Saturday, September 14, 2019

AS SEEN ON TV - GENERAL JESSE RENO



From Wikipedia:
Jesse Lee Reno (April 20, 1823 – September 14, 1862) was a career United States Army officer who served in the Mexican–American War, in the Utah War, on the western frontier, and as a Union General during the American Civil War. Known as a "soldier's soldier" who fought alongside his men, he was killed while commanding a corps at Fox's Gap during the Battle of South Mountain. Reno, Nevada; Reno County, Kansas; El Reno, Oklahoma; Reno, Pennsylvania; Fort Reno (Oklahoma); and Fort Reno Park in Washington, D.C. were named after him.


His ancestors changed the spelling of their surname "Renault" to the more Anglicized "Reno" when they arrived in the United States from France in 1700, landing west of the present city of Richmond, Virginia on the James River. The family roots are French and were among the first Huguenots on the North American soil.


Reno had a reputation as a "soldier's soldier" and often was right beside his troops without a sword or any sign of rank. On September 12, 1862, Reno's IX Corps spent the day in Frederick, Maryland, as the Army of the Potomac under Maj. Gen. George McClellan advanced westward in pursuit of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia under Gen. Robert E. Lee. Elements of Lee's army defended three low-lying "gaps" of South Mountain—Crampton's, Turner's, and Fox's—while concentrating at Sharpsburg, Maryland, to the west, the location of the subsequent Battle of Antietam (September 17, 1862). In the Battle of South Mountain on September 14, Reno stopped directly in front of his troops as he reconnoitered the enemy's forces advancing up the road at Fox's Gap. He was shot in the chest by a rookie Union Soldier from the 35th Massachusetts who mistook him for Rebel Cavalry at dusk.

He was brought by stretcher to Brig. Gen. Samuel D. Sturgis's command post and said in a clear voice, "Hallo, Sam, I'm dead!" Sturgis, a long-time acquaintance and fellow member of the West Point Class of 1846, thought that he sounded so natural that he must be joking and told Reno that he hoped it was not as bad as all that. Reno repeated, "Yes, yes, I'm dead—good-bye!", dying a few minutes later.  


In his official report, Confederate general D. H. Hill sarcastically remarked, "The Yankees on their side lost General Reno, a renegade Virginian, who was killed by a happy shot from the Twenty-third North Carolina."


'DEATH VALLEY DAYS'
"RENO"


From the IMDb:
Reno, Nevada's naming begins on the battlefields of Mexico where officer Reno serves with Steve and Red. While they head west Reno returns to West Point. He becomes a Civil War hero and his friends intend to honor him.  




The late great William Schallert, the hardest-working actor in television, portrayed General Reno.

BCnU....

Friday, September 13, 2019

FRIDAY HALL OF FAMERS - WNKW


Continuing with the September “theme” of looking behind the scenes of the TV and movie business within Toobworld, we have another fictional TV station to induct into the Television Crossover Hall of Fame with this Friday Hall of Famer.  (For those who are curious, KBEX is already a member, as is the network UBS.)

This time….

WNKW

I’ve written about WNKW in the past - at least three times! 


That breaking news story (during a flash-back, so technically it took place eight years ago) happened in the 'White Collar' episode "Forging Bonds". It's not the first time WNKW has appeared in 'White Collar', but it's always good to have more evidence that the superstation belongs in New York City - as if it being the central location in the TV series 'Jack & Jill' wasn't enough!

