Saturday, August 27, 2005


While watching the 1/2 season finale for 'Monk' last night, I began formulating an essay idea regarding kid actors playing established, older characters. And I suddenly had a revelation regarding 'Doctor Who' and these two episodes in regards to one of the most popular recurring characters in the series.

I'll work it up and share it soon in a separate post......
When the Doctor reveals that he likes bananas ("a great source for potassium"), he wasn't being facetious.

In 'The Two Doctors', the sixth incarnation of the Doctor was carrying a banana around in the pocket of that god-awful tatter-scrap jacket.
Russell T. Davies certainly likes the name "Harkness". In two previous series for which he was the creator and/or writer, he also had characters by that name.

In 'The Grand', Susan Hampshire played an aging prostitute just after World War I at a hotel in Manchester - the same city where RTD's 'QAF' later took place.

The prostitute's name was Esme Harkness. And over forty years later, there was an Esme Harkness living in 'Century Falls' with her sister and her mother. Guess what? RTD wrote that spooky children's series as well.

This Esme was probably named after the prostitute, who might have been an auntie.
A central location for the action in these episodes was St. Albion's Hospital, which was the same place where the pig alien was brought in "Aliens Of London".

There was something of a circular enclosure to the stories of this season of 'Doctor Who' - characters, themes, locations.... all kept coming back around in the Doctor's travels with Rose. And I don't think it all could be linked to the mystery surrounding the phrase "Bad Wolf".

I wonder if the hospital will re-surface in next season's episodes with David Tennant?
With these episodes, the new series certainly put the lie to the idea that 'Doctor Who' was a "children's show".
Themes are brought up in the episodes that would probably be more at home on American TV after 10 pm, let alone that stupid "Family Viewing Hour" concept.

I've always envied the sophisticated attitude to be found in British TV, since the 'Monty Python' days. I just hope it doesn't prove to be the sticking point in bringing this series over to the American airwaves!



"Aaahh!!! Real Monsters" (1994) TV Series (voice) .... The Snorch (Voicebox Translater)
"Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron" (1993) TV Series (voice) .... Dark Kat
"Pirates of Darkwater" (1991) TV Series (voice) .... Bloth
"Captain Planet and the Planeteers" (1990) TV Series (voice) .... Additional Voices
"Gravedale High" (1990) TV Series (voice) .... Boneyard
"Wildfire" (1986) TV Series (voice) .... Additional Voices
"Galtar and the Golden Lance" (1985) TV Series (voice) .... Tormack
"Challenge of the GoBots" (1984) TV Series (voice) .... General Newcastle
"This Is the Life" (1983) TV Series
"The Young and the Restless" (1973) TV Series .... Frank Lewis (1982-1989)
"As the World Turns" (1956) TV Series .... Dr. Bellows #1 (1966)

The Locket (2002) (TV) .... Henry McCord
10,000 Black Men Named George (2002) (TV) .... Leon Frey
An Element of Truth (1995) (TV)
Cosmic Slop (1994) (TV) .... Minister Coombs (segment "Space Traders")
The Secret (1992) (TV) .... Thurgood 'Uncle T.' Carver III
Highway Heartbreaker (1992) (TV) .... Bert Quinn
You Must Remember This (1992) (TV) .... Gus
The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (1990) (TV) .... David Motubu
Polly (1989) (TV) .... Mr. Pendergast
To Heal a Nation (1988) (TV) .... Paul Turner
Broken Angel (1988) (TV) .... Sergeant Mercurio
A Caribbean Mystery (1983) (TV) .... Dr. Graham
Denmark Vessey's Rebellion (1982) (TV)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1981) (TV) .... Jim
The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel (1979) (TV) .... Joe
A Bond of Iron (1979) (TV)
SST: Death Flight (1977) (TV) .... Dr. Ralph Therman
Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol (1972) (TV) .... Berdahl

"Barone, Il" (1996) (mini) TV Series .... Le roi Aschwinda
"Roots: The Next Generations" (1979) (mini) TV Series .... Ab Decker
"Black Beauty" (1978/I) (mini) TV Series .... Mr. Carmichael
"Seventh Avenue" (1977) (mini) TV Series .... Sgt. Rollins

