Friday, December 25, 2020


I guess I should have consulted the calendar!  I said with the last entry into the Television Crossover Hall of Fame that it was the last inductee as a Friday Crossover Hall of Famer, but there was still the Christmas Honors member.  Well!  Christmas is on a Friday, so we get two in one!

It’s a Christmas miracle!

So we’re wrapping up this year’s theme of bringing the televersions of our own TV shows into the TVXOHOF with today’s entry.  For the last eleven months, the new members have covered all sorts of TV shows – sci-fi, detective shows, talk shows, sitcoms. a game show, and now….?

We’re going with a one-shot, a traditional holiday special.

‘Tis the season!


From Wikipedia:
 “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is a 1965 animated television special, and is the first TV special based on the comic strip “Peanuts”, by Charles M. Schulz. Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the program made its debut on CBS on December 9, 1965. In this special, Charlie Brown finds himself depressed despite the onset of the cheerful holiday season. Lucy suggests he direct a neighborhood Christmas play, but his best efforts are ignored and mocked by his peers. After Linus tells Charlie Brown about the true meaning of Christmas, Charlie Brown cheers up, and the Peanuts gang unites to celebrate the Christmas season.

After the comic strip's debut in 1950, “Peanuts” had become a phenomenon worldwide by the mid-1960s. The special was commissioned and sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, and was written over a period of several weeks, and produced on a small budget in six months. In casting the characters, the producers took an unconventional route, hiring child actors.

The program's soundtrack was similarly unorthodox, featuring a jazz score by pianist Vince Guaraldi. Its lack of a laugh track (a staple in US television animation in this period), in addition to its tone, pacing, music, and animation, led both the producers and the network to predict the project would be a disaster.

However, contrary to their collective apprehension, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” received high ratings and acclaim from critics. It has been honored with an Emmy and a Peabody Award, and has become an annual presentation in the United States, airing on broadcast television during the Christmas season. Its success paved the way for a series of “Peanuts” television specials and films. Its jazz soundtrack achieved commercial success, selling four million copies in the US. Live theatrical versions of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” have been staged.

Here are the references to the special from many shows in Earth Prime-Time.  I think the overriding reference point has to be that sad little Christmas tree.  

Mentions to be found in Skitlandia, The Tooniverse, and other alternate Toobworlds are not included.

Day by Day:
Merry Kristin

Ross mentions the special..

Season's Greedings

Quinn tells the story of a raggedy Christmas tree from his childhood, which he compares to Charlie Brown's.

Catherine Moves On

In Bill's version of the story, everyone speaking to him sounds like the adults in the Charlie Brown world.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer:

Willow goes over at Christmas, and likes to watch Xander do "The Snoopy Dance", which was introduced in "A Charlie Brown Christmas"..

The One with the Routine

Rachel calls Chandler "Linus" after he says that finding the presents early is not what Christmas is all about.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
The Replacement

Lame Xander: "Every Christmas, we watch Charlie Brown together, and I do the Snoopy Dance."

Are You There God? It's Me Ann-Margret

Harrison mentions the animated movie.

That '70s Show:
An Eric Forman Christmas

Episode title and Fez' quote "Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown" near the end of the episode

Cooking with Jesus

A dead weed plant is described as "The Charlie Brown Christmas Tree"

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip:
The Christmas Show

Matt brings in a "Charlie Brown"-type Christmas tree and Andy responds with "What are you? Linus?"

Elmo's Christmas Countdown
(2007 TV Movie)
Stan the Snowball mentions "that round-headed kid who picked out that crummy tree."

Kyle XY:
I've Had the Time of My Life

Amanda compares the decorated gym to Charlie Brown''s Christmas tree.

Christmas Joy

Shawn says, "We just saved Christmas!" and begins to dance like Snoopy as some jazz music similar to the Charlie Brown theme is heard.


The ending, with Carly saying that the tree needs a little love, saying that Spencer's not normal but he made a nice tree, and the cast gathering around "oo oo oooing" to "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," is a take off of the ending to A Charlie Brown Christmas.

The Big Bang Theory:
The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis

After Sheldon's story about the origin of Christmas, Howard remarks, "And that, Charlie Brown, is what boredom is all about."

The Office:

Kelley imitates the sound of the grownups in the "Peanuts" world.

The Office:
Classy Christmas

While shopping for Christmas trees with Pam and Darryl, Andy wonders aloud: "What if we got a really beat-up one, like on 'Charlie Brown,' and we just loved it for what it is?"

The Big Bang Theory:
The Rhinitis Revelation

Howard says, "I watch the 'Charlie Brown Christmas' special every year."

Do You See What I See

Everybody momentarily turns into Peanuts characters.

The Office:
Christmas Wishes

"Christmas Time Is Here" from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" plays at the Christmas party.

Raising Hope:
It's a Hopeful Life

When Jimmy brings home a pathetic-looking Christmas tree, Burt says, "What'd you do? Mug Charlie Brown?"

Raising Hope:
Hogging All the Glory

"Linus and Lucy" is heard as the Chances reenact Charlie Brown for Hope.

Do You See What I See?

Charlie Brown Christmas tree mentioned


When Donna toys with Harvey's messages, he tells her that he's not Charlie Brown, she isn't Lucy van Pelt and that the messages aren't a football.

Parks and Recreation:

Chris comments that Leslie is dancing around "like she's a character in one of those Peanuts cartoons."

