Saturday, February 23, 2013


The 'Body Of Proof' forensic medical team in Philadelphia figured out where war veterans were being butchered, thanks to a quarantined bug found among the dumped bodies. A shipment containing such bugs was being kept at Berth 23 at the Port of Philadelphia.

"23" has become my favorite in the numerical sequence that was so prevalent in the TV series 'Lost'. Having first learned of "the Numbers", I naturally gravitated to "42", because of its connection to 'The Hitch-Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy'. But "23" has been used so often since then, and it seems like such a random number, that I'm more impressed in finding that one.



From CBS News:
For the third anniversary of Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign this week, Big Bird has teamed up with the first lady in two new public service announcements that encourage kids to exercise and eat better. Mrs. Obama's initiative hopes to "ensure that all our children grow up healthy and reach their full potential."
- Lindsay Boerma

The PSAs seen in the article can be included in Big Bird's tally for his membership in the TV Crossover Hall of Fame, which will take place this April. They also serve as the second requirement for First Lady Michelle Obama's qualifications to eventually join the Hall of Fame. She already has the appearance on 'iCarly', as seen in today's "League Of Themselves" post.

You can see the videos and read more about the story here.



Today we feature Barack's Better Half.....


From Wikipedia:
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is the wife of the 44th and current President of the United States, Barack Obama, and the first African-American First Lady of the United States. Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Obama attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School before returning to Chicago to work at the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met her future husband. Subsequently, she worked as part of the staff of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, and for the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Throughout 2007 and 2008, she helped campaign for her husband's presidential bid. She delivered a keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and also spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She is the mother of daughters, Malia and Sasha. As the wife of a Senator, and later the First Lady, she has become a fashion icon and role model for women, and an advocate for poverty awareness, nutrition, and healthy eating.

["iMeet The First Lady"]

From the 'iCarly' wiki:
First Lady Obama guest-starred as herself in [the 'iCarly'] season 4 episode "iMeet The First Lady". The episode was written by series creator, writer and executive producer Dan Schneider specifically for Mrs. Obama and her Joining Forces initiative. Joining Forces is a comprehensive national initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to mobilize all sectors of society to give American service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. She appears in the episode lauding Carly, Sam and Freddie for their love and support of Carly's father Colonel Steven Shay.


Friday, February 22, 2013


James Howard "Fats" Brown, the legendary pool player, spent fifteen years in Purgatory to expunge his sins from Life. He did so by going back to Earth in order to play every claimant to his crown as the ultimate pool champion. The reason he had to pay such a penance was simple - by being so fixated on billiards in Life, he neglected everything else, including his own family.

And because they didn't have a firm father figure in their lives, at least one of his kids grew up to live his own life on the wrong side of the law.

That son was Dibs Brown. He became so notorious as "Dibs" that when he was on trial, the jury knew him - and exonerated him - as Dibs Brown, not by his given name.

That time he was lucky, because he had Carlton Rood as his defense attorney. But the next time he would have a harder time of it because by then, Rood was dead.....

'The Saint' episode was broadcast three years after the episode of 'The Twilight Zone', but the son looks older than the father.  Remember, Fats Brown had been dead for 15 years.  And when he died, he was an old man.  But in his ghostly form, Fats looked as he did at the height of his fame as the world's billiards champion.  When he died as an old man, his son Dibs was already middle-aged.

  • 'The Twilight Zone' - "A Game Of Pool"
  • 'The Saint' - "Element Of Doubt"



'Saturday Night Live'
["The Halloween Party Sketch"
On November 3rd, 2007, Senator Obama made a cameo appearance as himself in the opening sketch for the 'Saturday Night Live' which was hosted by Brian Williams (and which featured Feist as the musical guest.)


From the Saturday Night Live Transcripts page:
Hillary Clinton (Amy Poehler) throws a Halloween costume party for her fellow contenders for the Democratic nomination, including Barack Obama who comes disguised as himself.