"Static Shock" playing "Morris Grant/Soul Power" (voice) in episode: "Blast from the Past" (episode # 3.15) 21 June 2003
"Samurai Jack" playing "Lazzor" (voice) in episode: "Jack, the Woolies, and the Chritchellites" (episode # 1.4) 13 August 2001
"The Wild Thornberrys" playing "Jomo" (voice) in episode: "Forget Me Not" (episode # 2.27) 24 February 2000
"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" playing "Joseph Sisko"
in episode: "Shadows and Symbols" (episode # 7.2) 7 October 1998
in episode: "Image in the Sand" (episode # 7.1) 30 September 1998
in episode: "Far Beyond the Stars" (episode # 6.13) 11 February 1998
in episode: "A Time to Stand" (episode # 6.1) 29 September 1997
in episode: "Paradise Lost" (episode # 4.12) 8 January 1996
in episode: "Homefront" (episode # 4.11) 1 January 1996
"Spicy City" playing "Bird" (voice) in episode: "Raven's Revenge" (episode # 1.6) 22 August 1997
"The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest" playing "The Shaman" (voice) in episode: "Dark Sentinel" (episode # 2.15) 10 February 1997
"The Pretender" playing "Henry Cockran" in episode: "Prison Story" (episode # 1.12) 1 February 1997
"The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest" playing "Masai" (voice) in episode: "Ndovu's Last Journey" (episode # 1.5) 30 August 1996
"The Commish" playing "Abraham" in episode: "Born in the USA" (episode # 4.4) 15 October 1994
"Batman" playing "Lucius Fox" (voice)
in episode: "Feat of Clay: Part 2" (episode # 1.5) 9 September 1992
in episode: "Feat of Clay: Part 1" (episode # 1.4) 8 September 1992
"Cagney & Lacey" playing "Mr. Higgins" in episode: "Ahead of the Game" (episode # 6.14) 2 February 1987
"Murder, She Wrote" playing "Thornton Bentley" in episode: "Trial by Error" (episode # 2.13) 12 January 1986
"Magnum, P.I." playing "President Kole" in episode: "Old Acquaintance" (episode # 6.2) 3 October 1985
"Faerie Tale Theatre" playing "Ogre" in episode: "Puss in Boots" (episode # 4.6) 9 September 1985
"Battlestar Galactica" playing "Chief Opposer Solon" in episode: "Murder on the Rising Star" (episode # 1.18) 19 February 1979
"Quincy" playing "Dr. Matthews" in episode: "Death by Good Intentions" (episode # 4.4) 26 October 1978
"The Bionic Woman" playing "Jack Stratton" in episode: "Which One Is Jaime?" (episode # 3.18) 25 February 1978
"Police Story" playing "Sergeant Bagney"
in episode: "Odyssey of Death: Part 2" (episode # 3.15) 16 January 1976
in episode: "Odyssey of Death: Part 1" (episode # 3.14) 9 January 1976
"Baretta" in episode: "Photography by John Doe" (episode # 2.7) 22 October 1975
"Medical Center" playing "James Rosemont" in episode: "If Mine Eye Offends Me" (episode # 6.20) 24 February 1975

