Tuesday, November 20, 2018

TWO FOR TUESDAY - TOYSDAY DREAMS



In case you didn't know this about me, I'll even watch the commercials to see how they can be incorporated into Toobworld.  (O'Bviously, I skip over the basic message blipverts, but if they've got an interesting narrative.....)

So I saw this Happy Honda Days commercial last week.  It felt like somebody from the stop motion TV dimension had invaded the main Toobworld.  Perhaps it was linked to Jim Henson’s “The Christmas Story” about the toys that came to life. 

(O’Bservation – that was broadcast in 1986, years before “Toy Story”.  As it was done with “live-action” puppets and “Toy Story” was done with CGI, it’s the Henson version of that myth which takes precedence in Earth Prime-Time.)

But how to splain away why the action figure was practicing serlinguism (talking to the audience viewing at home)?

I settled on a different splainin to keep it grounded believably in the main Toobworld.  What we as the Trueniverse audience were watching in that commercial was a dreamscape….



That’s right – I think we were seeing another dream experienced by Sheldon Cooper of ‘The Big Bang Theory’, one which involved another one of his action figures – Colonel Steve Austin from ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’.

Here’s how I think it plays out; consider this a Fanficcers’ Friend suggestion if you’re interested in writing it up:

We’re seeing the dream from Sheldon’s perspective and Colonel Austin is speaking directly to him.  In the waking world, Sheldon and Amy are quibbling over getting a new car and Sheldon is being too insistent on what he wants even though he doesn’t drive.  (It could be a replica of some car he loves from a TV show even though it’s expensive, a gas guzzler, and cramped – it would only fit Amy and Sheldon with no room for groceries or luggage.  And if it was from a TV show from the Real World, I can handle the Zonk.)  Amy is more practical, going for a sensible Honda with more mileage, plenty of trunk space, and room for other passengers.

The argument escalates and they break a cardinal rule of marriage (or so I’m told) – they go to bed angry.  And that’s why Steve Austin appears in his dream to act as the devil’s advocate to show him why he’s wrong and should choose the Honda.  Maybe one of Sheldon's other action figures then comments.... 


You could probably even add in a footnote scene with Sheldon dreaming about the Six Million Dollar action figure hanging out with him before the Chuck Lorre vanity card pops up.  (How I’d end it – Sheldon points out to the Cyborg toy that he’s sitting in his spot.)

BCnU!

And to make this a "Two for Tuesday" O'Bservation:

I've added the two pertinent videos from YouTube, but eventually the supplier of those videos might yank them from the site.  And then I'm stuck with those ugly grey pseudo-video images telling you that the video is no longer available.

So here you go - frame grabs from both videos to give you an idea of what they looked like.  Copy the images if you like.





















 

Monday, November 19, 2018

MINUTIAE MONDAY - SELFIE REALIZATION


‘THE BIG BANG THEORY’

“THE CONSUMMATION DEVIATION”


SHELDON COOPER:
Uh, other than Amy, have you ever had
anything removed from your body
MRS. FOWLER:
I am not going to answer that. 
SHELDON COOPER:  
Smart. Save something for our next get-together. 
Oh, we should commemorate this one with a selfie!
Oh, look at us, two peas in a pod.

As the first part of Vanity Card #600, which ran after the episode, Chuck Lorre shared the selfie taken by Sheldon Cooper with Amy’s Mom.  So we were able to get a different perspective from that which we saw in the episode.


BCnU!


Sunday, November 18, 2018

VIDEO SUNDAY - CELEBRITY JEOPARDY!


Since we dealt with parodies yesterday, why not stick with a theme that works?


From Wikipedia:
Celebrity Jeopardy! is a series of sketches that aired regularly on the television comedy/variety show Saturday Night Live between 1996 and 2002, the years when Will Ferrellwas a cast member. It parodies the same-named special event on the television quiz show Jeopardy! that features competition between notable individuals with all winnings going towards charitable organizations, and significant reductions to the game's level of difficulty. Fifteen sketches aired between December 1996 and February 2015: two sketches per season from 1996 to 2002; and one each in 2005 and 2009, when Ferrell returned to the show as host. The sketch was revived for the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Specialon February 15, 2015.

Ferrell portrays Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek. Darrell Hammond also appeared in each sketch, usually portraying Sean Connery, in an impersonation that typically involves crass insults directed at Trebek  ]Norm Macdonald appeared as Burt Reynolds in six sketches. Jimmy Fallon also appeared six times, each time portraying a different character.

On several occasions, Celebrity Jeopardy! sketches have been referenced during actual episodes of Jeopardy!.














And now a word from someone with a sense of reason....


You know, these sketches could also find a home in the alternate dimension of Doofus Toobworld, where almost everybody has a low IQ.

BCnU!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

SATURDAY COMICS (A HAT SQUAD O'BSERVATION)


It feels like a while since I looked at TV shows turned into comic books. But it’s a shame that I had to bring it back this time….

From the Los Angeles Times:
When he got his start in the 1940s, Stan Lee was embarrassed by his profession.

“I would meet someone at a party, and they would ask what I did and I would say, ‘I’m a writer,’ then start to walk away,” the man who helped create Spider-Man and other famed superheroes recalled years later.

Pressed for more details, he would say he wrote for magazines. And if the questions kept coming?

“Finally I would say, ‘comic books,’” Lee said. “And they would walk away from me.”

