Saturday, December 15, 2007
TEN DAYS TO CHRISTMAS!
Friday, December 14, 2007
AND NOW, A WORD FROM THE AMPTP
Dear Fellow Members of the Writers Guild of America, East:
ELEVEN DAYS TO CHRISTMAS!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
KITT CAST BARED
Pictured: Deanna Russo (playing Mike Tracer's long lost love & daughter of KITT's creator), Justin Bruening (playing Mike Tracer, Michael Knight's son), Bruce Davison (playing KITT's creator) and Sydney Tamiia Poitier (Sydney's Poitier's daughter in real life).
For 'Knight Rider' fans and Toobworld purists (which has to be an oxymoron), seeing Bruce Davison listed as KITT's creator must be galling. But as it turns out, Davison is playing Charles Graiman, who invented the latest version of KITT. That keeps the legacy of Wilton Knight and the memory of Richard Basehart intact.
Will Arnett will be the new voice of KITT in this new vehicle. I can hear his voice from 'Arrested Development' and I wonder if he'll tweak it or use his regular speaking voice.
I'm not too keen on the idea of his casting. Not that I wanted William Daniels to come back, but I could buy into his voice as having been artificially created. We'll have to see how Arnett does as a disembodied voice.
MR. WHIPPLE & ROBBIE THE ROBOT
It could be that George Whipple was able to secure the services of that robot, or a similar one from its original manufacturer, to handle squeeze control at his supermarket, thanks to his family connections.
It's pozz'ble, just pozz'ble as Mushrat would say.
CHARMIN HONORS ITS FALLEN
The picture at the top of this post is of three frames from the commercial tribute, as is the picture of Mr. Whipple.....
TWELVE DAYS TO CHRISTMAS!
I'd like to be taller, but if not, please reconsider my application for elf."
- Arnold Horschack
'Welcome Back, Kotter'
MID-WEEK STRIKE UPDATE
It's been announced by the BBC that Todd Carty will be returning to the role that first made him famous back when he was fourteen years old in 1978 - that of Tucker Jenkins in 'Grange Hill'.
There's going to be a one-time special episode of the show probably airing in February when the 30th anniversary of the show is celebrated.
Now 44 years old, Todd Carty told the "Mirror": "It's been hugely nostalgic and quite emotional. I was sitting having lunch in the canteen with all the kids and getting a little misty-eyed.
"I was one of them 30 years ago. I'd wake up every morning excited about going to the studio. That was the best time of my life. Kids could really identify with 'Grange Hill' and each generation since has grown up with the characters from their era - Tucker or Zammo or Gonch or Robbie."
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
A TRIO OF LoM ZONKS
At any rate, between the two episodes there were enough Zonks to go around, but I don't plan on dreaming up any splainins for them just yet. That's because we (at least those of us who've never seen these episodes before either in the UK or in bit torrents) don't know how this story will wind up.
Is Sam Tyler, a Manchester cop from 2006, actually trapped back in 1973 due to a car accident? Or is he lying in a coma in hospital - screw it with going with atmosphere! - Or is he lying in a coma in THE hospital? Or is he mad?
Until we know the answers to that, there's no reason to work up a sweat over why the following TV shows were mentioned within 'Life On Mars' when they should all be sharing the same TV Universe:
1] Annie Cartwright employed a technique to handle evidence which she learned from watching Richard Bradford in an episode of 'Man In A Suitcase'.
2] Gene Hunt called two guys (who looked quite similar to each other) "Bill and Ben". More than likely this was an allusion to 'The Flowerpot Men', puppets who were also identical to each other.
3] When Chris Skelton mentioned David Janssen as 'The Fugitive', Sam Tyler countered with Harrison Ford who appeared in the movie "The Fugitive".
Those are going to be toughies, so I have no problem with the idea of holding off for awhile before I have to go and splain them away!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
NEW @ TOOBWORLD CENTRAL
'FUTURAMA: BENDER'S BIG SCORE'
The newest addition to the 31st Century Tooniverse which may lead to the return of 'Futurama' to Television. I'll be watching this tomorrow, perhaps in synch with my little buddy Sean and his kids so that we can discuss it afterwards.