"Baretta" playing "Shockley" in episode: "Woman in the Harbor" (episode # 1.3) 31 January 1975
"McCloud" playing "DDT" in episode: "The Concrete Jungle Caper" (episode # 5.5) 24 November 1974
"The Streets of San Francisco" playing "Jacob Willis/Earl Barnes" in episode: "Jacob's Boy" (episode # 3.7) 24 October 1974
"Gunsmoke" playing "Jesse Dillard" in episode: "Jesse/II" (episode # 18.22) 19 February 1973
"O'Hara, U.S. Treasury" playing "Jess Florian" in episode: "Operation: Rake-Off" (episode # 1.19) 11 February 1972
"Night Gallery" playing "Logoda" in episode: "Logoda's Heads" (episode # 2.42) 29 December 1971
"The Bold Ones: The New Doctors" playing "John Goodman" in episode: "Glass Cage" (episode # 3.6) 5 December 1971
"Longstreet" playing "Danny" in episode: "Elegy in Brass" (episode # 1.5) 14 October 1971
"The Virginian" playing "Ivers" in episode: "Crooked Corner" (episode # 9.7) 28 October 1970
"Mannix" playing "Sonny Carter" in episode: "Time Out of Mind" (episode # 4.3) 3 October 1970
"Gunsmoke" playing "Cato" in episode: "The Good Samaritans" (episode # 14.24) 10 March 1969
"The Outcasts" playing "Ben Pritchard" in episode: "Act of Faith" (episode # 1.16) 10 February 1969
"It Takes a Thief" in episode: "To Catch a Roaring Lion" (episode # 2.12) 31 December 1968
"Judd for the Defense" playing "Jessie Aarons" in episode: "Commitment" (episode # 1.12) 1 December 1967
"Mission: Impossible" playing "Walter DuBruis" in episode: "The Money Machine" (episode # 2.8) 29 October 1967
"Run for Your Life" playing "Lieutenant Wallace" in episode: "Night Train From Chicago" (episode # 1.27) 11 April 1966
"The Trials of O'Brien" playing "Isadore Jaconey" in episode: "The Only Game in Town" (episode # 1.22) 18 March 1966
"The Loner" playing "Lemuel Stove" in episode: "The Homecoming of Lemuel Stove" (episode # 1.10) 20 November 1965
"Rawhide" playing "Phinn" in episode: "The Spanish Camp" (episode # 7.28) 7 May 1965
"Daniel Boone" playing "Pompey" in episode: "Pompey" (episode # 1.10) 10 December 1964
"The Nurses" playing "Fox" in episode: "The Family Resemblance" (episode # 3.8) 17 November 1964
[Could this be Toobworld's Lucius Fox, as seen in the Tooniverse 'Batman'?]

"The Eleventh Hour" playing "Dennis Packsey" in episode: "Who Is to Say the Battle Is to Be Fought?" (episode # 2.24) 11 March 1964
"The Great Adventure" playing "Joe Bailey" in episode: "Go Down, Moses" (episode # 1.6) 1 November 1963
"Sam Benedict" playing "Frank Elton" in episode: "Accomplice" (episode # 1.25) 9 March 1963
"Adventures in Paradise" playing "Nicholas" in episode: "Walk Through the Night" (episode # 1.16) 25 January 1960

Star Trek: Starfleet Command III (2002) (VG) (voice) .... General Mi'Qogh
The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002) (voice) .... Jomo
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) .... Adm. Cartwright
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) .... Adm. Cartwright

"Judd for the Defense" playing "Marcel Nburo" in episode: "The Law and Order Blues: Part 2" (episode # 2.17) 31 January 1969
"Felony Squad" playing "Marcel Nburo" in episode: "The Law and Order Blues" (episode # 3.17) 15 January 1969


Friday, August 26, 2005


Terry Gilliam's new movie, "The Brothers Grimm" opens today in theatres, and almost in connection to that, NY Daily News TV critic David Bianculli came up with a suggestion for a remake of 'Faerie Tale Theatre' which ran on Showtime back in the mid-1980s.

It's a fun, viable idea and he has some great ideas for recasting the old scripts. Of course, it would have to be relegated to Earth Prime-Time Delay, as the main Toobworld would already house the original series.



Thursday, August 25, 2005


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Wednesday, August 24, 2005


Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Making my fall premiere......
Well, here I am.... have no idea what that Shoe Hand has pushed me into, but let's see what may be on the horizon for this new attempt at a web presence for Toobworld........
I'll just be getting my feet wet right now, dipping the toes actually. I'll see later what I might come up with for content.
posted by Toby @ 8:43 AM

One year ago today, that kid-havin' kid Sean Cleary spurred me to re-establish my online presence as a televisiologist (or to put it more plainly, a TV nutjob).

It came along at just the right time in my life, as I was still grieving over the loss of my cat, Tigli Oddfoot, after 20 years of companionship. So this gave me something to take my mind off her for a while.....

Previously, I had been running my Tubeworld Dynamic website for five years... until AOL disabled AOLPress, one of the easeiest programs I think there could ever be for creating web pages.

So I went back to work on my Toobworld novel until I figured it was time to try again in preaching my particular madness in cyber-space. Trying to come up with something daily has been a lot less work than setting up the monthly edition of the old TwD ever was and so I've been enjoying it immensely.

