Friday, February 14, 2020

FRIDAY'S HALL OF FAMERS, VALENTINE'S DAY 2/14/2020 - DR. RAINBOW JOHNSON


The Friday Hall of Famers entry for this week falls on Valentine’s Day in Black History Month.  So we’re using the forum to send a Valentine to Tracee Ellis Ross’ character of Rainbow Johnson who first appeared in the sitcom ‘Black-ish’.  But this isn’t a tribute just to Tracee Ellis Ross, because the character is played at an earlier age by Arica Himmel. (Recastaways due to aging are automatically accepted.)

So let’s salute our latest member of the TVXOHOF….


DR. RAINBOW CINNAMON JOHNSON

"If I'm not black,
can someone please tell my hair
and my ass?"
 

From Wikipedia:

‘Black-ish’ follows an upper middle class African-American family led by Andre 'Dre' Johnson (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross). The show revolves around the family's lives, as they juggle several personal and sociopolitical issues.


The show also features the characters Zoey Johnson (Yara Shahidi), Andre Johnson, Jr. (Marcus Scribner), Jack Johnson (Miles Brown), and Diane Johnson (Marsai Martin).


In 2014, Ross was cast in the ABC comedy series ‘Black-ish’, opposite Anthony Anderson.  She plays the female lead role of Dr. Rainbow Johnson. The series debuted with generally positive reviews from critics. Ross received three NAACP Image Awards and received nominations for two Critics' Choice Television Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for her performance in the series.


Ross's 2016 nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series was the first for an African-American woman in that category in 30 years.



From the ‘Black-ish’ wiki:
Rainbow Johnson is an anesthesiologist, the bi-racial wife of Dre Johnson and mother of Zoey, Junior, Diane, Jack and DeVonte Johnson. She is kind, funny, selfless and nice - usually, the person to put Dre and his craziness in his place.


She was raised by an interracial hippie couple.

Her surname was already Johnson before she and Dre were married.

She speaks Spanish.

She and her siblings have very unusual names - Johan and Santamonica.

She went to Brown University in Rhode Island.

Bow is terrified of birds.

Bow has met Rick Fox.


BORN:

October 29, 1976 (age 43)

FAMILY:
Alicia Johnson (mother)
Paul Johnson (father, deceased)
Johan Johnson (brother)
Santamonica Johnson (sister)
Andre Johnson (husband)
Zoey Johnson (daughter)
Andre Johnson, Jr. (son)
Jack Johnson (son)
Diane Johnson (daughter)
Devonte Johnson (son)
Earl Johnson (father-in-law)
Ruby Johnson (mother-in-law)
Rhonda Johnson (sister-in-law)
Sharon Johnson (sister-in-law by marriage via Rhonda)
June Bug (cousin-in-law)
Kyra (cousin-in-law)


OCCUPATION:
Anesthesiologist

PORTRAYED BY:
Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
Arica Himmel (Mixed-ish)


Here are the roles that have qualified “Bow” for membership in the Television Crossover Hall of Fame.


2019-?
Mixed-ish  (ABC)
14 episodes

From the IMDb:
Follows Bow's parents, Paul and Alicia, who are forced to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family after the dissolution of their cult.



2014-?
Black-ish (ABC)
133 episodes [so far]

From the IMDb:
A family man struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood.

And to make the third requirement fulfilled, it only needed one episode....

Grown-ish (Freeform)

From the IMDb:
A spinoff of ABC's "Black-ish," Zoey Johnson is off to college and must live outside the nest, dealing with drugs, sex, and relationships along the way.


- Cashin' Out (2018)

From the IMDb:
Zoey faces a difficult decision that may change her future after she gets put on the spot on national television.  
(And guess who sees her daughter on TV at that moment?)

Welcome to the Hall, Dr. Johnson.

And happy Valentine's Day….  


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Monday, February 10, 2020

REMEMBERING MISTER BEAN




From the New York Daily News:
Veteran actor and comedian Orson Bean, a familiar face on TV and in movies since the 1950s, was struck by two cars and killed in Los Angeles Friday night. He was 91.


The “Being John Malkovich” actor was crossing a street in a Venice neighborhood when he was clipped by a vehicle and fell to the ground. Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Brian Wending said Bean was then stuck by a second driver, this time fatally.



