Saturday, June 1, 2013


In the "reality" of Toobworld, Archie and Edith Bunker were reunited soon after Carroll O'Connor passed away. Since nobody else could have played Archie, it was best to think of him as having died as well. And Edith died during the run of 'Archie Bunker's Place'......

Good night and may God bless, Jean Stapleton.....



It's time to pay the bills.....

But this time, it's a pleasure since it's for a book co-authored by Lee Goldberg:



'Children's Hospital'
"Behind The Scenes"

From Wikipedia:

David Benjamin Wain (born August 1, 1969) is an American comedian, writer, actor and director. He is most widely known for directing the feature films "Role Models" and "Wet Hot American Summer", the 1990s' sketch comedy series 'The State' and for producing/directing/writing the Adult Swim series 'Childrens Hospital'. Wain was a founding member of Stella, along with Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black.


Friday, May 31, 2013


Recently, character actor Lawrence Haddon passed away.  He was in his 90s.  For me, he was best known for playing one half of the gay couple who moved into the neighborhood of 'Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman'.  It was a low-key storyline that - if I remember correctly - didn't cause the tumult one would have expected from a TV show more than thirty years ago.

Another recurring role was that of Mr. Brady on 'Dennis The Menace'.  Brady, perhaps a cousin to the architect Mike Brady, was a blow-hard whose son Johnny was a nemesis to Dennis.

Lawrence Haddon played the role in six episodes.  Here's the list from the IMDb:
  • The Soapbox Derby (30 April 1961) - Charles Brady 
  • Dennis and the Picnic (25 June 1961) - Charles Brady  
  • Dennis and the Pee Wee League (19 November 1961) - Charlie Brady
  • Horseless Carriage Club (1 April 1962) - Charles Brady  
  • Community Picnic (24 June 1962) - Jack Brady 
  • The Big Basketball Game (24 February 1963) - Mr. Brady 
As you can see, there's a glitch with the episode "Community Picnic" in that his name is listed as "Jack Brady" when all the others are either "Mr. Brady" or "Charles Brady".

I was all set to provide a splainin that his full name was John Charles Brady and that some people knew him by the nickname "Jack".  (And it would be assumed that his son Johnny was thus named after him.)

But I just watched the episode on Hulu, and not once is he mentioned by his first name - neither as Jack nor as Charles.  And the credits at the end, not always reliable when it comes to a character's identity, list him as "Mr. Brady".  

I don't know who sabotageed the IMDb page, but O'Bviously there's no need now to splain it away......

Good night and may God bless, Mr. Haddon.....




'Pie In The Sky'
"In The Smoke"

As Henry Crabbe passed by Cantina del Ponte, a restaurant next door to the Design Museum at Butler's Wharf on the Thames, he passed by the restaurant's owner, Sir Terence, who was enjoying a cigar outside.

From Wikipedia:
Sir Terence Orby Conran, FCSD (born 4 October 1931) is an English designer, restaurateur, retailer and writer.

Conran started his own design practice in 1956 with the Summa furniture range and designing a shop for Mary Quant. In 1964, he opened the first Habitat shop in Chelsea with his third wife Caroline Herbert, which grew into a large chain selling household goods and furniture in contemporary designs. In the mid-1980s, Conran expanded Habitat into the Storehouse plc group of companies that included Mothercare and Heals but in 1990 he lost control of the company. His later retail companies include the Conran Shop and FSC-certified wood furniture maker Benchmark Furniture, which he co-founded with Sean Sutcliffe in 1983.

He has also been involved in architecture and interior design, including establishing the architecture and planning consultancy Conran Roche with Fred Rochein 1980. Projects include Michelin House (which he turned into the restaurant Bibendum) and the Bluebird Garage both in Chelsea. Conran had a major role in the regeneration in the early 1990s of the Shad Thames area of London next to Tower Bridge that includes the Design Museum which is managed by the Conran Foundation.