It's also appeared in 'Fringe', 'Invasion', and 'Pushing Daisies', but in those cases the station was broadcasting from locations outside of New York City.
~~~~~

“Super-Station" WNKW made another appearance in Toobworld this week, and on a key series to help bring in the other TV shows in which it appeared - 'White Collar'.

As we wrote about the TV station in the past, WNKW has been seen before in such shows as 'Fringe', 'Invasion', 'Pushing Daisies', and as a major location in 'Jack & Jill'.


It also crossed over into the alternate TV dimension that houses 'Spin City'. As a "super-station", WNKW shows up on different TV channels and reporting from different locations (from Florida in 'Invasion' and Boston in 'Fringe').

But it's based in New York City and it was brought home to the Big Apple with its report on the investigations into NY State Senator Gary Jennings.

What helps all those other shows is that 'White Collar' has also used another Toobworld staple in the past - the NY Ledger newspaper. It's deeply entrenched into the 'Law & Order' franchise and was even the central location for an ancillary series, 'Deadline'.
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WNKW made a return appearance on 'Fringe' this past week. As I mentioned in an earlier post, WNKW should be a NYC TV station, as it was the place of employ for the main characters in 'Jack & Jill'.

Before, my splainin was that its reporters were filing news reports that were then picked up by other news outlets from outside their broadcast area. This would splain why WNKW showed up onscreen from the Homestead, Florida, region in 'Invasion', and why it appears now on 'Fringe' which is generally taking place in the Boston area.

However, this doesn't splain why the call letters were for Channel 42 in the first episode, and for Channel 5 in the second.

There could be three ways to go with this.



1) Two different TV channels in the Boston area picked up the news reports from WNKW, probably small independent stations without the facilities to produce their own news broadcasts.

2) Channel 42, being a UHF station, could be a satellite for Channel 5, which would have the stronger signal, but which might not reach the area covered by 42. (I don't know if this still happens, but I know it used to be widespread just in the smaller state of Connecticut back when I was growing up there.)

3) The station that has the contract for use of WNKW news reports applied for and received permission from the FCC to upgrade their signal from UHF 42 to VHF 5.
Perhaps most of these crunchy bits of pretzel logic (Sorry, been in a Steely Dan mood all week) might not make sense or are not feasible in the real world. But then again, the rules can be different in Toobworld.  


Based on those other examples, it’s obviously a “super-station” like TBS and WGN in the Real World.  (This was a suggestion from Team Toobworld member Vincent back in 2009 and it holds up a decade later.  He also added two more examples for its inclusion in the TVXOHOF: 'The Vampire Diaries' and 'The Good Wife'.  Thanks again, Vincent!)

I also found it mentioned in a fictional stations wiki:

WNKW
Chicago, Illinois, station seen in ‘How I Met Your Mother’


Gotham City station seen In some Batman stories; WNKW is the NBC affiliate for Gotham City.


However, I’m not sure if that’s from any of the television incarnations or the comic books or even just wishful thinking fanfic on the part of the contributor.  At the very least, it shows WNKW is a multiversal, as does this scene from the movie "The Need For Speed":


But either way, WNKW is qualified to join with all of those other series appearances.  And they may not be alone in showcasing the TV station.  I can’t see everything.  I’m not Argos; I’ve only got two eyes and even then, they don’t work together!


That last picture is fanfic and is not eligible to be included as part of WNKW's membership in the Hall.  I'm only sharing it here to help establish that WNKW was part of the world for 'I How I Met Your Mother'. 

(If anybody out there from Team Toobworld has an HIMYM screencap - and also from 'The Good Wife' and 'The Vampire Diaries,' for that matter - showing the call letters for WNKW, copies would be much appreciated!)


Welcome to the Hall, WNKW!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

NEVER FORGET



The televersion of the World Trade Center 

As seen in a flashback episode of 'American Gods'....

Friday, September 6, 2019

FRIDAY HALL OF FAMER (9/6/19) - KEVIN SMITH