It just doesn’t seem fair.  Apart from the few bad guy roles he played (and the only one which comes to mind is a serial bomber who was executed in an episode of ‘Diagnosis Murder’), Orson Bean always exuded a genial spirit in his roles.  Even his ‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman’ role of Loren Bray, owner of the general store, may have been described as “comically crotchety” by Wikipedia, but they also call him “fatherly”.


It just seems to me that if you are as vital as Orson Bean was – and he had just concluded a run in the play “Bad Habits” with his wife Alley Mills – and you’ve reached the age of 91, then you shouldn’t have to be taken out of this life in such a cruel and horrible manner.  (Nothing long and lingering either, but unfortunately that’s Life.)  As my friend Maggie Bilder Cooke remarked, Orson Bean just seemed to be the guy who could go on forever.


Mr. Bean is one of the first of my TV heroes, right up there with Captain Kangaroo, Hap Richards (of his eponymous, Connecticut-based children’s show), and Cubby O’Brien of ‘The Mickey Mouse Show’, whom I had convinced myself that he was a cousin.

For Mr. Bean, his elevation to hero status was due to his participation as a panelist on ‘To Tell The Truth’.  And that ties in with my memories of my home life at the time.

Until I was eight years old, we lived in a second floor apartment.  At that time there were just the five of us – Mom and Dad and my next two oldest brothers.  (It wouldn’t be until we had been living in our house for a few years before my youngest brother and sister came along.)

Dad held a series of jobs – gas station attendant, milkman – with an eye to becoming a full-time letter carrier.  (He was a sub for a number of years before he got his own route.)  Mom was a nurse working at the hospital in town on second shift, so by the late afternoon, they switched places in watching the kids and going to work.

Dad took the easy way out when it came time to fixing us dinner – hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, that sort of thing.  Once we moved into the house, he upped the fare by cooking French toast or baking pre-packaged pot pies.  But there was a trade-off – once in the house, we definitely had to eat dinner in the kitchen.

Back in the apartment, we’d be seated on the floor in the den, the TV room, where Dad would bring us our dinner.  And along with that, he’d give us slips of paper and pencils so that we could play along in the two games of ‘To Tell The Truth’.


From Wikipedia:
‘To Tell the Truth’ is an American television panel game show in which four celebrity panelists are presented with three contestants (the "team of challengers", each an individual or pair) and must identify which is the "central character" whose unusual occupation or experience has been read out by the show's moderator/host. When the panelists question the contestants, the two "impostors" may lie whereas the "central character" must tell the truth.

When the panelists revealed their guesses as to whom they believed to be the “central character”, they would write the numeric designation on the card – one, two, or three.  And we would do the same at home.

But Orson Bean would put his own spin on his answers.  He would surround his answer with doodles usually related somehow with the subject matter of that person’s life.  And I thought that was so cool.  It made me want to be Orson Bean.  But as a six-eight year old, my doodles were shite.


Still, anytime I knew Orson Bean was going to be in some TV show, I made sure I would check out at least one episode (if it was a regular role like Loren Bray, or a recurring role like he had in ‘Desparate Housewives’.)


Among those which stand out in my memories are his voice work as both Bilbo and Frodo in two Rankin-Bass animated adaptations of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord Of The Rings", an episode of ‘Modern Family’, that aforementioned ‘Diagnosis Murder’ and as a memory replacement for a character who was only slightly older than the storyteller in the first “Slapsgiving” episode ‘How I Met Your Mother’.  In the movies, for me his standouts were in “Being John Malcovich”, "InnerSpace", and “Anatomy of a Murder”.  And eventually I have to check out “The Equalizer Part Two”, which is currently showing on Starz.





There was also a TV movie he did back in the 70s when ABC was trying to compete with NBC and Johnny Carson at least in the Friday late night slot.  There were specials usually, but also there was “The Spy Who Returned From The Dead” in which Orson Bean and Tammy Grimes played a married couple who were also spies.  I’d love to find a copy of that.


But the one role for which he will be guaranteed video immortality was as James B.W. Bevis in the “Mr. Bevis” episode of ‘The Twilight Zone’.  It was about an oddball misfit in society whose life was upended by the intervention of his guardian angel, J. Hardy Hempstead.