Conran has also created various other London restaurants including the Soop Kitchen, Orrery, Quaglino's, Mezzo (restaurant), Pont de la Tour, Blueprint Cafe,Butler's Wharf Chop House, together with restaurants in various other countries. In 2005 he was named as the most influential restaurateur in the UK byCatererSearch, the website of Caterer and Hotelkeeper magazine. In 2007, 49% of the entire Conran restaurant business was sold to D&D, a company run by two former Conran employees, Des Gunewardena and David Loewi. In 2008, he returned to the restaurant business on a personal basis by opening Boundary in Shoreditch, East London, a restaurant/bar/cafe/meeting room complex.This was followed in 2009 by Lutyens, a restaurant and private club within the former Reuters building in Fleet Street London.

He has written and published various books, particularly on interior design. Many were published by Conran Octopus, a division of Octopus Publishing Group, a cross-platform illustrated book publisher founded by Sir Terence and Paul Hamlyn.

I would not be surprised if the store in which the Crabbes went shopping for fancy saucepans belonged to Conran, and the cameo appearance was a way of saying thank you for use of the location.


Thursday, May 30, 2013


Here's the story of a guy named Mannix......

This screen captcha is from an episode of 'Mannix', in which future TV Crossover Hall of Fame member Joe Mannix went to a party at a friend's house. 
Everybody should recognize that set, slightly redressed, and claims that they're not old enough to know a TV show from the 1960s/70s are invalid. 
Since Mike Brady was an architect, and both 'Mannix' and 'The Brady Bunch' took place in the Los Angeles environs, I think it's within reason to claim that he designed both houses (using the same basic template.)




"Marc's Dad"

Larry Maron interrupts Marc's podcast chat with Jeff Garlin to give Garlin a batch of "vitamins", which quickly cause the comic actor to go through a heavy mood swing.

From Wikipedia:
Jeffrey "Jeff" Garlin (born June 5, 1962) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, producer, voice artist, director, writer, podcast host and author, best known for his role as Jeff Greene on the HBO show 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'. He is also a producer of the show.

As of January 10, 2013, Garlin is a host on the comedy podcast network Earwolf. His show "By The Way, In Conversation with Jeff Garlin" is a series of unscripted casual talks, rather than formal interviews, with his friends in the entertainment industry. The debut episode featured a chat with Garlin's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' co-star Larry David. The twice-monthly installments are recorded in front of a live audience at Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles.

If anybody ever does a shared universe for podcasts, there's an early entry - Garlin appearing on Maron's and on his own show.

I always thought Jeff was playing himself on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'.  Shows how much I pay attention....


Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Just because a show has to be relegated to an alternate dimension because it conflicts with the tele-mosaic of Toobworld, that doesn't mean we wouldn't find the characters of Earth Prime-Time in that world as well.
For instance, we know the Muppets lived in the 'West Wing' dimension as well.  But even though we never saw them on the show, Felix Unger and Oscar Madison lived there as well.  The same goes for Sgt. Joe Friday, Ben Matlock, and Mary Richards.  There just wasn't any reason why they would have shown up in the context of the Jed Bartlet presidency.
'Defiance' is one of those shows that had to be automatically tossed into its own TV Universe.  Had it begun in 2046 (the year currently played out on the show), maybe I wouldn't have cared as much.  After all, I won't be around by then!  But the invasion by the Votans will take place at some point this year and I think I can safely predict we're not going to see it happen.
But just because it's in its own world, that doesn't mean we can't assume that TV characters from the past in Earth Prime-Time didn't have doppelgangers in that world as well.
And because most of them would now be dead, because of the massive terra-forming that occurred during the Pale Wars, - as well as because of the passage of Time - who's to say they weren't part of this world's history?
I'm going to make the case for one in particular as part of a theory of relateeveety - Tod Stiles.
From Wikipedia:
Tod Stiles is a fictional character portrayed by actor Martin Milner on the 1960s American prime-time dramatic television series 'Route 66'. Tod was one of three main regular characters on the program, and the only one to appear in all 116 episodes of the show's four seasons.
In 1964, Tod married Margo Tiffin, per the dictates of her father's will (not that he would have said no otherwise!)  And that was the last we saw of Tod in the main Toobworld.  In 1993, the Corvette was now in the possession of Buzz Murdoch's nephew, so we can assume Tod's former road partner was dead, but how did he come to own the car? 
As both Martin Milner, who played Tod, and Barbara Eden (Margo) are both thankfully still alive.  The chance may be slim, but it's pozz'ble, just pozz'ble, that they might return one day to our TV screens. 
It's not unheard of - after more than thirty years, Alan Brady finally came back on 'Mad About You'.  So why couldn't we see Tod Stiles again?  Because of that, I'm not going to make any declarations about his fate in Earth Prime-Time.
Over in the 'Defiance' dimension, however, we have no such compunction.  We can create an entire history for him from 1964 onwards, including a family tree.
I'll bet most of you have forgotten about Margo Tiffin, if you even knew she existed. 
But I wouldn't be surprised if you knew at least one other, very magical, citizen of Toobworld whom she resembles......
So a beautiful woman like Margo, let's face it - Tod would be all over that, to put it bluntly.  And I'm sure children would have resulted.  And quickly!
It's my contention that in 2003, one of his grandchildren, now bearing the last name of Nolan, had a son named Joshua.  And they lived in the St. Louis area (where Tod and Buzz worked for a time, as seen in the episode "Hey, Moth, Come Eat The Flame"). 
When Josh was ten years old - this year! - he was witness to the arrival of the Votani ships.  And with the debut of the show, we've been following his life since his return to St. Louis - now known as Defiance - with his Irathient step-daughter Irisa, including his career as the Lawkeeper in town.