And it's given me plenty of material to use in a new project, sort of a field guide to the TV Universe that goes far beyond just crossovers and spin-offs.

So hopefully I'll be around for a long-time to come with more of this bleep as I try to splain away the discrepancies of the TV Universe.

I also want to say thanks to readers like Hugh D, "Markhael", Jaia, and "Words Say Nothing". They help me to "right what once went wrong".

And with my Swiss-cheese memory, they need to do that often!

Also, thanks to visitors like Lee Goldberg and Bryce Zabel, whov'e been a big boost to my ego!

As sort of an anniversary gift to myself, I just picked up a few TV DVD boxed sets for my growing collection.

I went in hoping to pick up the 'McCloud' set... for research into the tele-version of the Edison Hotel.

But instead I got:

'Combat!' - Season 1, Campaign 1
'The Muppet Show' - Season 1
'At Last The 1948 Show' (one of the predecessors to 'Monty Python's Flying Circus')
'Hit Celebrity TV Commercials' (
It just sounds soooo bad.....)

Thanks for visiting. Come back often. AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS!


Tuesday, August 23, 2005


Writer/Producer Bryce Zabel expressed an interest in seeing an essay I wrote for the old Tubeworld Dynamic website back in 1999, which envisioned a link between his show 'Dark Skies' and Glenn Gordon Caron's 'Now & Again'. It was an easy link to create since both featured Eric Close in the lead roles.

Unfortunately, my disk containing the files for 1999 was corrupted. (Luckily my Western showcase for that year was kept on a separate disk!) So I had to take the basic premise and rewrite it. That effort follows.

Mr. Zabel has visited my site in the past, so hopefully he'll return and see this rejiggered spotlight on my Toobworld past.......


Just as challenging as finding new splainins for "recastaways" (those characters whose features have been altered by casting changes back in the Real World) is the search for new splainins for lookalikes.

It's o'bvious as to what causes many TV characters to resemble each other... as far as the Real World is concerned - the same actors keep getting cast over and over again. It's a process I've dubbed "urichosis", named for the late Robert Urich. (Mr. Urich just might hold the record for the number of leading roles in prime time series. Even if he doesn't, I like the sound of "urichosis".)

As for splainins regarding lookalikes, one can only depend on the excuse of "identical cousins" just so many times.
But there are plenty of other options:

dimensional counterparts
time travelers
plastic surgery
transporter malfunctions

And then within categories like those above, there can be variations.

Take for example two main characters portrayed by Eric Close - John Loengard in 'Dark Skies' and "Michael Newman" in 'Now & Again'.

Technically, there was never a chance they would be mistaken for each other should a character from one show happen to bump into the Eric Close character from the other series. 'Dark Skies' aired its last episode in 1997 and 'Now & Again' began broadcasting in 1999. So the two characters were at the peak of their resemblance to each other - in the Real World. But in Toobworld, they were separated by decades, as 'Dark Skies' was set in the 1960s while 'Now & Again' took place in the year that it aired.

You may have noticed that I put quotation marks around the name "Michael Newman". That's because it was an alias for the character. Originally he was Michael Wiseman, a bloated, middle-aged schlub who accidentally fell in front of a subway train.

Now only his brain survived, and it was housed in a new super-body that closely resembled John Loengard, a man caught up in the nightmare half-truths of the alien conspiracy throughout the 1960s. That's because Newman's body was cloned from the DNA collected from Loengard.

But John Loengard was an ordinary man, trapped in extraordinary circumstances. How did his clone become nearly impervious to cellular damage? And how did Dr. Theo Morris get hold of such DNA?

In the final episode of 'Dark Skies', we learned that Loengard volunteered for a dangerous Majestic 12 mission - that he would take the place of the next known target for alien abduction. (That man was Governor Ronald Reagan of California.)

Loengard was abducted as expected; and the last we saw of him, he was still trapped - with his augmented, age-accelerated son - inside the Hive's mothership.

We know the aliens were experimenting on human subjects, infecting them with ganglia that would eventually render them as empty thralls subservient to the Hive.

Perhaps there were other experiments for which they now had John Loengard as their test subject.

