Friday marked the forty-ninth anniversary for 'Doctor Who'. Next year, I
think the lead-up to the fiftieth anniversary will examine the answer to "the
First Question", a question that must never be answered.
Morecambe & Wise were the biggest comedy duo in Great Britain for
decades. Although no way similar in style, they may have been the equivalent in
popularity to Abbott & Costello over here in the States. I'm probably wrong
in that estimation and comparison, but then they weren't known over here; I know
very little about them.
For the annual "Children In Need" telethon, their act was resurrected
onstage - in the form of a hologram, a la Tupac Shakur earlier this year.
How does this play out in the Toobworld Dynamic?
I think in Skitlandia this would mark their appearance as ghosts in front
of a live audience.....
Even though this was one of Andy Griffith's greatest roles, and he truly
made it his own by going multiversal with it, this is the portrayal that's the
official televersion for Earth Prime-Time......
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'No Time For Sergeants'
When [Sammy] Jackson read that Warner Brothers was going to produce a 1964
ABC television sitcom, 'No Time for Sergeants', he wrote directly to Jack Warner
saying that he was the best choice for the role and asked Warner to examine a
certain 'Maverick' episode as proof. Ten days later Jackson was told to come to
the studio to test for the role. Jackson won the role over several actors
including the better known Will Hutchins, a Warner Brothers television contract
star who had played 'Sugarfoot' and also had been in the "No Time for Sergeants"
The series was produced by George Burns's production company and shown
in the UK on ITV from 1965 to 196. It also preceded Burns' own 'Wendy and Me'
sitcom, with Connie Stevens, which aired on the Monday night ABC schedule.
We're taking a break from the "TV Rerun Leftovers" on this Black Friday, in
order to pay tribute to a legendary actor.....
On this date 125 years ago, William Henry Pratt was born in Camberwell,
He's better known to the world as Boris Karloff......
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'Studio One' -
"A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court"
Earth Prime-Time (but in a dream)
King Arthur is a legendary British leader of the late 5th and early 6th
centuries, who, according to medieval histories and romances, led the defence of
Britain against Saxon invaders in the early 6th century. The details of Arthur's
story are mainly composed of folklore and literary invention, and his historical
existence is debated and disputed by modern historians. The sparse historical
background of Arthur is gleaned from various sources, including the "Annales
Cambriae", the "Historia Brittonum", and the writings of Gildas. Arthur's name
also occurs in early poetic sources such as "Y Gododdin".
Arthur developed as a figure of international interest largely through the
popularity of Geoffrey of Monmouth's fanciful and imaginative 12th-century
"Historia Regum Britanniae" ("History of the Kings of Britain").
Arthurian romance also proved influential in the United States, with such books
as Sidney Lanier's "The Boy's King Arthur" (1880) reaching wide audiences and
providing inspiration for Mark Twain's satiric "A Connecticut Yankee in King
Arthur's Court" (1889).
For the week of Thanksgiving, we're featuring reruns as our leftovers -
literary characters as seen on TV who have been previously featured in this
And for Thanksgiving Day, we have over-stuffed the gallery with three
versions of Dame Agatha Christie's Belgian sleuth, Hercule Poirot.
When he was featured early in the year, we used the Poirot from the
Cineverse Borderlands. And we still have not given this "tribute" to the
Hercule Poirot of Earth Prime-Time, as played by David Suchet.
Dame Agatha Christie
AS PORTRAYED BY:
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"Murder On The Orient Express"
Liberties with the original story can be expected in any TV production.
For the official Earth Prime-Time adaptation of this, the best known of Poirot's
cases, a major revision was given to the televersion of Dr. Constantine. But
that not only worked, in my opinion it was an improvement over the original
story. However, this TV movie eliminated too many characters and by doing so
removed the important reason for such a large cast. And thus, it is EVIL!
AS PORTRAYED BY:
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'G.E. True Theater'
Gabel's performance as Poirot was the first appearance for the character
and this episode of the anthology series served as a pilot for a proposed TV
show. Normally the rule in Toobworld is the first portrayal of any character is
the official televersion for Earth Prime-Time. But a one-shot version has to be
put aside in favor of a recastaway who logs more screen time with an actual
series, and such is the case here. By the end of next year, David Suchet will
have been seen in adaptations of every single story by Christie about Poirot.
He will forever stand as the benchmark for the role. Gabel's performance then
has to be relegated to the world of prequels (no good name for that world yet)
in which we also find Art Carney's version of Horace Ford and Stuart Margolin as
Rabbi David Small.
(I'd also like to think his TV dimension might be that of "Over There" as
seen in 'Fringe', if only for the fact that Martin Gabel's grandson Seth Gabel
played FBI/Fringe Division Agent Lincoln Lee in that world.)