Take a look at both Tod Stiles and Josh Nolan together.  Don't you think there's enough of a resemblance that they could be related, separated by a few generations?
Since it's all conjecture in a different TV dimension anyway, I'll just claim that any argument you have against the idea is invalid and save us both the hassle....


Originally, I wanted to run this showcase on or just before the anniversary of the "Star Wars" premiere.  But with my fading memory, I completely forgot.  I'd fire the Toobworld Central manager if there were more than just me working here......


'The O.C.'
"The O.Sea"

Seth and Zach squabble over who should take Summer to the prom and who will meet George Lucas for dinner over the publishing of the graphic novel. (IMDb)  

Lucas makes Seth realize that there is more to life than his geeky pursuits.

From Wikipedia:
George Walton Lucas, Jr. (born May 14, 1944) is an American film producer, screenwriter, director, and entrepreneur. He founded Lucasfilm Limited and led the company as chairman and chief executive before selling it to The Walt Disney Company on October 30, 2012. He is best known as the creator of the space opera franchise "Star Wars" and the archaeologist-adventurer character Indiana Jones. Lucas is one of the American film industry's most successful filmmakers financially.

Charles Lippincott was hired by Lucas's production company, Lucasfilm Ltd., as marketing director for "Star Wars". As 20th Century Fox gave little support for marketing beyond licensing T-shirts and posters, Lippincott was forced to look elsewhere. He secured deals with Marvel Comics for a comic book adaptation and with Del Rey Books for a novelization. A fan of science fiction, he used his contacts to promote the film at the San Diego Comic-Con and elsewhere within fandom. Worried that "Star Wars" would be beaten out by other summer films, such as "Smokey and the Bandit", 20th Century Fox moved the release date to the Wednesday before Memorial Day: May 25, 1977. However, fewer than forty theaters ordered the film to be shown. In response, 20th Century Fox demanded that theaters order Star Wars if they wanted an eagerly anticipated film based on a best-selling novel titled "The Other Side of Midnight".

And who remembers that movie today?


Tuesday, May 28, 2013



Dennis Mitchell:
Wow!  Look at all those muscles!

Yeah!  He looks like Tarzan!

Tarzan does exist in Earth Prime-Time, but unlike his incarnations in BookWorld and in the Wold Newton Universe, no connection was ever made to the legacy of the Greystoke peerage.  Nor to any of the details to be found in the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs.  The 'Tarzan' TV series merely took the basics of the iconic figure and updated him to modern times (which in this case was the mid-1960s.)

Toobworld Central isn't closing the door on the legend with just that, however.  There's always the possibility - especially now that the original concept has celebrated its 100th anniversary* - that there will one day be a television production about the Lord of the Jungle that adheres to the original vision of Tarzan.

If so, I'm willing to suggest that the Ron Ely portrayal of Tarzan was a grandson to that original John Clayton, Lord Greystoke and the son of Korak.  (If he is to be considered Jackie Clayton, I think his portrayal in the TV series runs counter to that found in the Wold Newton Universe.)

