Recently, 'Cougar Town' had their own League of Themselves appearance by
Alanis Morissette in a way by making the claim that Grayson and Andy both were
in her music videos. (Of course, in Reality - where we never want to live! - it
was their portrayers, Josh Hopkins and Ian Gomez who acted in the videos.)
This hearkens back to when the show also made the claim that Jules Cobb was
the young woman who was pulled up on stage in Bruce Springsteen's video "Dancing
In The Dark", not Courtney Cox.
'Doctor Who' returns next Saturday night for the second half of this season
(the seventh since the series returned.)
Here are three (now FOUR) preview scenes from "The Bells Of St. John":
I think they are in the order they will be seen. After the way she
dismisses him in that first clip, it seems to me that Clara would not be so
trusting of the Doctor as to ride a motorbike with him... unless she saw what he
and the TARDIS were capable of.....
Alanis Nadine Morissette (born June 1, 1974) is a Canadian and American
singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer and actress. She has won 16 Juno
Awards and seven Grammy Awards, was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards.
Morissette began her career in Canada, and as a teenager recorded two dance-pop
albums, "Alanis" and "Now Is the Time", under MCA Records Canada.
international album was the rock-influenced "Jagged Little Pill", released in
1995. "Jagged" has sold more than 33 million units globally. Her following album, "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie", was released in 1998 and was a success as
well. Morissette took up producing duties for her subsequent albums, which
include "Under Rug Swept", "So-Called Chaos" and "Flavors of Entanglement". Her eighth
studio album, "Havoc and Bright Lights", was released on August 28, 2012.
Morissette has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide.
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'Curb Your Enthusiasm'
"The Terrorist Attack"
From the 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Wiki:
Larry David predictably angers an acquaintance, Mindy, and decides to make
it up to her by warning her of a terrorist attack in Los Angeles, predicted by
Wanda Sykes. Larry and Cheryl argue over whether or not they would want to die
together in the case of the attack, which is scheduled to happen at the same
time as their private concert with Alanis Morisette.
So 'Bates Motel' premiered Monday night on A&E. I recorded it, but I
don't know when - or if - I might get around to watching it. But I can make a
determination about its placement in the TV Universe without having seen
'Bates Motel' has to take place in some other TV dimension than Earth
Prime-Time. The main Toobworld already has its own televersion of the Norman
Bates story with the TV movie "Psycho IV: The Beginning" which starred the one
true Norman Bates, Anthony Perkins, with Henry Thomas as his younger self and
Olivia Hussy as his mother, Norma Bates. Because of Perkins' involvement, the
first three "Psycho" movies can be absorbed into the TV universe.
This doesn't mean that those movies can't also exist in Earth Prime-Time as
simply movies. Any references to the "Psycho" movies as movies (like the murder
that took place on the Universal set in an episode of 'Murder, She Wrote') only
mean that the movies are based on the real life events depicted in those
("Psycho IV: The Beginning" also exists in the Borderlands, that blend of
fictional universes like TV & movies, TV & comic books, TV &
literature. Just to confuse the issue.....)
Another version of the story, which had Bud Cort as Norman's "heir
apparent", has to be set in another dimension because a different actor played
Norman. And then there's Skitlandia which had the real Norman Bates, but in a
sketch comedy setting as he did a TV commercial for the Norman Bates School of
Hotel and Motel Management. (As seen on 'Saturday Night Live')
This new version of the story, a prequel, is set in the modern day, so
there can be no connection to the original three movies.
I suppose it could share the same TV dimension as other remakes like 'The
Fugitive', '87th Precinct', 'Battlestar Galactica', and 'The New Addams
So that's the pronouncement from this particular Caretaker. The Caretakers
for other shared universes can make their own decisions.....
Ronald Gabriel "Ron" Paolillo (April 2, 1949 – August 14, 2012) was an
American television and film actor. He was best known as Arnold Horshack on the
ABC sitcom 'Welcome Back, Kotter' (1975-79).
Ronald Gabriel Paolillo (he used
the surname "Palillo" during his acting career) was born in New Haven,
Connecticut to Gabriel and Carmel Paolillo, of Italian descent and raised in
Cheshire. He graduated from the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where he
taught during the late 1990s.