  • John Edwards.....Will Forte
  • Hillary Clinton.....Amy Poehler
  • Bill Clinton.....Darrell Hammond
  • Bill Richardson.....Horatio Sanz
  • Joe Biden.....Jason Sudeikis
  • Chris Dodd.....Bill Hader
  • Mike Gravel.....Fred Armisen
  • Barack Obama.....Himself
Bill Clinton: Hey! Great Obama mask!

Hillary Clinton: Yeah!

Hillary Clinton: Who is that under there?

[ The man removes his mask to reveal that he really is Barack Obama ]

Barack Obama: Hello, Hillary. Hello, Bill.

Bill Clinton: Nice to see you.

Hillary Clinton: Yes, nice to see you, Barack. So, you're dressed as yourself?

Barack Obama: Well, you know, Hillary, I have nothing to hide. I enjoy being myself. I'm not going to change just because it's Halloween.

Hillary Clinton: Well, that's.... that's great..

Barack Obama: And, may I say, you make a lovely bride.

Bill Clinton: She's a witch!

Hillary Clinton: Bill!! Please, excuse my husband, Barack. Now, were you saying something?

Barack Obama: Yes. I just wanted to let the American people know that.. "Live, from New York, it's Saturday Night!"

For the full transcript, click here.


Thursday, February 21, 2013


This past weekend, BBC-America played the entire mini-series of 'House Of Cards' throughout the day. This was most likely done to cash in on the new, Americanized version which is now available for streaming via Netflix, starring Kevin Spacey in the role of Frank Underwood. (Frank is based on Francis Urquhart, played by Ian Richardson, who starred in the original 'House Of Cards', as well as its two sequels - 'To Play The King' and 'The Final Cut'.)

I realize that 'House Of Cards' is now 23 years old (and it shows in the computer technology used throughout the mini-series!) However, as it was my first time seeing it, there may still be others out there who have yet to watch this brilliant satire on politics. Therefore let these opening paragraphs serve as your spoiler alert should I let spill any details that should have remained hush hush and on the Q.T.......

As I watched the mini-series unfurl, and reveled in the performance by Ian Richardson as the snake-like manipulator Urquhart, I mourned the loss of this series to the main Toobworld, Earth Prime-Time. It wasn't so much because of this opening salvo in the Urquhart trilogy - even though for most of the episodes there was a fictional British Prime Minister succeeding Margaret Thatcher (Henry Collingridge) rather than John Major as happened in the real world and should have been reflected in Toobworld (as is the case with American presidents.) And Collingridge was going to be succeeded by Francis Urquhart.

But by the second series, Prime Minister Urquhart was going to spar with the King of England. God bless the old frump, but the Queen still rules Brittania to this day, and Prince Charles still awaits in the wings. And the King of the second series isn't necessarily supposed to be Charles. He's only referred to as "the King", and is played by Michael Kitchen (Foyle of 'Foyle's War') who doesn't even make a go at impersonating the jug-eared Heir Apparent.

As far as I'm concerned, Kitchen was playing the British sovereign of an alternate TV dimension.

I have yet to see 'To Play The King', but I sense that somehow Urquhart emerges victorious in that head to uneasy head that wears the crown confrontation with the King, to the detriment of His Majesty's mortality. (By 'The Final Cut' there is a new player in the game - listed in the credits as "the Young King".)

Definitely not the stuff of Earth Prime-Time......

But it seemed such a shame to lose Francis Urquhart, Mr. Grey Poupon himself, to an alternate - and therefore, little visited - TV dimension, when he could be such a jewel in the crown for the main Toobworld. After all, Urquhart stands in the pantheon of ten greatest TV villains of all Time - up there with Dr. Loveless, J.R. Ewing, the Riddler, the Master and Khan Noonian Singh.

And so it was during my brisk walk back from the subway this morning that I decided Toobworld would not lose such a great character because of outside elements that would otherwise prove too Zonk-heavy for inclusion in Earth Prime-Time.

However, it did mean Toobworld would have to share his presence......

