It’s a new year and it’s time to get down to business with the Television Crossover Hall of Fame now that the holidays are over.
There is no general theme to the monthly showcase spot this year, but we’re adding a new twist for 2021. (We’ll see how long it can last.) With the Friday Hall of Famers, the last Friday of the month will be celebrating a TV show which not only originated in Earth Prime, but which also existed as a TV show within Earth Prime-Time. Of course that means there will be Zonks a-plenty to deal with, but it should be interesting.
Meanwhile we’ve got the January Showcase to announce....
January is our Classic TV month and my only regret with this new member Is that I didn’t get around to inducting him years earlier!
M/SGT. ERNIE BILKO
From the Phil Silvers Show site:
Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko (Ernie) Service number: RA 15042699. Ernest G. Bilko, known to one and all as Ernie, was a master sergeant who would go to any lengths to beat the system, be it by conniving, bluffing, cheating, gambling, lying, fenagling or any other devious device known only to him. No sharper operator ever existed than Bilko, no one more capable of fleecing his fellow man or forcing even the top brass at the Pentagon to quake in their shiny boots.
Here are the shows and TV specials which qualified Bilko for membership:
The New Recruits
M / Sgt. Ernest G. Bilko
From the IMDb:
This is the unaired pilot for ‘The Phil Silvers Show’/’You'll Never Get Rich’. This episode is known as “The Audition Show” and is titled “The New Recruits”, which was later re-filmed with the same title and a few different actors in different roles. The re-filmed, more polished version later aired as the first episode of the ‘You'll Never Get Rich’ TV series.
That original pilot is how the world’s timeline originally played out before it was tampered with by any number of interfering time travelers before 1955 – everyone from Helen Cutter to the Doctor from Sam Beckett to Tony Newman and Doug Phillips. It could have been a combination of factors from them all to account for the changes between the original pilot and the episode that later aired.
The Phil Silvers Show
MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko
‘The Phil Silvers Show’, originally titled ‘You'll Never Get Rich’, is a sitcom which ran on CBS from 1955 to 1959. A pilot called "Audition Show" was made in 1955, but never broadcast. 143 other episodes were broadcast – all half-an-hour long except for a 1959 one-hour live special. The series starred Phil Silvers as Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko of the United States Army.
Keep in Step
Sgt Ernest G 'Ernie' Bilko
From the IMDb:Spun-off from ‘The Phil Silvers Show’ (1955)
Bilko learns that a movie is to be made about him - but just who will play him?
In 1959 Phil Silvers appeared as Sgt. Bilko with Diana Dors in "The Phil Silvers Pontiac Special: Keep in Step."
|Bilko with fellow TVXOHOF member Ed Sullivan|
This post is dedicated to two FB friends over in the United Kingdom - Steve Everitt and Mick Clews in honor of everything they do to keep the flame for Bilko burning over there.