'LOST' - Season 3 boxed set
I think once the strike is fully being felt on TV itself I'll start with Season 1 and go through the whole series again. Maybe I'll start even earlier in hopes of getting through it all before the return of the show in February.
Technically, this isn't Toobworld, although many of these characters have appeared in the TV Universe. This is the latest addition to the world of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen created by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill. It looks like the series picks up now in the 1950s.....
Monday, December 10, 2007
Well, we don't have to wait until February to see Michael, as he's already appearing in one of those two-minute webisodes that are unspooling at ABC's site, one per week.
In 'The Deal', Juliet visits Michael while he's still being held prisoner by "The Others". So it takes place before his return to the camp as the island's version of "The Manchurian Candidate". And it also adds another layer to Juliet's presence in the show's mythology so that she's not just seen as a Juliet-Come-Lately.
These "Missing Pieces" are fronted by commercial advertising. This is something to remember when the AMPTP claims that there's no financial future in the Internet. I'm not advocating that you should boycott seeing these webisodes - they were produced before the strike was called and I know how hard it is to kick the 'Lost' jones once it's in your blood.
But I just want to make sure everybody knows that Nick Counter and the AMPTP are a pack of lying weasels. And these webisodes prove it!
NEW @ TOOBWORLD CENTRAL
"Bite Me!" (The Unofficial Guide To 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer')
This is being touted as "The Chosen Edition" for covering seven seasons in one book.
And via Netflix, I'm now into the second disk of 'Odyssey 5' and enjoying it immensely. I'm thinking at the very least I have a Theory of Relateeveety which I can make between this show and 'The 4400'......
The Senator sure did get around, I reckon!
- from Kyle Baldwin's journal
It took a few months, but I've finally worked my way through the backlog of this season's episodes of 'The 4400'. And I found out that because of the Promycin shot taken by Danny Farrell, a Promycin epidemic spread through Seattle. 9000 people died, another 9000 developed "4400"-like abilities.
'The 4400' has always been a tricky show to handle when it comes to the greater "good" of Toobworld. So much has happened during the course of the show on a nearly seismic level that it probably should be tossed off into some alternate dimension where it can't Zonk the rest of Earth Prime-Time.
For instance, with all of these people developing abilities in Seattle, and with the return of the 4400 in the first place, how come nobody seems to mention it in other shows?
Well, here's a variation on that question - with the war in Iraq a part of Toobworld now, thanks to shows like 'Boston Legal', 'Brothers & Sisters', even 'Las Vegas' and especially 'Over There', why doesn't it get mentioned at all in other shows like many of the sitcoms? No matter if it's Toobworld or the real world, people have other concerns in Life which keeps them constantly focusing on even something as major as the Iraq crisis.
And the same would hold true with the Seattle quarantine. It's big news to be sure, and characters in other shows probably have seen it on the news and discussed it in details with their friends and family - just not while we're watching them on the air.
So even still I'm willing to keep 'The 4400' in the main TV Universe, but the consequences of this season finale must be addressed. If 9,000 citizens of Seattle have died, have we lost any TV characters of note?
Right off the bat, we have to assume the main characters in the following shows survived:
The events of the Promycin plague began September 16th of this year (officially ending eight days later), which doesn't overlap with any of those Seattle shows that are still on the air. 'Grey's Anatomy' came back on September 27th; 'Kyle XY' had finished the first part of its second season on September 3rd; and 'Reaper' premiered on September 25th.
I included 'Frasier' in there because even though the show is off the air, there's always the possibility that it may return for a reunion special years down the line. And unless the actors involved have passed away, the Crane family and their friends will probably turn up alive. (But it's doubtful that we will ever see the survivors display their 4400 powers.)
With 'Grey's Anatomy', it's likely that the crisis affected Seattle Grace Hospital in that they all had to work through the crisis, tending to the fallen. But by the time the show came back from its summer hiatus, the threat had been neutralized. (Whether any of the doctors on the series - as well as in any of the Seattle-based shows - have since developed abilities, we'll never know. Just because we don't see them using them, that doesn't mean they don't have them.)