With the September posts for the Inner Toob blog, we look at Hollywood as seen in Toobworld – alterations to actual movies, fictional movies, and behind the scenes articles.  And that focus also affects the Television Crossover Hall of Fame.  The monthly showcase is always somebody from the League of Themselves who helps foster crossovers – and with the theme being superheroes this year, Greg Berlanti was the perfect choice for that with his work on the Arrowverse.

And that continues with the Friday Hall of Famers, both behind the scenes and with fictional characters.

For this first September Friday, we’ve got a member of the League of Themselves….

KEVIN SMITH

From Wikipedia:
Kevin Patrick Smith (born August 2, 1970) is an American filmmaker, actor, comedian, comic book writer, author, and podcaster. He came to prominence with the low-budget comedy film “Clerks” (1994), which he wrote, directed, co-produced, and acted in as the character Silent Bob of stoner duo Jay and Silent Bob.

Jay and Silent Bob have appeared in Smith's follow-up films “Mallrats”, “Chasing Amy”, “Dogma”, “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and “Clerks 2”, which were set primarily in his home state of New Jersey.


While not strictly sequential, the films frequently featured crossover plot elements, character references, and a shared canon described by fans as the "View Askewniverse", named after his production company View Askew Productions, which he co-founded with Scott Mosier.


Here are the shows which gets Kevin Smith into the TVXOHOF:


Joey
- Joey and the Big Break: Part 2
(2005)


Degrassi: The Next Generation
 - West End Girls
(2005)
- Goin' Down the Road: Part 1 (2005)
- Goin' Down the Road: Part 2 (2005)
- The Lexicon of Love: Part 1 (2005)
- The Lexicon of Love: Part 2 (2005)

Degrassi Goes Hollywood (TV Movie)


The Mindy Project
- Wiener Night
(2013)
- L.A. (2014)
- The Departed (2015)


Speechless
- S-T--Star W--Wars W--Wars
(2017)


The Big Bang Theory
- The Fortification Implementation
(2015)
- The D & D Vortex (2019)


Welcome to the Hall, Mr. Smith!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

AND NOW A WORD FROM YOUR BLOGGER



Every so often, I have to walk away from the daily grind of blogging Inner Toob.  This is one of those weeks.  I will have a Friday Hall of Famer though.

No flipping!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

SEPTEMBER 2019 TVXOHOF - GREG BERLANTI


In this 20th anniversary year for the Television Crossover Hall of Fame in which we’re celebrating superheroes (and villains), one might think Stan Lee would be the perfect choice for the September showcase in which we call attention to those behind the scenes who make TV crossovers possible.  Maybe so… but he’s already a member!

So the next O’Bvious choice then has to be….

GREG BERLANTI

From this point on, I’m going to let Wikipedia do the heavy lifting…..

Gregory Berlanti (born May 24, 1972) is an American writer, producer, and film director. He is known for his work on the television series ‘Dawson's Creek’, ‘Brothers & Sisters’, ‘Everwood’, ‘Political Animals’, ‘Riverdale’, ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ and ‘You’, in addition to his contributions to DC Comics on film and television, including The CW's Arrowverse.

In 2018, Berlanti set a record in having 15 different live-action scripted television series planned to air in the 2018–19 television season on various networks and digital platforms, and he signed the most expensive producer deal to date with Warner Bros. In 2019, Berlanti had three pilots (Batwoman, Prodigal Son and Katy Keene) ordered to series, bringing his total shows on air to a record-breaking 18.



In January 2012, it was announced that, along with Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim, Berlanti would create, write, and produce a series for The CW based on ‘Green Arrow’, called ‘Arrow’. The series premiered on October 10, 2012 and was picked up to full series in the same month. 

On July 30, 2013, it was announced at the summer TCA tour that Berlanti, Kreisberg, and DC Comics CCO Geoff Johns would be introducing Barry Allen in the second season of ‘Arrow’, with the possibility of the character being spun off to his own series. Actor Grant Gustin was cast and made his debut in episode 8, "The Scientist". In November 2013, The CW officially ordered a pilot for ‘The Flash’, and in May 2014 the network picked the project up to series with a premiere scheduled for autumn of that year.



On February 26, 2015, it was announced that Berlanti, along with Guggenheim and Kreisberg, would write and executive produce a spin-off series featuring The Atom (Brandon Routh), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), Martin Stein (Victor Garber), and The White Canary (Caity Lotz), for a potential 2016 premiere.  The series was ultimately titled ‘Legends of Tomorrow’, and it follows the ragtag team of heroes and villains as they travel through time and space on a mission to stop the devious immortal Vandal Savage. The series premiered on January 21, 2016, and was renewed for a second season on March 11, 2016.