A half-century later, the writer who in the 1960s spearheaded Marvel Comics’ transformation into a powerhouse brand was considered a superhero in his own right. He was mobbed by fans at conventions and became the toast of Hollywood, with blockbuster films based on his characters racking up billions at the box office.

Lee died Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to an attorney for Lee’s daughter, J.C. Lee. He was 95. His cause of death was not immediately known.

Marvel Comics and the Walt Disney Company honored Lee in a statement posted online Monday.

“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created,” said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company. “A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart.”


- By DENNIS MCLELLAN AND DAVID COLKER


Nobody has control over how History remembers them.  And that holds true for Stan Lee.  The characters he came up with for Marvel Comics, who now live on in the Cineverse and the many dimensions of the Toobworld Dynamic, are often pictured standing by his side – either embodied by actors or in illustrations.  Thor, Hulk, Spiderman, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four – they may have been drawn from other sources or at least inspired by the imaginations of others, but it was the mind of Stan Lee (with help from the artistry of Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko among others) who made them immortal.

But it wasn’t just superheroes who were provided their dialogue by Stan the Man….

From Wikipedia:
The "My Friend Irma" comic strip, illustrated by Jack Seidel, began September 11, 1950, receiving a promotional boost in the November 7, 1950 issue of Look. In 1951, Dan DeCarlo took over the strip with Stan Lee scripting.

Atlas Comics (Marvel) published the "My Friend Irma" comic book which ran from #3 to #48 (1950 to 1955), and was most often written by Stan Lee with art by Dan DeCarlo. After Atlas stopped publishing "My Friend Irma", DeCarlo and Lee created a similar feature for Atlas titled "My Girl Pearl".


The comic book overlapped the radio series and the TV series which ran on CBS.  ‘My Friend Irma’ branched off into other fictional universes like the Cineverse with two movies as well as in comic strips.  (Unfortunately, I still don’t have good names for the comic strip and comic book universes; not even sure if I should be combining them or not.)

So as a salute to the Mighty Marvel Master Maven, here are a selection of covers for “My Friend Irma” with an example of the interior art.





















Thanks go out to one of my FB friends, the muppetational Andrew Leal for bringing this comic book to my attention…..

So long, True Believer... and Excelsior!



 

 

Friday, November 16, 2018

FRIDAY HALL OF FAMER 11/16/18 - JIM MORET




From Wikipedia:
Jim Moret (born December 3, 1956) is the chief correspondent for the syndicated television news magazine 'Inside Edition'. Moret has covered entertainment news and traditional hard news stories for over 25 years. He is a regular guest contributor, legal analyst and guest-host on CNN, HLN, Fox News Channel, Court TV, and MSNBC. He is the son of singer and actor James Darren. 


Moret has covered many major California criminal cases including the Night Stalker trial, Billionaire Boys Club murder trial, the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials, Scott Peterson double murder trial and the Michael Jackson molestation case, for which he served as the broadcast legal analyst for numerous television and radio networks.


Before joining 'Inside Edition', Moret was probably best known for anchoring CNN’s coverage of the O.J. Simpson criminal trial in 1995 and hosting the long-running 'Showbiz Today' and co-anchoring 'The World Today'. After leaving CNN, Moret hosted a series of specials for ABC, and, for three years, co-hosted the Academy Awards pre-show for the network. He has also been a guest anchor on the KTLA Morning News in Los Angeles, and on Fox 5’s 'Good Day New York'. His first on-air reporting position was at KABC-TV in Los Angeles.



Moret has made plenty of appearances in TV shows, usually as reporters or TV program hosts and listed only by those generic job descriptions, no names given.  As such, because they were performing jobs which Jim Moret handles himself in the real world, I'm going to make the call - in all of those instances Jim Moret was appearing as himself, as his own televersion,

Here is a list of those roles, or at least most of them, in descending order.....

Dirty Sexy Money 
- The Silence
(2008)

- The Summer House (2008) 
News Anchor
 
The Young and the Restless
- Episode #1.8669
(2007)

Jim Moret




In Moret’s big scene, one of the main characters has just announced he's started drinking again, prompting the Inside Edition reporter to ask: “Are those issues related to your son Devon marrying your former wife. Did that drive you to drink?"

Monk
- Mr. Monk Goes to Jail
(2004)

Talk Show Host



LateLine
- Pilot (1998)
Himself

The Practice
- Heroes and Villains
(2003)

Reporter

As you can see, only two of those five shows had Jim Moret playing himself.  But as he has been a reporter and anchorman and interviewer, I’m going to claim that all of those other roles were Jim as Jim as well. 

And he’s multidimensional!  He played newscasters in both ‘The District’ and ‘The West Wing’ which are in alternate dimensions apart from the main Toobworld.  But those two shows are not sharing the same alt-Toobworld.  Both of them overlap in the Toobworld timeline but they each have different Presidents in the Oval Office.  (Actually I’m assuming they were different POTUSii; we didn’t meet the President during the run of ‘The District’.  But the series had a crossover with ‘The Agency’ in which Tom Arnold guest starred as the brother of President Moreland. 'The West Wing' of course had President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet.)

The District
- The Second Man
(2002)

Newscaster

The West Wing
- Evidence of Things Not Seen
(2003)

- Disaster Relief (2003)
Reporter In the first; Newscaster in the second

Here’s a behind the scenes look at Moret’s work on ‘The Young & The RestLess’. 


So there’s more than enough to qualify Jim Moret for membership in the TV Crossover Hall of Fame.

Welcome to the Hall as a November newsmaker!