 'The Ruth Rendell Mysteries' and for his roles in three James Bond movies. (Ian Fleming thought he would have been perfect for the role of Bond, James Bond, but it went to Sean Connery instead.)
For me, his best known Toobworld work would be as the second Number Two in the first episode of 'The Prisoner', and most of all for his role in 'I, Claudius'.....
AS SEEN IN: 'I, Claudius'
AS PLAYED BY: George Baker
TV DIMENSION: Earth Prime-Time
From Wikipedia: Tiberius (Latin: Tiberius Julius Caesar Augustus; 16 November 42 BC – 16 March 37 AD), was Roman Emperor from 14 AD to 37 AD. Tiberius was by birth a Claudian, son of Tiberius Claudius Nero and Livia Drusilla. His mother divorced Nero and married Augustus in 39 BC, making him a step-son of Octavian. Tiberius would later marry Augustus' daughter Julia the Elder (from his marriage to Scribonia) and even later be adopted by Augustus, by which act he officially became a Julian, bearing the name Tiberius Julius Caesar. The subsequent emperors after Tiberius would continue this blended dynasty of both families for the next forty years; historians have named it the Julio-Claudian dynasty. In relations to the other emperors of this dynasty, Tiberius was the stepson of Augustus, great-uncle of Caligula, paternal uncle of Claudius, and great-great uncle of Nero.
Tiberius was one of Rome's greatest generals, conquering Pannonia, Dalmatia, Raetia, and temporarily Germania; laying the foundations for the northern frontier. But he came to be remembered as a dark, reclusive, and sombre ruler who never really desired to be emperor; Pliny the Elder called him tristissimus hominum, "the gloomiest of men." After the death of Tiberius’ son Drusus Julius Caesar in 23 he became more reclusive and aloof. In 26, against better judgement, Tiberius exiled himself from Rome and left administration largely in the hands of his unscrupulous Praetorian Prefects Lucius Aelius Sejanus and Quintus Naevius Sutorius Macro. Caligula, Tiberius' grand-nephew and adopted grandson, succeeded the emperor upon his death.
I thought I might post some quick thoughts about various new TV series for the 2011 Fall season. Overall, I'd have to say this is one of the least interesting crop of new shows I've ever seen. I won't say they're the worst batch ever, but far too many of them are just not candidates for my DVR queue.
So here's the first one.....
'RINGER' (The CW)
I found the wole plotline in the pilot episode to be unbelievable. And there wasn't one character I liked; it's the type of hook that I must have in order to stay invested in a show. But here? I ended the hour not caring what happened to any of them, not even the ones played by actors I really like (and there were only three of them in this show.)
And as for that ending, I pegged that even before the episode started.
Apparently, the level of disbelief keeps rising each week. My friend Mara, who's studying to be a lawyer, had this to say about a later episode:
"Watching 'Ringer', and there's a scene where the FBI agent picks up Bridget's phone while she's in the next room and just goes through her outgoing calls list -- the lawyer in me was like, "Nuh uh, G-Man, you can't do that!" *shakes finger*"
But the important thing for Toobworld Central is this: From what I saw in that pilot episode, there was nothing to keep 'Ringer' out of Earth Prime-Time. But that could still happen farther down the line... if it lasts that long.
Yesterday marked the birthday of Brett Favre, and a year ago this past Saturday he had been investigated by the league.....
AS SEEN IN: 'Saturday Night Live'
AS PLAYED BY: Jason Sudeikis
From Wikipedia: Brett Lorenzo Favre (born October 10, 1969) is a former American football quarterback who spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He was a 20-year veteran of the NFL, having played quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons (1991), Green Bay Packers (1992–2007), New York Jets (2008) and Minnesota Vikings (2009–2010). Favre is the only quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 70,000 yards, over 500 touchdowns, over 300 interceptions, and over 10,000 pass attempts. He officially retired on January 17, 2011.