‘Arrow’ and ‘Black Lightning’ were the first network shows to feature openly gay black characters.

On September 4, 2014, it was reported that Berlanti would executive produce a re-imagining of the origin of Supergirl, to be written by ‘The New Normal’ and ‘Chuck’ alum Ali Adler. ‘Flash’ co-creator Johns is also involved with development. On September 19, 2014, it was reported that CBS had made a series commitment to Supergirl. It was also announced that Berlanti would co-write the first episode.

After its first season, the show moved from CBS to The CW, bringing all live-action Arrowverse shows together on one network. The show made history in 2018 for featuring the first live action transgender superhero when Nicole Maines was cast in a recurring role.


Berlanti worked with Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil to develop ‘Black Lightning’ which also aired on the CW.
For DC Universe, Berlanti produces ‘Titans’, starring Brenton Thwaites, with Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, and Sarah Schechter, and ‘Doom Patrol’, starring Matt Bomer and Brendan Fraser, with Jeremy Carver, Geoff Johns and Sarah Schechter.

In 2017, Berlanti wrote and executive produced ‘Freedom Fighters: The Ray’ for The CW's streaming platform. The show was praised for its depiction of the first openly gay superhero to headline a series.

And The Ray has a live-action version in one of the Elseworlds, Earth X.


As of now I get the feeling ‘Titans’ and ‘Doom Patrol’ won’t be making any crossovers with the various CW shows.  But I’m a patient guy.  
The last multiple crossover event featured an appearance by Batwoman, who will be getting her own show in DC Universe.  So if she does crossover with those teams there, we’ll have the link by association.

In the meantime, I won’t be greedy.  Mr. Berlanti has done more than enough to warrant a seat at the table.

Welcome to the Hall, Mr. Berlanti.


Excelsior!

(Oops.  Sorry….)


O'Bservation:
With next season's "Crisis On Multiple Earths" mega-crossover event, the roster will expand even further.  Not only will Black Lightning be added to the mix, but we'll hopefully be seeing superheroes from past TV series played by their original actors.  Lynda Carter, Tom Welling, Burt Ward have apperently been signed among others....  (If they end up playing just joke cameos, I will be so hacked off.)

Saturday, August 31, 2019

LAST ROUND-UP FOR THE 2019 TV WESTERN SHOWCASE


I gave up regular posting on the weekends for Inner Toob a while ago; your old Curator needs some time off.  But as the last day of August was falling on a Saturday, with of course the first of September on Sunday, I felt I needed to deal with both of them.  Particularly with today being the last day of the annual tradition of the TV Western showcase.

So let me close out the month with this wonderful picture of Jack Kelly as Bart Maverick.  Bart is a member of the Television Crossover Hall of Fame, inducted even before his older brother Bret.


This was originally in black and white, but it was brilliantly and lovingly colorized by my FB friend Sharon Viljoen, one of the two leading experts in Bartology.  (Linda Alexander being the other.  Hi Linda!)
Sharon posted this picture with a note that it is not from any particular ‘Maverick’ episode and in fact, Mr. Kelly never even wore the outfit in any of the episodes of the show.  It's a publicity picture!
So this could serve as inspiration for any TV Western fanficcers out there who want to write about Bret Maverick’s baby brother.  
He’s obviously (to me, at least) on board a riverboat – perhaps the Cynthia B? – and looks rather pleased with Life.  Maybe he’s just concluded a very profitable turn at the tables.
A good fanficcer will probably find a way to leave him on his uppers soon enough!
If you’re so inclined to write about such a situation, have at it!
I hope you enjoyed this month of TV Western posts.  Every year I surprise myself that I find something new to write about, considering the genre has faded from the heights of popularity it once held.  But while it was at the top, there were so many series which I haven’t even covered yet.  And then there’s that sub-plot in “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” which dealt with ‘Lancer’….  I never even got a chance to cover that!  Oh well, there’s always next year… I hope!
Thanks for checking in, Y’all.
Happy Trails!