But there are plenty of shows situated in Seattle that are no longer on the air and we can pretty much count on them never coming back:
'Hope Island' [Hope Island (pop. 1,997) just outside Seattle]
I don't see any way these shows will ever be coming back, no matter how strong their fan base can be. So in effect we could consider all of the characters from these shows, plus all of the characters they encountered in each episode, to have died in the plague and still not make much of a dent in the total of 9,000. (All but one character, that is - I don't think Harry the Sasquatch would have been affected by the viral Promycin as he is of a different species.)
Only one thing is certain in the long run: the characters we knew from 'Here Come the Brides' are definitely dead by now!
[Thanks to TV Acres for the info about Seattle shows.]
"FLOOD": PRIME-TIME AND TIDE AWAIT
This mini-series also marks the last screen performance of Moira Lister, of whom I only learned two weeks ago with news of her passing. From what I read, she was well-liked in her TV roles, so I can see why she was cast - for the impact of her role at the beginning of the film.
And the special effects are pretty good, all thanks to the computer, I'm thinking. All they needed to show the after-effects of the flooding were overhead shots of recognizable districts in London and then the computer was able to fill in the flooding.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
In their new blipvert for the "Go Phone", a gingerbread man and his son (voiced by Steve Buscemi and Norm MacDonald) bond over the new device. Meanwhile a human rips the roof off the house to expose Mrs. Gingerbread Man who's in the bath.
She's probably not long for this world.......
Of course, this follows along the same lines as "Shrek The Halls", in which one of the main characters is Gingy, the Gingerbread Man. (And Gingy has the best subplot flashback in the whole special!)
One sticking point - Shrek & Company exist in the Tooniverse. Although the Gingerbread people are animated in the AT&T ad, that human hand means that they are in Toobworld proper. However, we've seen Donkey and Shrek crossover, as have other Tooniversers in the past, into Blipverts.
And we can accept the wild notion of living Gingerbread people in Toobworld. It's been well-documented that food is alive in the TV Universe. Remember that sandwich in the refrigerator who urged its maker to opt for orange juice instead? Or how about the dancing and singing raisins in a bowl of Post Raisin Bran? Or the Big Fig Newton? The pickle who looked like Arte Johnson?
How these foods become alive, I have no idea. But having seen humanoid Whoppers, Pop Tarts, strawberries, scallions, as well as the above-mentioned raisins, pickle and Big Fig Newton, I have to wonder if some kind of genetic mix-n-match is going on in the labs......
As for the Gingerbread people, they're probably alive due to magic. After all, don't witches live in gingerbread houses.....?
If you haven't seen the AT&T blipvert yet, you can check it out at this Steve Buscemi fan worship site.
Perhaps you think it strange that a grown man spends so much time analyzing a commercial about living gingerbread men. At least it keeps me off the streets, inconveniencing the passersby......
From the United Hollywood blog:
Has anyone noticed a pattern in the last couple weeks' worth of negotiations?Monday is energetic and everyone's buoyed by the residual anger from the way last week ended. Tuesday there's a sense that they're "really talking." But by Wednesday, there's a creeping sense that nothing good is actually happening.
And on Thursday, the companies do the AMPTP Mindf*ck™.
First, it was the New Economic Partnership. This week it's "we're going to take our marbles and go home. Which means you can't play because we own all the marbles."
The author of that piece wants to be known only as "Red Sox Fan". (Could his initials be SM?)At Toobworld, it would be known as a "Mindbleep"....
By late Friday, the AMPTP packed it in and took off, claiming that the WGA was catering to special interests groups within the Guild. But as noted here earlier, the signs were there that they were going to bolt the talks, after they issued a list of impossible demands on the union.
So it's all broken down now and who knows when they may start up again. The AMPTP is probably hoping the bad weather in NYC will break the spirit of the WGAE and spur them to force the rest of the union to accept the AMPTP's terms.
Heartless bastids at the AMPTP! Give 'em a call at those numbers listed here, and let them know you support the WGA and that the AMPTP should take back their unreasonable demands!