I need to get to the Paley Center one of these days and see if they have Gabel's performance in the archives......
Sir Ian Holm
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"Murder By The Book"
Earth Prime-Time Dream
Toobworld Central makes allowances for recasting due to aging. So Dame
Peggy Ashcroft is Dame Agatha Christie for Earth Prime-Time as a woman near the
end of her life, while Fenella Woolgar is the younger Agatha Christie as seen in
the 'Doctor Who' episode "The Unicorn And The Wasp". Holm's Poirot is merely
the manifestation of Christie's sleuth in a dream she had while working out the
details for the last book to be written about Poirot, "Curtain".
For our "Rerun Leftovers" week, here's something appropriate for Hump
Quasimodo is described as "hideous" and a "creation of the devil." He was
born with a hunchback, and a giant wart that covers his right eye. He is found
abandoned in Notre Dame (on the foundlings' bed, where orphans and unwanted
children are left to public charity) on Quasimodo Sunday, the first Sunday after
Easter, by Claude Frollo, the Archdeacon of Notre Dame, who adopts the baby,
names him after the day the baby was found, and brings him up to be the
bell-ringer of the Cathedral. Due to the loud ringing of the bells, Quasimodo
also becomes deaf. Although he is hated for his deformity, it is revealed that
he is fairly kind at heart.
Quasimodo's name can be considered a pun. Frollo
finds him on the cathedral's doorsteps on Quasimodo Sunday and names him after
the holiday. However, the Latin words "quasi" and "modo" also mean "almost" and
"the standard measure" respectively. As such, Quasimodo is "almost the standard
measure" of a human person.
From "The Perry Mason TV Show Book" The most
famous of the three policemen regularly featured on the Mason series was the
wry, dry-witted Lieutenant Arthur Tragg. Although not as prominent, Tragg was in
reality an even bigger loser than his boss, Hamilton Burger. After all, whereas
Burger was guilty only of losing every case he brought to court against Perry
Mason, Traggand his later counterpartswas guilty of making all those false
From Sleuth Noir: Lt Arthur Tragg is a... detective lieutenant
from the Los Angeles Police Department. He worked very closely for many years
with Hamilton Burger, a Los Angeles district attorney who always lost his cases
when he faced Perry Mason. Lt Tragg spent years observing the methodology of
Mason and his associate Paul Drake, and was particularly impressed with Mason's
ability to handle difficult witnesses with tough questioning, and Drake's
ability to make deductions from crime scene evidence.
*Well, it would have to be an evil dimension, wouldn't it? To bring the
show back with all new actors a year after the original series ended its lengthy
run, showing no respect to the audience's love for those characters?
One of the touchstones in the audience memories of 'Lassie' has to be the
But other music played an important role in underscoring scenes from the show. Here's a very moving piece. (Make sure you read the description of the scene - it must have broken a lot of hearts back in the Trueniverse when it first played out.)
Eventually it was decided to replace the human cast of 'Lassie' (probably
because Tommy Rettig was getting older?) Thankfully, the producers chose not to
play the recastaway game and instead brought in a whole new family to live on
the farm and care for Lassie.
Here's a great example of Life During Prime Time done right!
One last TV character who began life as a character from BookWorld, and you
probably didn't know it. Maybe you did. Or maybe you thought "she" began life in the
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[BookWorld, the Cineverse, Toobworld]
Lassie is a fictional collie dog character created by Eric Knight in a
short story expanded to novel length called "Lassie Come-Home". Published in
1940, the novel was filmed by MGM in 1943 as "Lassie Come Home" with a dog named
Pal playing Lassie. Pal then appeared with the stage name "Lassie" in six other
MGM feature films through 1951. Pal's owner and trainer Rudd Weatherwax then
acquired the Lassie name and trademark from MGM and appeared with Pal (as
"Lassie") at rodeos, fairs, and similar events across America in the early
In 1954, the long-running, Emmy winning television series Lassie
debuted, and, over the next 19 years, a succession of Pal's descendants appeared
on the series. The "Lassie" character has appeared in radio, television, film,
toys, comic books, animated series, juvenile novels, and other media. Pal's
descendants continue to play Lassie today.
Lassie has to be one of those examples of a human being who was
reincarnated into a dog and who retained their previous human intelligence. The
evidence comes in the 1959 episode "The Trap" in which Ruth got her leg caught
in a trap which was set to capture a cougar. She tells Lassie to go fetch a
C-Clamp, and the collie knows exactly what she wanted!!!!
Lassie was inducted into the TV Crossover Hall Of Fame in January of 2003......
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!"