Friday, August 30, 2019

FRIDAY HALL OF FAMERS - RANDOLPH AGARN AND HIS DNA


And now for something completely different - we're inducting into the Television Crossover Hall of Fame a TV character's genetic makeup.



From Wikipedia:
Lawrence Samuel Storch (born January 8, 1923) is an American actor, voice actor, and comedian, best known for his comic television roles, including voice-over work for cartoon shows, such as Mr. Whoopee on ‘Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales’, and his live-action role of the bumbling Corporal Randolph Agarn on ‘F Troop’.  



His most famous role was the scheming Corporal Randolph Agarn on the situation comedy ‘F Troop’ (1965–1967), with Forrest Tucker, Ken Berry and Melody Patterson.

Corporal Randolph Agarn (Larry Storch) – Randolph Agarn is O'Rourke's somewhat dimwitted sidekick and business partner in the shady O'Rourke Enterprises (his name is a play on both Randolph Scott and John Agar who were cowboy stars).



The character Agarn, originally from Passaic, New Jersey, took six years after enlistment to become a lowly corporal. At the time of the series, Agarn has been in the cavalry for 10 years, and has been posted to Fort Courage for the last four, apparently spending the Civil War years at Fort Courage.


He has impersonated Generals George Washington and Ulysses Grant. However, in dual roles, Storch played numerous lookalike relatives of Agarn, including his French-Canadian cousin Lucky Pierre, his Russian cousin Dmitri Agarnoff and his Mexican bandito cousin Pancho Agarnado, known as "El Diablo." (In the same episode he also played Granny Agarn, Uncle Gaylord Agarn of Tallahassee and Pancho's sister Carmen Agarnado). 


Confrontational and often overly-emotional in every respect, Agarn frequently collapses in tears with the phrases "Oh, Cap'n!" or "Oh, Sarge!" (depending on whose chest he buries his head in). To get the men to attention, he barks out his trademark loud and exaggerated (but unintelligible) "Aaaaa-aaahh" command.


Whenever he becomes frustrated by something one of the troopers does wrong (which is often), short-tempered Agarn hits him with his hat which, unlike everyone else's, is white. A hypochondriac, Agarn thinks he's contracted the illnesses he reads or hears about or which others around him have (including a horse).



One running gag during the second season involves Agarn's delayed reactions, which usually ran: Agarn would make a suggestion; O'Rourke would respond: "Agarn, I don't know why everyone says you're so dumb!" At the beginning of the next scene (which could be several hours or days after the original comment), Agarn, suddenly indignant, demands: "Who says I'm dumb?"


Agarn was briefly promoted to Sergeant in the episode "Lieutenant O'Rourke, Front and Center". Larry Storch was nominated for an Emmy Award for "Outstanding performance by an actor in a leading role in a comedy series" in 1967.


To be a member of the Television Crossover Hall of Fame, a TV character has to connect three different series.  In the beginning, that meant strictly three actual appearances in those shows.  I expanded that to include references to the character in other shows.  (Batman and Captain Kirk are really good for that.)

Well, I’ve been doing this for twenty years now; I’m getting older.  And basically flirted with death a few times in the last five years.

So I’m not as strict with the TVXOHOF as I once was.  I need to remember this is just a site with which I can have some fun and keep my mind relaxed.  Life literally is too short to get hung up about stuff.


But I’m still excluding the printed word and audio dramas.  Toobworld will always be a visual medium universe.  (But there are times when I admit that certain things in BookWorld or the Audioverse could have happened in Toobworld.  But on the whole it leaves me free to toss aside things that don’t work for my telly vision… like “Oswald Cobblepot” being the real name of the Penguin from Earth Prime-Time.  (The alternate TV dimension of ‘Gotham’ can do as it pleases.)


I did have another character whom I was claiming was Randolph Agarn using an alias, as was often the case in the tall tales of the Old West.  What made this “Game of the Name” tempting is that he was teamed up with another TV character who looked EXACTLY like Agarn’s former sergeant and business partner, Morgan Sylvester O’Rourke….



The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams
- Gold Is Where You Find It
(1977)

... Wally 


From the IMDb:

Two inept men with dreams of gold search for it on the mountain, with a map they got for ten dollars. Their efforts upset the calm balance of nature around them, leading Adams and others to try and stop them before real damage is done. 