After 'Welcome Back, Kotter', Palillo appeared in
leading and supporting roles in various television series and films. He voiced
characters on such animated series as 'Laverne & Shirley in the Army', 'Darkwing Duck', and 'Rubik, the Amazing Cube', in which he played the lead
character. In 1996, Palillo played himself in several episodes of the television
sitcom 'Ellen', playing Audrey (Ellen's friend)'s love interest. Palillo also
spent a year on the popular daytime show 'One Life to Live' and also acted in "Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives" (1986), and the lead in "The Curse of Micah
Palillo, in a newspaper interview in 1997, said he lamented his role
as Horshack as he was permanently typecast, which he believed had damaged his
Palillo and his partner of 41 years, Joseph Gramm, lived in Palm
Beach Gardens, Florida. On August 14, 2012, Palillo suffered a heart attack at
his home and was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where he was
pronounced dead on arrival.
Palillo's funeral service was held in Palm Beach
Gardens on August 22, 2012.
AS SEEN IN:
"When The Vow Breaks" Parts 1 & 2
I went to UConn several years after Palillo, at the height of 'Kotter' popularity, and one of our acting teachers kept throwing him at us as an example to emulate.
If Palillo's relationship with Mr. Gramm existed in Toobworld as well, then he was bisexual and cheating on his partner in a cross-country affair with Audrey.
When Sherlock Holmes gave Joan Watson her first solo assignment, she told
him: "I’m gonna pop in tomorrow and do my best Columbo impression."
Getting no sign of recognition to the reference, she added: "He was a…
Never mind." She realized that there was no way he'd know or even care about
Whether she was about to tell him that 'Columbo' was a TV show character or
that he had been an actual police lieutenant in Los Angeles doesn't really
'Elementary' does not take place in Earth Prime-Time, but in some
alternate TV dimension where there was no consulting detective in Victorian
England, either in the "reality" of that TV world or as a character in the
stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Instead, Sherlock Holmes is a modern-day consulting detective now working
with the New York Police Department. And therefore has no place in the main
Jule Styne (December 31, 1905 – September 20, 1994) was a British-born
American songwriter especially famous for a series of Broadway musicals, which
included several very well known and frequently revived shows.
established his own dance band, which brought him to the notice of Hollywood,
where he was championed by Frank Sinatra and where he began a collaboration with
lyricist Sammy Cahn, with whom he wrote many songs for the movies, including
"It's Been a Long, Long Time" (#1 for 3 weeks for Harry James and His Orchestra
in 1945), "Five Minutes More," and the Oscar-winning "Three Coins in the
Fountain". He collaborated on the score for the 1955 musical film "My Sister
Eileen" with Leo Robin.
Ten of his songs were nominated for the Oscar, many
written with Cahn, including "I've Heard That Song Before" (#1 for 13 weeks for
Harry James and His Orchestra in 1943), "I'll Walk Alone", "It's Magic" (a #2
hit for Doris Day in 1948) and "I Fall in Love Too Easily".
In 1947, Styne
wrote his first score for a Broadway musical, "High Button Shoes" with Cahn, and
over the next several decades wrote the scores for many Broadway shows, most
notably "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", "Peter Pan" (additional music), "Bells Are
Ringing", "Gypsy", "Do Re Mi", "Funny Girl", "Sugar" (with a story based on the
movie "Some Like It Hot", but all new music), and the Tony-winning "Hallelujah,
Styne also wrote the music for "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol".
AS SEEN IN:
'The Phil Silvers Show'
SYNOPSIS: A Hollywood producer is planning to make a war film, but needs
someone who served at the battle of Kabuchi to be a technical advisor. The only
serving member of the Army they can find is Sgt Bilko. (IMDb.com)
Today's entry in the League of Themselves is dedicated to a composer of musicals I know, Michael Finke.......
unless it's a young policeman carrying a rolled umbrella."
'Are You Being Served?'
So much of the Toobworld Dynamic is theoretical; unseen links occurring
before a show premieres or after it's canceled, perhaps even during the
commercial break, but always just off-screen.
I thought of this upon hearing Monday of the death of Frank Thornton,
forever to be remembered as Captain Stephen Peacock in 'Are You Being Served?'
He was 92 years old.
Captain Peacock was the floor-walker at the Grace Brothers Department Store
in London, and he ran the department as if it was a military command. (It's not
certain if his own military service record actually exists.)