Basically the only thing that stood in the way for Urquhart to be considered a member of the main Toobworld was Henry Collingridge and then Urquhart himself as the Prime Minister. But the real world was reflected in having Margaret Thatcher as the previous Prime Minister, and references to her Majesty the Queen as the monarch at Buckingham Palace. Although she is never referred to by name, only as "She", I think it's safe to assume that it could - and should! - be Elizabeth II. It was the same situation in 'The West Wing', even though that classic series had a fictional succession of American Presidents going back to just after Richard M. Nixon.

So here's my claim - 'House Of Cards' takes place in the main Toobworld, with 'To Play The King' and 'The Final Cut' continuing the story of Urquhart's counterpart in an alternate TV dimension. That Urquhart's storyline would be the same as what happened in 'House Of Cards', but it can be assumed that the Queen in that dimension is not Elizabeth II, leading to a King who is not Charles.

We've seen this situation play out in the past, where a TV show begins in the main Toobworld, but ends up being the version to be found in some other TV dimension:
  • 'Alias Smith And Jones'
  • 'The Doris Day Show' (about five different TV dimensions in all!)
  • 'The Dead Zone'
  • 'Stargate SG-1'
  • From 'That's So Raven' to 'Cory In The House'
There's still the niggling problem of both Collingridge and Urquhart as the Prime Minister in a world which should reflect those positions as held in the real world.

Still, it has been 23 years since the mini-series first aired. And maybe it's the Ugly American in me, but somehow I don't think the position of British Prime Minister should remain as inflexible even in the past as would be the case for the line of succession of the POTUS. (After all, I want to find a way to keep Harriet Jones of 'Doctor Who' in that office as well.) Collingridge, in the grand scheme of things, really wasn't in office at Number 10 Downing Street for very long. With Urquhart's manipulations, he probably only lasted out the year.

And as for Urquhart?

Remember when I said at the beginning of this post that there would be spoilers? If you haven't seen 'House Of Cards', maybe you should leave antechamber now.....

At the end of 'House Of Cards', reporter Mattie Storrin finally sorted it out that all along she had been used by Urquhart to further his own ends and destroy his enemies and rivals in the Press. She found this out too late of course - for even though they had become lovers, the soon-to-be Prime Minister now saw her as a liability to his ambitions. Without the slightest moment of hesitation, "Daddy" scooped her up and tossed her off the roof of the House of Parliament. She fell to her death, smashing in the roof of a car parked below.


Urquhart immediately began rehearsing what he would say upon being greeted by the police and the Press once he got back downstairs. But little did he know that there was one vital detail he had overlooked - as she always did, Matty had her tape recorder running in her purse to catch her conversation with her lover. We saw a hand reach down and pick up that recorder, which still had the recording light on.

I don't know how this might have been addressed in the beginning of 'To Play The King', but Toobworld Central has already declared that mini-series to be a continuation in another TV dimension.

Since we no longer see the main Toobworld version of Chief Whip Francis Urquhart, I think it's safe to say the back-bencher never became the Earth Prime-Time Prime Minister. That recording was like the manuscript of memoirs left behind in the jail cell by Louis Mazzini in "Kind Hearts And Coronets" or Rorschach's journal mailed to that third-rate newspaper in "The Watchmen". That recording would prove to be Urquhart's undoing.

As was the case with the too abrupt endings for 'Coronet Blue' and 'Now And Again', what happened is left to speculation. (Remember, we're ignoring 'To Play The King' and 'The Final Cut' as they belong to a different dimension.)

DCI Tennyson at the scene of Mattie Storrin's death?

Personally, I think Mattie Storrin's tape recording would find its way to DCI Jane Tennyson of the Met. The timeline works - Thatcher steps down in November of 1990, Henry Collingridge serves for about a year, Jane Tennyson is in charge of her squad by the Spring of 1991. The death of Mattie Storrin could have happened while the weather was still warm, a possibility in November, I think? But if need be, we could stretch out Henry Collingridge's tenure in office to the Spring of 1992 and still be within the 18 month time-span between the first and second series for 'Prime Suspect', which is where I think the arrest of Urquhart by DCI Tennyson would land on the Toobworld timeline.