Here's the opening narration by Rod Serling:

“In the parlance of the twentieth century, this is an oddball. His name is James B. W. Bevis, and his tastes lean toward stuffed animals, zither music, professional football, Charles Dickens, moose heads, carnivals, dogs, children, and young ladies. Mr. Bevis is accident prone, a little vague, a little discombobulated, with a life that possesses all the security of a floating crap game. But this can be said of our Mr. Bevis: without him, without his warmth, without his kindness, the world would be a considerably poorer place, albeit perhaps a little saner...Should it not be obvious by now, James B. W. Bevis is a fixture in his own private, optimistic, hopeful little world, a world which has long ceased being surprised by him. James B. W. Bevis, on whom Dame Fortune will shortly turn her back, but not before she gives him a paste in the mouth. Mr. James B. W. Bevis, just one block away from The Twilight Zone.”



Of the actors from that time period, there are only a few who come to mind who might have been good for that role – Dick Van Dyke, Wally Cox, maybe even Morey AmsIterdam.  But Orson Bean nailed it because it felt tailor-made for him. (And it's always been a behind-the-scenes fantasy for me to think that Mr. Bevis was an inspiration for Matt Smith's Eleventh Incarnation of the Doctor.)

I have another memory about Orson Bean, the one time I saw him in person.  And as usual, I don’t come off very well in this….

When I used to live in Manhattan on the Upper West Side, I went to the Symphony Space to see a mime performance.  As I used to do, even though I lived just around the corner, I got there way too early and so I was waiting outside for two of my friends – Ken and the late, great puppeteer/actor Brad Williams.


As I stood out there, I noticed that Orson Bean was also waiting for friends before going inside.  He was pacing back and forth at the curb but I couldn’t bring myself to go over and tell him how much I enjoyed his work; I’m just not that kind of guy.

I kept staring at him though and I noticed that he had a slight tic – a very small jerk of the head, barely noticeable.  When Ken finally showed up, I pointed it out to him.  And we both continued to stare.

Eventually we went inside and took our seats.  Ken didn’t notice, but Mr. Bean and his party occupied the seats behind us.  And then Brad showed up to join us just before the show was about to start.

So there we were, I was in the middle between them.  And in those last seconds before the show started, Ken leaned past me and said to Brad: “We saw Orson Bean outside!”  There was a pause, and then he added, “AND HE’S GOT A TWITCH!”

Mr. Bean and his party got up and moved to other seats.

Perhaps the most embarrassing encounter I ever had with a celebrity.

I’m going to miss Orson Bean, even with many of his performances readily available out there with DVDs, YouTube, syndicated reruns, streaming services. It’s just not the same as knowing that he is still out there among us.


Where was J. Hardy Hempstead when he was needed the most?

Thank you, Orson Bean.  Not just for all of your performances, but for being the anchor to my favorite memory of being with my Dad….

And sorry about the twitch bit.



Friday, February 7, 2020

FRIDAY HALL OF FAMERS FEBRUARY 7, 2020 - REDD FOXX



It’s been a grievous oversight by Toobworld Central that Fred G. Sanford has not been inducted into the Television Crossover Hall of Fame yet.  And it’s still not happening this year.  Sanford’s contribution to Earth Prime-Time is too strong to be relegated to the Friday Hall of Famers.

But as a member of the League of Themselves, Redd Foxx, the comic actor who played Fred Sanford, just barely makes it to fulfill the bare minimum of requirements to join the TVXOHOF.  And so as a prelude to the eventual membership for Fred, the TV Crossover Hall of Fame welcomes….


REDD FOXX

From Wikipedia:
John Elroy Sanford (December 9, 1922 – October 11, 1991), better known by his stage name Redd Foxx, was an American stand-up comedian and actor best known for his portrayal of Fred G. Sanford of the hit television show ‘Sanford and Son’. Foxx gained success with his raunchy nightclub acts during the 1950s and 1960s. Known as the "King of the Party Records", he performed on more than 50 records in his lifetime. He also starred on TV in ‘The Redd Foxx Show’ and ‘The Royal Family’. His film projects included “All the Fine Young Cannibals” (1960), “Cotton Comes to Harlem” (1970), “Norman... Is That You?” (1976) and “Harlem Nights” (1989).

In 2004 Foxx ranked 24th in “Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time”. Foxx not only influenced many comedians but was often portrayed in popular culture as well, mainly as a result of his catchphrases, body language and facial expressions exhibited on ‘Sanford and Son’.