On October 8, 2010, the NFL began investigating Favre for allegedly sexting and leaving inappropriate voice messages for Jets "Gameday host" Jenn Sterger during the 2008 season. The investigation was in response to the voicemail recordings and photos posted by the website Deadspin the day before. In late October 2010, Favre was rumored to have admitted to NFL officials investigating the allegations that he indeed left the voicemail messages on Jenn Sterger's phone, but denied sending photos. On December 29, 2010, Favre was found not to be in violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy, but was fined $50,000 for failing to cooperate with the investigation.
I'm really cutting it close with this one for a sked alert, as the show is airing in less than half an hour, Eastern time. But I'm only just learning about it.
It seems we've got a rarity - a "reality" crossover.
From David Hinckley of the New Daily News: [A] good moment is what we get from this crossover collaboration between PBS' "Antiques Roadshow" and "History Detectives" over a Civil War tintype that shows a white and black man seated next to each other in Confederate Army uniforms.
Wes Cowan, who assesses the value of antiques and collectibles on "Antiques Roadshow," now becomes a history detective. He combs family archives and public records, then asks experts to analyze the evidence.
Cowan is an appropriate middleman, since the tintype was first brought to him by Chandler Battaile, its current owner and a descendant of the white Chandlers, for an "Antiques Roadshow" episode that aired in June 2009.
That 2009 episode will be rerun Monday, followed Tuesday by a new "History Detectives" with Cowan's report.
In the New York Times obituary for actress Doris Belack, who passed away at the age of 85, two roles are given special mention - her soap opera producer in the movie "Tootsie", and the judge she played in ten episodes of 'Law & Order'.
Judge Margaret Barry deserves to be inducted into the TV Crossover Hall Of Fame because she meets the basic requirement for membership - besides presiding over those court cases in the 'Law & Order' mothership, she also appeared in two episodes of the spin-off 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'. That makes her second required appearance.
And although it was never acknowledged as being part of the franchise, 'New York Undercover' was a Dick Wolf production which had several small connections to 'Law & Order'. Judge Margaret Barry's appearance in the episode "Catharsis" was one of those links, even if she was never identified by name.
And that makes three.
Ms. Belack played a Judge Venezia in an episode of 'Cosby'. Had her character gone nameless, we might have included her as well.
(It should be noted that in her first appearance, in the episode "Happily Ever After", her nameplate displayed the name "Barrie Morton". But then, all of the judges in that episode had that same nameplate. Whoever was the court bailiff that day wasn't firing on all cylinders.)
'Law & Order' Happily Ever After (23 October 1990) The Torrents of Greed: Part 1 (12 February 1991) Cradle to Grave (31 March 1992) Golden Years (5 January 1994) Old Friends (25 May 1994) Wannabe (15 March 1995) Girlfriends (1 May 1996) Denial (8 October 1997) Venom (18 November 1998) School Daze (16 May 2001)
'New York Undercover' Catharsis (1999) … Judge
'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' Closure: Part 2 (3 November 2000) Pique (4 May 2001)
Her Honor is not the intended inductee to represent October; that will be revealed next weekend. But in the past, I've always mentioned how certain minor characters deserved to be inducted after the actor passes away and then never get around to paying them such a tribute. I don't want to make the mistake ever again.
Toobworld Central salutes you, Justice Barry, and Doris Belack as well.
Orson Welles passed away on this date 26 years ago.....
AS SEEN IN: "RKO 281"
AS PLAYED BY: Liev Schreiber
TV DIMENSION: Earth Prime-Time (conditional)
From Wikipedia: George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985), best known as Orson Welles, was an American film director, actor, theatre director, screenwriter, and producer, who worked extensively in film, theatre, television and radio. Noted for his innovative dramatic productions as well as his distinctive voice and personality, Welles is widely acknowledged as one of the most accomplished dramatic artists of the twentieth century, especially for his significant and influential early work—despite his notoriously contentious relationship with Hollywood. His distinctive directorial style featured layered, nonlinear narrative forms, innovative uses of lighting such as chiaroscuro, unique camera angles, sound techniques borrowed from radio, deep focus shots, and long takes. Welles's long career in film is noted for his struggle for artistic control in the face of pressure from studios. Many of his films were heavily edited and others left unreleased. He has been praised as a major creative force and as "the ultimate auteur."