The real John “Grizzly” Adams died in 1860, and Toobworld has seen the lives of historical figures be altered with regards to their timelines in the past (example: Jules Verne in ‘The Secret Adventures Of Jules Verne’.)  And that’s nothing compared to some of the changes made to historical figures – like Lily Langtry as a vampire in ‘The Kindred’.


But in the end, after watching the episode, I decided it was getting too complicated.  So citing Occam’s razor, I’m going to claim that Wally Tait and Ernie Ketcham (or were they Ernie Tait and Wally Ketcham?) were identical cousins to O’Rourke and Agarn.  It was already established in ‘F Troop’ that the Agarn Family had strong genetics, but in the case of Morgan O’Rourke and Ernie, I think we saw a case of infidelity on the part of Sgt. O’Rourke’s father back in Ireland, 1819.  (The mother of this bastard child must have fled the Emerald Isle in shame and raised young Ernest in America*.) 


One easement to my rules about TVXOHOF was on display last week as I honored the memory of Sir Roger Moore with the induction of Beau Maverick for a theory of relateeveety in which I posited that he was responsible for extended family trees for the Mavericks, the Templars, and the Sinciairs.  And this week we’re continuing that theme with perhaps the greatest example of Toobworld’s strong telegenetics with the induction of Corporal Agarn.

In this case, I think we're inducting Agarn's DNA sequence.  


Anyhoo


As mentioned above, every so often on the sitcom a new member of Agarn’s family would show up at Fort Courage.  And each of them was played by Larry Storch.



LUCKY PIERRE


DMITRI AGARNOFF


PANCHO AGARNADO (“EL DIABLO”)


CARMEN AGARNADO


UNCLE GAYLORD AGARN


GRANNY AGARN

I’ve often written about the power of tele-genetics, that  Toobworld combinations of DNA can repeat several times over down through the generations.  And as we see here, it doesn’t have to be a direct line of descent.  All of these cousins and other relatives had an ancestor who looked like them and that DNA sequence then was passed down through the many branches of the Agarn family tree.


In this particular case, I call the phenomenon of this particular DNA combination “agarnosis”.


But with all of those cousins, they do nothing more to establish Agarn’s eligibility for the Hall than to establish how strong the Agarn DNA chain is.


Based on that, however, I don’t think it’s hard to imagine that any characters portrayed by Larry Storch in later years of the Toobworld Timeline could be descended from Randolph Agarn.


Here are the main Storch characters who are likely to call Randolph Agarn “Great Grandpa”:



Eddie Spencer
‘The Ghostbusters’



Charlie Duffy

‘The Queen And I’



Duke Farentino
‘The Doris Day Show’




Charlie Adamopolis
‘Car 54, Where Are You?’


In my theory of relateeveety, Agarn had gone back to Passaic, New Jersey, and married a girl back home.  And he probably had daughters, perhaps even just one who gave Agarn a lot of granddaughters.  They all married and took their husbands’ names so that’s why we never see any characters from the 1960s to the 1990s who named Agarn.
 

But he could have had a son, because there was one of his single-shot characters who could have had the last name of “Agarn”:



The Groovy Guru
‘Get Smart’


So here are just a few more TV characters who could be descended from Randolph Agarn.  First off, since he may have left his wife and brood of daughters in New Jersey while he went back to Fort Courage in Kansas, then it’s more believable that any of Storch’s NYC-based characters are more likely to be descended from Agarn.



McCloud 
Return to the Alamo
(1975)

... Parkes



All in the Family
- Oh Say Can You See
(1973)

... Bill Mulheron



The Persuaders!
- Angie. Angie 

... Angie


Charlie Duffy of ‘The Queen and I’ and Charlie Adamopolis of ‘Car 54, Where Are You?’ would be included in that New York contingent.  In fact, it could be that the two of them shared not only Randolph Agarn as their great-grandfather, but a man named Charles as their grandfather.  And that might explain why they shared the first name, named after that grandfather in tribute.


Here are some other TV characters of interest who were either descended from Agarn, or from somebody in that family tree.



‘Columbo’
- “Negative Reaction”

Mr. Weekley


The driving examiner is probably one of the most seen of Storch’s characters, because of the popularity and availability of the shaggy detective’s series.  I think he’s one of the Agarn descendants who stands alone without identical cousins or twin brothers.  But even so, he’s considered still to have Agarn as his great-grandfather.



