Usually with the September induction into the TV Crossover Hall of Fame, I pick someone from behind the scenes who has done a lot of work in connecting TV shows together - Dick Wolf, Susan Harris, Norman Lear, Brandon Tartikoff, and Wm. T. Orr are just a few examples.
But this year I've gone with someone in front of the camera, even though he's also been the producer of his show since 1987 and has been responsible for making it the juggernaut that has crossed over with so many other TV shows.
Host of 'Jeopardy!'
I wonder if the show would have become as popular as it is had Trebek not been the host and producer for so many years.
Just look at how many other TV series have jumped on the bandwagon:
'How I Met Your Mother'
'Married To The Kellys'
'Mad About You'
'Men Behaving Badly'
'Beverly Hills 90210'
'The Golden Girls'
'Ned And Stacy'
'The Larry Sanders Show'
There is a movie from the Cineverse which Toobworld has absorbed - "Charlie's Angels".
There are the TV shows from the Tooniverse:
He exists in Skitlandia as well (thanks to Will Ferrell on 'Saturday Night Live') but not looking anything like he does in other dimensions. In fact, his televersion crossed over into Skitlandia to confront his doppelganger.
Some of the shows listed above, most notably 'The Golden Girls' and possibly 'Blossom' had Alex Trebek appearing in dream sequences. But in order to have dreamt about him, then he had to exist.
And he had to be known the FBI agents working on 'The X-Files' or else Jose Chung's claim that a Man in Black looked like Alex Trebek wouldn't have had the same impact.
And if he wasn't busy enough hosting his own show, Alex Trebek once hosted 'The Wheel Of Fortune' as well. (I think he and Pat Sajak traded off, perhaps for April Fool's.)
With such a long list of shows to his credit, is it any wonder that he should be inducted into the TV Crossover Hall of Fame?
Welcome aboard, Alex!
(And for good measure, we're inducting the TV show 'Jeopardy!' as well!
And now here are the two of our last two showcases together......
JERRY SEINFELD [with Louie CK]
AS SEEN IN: 'Louie' "Late Show, Part 3" O'BSERVATION: At least for a little while in Earth Prime-Time, the televersion of Jerry Seinfeld was going to replace David Letterman on 'The Late Show'. Louis CK was just being propped up as a bargaining chip. BCnU!
AS SEEN IN: 'Seinfeld' O'BSERVATION: Except for the people in his life, parents and close friends, this sitcom kept Jerry in an approximation of his "real" life - back before he was married and built up a crazy collection of cars. BCnU!
AS SEEN IN: 'The Charles Farrell Show' SYNOPSIS: A sitcom was built around Farrell's actual life - as a former movie star, as the proprieter of the Palm Springs racquet club, and as the mayor of Palm Springs. The major difference was that actors played the televersions of his family and friends. BCnU!
As the Trickster once said, "Reality is boring, that's why I change it whenever I can."
I'm just "The Man Who Viewed Too Much", and "Inner Toob" is a blog exploring and celebrating the 'reality' of an alternate universe in which everything that ever happened on TV actually takes place.
Most of my theories about the TV Universe come from thinking inside the box and thus can't be proven. But I've never been one to shy away from a tall tale.....
Remember: "The more you watch, the more you've seen!"