After directing a number of high-profile theatrical productions in his early twenties, including an innovative adaptation of "Macbeth" and "The Cradle Will Rock", Welles found national and international fame as the director and narrator of a 1938 radio adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel "The War of the Worlds" performed for the radio drama anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was reported to have caused widespread panic when listeners thought that an invasion by extraterrestrial beings was occurring. Although these reports of panic were mostly false and overstated, they rocketed Welles to instant notoriety.
"Citizen Kane" (1941), his first film with RKO, in which he starred in the role of Charles Foster Kane, is often considered the greatest film ever made. Several of his other films, including "The Magnificent Ambersons" (1942), "The Lady from Shanghai" (1947), "Touch of Evil" (1958), "Chimes at Midnight" (1965), and "F for Fake" (1974), are also widely considered to be masterpieces.
In 2002, he was voted the greatest film director of all time in two separate British Film Institute polls among directors and critics, and a wide survey of critical consensus, best-of lists, and historical retrospectives calls him the most acclaimed director of all time. Well known for his baritone voice, Welles was also an extremely well regarded actor and was voted number 16 in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars list of the greatest American film actors of all time. He was also a celebrated Shakespearean stage actor and an accomplished magician, starring in troop variety shows in the war years.
Orson Welles was voted into the TV Crossover Hall Of Fame as a member of the League of Themselves. The argument could be made for him to be inducted again due to the various actors who have played him in different TV productions - everything from 'Studio One' to 'The War Of The Worlds' and 'Pinky And The Brain'
On this date in 768, Carloman I and Charlemagne were crowned Kings of The Franks......
AS SEEN IN:
"Pippin: His Life And Times"
AS PLAYED BY:
TV DIMENSION: ToobStage*
Charlemagne (possibly 742 – 28 January 814) was King of the Franks from 768 and Emperor of the Romans (Imperator Romanorum) from 800 to his death in 814. He expanded the Frankish kingdom into an empire that incorporated much of Western and Central Europe. During his reign, he conquered Italy and was crowned Imperator Augustus by Pope Leo III on 25 December 800. His rule is also associated with the Carolingian Renaissance, a revival of art, religion, and culture through the medium of the Catholic Church. Through his foreign conquests and internal reforms, Charlemagne helped define both Western Europe and the European Middle Ages. He is numbered as Charles I in the regnal lists of Germany, the Holy Roman Empire, and France.
Today he is regarded not only as the founding father of both French and German monarchies, but also as a Pater Europae (father of Europe): his empire united most of Western Europe for the first time since the Romans, and the Carolingian renaissance encouraged the formation of a common European identity.
In Earth Prime-Time, he met the Time Lord known as "The Doctor".
"I was deep in the Ardennes, trying to find Charlemagne.
He had been kidnapped by an insane computer."
"Charlemagne lived centuries ago!"
"I've got a very good memory."
* As this was a musical, they were probably visited by the dimension-hopping demon, Mr. Sweet (TV Crossover Hall Of Fame member from 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer'.)
As the Trickster once said, "Reality is boring, that's why I change it whenever I can."
I'm just "The Man Who Viewed Too Much", and "Inner Toob" is a blog exploring and celebrating the 'reality' of an alternate universe in which everything that ever happened on TV actually takes place.
Most of my theories about the TV Universe come from thinking inside the box and thus can't be proven. But I've never been one to shy away from a tall tale.....
Remember: "The more you watch, the more you've seen!"