The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries
- The Mystery of the Silent Scream (1977)
... Jesse Miller


Kolchak: The Night Stalker
- The Vampire (1974)
... Swede

Miller was a nightclub performer in Las Vegas.  Duke Farentino was a prize fighter who became a dance instructor and then an entertainer in San Francisco several years earlier.  I was tempted to conflate them into one character, but decided against it.

However, I think “Jesse Miller” was a stage name; that his last name used to be Grytofsky.  His twin brother is James Grytofsky who used to be a newspaper reporter in Las Vegas.  And he changed his name as well to “James Bright” before taking a job as the anchorman at a TV station in Cincinnati.  But no matter what name he used, everybody called him “Swede”.



Switch

- The Case of the Purloined Case (1976)
... Benny Shore

Like Jesse Miller, Benny Shore was a Las Vegas nightclub comic who went bad and ended up murdering his girlfriend to protect himself.  But I don’t think they can be conflated, just because of the timeline and jail sentences.  But I’m open to the idea of Jesse (and his twin brother Swede) having an identical cousin in Benny.  And by “identical cousin”, I’m thinking of the darker interpretation – that Pops Grytofsky carried on an illicit relationship with Benny’s mother while his own wife was heavy with twins.


The Flying Nun

- The Not So Great Impostor (1969)
... Joe Barnes/Roy Barnes

Barnes could be another one of the “identical cousins” of the Grytofsky boys whose father was biologically the same as Jesse and
James’.


This is an interesting one…..


The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo

- Buttercup, Birdie, and Buried Bucks (1979)
... Pappy Beauregard

Pappy Beauregard….  Sounds familiar, right?  If you’re a fan of ‘Maverick’, it should be.  Had “Beauregard” been Pappy’s first name, I would have a field day with creating a family tree connection to Beauregard “Pappy” Maverick.    


But as it stands, with “Beauregard” as the family name, it’s just a fabulous coincidence.  And it doesn’t invalidate the Agarn genealogical connection.


Phyllis
- Off the Bench (1976)
... Bum 

From the IMDb:
Phyllis's bum friend Van has a crush on a higher class woman, Lucille. Phyllis tries to clean him up to make him into a more presentable gentleman.



CPO Sharkey
- A Wino Is Loose (1977)
... The Bum

From the IMDb:

When a homeless drunk enters the barracks and makes himself at home, Sharkey is livid. And nothing that the men do dislodges the man from his comfy quarters. 

Neither of these two bums were given names in the episode, so I’m going to claim that they are not only the same man, spending time in San Francisco before traveling down the coast to San Diego, but also that he’s actually Charlie Adamopolis who used to haunt the 53rd Precinct in the Bronx.


As such not only am I considering Charlie for the Agarn family tree, but he’ll also be a Friday Hall of Famer in January of 2020 when we celebrate the Classics.


Randolph Agarn wasn’t the only member of the family who had a descendant in modern times:


Phyl & Mikhy

- The Seduction of Mikhail Orlov (1980)
... Ivan

Being from behind the Soviet Iron Curtain, it’s O’Bvious to me that he must be descended from Dmitri Agarnoff.  I wouldn’t be surprised if that was his last name as well.  (But I could be wrong.  I usally am.)


Finally….



I Dream of Jeannie
- Fly Me to the Moon (1967)
... Sam

How strong was Agarn’s DNA sequence?  It’s possible that it exists even in a different evolutionary branch, as Jeannie was able to transform Sam, a NASA chimp, into a human who looked just like Agarn.  Those who do magic in Toobworld can’t just summon results out of thin air; they have to have something to work with.  So the basic building blocks were there and probably within the genetic makeup of Sam’s chimp ancestors since the original divergence.


Just sayin’ is all…..



I just thought of another possibility - Larry Storch played himself in an episode of 'Married... with Children'.  So the televersion of Mr. Storch could even be related to Randolph Agarn!

As of 1919, Randolph Agarn was still alive, born a century before Larry Storch.  Here's to them both having many more years to come!


At any rate, welcome to the TV Crossover Hall of Fame, Corporal Agarn.  I don’t why people think you’re not worthy……



Happy Trails!

O’Bservation:

* It’s pozz’ble, just pozz’ble, that Ernie was named after his father, even if he didn’t marry Ernie’s mother.  Therefore, Mr. O’Rourke’s given name could have been Ernest.  But I’ll have to watch that episode to make sure.