During the show's five-year run, Foxx won a Golden Globe Award and received an additional three nominations, along with three Primetime Emmy Award nominations.

Foxx was posthumously given a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 1992.


Here are the three TV series (four appearances) which qualify the late comedian for membership:

The Name of the Game
- I Love You, Billy Baker: Part 1
(1970)

From the IMDb:
Las Vegas entertainer Billy Baker doesn't like interviews - especially when they concern that girl who died so mysteriously, Jeff Dillon investigates.

- I Love You, Billy Baker: Part 2 (1970)

From the IMDb:
In the second half of this two-part episode, the world of entertainer Billy Baker begins to unravel completely.  




Sanford And Son
- Fred Meets Redd
(1977)
[Also appearing – obviously – as Fred G. Sanford]

From the IMDb:
The fourth wall falls when Fred enters NBC's Redd Foxx look-alike contest and eagerly anticipates meeting his idol face to face.  

Flying High
- High Rollers
(1978)

From the IMDb:
During a flight to Las Vegas, Pam gets to know Wilbur Dobson, a dentist on the verge of retirement. This one tells her of his intention, following a conflict opposing him to his psychiatrist son Glen, to open a home for the elderly. Hearing that, Pam decides to try anything to reconcile the two men. As for Lisa, she finds herself outright assaulted by Steve Enders, a variety artist who has got it in his head to test on her his theories about love at first sight.  

All of Redd's appearances on talk shows and variety programs don't contribute to his official tally, but they do add flavoring to his presence as himself in Toobworld.

Here are some of the more interesting additions to his League of Themselves appearances.....





And there's this clip from the talk show of another member of the TVXOHOF....


(In order: 'Flip', ;The Jacksons', 'The Brady Bunch Variety Hour', 'Donny & Marie', and 'Sammy and Company')

Welcome to the Hall, Mr. Foxx.  Just remember to keep the language in the Blue Room….


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

TVXOHOF TUESDAY - FROM THE "CARTER" LARDER




CARTER
HARLEY WEARS A WIG


In this series, Harley Carter starred as Charlie Carter in the action series 'Call Carter'.  Because of his past in Hollywood, Carter has name-dropped plenty of bold-type celebrities in its first season.  And those references establish them as being "alive" in the TV Universe.  While not as strong as an actual appearance, mentions still qualify such televersions as being eligible for membership in the Television Crossover Hall of Fame.

In this second season premiere of Jerry O’Connell’s series, Harley Carter revealed that Antonio Sabato, Jr. and Christine Baranski appeared in an episode of his TV series ‘Call Carter’:

Harley Carter:
You ever fall for a patient? Or let me rephrase that, you ever roll a patient up into a carpet and dump her off a bridge just like Antonio Sabato, Jr. did to Christine Baranski in episode 17, season 4 of ‘Call Carter’?

He later mentioned that he did a TV movie with lone Skye….

Captain Joyce Boyle:
You paid for your own chopper?
Carter:
I had a little extra change in my piggy bank. And by piggy bank, I mean a TV movie I did with lone Skye, where I played her lover with amnesia.

These are not the actual actors from our world, Earth Prime, but their televersions as seen on TV, meaning the actors from Toobworld, Earth Prime-Time.

These statements confirm that their televersions exist in the main Toobworld.  And should either one of them appear in another TV series as themselves, that other show would automatically be connected to ‘Carter’, thanks to their mentions in this episode.

Of the three, Antonio Sabato Jr. is now eligible for membership in the TV Crossover Hall of Fame as a member of the League of Themselves.  This mention can join these other appearances of his televersion:

Ugly Betty
- The Fall Issue
(2009)

Scrubs
- Our Drunk Friend
(2009)
- Our First Day of School (2009)

Ione Skye isn’t too far behind, however.  She appeared as her own televersion in three episodes of the “psychiatrist to the stars” sitcom ‘Head Cases’.  She really only needs one more TV show in which she appears as herself to qualify for the Hall.

Carter is now linked to 'Scrubs' and 'Ugly Betty' thanks to Sabato, and to 'Head Cases' because of Skye.  But alas, nothing yet from Baranski as far as I can make out.

Get your act in gear, Baranski!

BCnU!