And with his arrest, Francis Urquhart would become just a momentary blip on the political radar in Great Britain. John Major would finally emerge to take the role he was destined to play, only a year and a half later than he did in the real world. (He would still finish up his term in office at the same time as he did in the Trueniverse, in 1997.)

And this way, the main Toobworld gets to keep a version of Francis Urquhart, only without the ending to his career which he was expecting......



Arguably the most famous appearance by a member of the League of Themselves.....


From Wikipedia:
Samuel George "Sammy" Davis, Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was an American entertainer. Primarily a dancer and singer, he was also known for his impersonations of actors and other celebrities.

Davis started as a child vaudevillian who became known for his performances on Broadway and Las Vegas. He went on to become a world famous recording artist, television and film star. Davis was also a member of Frank Sinatra's "Rat Pack".

"Sammy's Visit," first broadcast in February 1972, is a particularly notable ["All In The Family"] episode, whose famous episode-ending scene produced the longest sustained audience laughter in the history of the show. Guest star Sammy Davis, Jr. plays himself in the episode.

Davis leaves a briefcase behind in Archie's taxi (Archie is moonlighting as a cab driver) and goes to the Bunker home to pick it up. After hearing Archie's racist remarks, Davis asks for a photograph with him. At the moment the picture is taken, Davis suddenly kisses a stunned Archie on the cheek. The ensuing laughter went on for so long that it had to be severely edited for network broadcast, as Carroll O'Connor still had one line ("Well, what the hell — he said it was in his contract!") to deliver after the kiss. (The line is usually cut in syndication.)


Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Dr. Rachel Albert was a Canadian agronomist in the 1960's who was kidnapped by Turkish spy Karafatma while Dr. Albert was at a conference in Mexico City. (But Alexander Scott passed himself off as Dr. Whitfield, another agronomist, and foiled the plot.)

Dr. Albert's experiments with wheat may have proven just as successful as the experiments conducted by the real Dr. Whitfield. It's pozz'ble, just pozz'ble that her work with wheat was so ground-breaking that centuries later it would serve as the basis for the development of quadrotriticale. This super multi-grain helpd the Federation of Planets secure the rights to Sherman's Planet.

Memory Alpha helps to support that theory:

Quadrotriticale (pronounced "quádro-tríti-kay-lee") was a high-yield, perennial, four-lobed grain, genetically engineered hybrid of wheat and rye with a bluish color. The root grain, triticale, could trace its ancestry back to 20th century Canada.

Of course, Ensign Pavel Chekov would disagree with its origins. He claimed it was developed in Russia.....


  • 'I Spy' - "Turkish Delight"
  • 'Star Trek' - "The Trouble With Tribbles"



From Wikipedia:
Carl Weathers (born January 14, 1948), is an American actor, as well as former professional football player in the United States and Canada. He is best known for playing Apollo Creed in the "Rocky" series of films. He also played Dillon in "Predator", Chubbs Peterson in "Happy Gilmore" and "Little Nicky", and an exaggeratedly frugal fictionalized version of himself in the television series 'Arrested Development'.

"Whoa, whoa, whoa!
There’s still plenty of meat on that bone. 
Now you take this home, throw it in a pot, add some broth, a potato......
Baby, you’ve got a stew going!
Carl Weathers

Carl Weathers is one of those members in the League of Themselves who are not afraid to cast a less than flattering light on their televersions, marking a difference between Toobworld and the Real World. In this case, Carl Weathers is amazingly cheap!

Here's a list of examples from the 'Arrested Development' Wikia:
  • Carl takes a shuttle to the airport rather than a taxi or his own car. 
  • Carl scams the airline by exploiting a loophole that gives you $300 if you are bumped from a flight. 
  • Carl takes Tobias to Rud to exploid Lindsay's discount. 
  • Carl buys all his automobiles at police auctions. 
  • Carl tries to get a drink on Lindsay's tab. 
  • As a brawl breaks out, he shares a bottle of wine with Lucille off some random table.
  • When interviewed after the fight at the restaurant, he is holding a doggy bag and indicates that he will be suing for $50,000 in medical damage. 