Tommy Anderson knows about Tarzan, not from the TV show, but from the ERB books which were slightly fictionalized in order to protect the truth about the Ape Lord.  The long line of movies about Tarzan would also be movies in Toobworld and so Tommy probably saw those as well.  These presentations could be the work of that shadowy organization I have nicknamed "UNreel", which creates movies and TV shows to serve as a smoke-screen to hide the real lives of certain individuals (like James Bond, the men from U.N.C.L.E., and a Time Lord named the Doctor).

The books and the movies would lend credence to the theory that there was another Tarzan from the earlier part of the Twentieth Century from whom the 1960s Tarzan was descended.  (Now all we need is that TV movie or series to support the claim!)

For more about Tarzan's presence in the Wold Newton Universe, check out the site which you'll find linked to in the left.  Win Scott Eckert has done a marvelous job in carrying on the work of Philip Jose Farmer with the expansion of the WNU.


* In magazine form; the book publication was in 1914, so there's another chance to celebrate next year!


It's a standard rule for the Toobworld Dynamic that if a fictional character from a different medium is mentioned as though they were real, without attribution to the source, then that character must exist in Earth Prime-Time.
Here's the first example.....
'Route 66' - "You Can't Pick Cotton In Tahiti"

Todd Stiles: 
This isn't Dogpatch and you're not Li'l Abner!

Julian Roebuck: 
For your information, Dogpatch, Kentucky, and Lake Chisholm, Tennessee, 
both happen to belong - ethnically speaking - to the same Appalachian complex.

'Route 66' - "You Can't Pick Cotton In Tahiti"

Even though 'Li'l Abner' never made it to series, the pilot was broadcast September 5, 1967.  And so it became the official representation of Al Capp's comic strip in Toobworld.  (We posted the episode this past Sunday.)
Although Capp would leave the location of Dogpatch nebulous in earlier strips, it was mentioned that it was in the state of Kentucky back in the 1940s.  And so that's confirmed by this snatch of dialogue.

How did Todd Styles know about Dogpatch?  An easy one to splain away - at some point in his journeys across America, perhaps even on his way to Lake Chisholm, Tennessee, Todd saw a signpost up ahead....
And here's the second example......
'Thriller' - "The Fatal Impulse"
During a frantic search for a bomb that was left in a young woman's handbag, Lt. Brian Rome was tracking down every young lady who left the Heinz Building at 5 pm that day.  (One of his "suspects" was played by Mary Tyler Moore in one of her first roles!)
Jane Kimball was another of his leads, and very helpful in that she could sketch everybody who had been in the elevator car with her and the bomber.  But her boyfriend Bob Larrimore was jealous of the attention Lt. Rome paid to her, and of how she welcomed it.
Upon seeing Rome return to their table at the nightclub, Bob groused, "Here comes Dick Tracy....."

"Dick Tracy', like "Li'l Abner", was a comic strip that ran for decades and it was created by Chester Gould.  It also saw life in the fictional universe for movies (The Cineverse) and in the TV sub-dimension of The Tooniverse as well.  In the 1950s, it became a TV series starring the same actor who played the role in the 1940s serials, Ralph Byrd. 
The show proved to be quite popular and the only reason it came to a halt was the sudden and unexpected death of Byrd in his early forties.  But it lasted long enough to ensure Dick Tracy as a fixture in the Toobworld firmament.

Facing off against colorful criminals like Flat-Top, Pruneface, Mumbles, and Lips Manlis, the reputation of Dick Tracy as a crime-fighter gave him national prominence.  And that's why Bob Larrimore invoked his name, knowing that Jane would get the reference.
And that's our Two for Tuesday.....

Now, scram, ya rube! 


I'll be spending my vacation in his hometown, which is why I thought of him for this week's Two for Tuesday spot......


From Wikipedia:
Ralph Nader (born February 27, 1934) is an American political activist, as well as an author, lecturer, and attorney. Areas of particular concern to Nader include consumer protection, humanitarianism, environmentalism, and democratic government.

Nader came to prominence in 1965 with the publication of his book "Unsafe at Any Speed", a critique of the safety record of American automobile manufacturers in general, and most famously the Chevrolet Corvair. In 1999, an New York University panel of journalists ranked "Unsafe at Any Speed" 38th among the top 100 pieces of journalism of the 20th century.