More than likely, Majestic 12 and the Government were able to rescue John Loengard, his son, and Juliet. We don't have any televised proof of this, as the series ended on a cliffhanger.

But I imagine producers are nothing if not optimists, so Bryce Zabel and his partners must have had a plan of rescue to keep the show alive.

In execution of that rescue, I think Majestic 12 was also able to capture alien data and files that would prove useful to the humans as well. And that would include the information gathered about the experiments conducted on John Loengard's cellular structure.

In the thirty years since, Government scientists continuted the research, using that same DNA of Loengard's; cloning it over and over again for fear that they would not be albe to recreate the same results using someone else's DNA.

Based on his age, I don't think Dr. Morris was in charge of the the research from the very beginning. He just happened to come up through the ranks of the scientific team over the years to finally oversee the project just as they were finally able to transplant a brain into the superhuman shell that at least superficially resembled a man from the 1960s named John Loengard.

And what of Mr. Loengard himself?

I'd like to think he's still out there, fighting the good fight against the alien conspiracy. Look how many things he could have investigated, either working with or working against Majestic 12:

The Watergate break-in
The Iran-Contra deal
The assassination of John Lennon
The death of Pope John Paul I (and the election of a Polish Pope)
The Fall of the Berlin Wall

The plane crash of JFK, Jr.
The Milli Vanilli lip-synching scandal

Perhaps an older actor could portray Loengard as he might appear today - Robert Wagner, perhaps? - and he could team up with the mirror image of his younger self, "Michael Newman", for a TV movie that might provide closure for both series at the same time.

Think of the potential for ratings based on the publicity surrounding such a concept!

Well, I'd watch anyway.....



During Monday's edition of 'The Situation Room' on CNN, Jack Cafferty closed his story about Saddam Hussein with "He's just a bad man."

To which Wolf Blitzer responded, "He's a very bad man."

At that point, I expected to see Bill Mumy appear (a la 'The Twilight Zone' by way of 'The Steven Banks Show') so that he could wish the former Iraqi dictator into the corn-field!


doot doot doot doot, doot doot doot doot, doot doot doot doot.....

Monday, August 22, 2005


Yesterday, on the American Life TV Network, they showed episodes of 'The Lawman' and 'I Spy' back to back.

Nothing really odd in that; both shows have been on that "network" for a long time on Sundays. But only recently have they been joined at the hip to be broadcast beginning at 5:30 pm EST on Sundays.

It's an odd fit. 'The Lawman' was an ABC half-hour Western filmed in black and white on the backlot of Warner Brothers in the 1950s. Prosducer Sheldon Leonard treated 'I Spy' like a feature film production, shooting episodes in color all over the world, which proved to be a big hit for NBC during the 1960s.

But it's the combo of episodes from yesterday that once again showed me there was always some higher power guiding what I saw on TV.

No, reallly! I believe that! I can't tell you how often I've turned on the TV and/or flipped to a new channel just in time to discover a new crossover or link between shows, found a new TV quote for my collection, or just learned something new in general.

For instance, I never check out Discovery on a whim. And yet this past week I decided to do so and found a show called 'Craftiest Animals', just in time to see an hour dedicatd to the cunning strategy shown by squirrels. And everything I learned in that show backed up my Toobworld claim that squirrels are among the top ten most intelligent species on Earth.

As for the 'Lawman'/'I Spy' combination this week, here are the plots for the episodes shown:

'The Lawman' - "The Outsider"
Rene LeBeau is a half-breed Indian woman who lives on a ranch with her Sioux mother after her father dies, and the cattlemen in the area are trying to run her off. Intolerance causes a host of problems for the woman, but especially a group who keep running off her help. One of the cattlemen's employees, however, disagrees with the treatment, and is shot for it. Dan must fight the small group of hate-mongers, as well as one who secretly lusts after Rene.


'I Spy' - "The Time Of The Knife"
Kelly walks into a murder frame when he looks into what happened to an old friend who was apparently killed while holding information on a remote control missile guidance system sought by several parties.


It all looks like two random episodes lumped together.

But while checking out the credits for the names of the actors at the end of the episode of 'The Lawman' (I recognized one actor as the voice of Race Bannon of 'Jonny Quest'!), I saw Earl Hodgins listed as "Fane".