  • He makes stew from old chicken bones and leftovers. 
  • He eats all his meals off the craft services table and pockets his per diem. 
  • He gets a product placement with Burger King. 
  • Carl gets his fill of free drink refills at Burger King.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013


One  of my brother's friends, a fellow journalist, has added to her Toobworld resume in the reali-teevee division.  Alaine Griffin and Josh Povner worked on a joint 'Frontline'/'Hartford Courant investigation into the life of Adam Lanza, the Newtown/Sandy Hook School killer.....

The 'Today' show covered the story today.  The special airs tonight on PBS.....


My thanks to Sean for finding this......


We've got another contribution from my fellow Crossoverists in Facebook......

From Ted Gregory:
A recent io9 column mentioned "Possum Dixon frontman Rob Zabrecky, whose various acting credits including playing an auctioneer on both 'The Mentalist' and 'Brothers & Sisters'." Sure enough, both roles are listed simply as "[The] Auctioneer".

I'd be the first to jump on board this example as proof that both shows are linked together by the character and so share the same TV dimension. Unfortunately, they are in two different worlds.

'The Mentalist' is straight-up Earth Prime-Time. In the years it's been on the air, it has yet to produce any kind of Zonk that disrupts the harmony of that fictional world. For instance, as the main characters work for the California Bureau of Investigation, centered in Sacramento, it must be tempting to bring a fictional Governor into the mix, perhaps even as a suspect. But so far, we've only had aides to "The Governor", with the Governor never being named.

On the other hand, one of the main characters in 'Brothers & Sisters' was Senator Robert McCallister, who eventually married Kitty Walker. The family is firmly rooted in Ojai, California, so McCallister had to be one of the Golden State's two Senators. In the Trueniverse, those positions are currently held by Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein.

If this had been the only Zonk in California's TV counterpart, I might have let it slide. We can't replace Senator Boxer, as she has had several TV appearances as herself in both dramas as well as sitcoms. But so far, Senator Feinstein has only appeared as herself on talk shows, documentaries, and the Sunday morning circuit. As far as Toobworld is concerned, she is expendable. I would have accepted Robert McCallister as the other senator.

But then they had a long-running sub-plot in which he decided to run for the governorship of the state. At the time, the Governor was the "Governator" - actor, weight-lifter, and philanderer Ahnuld Schwarzenegger. He might not have appeared as the Governor in any of the TV shows on the air, but because of his celebrity (and later notoriety), he was often mentioned in those shows - usually as a punchline.

However, for 'Brothers & Sisters', the Governor at that time was Eve Kern. Toobworld Central can be flexible with the occupancy of the various governors' mansions across the country because, let's face it - not many people are going to know who all of them are; they'll only be aware of their own governors and perhaps those of the neighboring states.

But when the governor is a mega-star celebrity like Schwarzenegger? There was no other option but to banish 'Brothers & Sisters' to an alternate TV dimension.

Still, the presence of Zabrecky as "The Auctioneer" serves as a good example of TV characters having doppelgangers in other dimensions. These two auctioneers are two versions of the same man, and both in the same state.

(Robert McCallister also has a cross-dimensional counterpart but their worlds are separated by a temporal delay. Whereas the McCallister of 'Brothers & Sisters' was an adult in the mid-naughts, he was still just a teenager during that same time in the dimension in which one would find 'Jack & Bobby'......)

Thanks, Ted!



On Saturday, LeVar Burton celebrated a birthday....


From Wikipedia:
Levardis Robert Martyn Burton, Jr. (born February 16, 1957), professionally known as LeVar Burton, is an American actor, presenter, director, producer, and author.
Burton is known for portraying the young Kunta Kinte in the 1977 award-winning ABC television miniseries 'Roots', based on the novel by Alex Haley. He is also well known for his role as Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' as well as the co-creator and host of the PBS children's program 'Reading Rainbow'.