Nader is a five-time candidate for President of the United States, having run as a write-in candidate in the 1992 New Hampshire Democratic primary, as the Green Party nominee in 1996 and 2000, and as an independent candidate in 2004 and 2008.

Nader dreams of meeting President Carter

Nader was born in Winsted, Connecticut. His parents, Nathra and Rose (née Bouziane) Nader, were immigrants from Lebanon and members of the Rûm-Antiochite Greek Orthodox minority. His family's native language is Arabic, and he and his sister Laura have spoken it along with English since childhood. His father worked in a textile mill. Later he owned a bakery and restaurant where he talked politics with his customers.

Nader graduated from The Gilbert School, a private post secondary school in Winsted, Connecticut, in 1951.

'Tanner '88'
"Something Borrowed, Something New"

Earth Prime-Time

'Saturday Night Live'
(As a one-time host and in cameos during shows hosted by Rob Lowe, Paul Simon, and most memorably in Tom Hanks' fifth appearance)



Monday, May 27, 2013


Douglas Roberts is a multiversal - he can be found in several fictional universes borne of Mankind's imagination.  With the other characters from the story "Mr. Roberts", his doppelgangers may be in more such universes than any other character.
It all began with the novel "Mr. Roberts" by Thomas Heggen, published in 1946.  This was adapted into a play which opened on Broadway in 1948.  Seven years later, a movie version opened which was followed by a sequel about "Ensign Pulver" in 1964 (although all the characters were played by different actors, so technically this was an alternate dimension of the Cineverse.)   Mr. Roberts of course isn't in that film, but his presence in that world's history can be felt.

And then Toobworld enters the picture - first, with a prequel TV series in 1965, and then a version of the original stage play in 1984 in an alternate TV dimension (ToobStage).

Douglas Roberts was a Lieutenant Junior Grade serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II on board the U.S.S. Reluctant (aka "The Bucket").  But he was not happy serving under the tyrannical Captain Morton on the freighter and kept pestering for a transfer to a ship where he might see action.

Captain Morton blackmailed Roberts into submission but his scheme was uncovered by the rest of the crew who fought back by forging Morton's signature on a letter recommending Mister Roberts for a transfer. 
Sadly, a few weeks after Roberts found his "freedom" from the Reluctant, he was killed in a kamikaze attack on his new ship.
And so on this Memorial Day, Toobworld Central salutes the memory of Lt. Doug Roberts as this year's fallen Toobworld hero who kept "Telemerica" safe.



For Memorial Day.....


'What's My Line?'

Audie Leon Murphy (June 20, 1925 – May 28, 1971) was one of the most famous and decorated American combat soldiers of World War II. He served in the Mediterranean and European Theater of Operations where he was presented the Medal of Honor and several other decorations for heroism in combat including decorations from France and Belgium. 

He was born into poverty on a farm in northeast Texas and was named for two family friends who kept the Murphys from starving. Murphy lied about his age to enlist in the military and follow his dream of becoming a soldier. He was only 19 years old when he was awarded the Medal of Honor. Murphy always maintained that the medals belonged to his entire military unit. 

Here is the citation for his Medal of Honor:

Second Lt. Murphy commanded Company B, which was attacked by six tanks and waves of infantry. 2d Lt. Murphy ordered his men to withdraw to a prepared position in a woods, while he remained forward at his command post and continued to give fire directions to the artillery by telephone. Behind him, to his right, one of our tank destroyers received a direct hit and began to burn. Its crew withdrew to the woods. 2d Lt. Murphy continued to direct artillery fire, which killed large numbers of the advancing enemy infantry. With the enemy tanks abreast of his position, 2d Lt. Murphy climbed on the burning tank destroyer, which was in danger of blowing up at any moment, and employed its .50 caliber machine gun against the enemy. He was alone and exposed to German fire from three sides, but his deadly fire killed dozens of Germans and caused their infantry attack to waver. The enemy tanks, losing infantry support, began to fall back. For an hour the Germans tried every available weapon to eliminate 2d Lt. Murphy, but he continued to hold his position and wiped out a squad that was trying to creep up unnoticed on his right flank. Germans reached as close as 10 yards, only to be mowed down by his fire. He received a leg wound, but ignored it and continued his single-handed fight until his ammunition was exhausted. He then made his way back to his company, refused medical attention, and organized the company in a counterattack, which forced the Germans to withdraw. His directing of artillery fire wiped out many of the enemy; he killed or wounded about 50. 2d Lt. Murphy’s indomitable courage and his refusal to give an inch of ground saved his company from possible encirclement and destruction, and enabled it to hold the woods which had been the enemy’s objective.