As a character, Captain Peacock appeared in 'Are You Being Served?', a TV
movie set in the fictional location of Costa Plonka, the 'Grace And Favour'
sequel, and the show's pilot which was broadcast during the eleventh season of
'Comedy Playhouse'. So he's more than qualified to be in the TV Crossover Hall
As such, he wouldn't need to pad out his resume with this theoretical
connection, but nevertheless I think it could work.....
In November of 1972, Lt. Columbo of the Los Angeles Police Department was
sent by his superiors (among them, Captain Amos Burke) to London to observe
police techniques at New Scotland Yard. While being shepherded by Detective
Chief Superintendent Durk, Columbo corrected the official findings of accident
death for theatrical producer Sir Roger Haversham as being a case of
Just before he helped the Yard in closing the case, Columbo told a rambling
story - as he often did to rattle his suspects - about wanting to buy the
ultimate souvenir of his trip to Great Britain.
And he decided on an
It was an umbrella, the one belonging to Sir Roger, that was the key to the
murder's solution. But it was Columbo's new bumbershoot that caught my
attention, O'Bsessed as I am with the trivial details of Toobworld.
Just where in London did Lt. Columbo buy that umbrella?
Why couldn't it have been at Grace Brothers?
'Columbo' had many instances in which the Lieutenant had comedic encounters
with store personnel and stuffy functionaries in other fields. So I could see
him easily balancing an encounter with Captain Peacock during his
investigation. First off, I would imagine his raincoat would make Captain
Peacock think Lt. Columbo was a member of the custodial staff in the store, like
Mr. Beverley Harman of the packing department. And should Columbo be assigned
to Mr. Humphries for service (if he was free), it would surely have yielded a
gem of a filler scene as Peter Falk often got with Vito Scotti in his many roles
Because of the state of the world today, I don't think there will be
another TV character in the style of Captain Peacock who could be believable as
such an officious figure. And it's probably just as well, since the blend of
character and actor was so perfect - Frank Thornton was Captain Peacock, and
like Peter Falk and Columbo, there will never be another.
I guess for this week, Wednesday is now Wendy's Day.....
David Rex "Dave" Thomas (July 2, 1932 – January 8, 2002) was an American
businessman and philanthropist. Thomas was the founder and chief executive
officer of Wendy's, a fast-food restaurant chain specializing in hamburgers. He
is also known for appearing in more than 800 commercial advertisements for the
chain from 1989 to 2002, more than any other company founder in television
AS SEEN IN:
"Bionic Ever After?"
SYNOPSIS: There is a sequence after Steve gets thrown into the wine
cellar with the rest of the hostages where we see Dave Thomas, former owner and
pitchman for the Wendy's hamburger chain, in an uncredited cameo. (Bionic
This would serve as a major departure from his life in the
A big thanks to Caeric ArcLight for securing the pictures......
"He has gloriously vindicated the right of the
individual to be individual.
assembly rises to you - Sir!" President 'The
have been Patrick McGoohan's 85th birthday. He is my all-time favorite actor
and the star of my all-time favorite TV series, 'The Prisoner'.
And the same
date is shared by his character of Number Six from that show.
If you follow Inner Toob regularly, then you might know that
in the Toobworld Dynamic Number Six was actually John Drake of 'Danger Man' and
That combined character was inducted into the TV Crossover
Hall Of Fame in March of 2005.
On his last birthday on this Earth, McGoohan was saluted by
Keith Olbermann on 'Countdown'.
transcript from March 19, 2008:
this date 80 years ago, the actor Patrick McGoohan was born. Inscrutable tough
guy, star of 'Secret Agent Man', twice an Emmy winner for guest shots on
'Columbo'. He was also the creator and star of what is, 40 years after its last
episode, one of the most challenging TV series ever created, 'The Prisoner'.
OLBERMANN imitates the famous line (voice-over): "You, arrrrre number
If you‘ve never been sure if that accent of his means he was born in Ireland or Scotland or South Africa or England,....wrong on all counts.
He was born in Astoria, in Queens, near Laguardia Airport, NY.
There are a lot of TV shows out there now which make you
think; they don't just wash over you, but instead engage you. Much of that can
be attributed to the work McGoohan put into 'The Prisoner' because he didn't
want the audience to turn into "rotten cabbages".