In February 2011, Burton made an appearance as himself on NBC's 'Community' in the episode "Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking" and the following week on CBS's 'The Big Bang Theory' in the episode "The Toast Derivation" as well as in November 2012 in the episode "The Habitation Configuration".


["Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking"]

"I told Pierce a thousand times, I never wanted to meet LeVar in person!
I just wanted a picture. You can't disappoint a picture!
I hate you, Pierce!"
Troy Barnes

'The Big Bang Theory'
["The Habitation Configuration"]
["The Toast Derivation"]

Leonard Hofstadter:
You're having people over

Sheldon Cooper:
Yes. Must be killing you wondering who.
Fine, I'll tell you:
Stuart from the comic book store, Barry Kripke from the university,
Penny's ex-boyfriend Zack, and TV's LeVar Burton. 

Leonard Hofstadter:
Really? LeVar Burton's coming over

Sheldon Cooper:
Possible. I tweeted him. 

Sheldon's guests are singing karaoke. All have been drinking, and Stuart is still in towels from taking a shower 

Stuart, Kripke, Zack:
I'm walking on sunshine... who-oo... 

LeVar Burton arrives at party late, and enters

LeVar Burton:
Hello, I... 
Sees strange guests and backs out of doorway

LeVar Burton:
Oh, I don't think so... 

Quickly walks down stairs

LeVar Burton:
I am so done with Twitter.

So here's a belated Happy Birthday!


Monday, February 18, 2013


While watching the Season 3 finale of 'Downton Abbey', this Super Six List idea came to mind.....


I'm not going to let this spin off into a Wish-Craft of whimsy, summoning TV characters who would be too old for the time period, or too young (and thus have to be recast) or those whose actors have passed away so the exercise would have been moot. These are just six TV characters, not always current, but still viable, who could show up there at the castle.....

1] THE DOCTOR, 'Doctor Who'
Well, of COURSE I'm going to lead off with the Doctor! I thought the Fifth Doctor would have fit right in during the cricket match as Season 3 headed for the finale. But with Matt Smith now in charge of the TARDIS, the Eleventh Doctor is at least dressed closely enough to blend in with the villagers at least. Tempting though it might be that he could have arrived to save the day for certain other characters, those events must remain fixed in Time. However, he could have been working behind the scenes during the Crawley family's outing in the Highlands - seeing those magnificent stags roaming the hills made me think that the Doctor could face an alien threat which looked like the legend of Herne the Hunter. And all without the family being aware of the danger.

2] HERCULE POIROT, 'Agatha Christie's Poirot'
Of course, in that time frame, at least for the televersion of the little Belgie, he would have Captain Hastings in tow. So as the list stands now, technically I'll have seven characters in total. Anyhoo, had he been around in time, Poirot could have made sure Mr. Bates never even went to trial, let alone prison. But still, Mr. Bates made a few enemies in prison, so if the time ever comes when Brendan Coyle wants to leave the series, the visiting detective could be on hand to solve his murder. And all the time we're suspecting either the guard or Bates' cell-mate, or God forbid, Anna - it would turn out to be someone totally unsuspected. The Dowager Countess, perhaps? What a high note that would be if Dame Maggie wanted out of the series!

3] MRS. ROSE BUCK, 'Upstairs, Downstairs'
Now this would be the most logical of crossovers for 'Downton Abbey'! The updated version of the series has played a bit loose with the time-span versus that between the two shows, so any discrepancies in the aging of Rose could be ignored since the precedent to do so has been established. Rose could accompany her new employers at Eaton Place when they come to call upon the Crawleys at the Abbey.

I wondered whether I should include Jack since I was already using the Doctor, but he's long since established his independent presence away from the mothership of the franchise. Several times over he was back in that time period, although in one case he was buried underground and then entombed at the Cardiff hub for the Torchwood Institute. Although I'd much rather see Lady Edith finally find a lasting romance, I think a fling with Captain Jack might do her a world of good. And there's always an opportunity to be found with Thomas Barrow......