His postwar stress caused him to sleep with a loaded gun under his pillow, looking for solace in addictive sleeping pills. Murphy drew public attention to what would in later wars be labeled post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital in San Antonio is named for him.

In his postwar civilian life, Murphy enjoyed a two-decade career as actor. He played himself in the 1955 autobiographical "To Hell and Back" based on his 1949 memoir of the same name. Most of his 44 films were Westerns. He made guest appearances on celebrity television shows and starred in the television series 'Whispering Smith'. 

As a song writer, he penned the successful "Shutters and Boards". He bred quarter horses in California and Arizona, and became a regular participant in horse racing. In the last few years of his life, his film career took a downturn and he found himself plagued with money problems. But he remained aware of his role model influence and refused offers for alcohol and cigarette commercials. 

Murphy died in a plane crash in Virginia in 1971, just 23 days before what would have been his 46th birthday. He was interred, with full military honors, in Arlington National Cemetery. His widow Pamela devoted the rest of her life to the needs of veterans at a Veterans Administration hospital in Los Angeles.


Sunday, May 26, 2013


Here's our next entry in the Upfronts Showcase, highlighting the trailers of the new shows that will be coming this Fall.

This looks like it could easily fit into the world of Earth Prime-Time.  The only reason it might be knocked out of the Toobworld park and into an alternate TV dimension would be if Sean Bean's character gets caught up in a plotline involving a fictional President of the United States.  Toobworld must mirror the Trueniverse with the current POTUS.  And at present that must be Barack Obama.  

If the show does get cancelled, will they follow the time-honored tradition of killing off Sean Bean?



Here's the connection to that previously posted 'Thriller' episode:

I'll be writing more about the "Missing Link" on Tuesday.....



Based on a story by John D. MacDonald.  Sorry, but there's no Travis McGee.  It does, however, have Mary Tyler Moore....

There's a Missing Links connection between this particular episode and the one that follows.  It should be pretty easy to figure out, but I'll be writing about them on Tuesday.....



This isn't complete, but 'twill serve.....

You can probably guess why this is tied in to the previous 'Route 66' episode.  If not, all will be made clear on Tuesday.....



This particular episode contains a link to the following pilot from 1967.  All will be made clear on Tuesday.....



I realize we had our weekend 'Doctor Who' entry yesterday, and today's League of Themselves showcase could also serve as our ToobMusic feature, but I couldn't resist this:

My thanks to my Little Buddy Sean for finding it!




'The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour'
"Lucy Meets The Mustache"

We featured Ernie Kovacs from this same episode last week; his Better Half should get her own showcase as well.  And what a beautiful example it is!

Sal Paradise
April 12, 2010 at 7:33 am

LDCH ended its rather subdued run with of 13-show 1-hour programs on April 1, 1960 with an Ernie Kovacs guest starring show named ‘Lucy Meets the Mustache’. Kovacs wife, Edie Adams, also appeared. In ‘Mustache’ Lucy tries to cheer up Ricky, who is depressed that his career is in the toilet, by getting him booked on Kovacs' TV show. Kovacs, of course, is put off by her antics which lead to several ‘misunderstandings’ and result in him refusing to see her. To gain access, Lucy convinces Adams to let her replace their driver, who gets the day off.  Ricky and Kovacs meet on the commuter train to Connecticut that night and Lucy now has to give them both a ride home. That ride turns out to be for the weekend as Adams spills the beans on Lucy during a high-tech call on the car phone. Ricky and Kovacs give Lucy a hard time until they ‘spill’ the beans on her and all is well, including Ricky getting a slot on Kovacs' show. At the end, Lucy and Ricky embrace and kiss, thus signaling the final shot in their 9-year TV run together.