Wednesday, November 1, 2017


When Judge Antonin Scalia died in February of 2016 (which seems SO long ago now!), I decided to check his name as a character in the IMDb - just to see if he qualified for the TVXOHOF.  I knew of his televerison's appearances in 'Futurama' and 'Boston Legal', but I figured that would be it.

Surprise!  Surprise! Surprise! as Gomer Pyle would say.....

"Picket Fences"
    - May It Please the Court (1994)
Played by Jack Shearer (as Justice Scalia)

Recount (2008) 
Played by Jack Shearer 

"Boston Legal" 
    - The Court Supreme (2008) 
    - Last Call (2008) 
Played by Jack Shearer

Into the Wild Green Yonder (2009)
Played by Billy West (as Antonin Scalia's Head)

So with this memorial induction to represent the tradition of newsmakers and politicians in November, I didn't have to play fast and loose with the tally by declaring all of Scalia's televersions across the greater TV Universe to be considered.  The Scalia Head in the Tooniverse can remain there and it doesn't affect the outcome; we still have three other productions in the main Toobworld and on top of that, all three were played by the same actor, Jack Shearer.

I had forgotten about that time Douglas Wambaugh for the Defense argued his case before the Supreme Court, and despite the advice of Alan Dershowitz, he tired to play on the sympathy of the Court by mentioning his affliction.  

It may turn out that Scalia could show up in Toobworld again, even though he's no longer with us.  There are those conspiracy mutterings out there that he was murdered in his sleep at that country club in Texas.  Somebody may see fit to have that theory dramatized.  Don't think of it as being outlandish.  There's been quite the cottage industry surrounding the deaths of others getting the fictional treatment.  JFK should immediately come to mind. (Cigarette Smoking Man, anyone?)

Tele-Scalia's main contribution to the world of the Toob was to officiate for the double wedding of Shirley Schmidt and Carl Sack and Alan Shore and Denny Crane.  I wonder how the real Scalia felt about that.....

And so a man who threw the Supreme Court into disarray for over a year just by not waking up in the morning will now be a member of a different institution - the Television Crossover Hall of Fame.


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