Monday, February 3, 2020

MONDAY MEMORIAL TVXOHOF TRIBUTE - KOBE



From CBS News:
Los Angeles Lakers icon and five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. An investigation into the crash that killed all nine people on board, including Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, is ongoing, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department    

From Wikipedia:
Kobe Bean Bryant (August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020) was an American professional basketball player. A shooting guard, Bryant entered the National Basketball Association (NBA) directly from high school, and played his entire 20-season professional career in the league with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant won five NBA championships, was an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, was named the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), and was a two-time NBA Finals MVP winner. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, he led the NBA in scoring during two seasons, ranks fourth on the league's all-time regular season scoring, and ranks fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list.

At 34 years and 104 days of age, Bryant became the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 career points. He became the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history on February 1, 2010, surpassing Jerry West. Bryant was also the first guard in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons. His 18 All-Star designations are the second most all time, while it is the record for most consecutive appearances as a starter. Bryant's four All-Star MVP Awards are tied with Bob Pettit for the most in NBA history. At the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, he won two gold medals as a member of the U.S. national team. In 2018, he won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for his film, Dear Basketball (2017).

Bryant died on January 26, 2020, in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant, and college baseball coach John Altobelli, were also killed.

I’m not a basketball fan, but I certainly knew of Kobe, the highs but also the lows.  That rape claim caught my notice, which basketball accolades never could.  And I did know of the Oscar win as well.

So sadly, I might never have even thought to research his qualifications for membership in the Television Crossover Hall of Fame had it not been for his death.  I couldn’t use his game footage, news reports, talk show appearances.  But I figured if he showed up in any TV show as his fictional televersion, it might be ‘Arli$$’.  So off to IMDb I went.

He definitely deserves to be in the Hall.

Here are the roles which qualified him:





Arli$$
- What About the Fans?
(1996)

From the IMDB:
Arliss gets an offer he can't refuse: find a new home for the L.A. Kings hockey team and become their part-owner. Will it be Raleigh, North Carolina, Las Vegas or New Mexico?


Sister, Sister
- Kid-Napped
(1996)

From the IMDb:
A new girl's popularity drives Tia and Tamera to pull strings. Playing himself, Bryant-as-a-character shot a commercial for popular girl Rhonda's father. He also had a line about loving waffles, because reasons.


Hang Time
- The Hustlers
(1997)

From the IMDb:
In California, Julie and Teddy are the only ones practicing; the rest of the team goes with Mary Beth to watch for celebrities at their hotel. Julie and Teddy are targeted by professional basketball hustlers. Vince finds Mel Gibson's wallet.


In the House
- Men in the Black
(1997)

From the IMDb:
When Marion dates a construction boss, the clinic's decor improves. Tonia attracts attention with her new appearance. Basketball players DEREK FISHER and KOBE BRYANT guest star.


Bette
- I Love This Game
(2000)

From the IMDb:
Bette's attempts to score Lakers tickets at the last minute for her husband's birthday hardly go off without a hitch.




Modern Family
- Family Portrait
(2010)

From the IMDb:
Claire goes through great lengths to organize a family portrait. Gloria and Phil have an awkward moment while taking Manny and Alex to a Lakers game. Cameron becomes a wedding singer, and Jay has to help Luke with a school project.

And he even had a presence in the Tooniverse.


The Proud Family
- One in a Million
(2003)

From the IMDb:
Penny wins a chance to shoot a half court shot at a basketball game for one million dollars. Oscar convinces her to let him make the shot to make good on a high school dream.

I’m sorry for the reason you’re being inducted now, Kobe.  I wish it had been for a happier occasion – like your eventual induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame.  But welcome to the Hall.  Kareem Abdul Jabar is already here so you could get a game of Horse going in the gym.

And my condolences to all the family and friends of the other victims.




Saturday, February 1, 2020

TVXOHOF SATURDAY SIDE NOTE - FIN TUTUOLA'S BAD DAY


As part of the celebration for Fin Tutuola's induction into the TV Crossover Hall Of Fame, here is a very strange meme which leading crossover archivist Thom Holbrook discovered back in August of 2015.....



FEBRUARY, 2020 TVXOHOF - FIN TUTUOLA


After last Sunday’s tragic news, I got an email from a member of Team Toobworld wondering if I had any candidate in mind for February’s  monthly showcase induction ceremony. Even if I did, they wrote, maybe I might consider bumping them in favor of Kobe Bryant.