5] NUCKY THOMPSON, 'Boardwalk Empire'
With Prohibition still in full swing back in America, Nucky might find a reason to travel to England in order to finalize a deal to smuggle some of their liquor back to the United States. And he could make the ocean voyage in the company of Martha Levinson, Lady Cora's mother, which would serve as his introduction to the family.

6] MARK McCAIN, 'The Rifleman'
As established in "The Gambler IV: Luck Of The Draw", Mark found a career in the silent movies back in 1906, creating the first cinematic interpretation of the Lone Ranger. By the mid-1920s, he could have become popular enough to be a sensation at public appearances even across "the Pond". Young Crawley cousin Rose might beg Branson to drive her into London for the chance to see him. And Lord Grantham's sister Lady Rosamund might also have an infatuation for the cowboy actor. (John Ernest Crawford's own personal timeline combined with that of his character of Mark matches up with the chronology for 'Downton Abbey', I believe......)





'Hawaii Five-O'
["Pa'ani" - "The Game"]

Alternate Toobworld
(Probably the Land of Remakes)

From Tania Ganguli:
According to a CBS press release, Texans' running back Arian Foster will help the Five-0 team investigate the murder of a tech executive.

“I was whopping some butt,” Foster told Tania Ganguli. “I’m a lover not a fighter, but if it comes down to it I can hold my own.”

Foster said his scene was a fight scene and he shot it over two days.

This only happens to the televersion of Arian Foster in the Land of Remakes, not in Earth Prime-Time.  There in the main Toobworld, Foster probably just did everything at the Pro Bowl as the original Arian Foster did.

If his televersion in Toobworld ever did meet McGarrett and Dann-O, they were old men, one a former governor - if they weren't both dead already as were the actors who played them in the Trueniverse.

The Land of Remakes never leads, it follows the main Toobworld.  (And maybe it's because I just saw the Season 3 finale of 'Downton Abbey', but in my head that ruling was proclaimed by Mr. Carson.....)


Sunday, February 17, 2013


Because the Toobworld Central premise is that every appearance by Satan in the TV Universe is the same "person", the Devil serves as a great crossover character. (This premise was given legitimacy by the series 'The Collector' in which the Devil takes on a different appearance with each episode. For example - in "The Cowboy", he was an Old West undertaker. In "The UFOlogist", the Devil was a perky blonde cheerleader type.)

So the Devil looking like Willem Dafoe? It's legit. And let's face it - it's an apt choice!

Maybe this year the Devil will get his due when it comes to the TV Crossover Hall of Fame in October.....



Our February 2013 inductee into the TVXOHOF strikes again!


'The Jeffersons'
["Me And Billy Dee"]

From the IMDb:
Louise needs a celebrity to speak at a charity function for the Help Center, where she volunteers. Ralph the doorman tells George about a company that will send celebrity look-a-likes out to events, and promises to get him the information. Meanwhile, George pretend to be author Alex Hailey, and calls up Billy Dee Williams. After lying about what other celebrities that will be there (and stating that George is a good friend of his), Williams accepts the speaking engagement.

Later, Ralph returns with the celebrity look-a-like company information, and Florence, the maid, answers the door. She heard George tell Louise that he got Williams to agree to speak at the charity event. When Ralph drops off the information, Florence jumps to the conclusion that George hired a fake Billy Dee Williams.

The evening of the charity ball, Williams arrives at the house, and Louise and her friend, Helen, are very taken with him. Florence strolls out of her room in her robe, pajamas and hair rollers. George is embarrassed as Florence insults the man whom she thinks is the "fake" Williams.

Before they can go, however, Florence snatches Williams wallet, which he has dropped. Determined to prove the guy is a fake, she takes out his drivers' license. She is shocked to learn that she is in the presence of the real man. Suddenly, Florence changes her tune, and begs Williams to wait while she changes into something more suitable. He's amused, and tells her he's not offended. He is happy to have met "his number one fan" and he kisses her softly on the lips before leaving with George. Florence screams and falls out on the couch.
- Hillari