As I always say about the show: it was first broadcast more than forty years ago and is still twenty years ahead of its time.
Aileen Shepherd and Senator Janet Getzloff were sisters. Aileen is the
mother of the late Gary Shepherd and Senator Getzloff investigated charges of
malfeasance in the Organized Crfme Bureau.
The difference in their names has an easy splainin - at least Aileen Shepherd used her married name. It's unknown if Senator Getzloff was married, and the use of "Ms." as her abbreviated honorific leaves the question up in the air. So it could be the Senator is using her maiden name, which would mean Aileen was Aileen Getzloff before she married Gary's father.
Richard Andrew "Dick" Gephardt (born January 31, 1941) is a lobbyist and
former prominent American politician of the Democratic Party. Gephardt served as
a U.S. Representative from Missouri from January 3, 1977, until January 3, 2005,
serving as House Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995, and as Minority Leader from
1995 to 2003. He also ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for
President of the United States in 1988 and 2004. Gephardt was mentioned as a
possible vice presidential nominee in 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, and
Since his retirement from politics, he founded a Washington-based
public affairs firm, Gephardt Government Affairs, and an Atlanta-based labor
consultancy, the Gephardt Group.
Robert Bernard Reich (born June 24, 1946) is an American political
economist, professor, author, and political commentator. He served in the
administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was Secretary of
Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997.
Reich is currently
Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy
at the University of California, Berkeley. He was formerly a professor at
Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and professor of
social and economic policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management
of Brandeis University.
Reich is a political commentator on programs
including 'Hardball with Chris Matthews', 'This Week with George
Stephanopoulos', CNBC's 'Kudlow & Company', and APM's 'Marketplace'. In
2008, Time Magazine named him one of the Ten Best Cabinet Members of the
century, and The Wall Street Journal in 2008 placed him sixth on its list of the
"Most Influential Business Thinkers". He was appointed a member of
President-elect Barack Obama's economic transition advisory board.
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Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich and Rep. Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.) are
among those paying tribute to Buddy Hackett, who, it's reported, has passed
Two for Tuesday! (And in keeping with the Crossover Character of the Month.....)
In December of 1962, Simon Templar walked into the office of a gangster
named Lucky Joe Luckner and found Lucky slapping around Jane, a hostess in his
nightclub. The Saint gave Lucky a few quick jabs and sent him flying over his
Her eyes wide with amazement (and probably desire), Jane exclaimed "Ooh!
Just like Superman!"
The Man of Steel was still active in Toobworld, even though 'The Adventures
of Superman' had been off the air since 1958 and the actor who played the role
had been dead for almost three years.
It's been established by Toobworld Central that Superman died sometime
after mid-1964 when he was exposed to Kryptonian radiation during an atomic bomb
test in Nevada. Superman was there rescuing two low-level gangsters named Ray
Luca and Pauli Taglia from the blast. (It's the only "logical" splainin as to
how they survived to show up in the next season.)
But as we can see from Jane's reaction, Superman was considered to be still
alive and active by the people of the world near the end of 1962, so there's no
Zonk to the timeline.
Aimee Mann (born September 8, 1960) is an
American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist and bassist. In 2011 she appeared
(as a cleaning woman version of herself) on the Independent Film Channel series
AS SEEN IN:
SYNOPSIS: Fred and Carrie discover that their maid is none other than
their favorite singer-songwriter, Aimee Mann.
I own the record album she did when she was part of Til Tuesday, "Voices
Carry". And yes, it's a record album......
Liam John Neeson, OBE (born 7 June 1952) is an Irish film actor with both
Irish and American citizenship. Neeson is known best for his roles in "Schindler's List", "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace", "Michael Collins", "Taken", "Kinsey", "Batman Begins" and "Darkman". He has been nominated for an Oscar, a
BAFTA and three Golden Globe Awards.
Educated at St Patrick's College (now St
Patrick's, Dundonald), Ballymena Technical College and Queen's University
Belfast, he moved to Dublin after university, joining the Abbey Theatre. After a
time in London, he moved to the US, where the wide acclaim for his performance
in "Schindler's List" led to more high-profile work.
He is widowed and lives in
New York with his two sons.
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!"