I do have the post honoring Kobe already set up to run on Monday as a “Monday Memorial TVXOHOF Tribute”.  But I couldn’t see bumping the already scheduled “honoree” – not when he was bumped two years in a row and then set aside last year for the 20th anniversary theme of superheroes and super-villains.  I couldn’t do that to the guy.

And his body of work – the character has appeared 464 times so far in the multiverse (even if most of that is from one show) and counting with no end in sight – far outweighs that of Kobe Bryant’s as seen in a cold logical light.

Therefore, for February 2020, the newest member of the Television Crossover Hall of Fame is…..


DETECTIVE FIN TUTUOLA

From Wikipedia:

Odafin "Fin" Tutuola is a fictional character on the TV drama ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’, played by Ice-T. He is a sergeant with the New York Police Department's Special Victims Unit.

Tutuola was raised in the Harlem area of New York City and was six during the 1968 riots following the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination, making his birth year 1961 or 1962.  When he was a child, he witnessed his mother being murdered by a business rival of his father, a petty criminal; 30 years later, while investigating an unrelated case, he inadvertently discovered that his mother's killer was himself murdered.

According to the Season 11 episode "Disabled", Tutuola, while still in the police academy, was forced by circumstances to place his maternal grandfather, whom he credits for raising him, in a nursing home. His grandfather later died as a result of abuse from the staff. Tutuola later describes this action as "the worst decision [he] ever made", and says that in his grief, rage, and guilt, he repeatedly started fights with fellow officers "for the hell of it" and was almost kicked off the force until an academy instructor intervened and helped him salvage his career.

Tutuola was previously a US Army Ranger and served on two tours.  His military background remains sketchy as he rarely speaks of it or only makes vague and indirect references to it; however, in season 10, he explicitly mentions serving on Operation Gothic Serpent in Somalia in order to connect with a military rape victim.

Tutuola has a son named Kwasi (nicknamed Ken) with his ex-wife Teresa Randall. Subsequent episodes reveal that he has a strained relationship with his family. As of "Intersecting Lives", he is due to be a grandfather, as that episode revealed that Ken and his husband are expecting a baby via surrogate.

As of the Season 19 episode "Mood", his paternal grandfather Iggy is still alive and healthy at the age of 95, despite suffering from diabetes.  At the start of the episode "Send In the Clowns," Ken and his husband bring their infant son Jaden to the squadroom for a birthday party.

Tutuola is an avid fan of first-person shooter video games, and is a regular at an annual video game convention. On why he would play such games considering the nature of his job and his military background, he explains to his colleagues that he views these games as an escape from the grey areas he faces in his job, and that he finds solace in the "black and white" nature of these games in which he gets to hunt down and defeat a clearly defined "bad guy".

Here are the appearances for which Fin is being honored:


FIN TUTUOLA


Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
458 episodes (2000-2020)


Law & Order
- Flaw
(2005)


Chicago P.D.
- The Song of Gregory Williams Yates (2016)
- The Number of Rats (2015)
- Conventions (2014)


30 Rock
- ¡QuĂ© Sorpresa!
(2011)

O’Bservation:
It is a Warholian mantra that eventually everybody in Toobworld will be featured in a TV show.  The incredible work done by the Special Victims Unit over the last twenty years certainly deems them as being worthy to be showcased in a series.

But is it a fictional reenactment or a documentary series?  Are we seeing the TV character Fin or the televersion of Ice-T?  Based on references in the dialogue of other shows, I’m siding with it being a fictional TV show  More on that in a few weeks. (nudge nudge wink wink.)

And Fin is seen in Skitlandia as well, making him a multidimensional:


Saturday Night Live
- Kit Harington/Sara Bareilles
(2019)

O’Bservation:
Again, this is an acknowledgement that ‘L&O: SVU’ is a TV series in Skitlandia as well.  It’s likely we’re seeing Skitlandia’s Ice-T playing his impression of the Skitlandian cop.  (And again, this may come up again in a few weeks.)

Two Hall of Famers
Welcome to the Hall, Detective!  You’ll find many other members of the ‘Law & Order’ franchise here, mostly from the 27th Precinct, as well as the man who made it all possible, Dick Wolf.