Tuesday, December 31, 2013


And now for something completely different for our penultimate League of Themselves showcase for the year, leading into the "Who's On First" marathon.....


General Foods commercial for Jell-O and Dream Whip
(with the cast of 'Hogan's Heroes')

I don't know where the bleep this should go!
But I'm going with:
"The Blended Time Dimension"

From Wikipedia:
Carol Elaine Channing (born January 31, 1921) is an American singer, actress, and comedienne. She is the recipient of three Tony Awards (including one for lifetime achievement), a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. Channing is best remembered for originating, on Broadway, the musical-comedy roles of bombshell Lorelei Lee in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", and matchmaking widow Dolly Gallagher Levi in "Hello, Dolly!"

I wrote about this quandary in the past:

Might have to do a McCarthy-style witch hunt and look through the League of Themselves rolls to see if anybody else playing themselves on TV could actually be an alien.
I'm looking at you, Carol Channing. How else can it be splained that she showed up in Stalag 13 with 'Hogan's Heroes' looking exactly the same age as she was back in the mid to late 1960's (as seen in a Jell-O commercial)?

Perhaps it might be a good idea to place this in the TV dimension that was created in 'Doctor Who' when River Song didn't shoot the Doctor in "The Wedding Of River Song". Because she altered a Fixed Point in Time, all of History blended into happening all at once.

So that's when a Carol Channing from the 1960's could have met some Prisoners of War in a 1940's German Stalag......


1 comment:

Mike Doran said...

This commercial comes from a special that Carol Channing did for CBS circa 1966-67 (not sure of the exact date).
General Foods was the sponsor. The premise was that Channing would do the various ad spots with the stars of CBS shows that Genearl Foods was sponsoring at that time. Hogan's was one; the others included Andy Griffith, Gomer Pyle, and at least one other I can't call to mind right now.

The Channing special became the subject of a mild controversy about a year later, when some guy claimed that he'd "fixed" the Nielsen ratings for the show, by getting ahold of a list of Nielsen families and contacting them in regard to the General Foods commercials.
Nothing much came of this; it was determined that the "fixer" didn't have enough names to sway the sample.