From the IMDb:
Earl Hodgins
"Lawman" playing "Fane" in episode: "The Outsider" (episode # 1.14) 4 January 1959

Less than two minutes later, after 'I Spy' had established the episode's location with stock footage of Japan's back streets and markets, there was a close-up of a sign outside an office door which announced the inhabitant to be "Michael Fane".

Also from the IMDb:
Warren Stevens
"I Spy" playing "Michael Fane" in episode: "The Time of the Knife" (episode # 1.8) 3 November 1965

Truth be told, I've seen the name of Hodgins' character listed as "Pane" in several sites, including one dedicated to 'The Lawman'. And I can't remember hearing it one way or the other during the episode.

But there's no denying what I saw printed in the credits or on that sign - both men were named "Fane". And it's not that common a name.

I don't know whether some programmin' Suit at American Life noticed this and deliberately arranged for both episodes to be shown in tandem. But as far as I'm concerned, it was a sign from some Powers That Be that both shows were now linked by a family tie.

So I'm making that declaration now - Earl Hodgson's character of Fane in 'The Lawman' was the great-grandfather for Michael Fane as played by Warren Stevens on 'I Spy'.

And Great Grandpappy would have been ashamed to see how Mikey turned out.....


Sunday, August 21, 2005


Over to the left you'll see a link to the fictional cereal pages of "Topher's Breakfast Castle". I've contributed a few sightings of Toobworld cereals over the last few years - Rainbow Rings, Corny Smacks, the use of a Zoom boxtop for identification.

But the site is a grand celebration of all things dealing with breakfast cereals, and now Topher is publishing a book detailing that rich history:

Milking That Crazy Cow
[A Century of Cereals]

"Milking That Crazy Cow - A Century of Cereals" is a definitive encyclopedia to breakfast cereals. Researched and written by Marty Gitlin and Topher Ellis, this 152 page black and white book features information on over 400 breakfast cereals dating from the late 1800's to 2005. Everything from Addams Family to Yummy Mummy!

Reference your favorite cereals and spokescharacters, check out cereal ingredients, manufacturer, dates of issue, cereal name changes, product variations, fun facts, and the bizarre wit of award-winning Ohio sportswriter Marty Gitlin.

You will also enjoy a very informative foreword by long-time industry insider, and marketing genius, Alan Snedeker.

It's the kind of reference guide that might come in handy for the people who visit this site. I would think fanfictioneers might find it particularly useful.....



'Lost' producer/writer Damon Lindelof on new cast member Michelle Rodriguez:

"We know she was sitting in the tail section of the plane, so we know that there was at least one other survivor of the crash who's been out there leading this sort of Tom Hanks-ian castaway existence by herself.

But I think people are really compelled to see what's been going on with her for the last 45 days. She's had her whole own second show going on, we just weren't watching it. So, when she joins the cast, she has two backstories: (1) everything that happened pre-crash, and (2) everything that happened between the crash and when we meet her.

We're gonna tell that story in one awesome concept episode. I'm not gonna tell you when, but we haven't talked about it with anyone before you, so that'll be pretty kick-ass."

[Thanks to Kristin at E! Online &]

"She's had her whole own second show going on, we just weren't watching it. "

That's what I've been going on about with all of Toobworld. This is why Khan knew Checkov in "Wrath Of Khan", yet Checkov was never seen in the "Space Seed" episode of 'Star Trek'.

There is more going on in each TV show than what we get to see during one hour of prime time each week......

Sharona's been having her own second show since she left the cast of 'Monk' two seasons ago.

'Now & Again' has left us hanging for over five years with a cliffhanger that cries out for resolution - what has Michael Wiseman/Newman been up to since he went on the run?

How's that relationship between Ross and Rachel been going? Has he left her for the TV version of Angelina yet?

And who knows what adventures Captain Jack Harkness will be getting into before we meet him again in 2007 (as promised by RTD) on 'Doctor Who'?

As for that last one... I, for one, would like to know. So I'm reiterating my wish-craft that John Barrowman be spun off into his own series as Captain Jack!

Hrmmmmm..... maybe he can pick up Bitty Schramm as Sharona to be his companion!