The Tree That Saved Christmas
(2014 TV Movie)
Molly and Lucas refer to the sickly evergreen that Molly saves as a Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend:
I'm So Happy That Josh Is So Happy!

Paula mentions the Charlie Brown theme song.

Angel of Christmas
(2015 TV Movie)
Susan: "You're not talking about that little Charlie Brown tree, are you?"

Horny-Goggles and a Catered Intervention

Bonnie calls Christy "Charlie Brown".

The Good Wife:

Alicia compares her sad-looking slice of pizza to Charlie Brown's Christmas tree.

When the Battle Is Over

"That sad Charlie Brown Christmas kale" statement is in reference to his spindly Christmas tree.

American Gods:
A Murder of Gods

Shadow: "I got stabbed by Charlie Brown's Christmas tree!"

This Is Us:
The Pool: Part Two

Toby mentions how Charlie Brown's mother makes nonsensical sounds: "wah-wah-wah".

7 Swans a Singin'

Kristen refers to Pudsy's Christmas as an edgier version of this Christmas classic.

Merry Christmas, everybody!  See you next year.

And as Tiny Toby would say, “God bless us, every one!  But especially me.”

Sunday, December 13, 2020


As this is Wold Newton Day (see the previous post for today), Toobworld Central likes to look at someone or something in the TV Universe which has a correlation in the Wold Newton Universe.

This year, it’s a What….

(Ruth: 1:16)

Lonnie Flash found copies of a book at the homes of two fugitive Nazis and took them to a friend for her to decipher….

It seems this is a republication of a late 19th century sci-fi tale called Vril. "A master race living underground with plans to launch a fight, a revolution. Their plan: to take over the entire world. " The Nazis used Vril as a spiritual inspiration.

But this version has been updated.

Here we go. Not just inspiration, but instructions. Thus, the title, “Book of the Coming Race”. No, sorry. “Manual for the Coming Race”.

Plans of a war they swear they will fight to the death….

From Wikipedia:
“The Coming Race” is a novel by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, published anonymously in 1871. It has also been published as “Vril, the Power of the Coming Race”.

Some readers have believed the account of a superior subterranean master race and the energy-form called "Vril", at least in part; some theosophists, notably Helena Blavatsky, William Scott-Elliot, and Rudolf Steiner, accepted the book as based on occult truth, in part.

One 1960 book, “The Morning of the Magicians”, suggested that a secret Vril Society existed in Weimar Berlin. However, there is no evidence for the existence of such a society.

Vril Energy has been incorporated into the Wold Newton Universe with the addition of Derrick Ferguson’s adventurer Dillon and perhaps in other works.  Sean Lee Levin pointed out the Dillon connection:

Here are the crossovers in the more recent "Dillon and the Prophecy of Fire," which previously appeared on Derrick's Patreon.

Dillon brings his friends to his home in Grand, Pennsylvania. A group of villains seek the Vril energy from Dillon. The mastermind behind the Vril plot is revealed as Li Shoon, the leader of the Ui Kwoon Ah-How.


The Vril is from Edward Bulwer-Lytton's THE COMING RACE.

Now, the reference in “Hunters” keeps it within the covers of Bulwer-Lytton’s book, and that might make it limited to Jasper Fforde’s BookWorld universe in the Thursday Next series of books.  But there could be a way to still make it work for Toobworld.

It could be that Bulwer-Lytton took the Truth about the Vril-ya and the Vril energy and fictionalized it in his book.  As such, he could have been working as an agent of the early version of the shadow ops organization of UNReel, which took inspiration from the writings of Sherlock Holmes – UNReel helps the heroes of Toobworld to hide in plain sight by convincing the general public that those heroes are fictional.

It's easy to see why UNReel needed to “fictionalize” the underground empire of the Vril-ya, a superior race who could finally decide to take over the surface world.  While diplomats from all over that surface world negotiate with the Vril-ya to maintain the status quo, UNReel does its job to keep interlopers from trying to explore that world and disrupt the balance.

So while Annika might think Bulwer-Lytton’s work is fiction, that just proves UNReel’s plan is still working.  (Or at least it still was in 1977.)

So ‘Hunters’ introduced the concept of Vril energy into Toobworld, but left hanging the possibility that it actually exists in the TV Universe.  Perhaps energy creatures from ‘The Outer Limits’ might theoretically be connected to Vril, but that doesn’t make it definite.

Who knows?  Someday it might happen.  But for now, the Wold Newton Universe has Vril, while Toobworld will just have to wait.

And so it goes…..

Happy Wold Newton Day to all who O’Bserve!


We’ve got an annual rerun today…..

Today is Wold Newton Day!

From the Introduction to Philip Jose Farmer's Wold Newton Family by Win Scott Eckert:

The Wold Newton Family is a group of heroic and villainous literary figures that science fiction author Philip Jose Farmer postulated belonged to the same genetic family. Some of these characters are adventurers, some are detectives, some explorers and scientists, some espionage agents, and some are evil geniuses.
According to Mr. Farmer, the Wold Newton family originated when a radioactive meteor landed in Wold Newton, England, in the year 1795. The radiation caused a genetic mutation in those present, which endowed many of their descendants with extremely high intelligence and strength, as well as an exceptional capacity and drive to perform good, or, as the case may be, evil deeds.

 Popular characters that Philip Jose Farmer concluded were members of the Wold Newton mutant family include: Solomon Kane; Captain Blood; The Scarlet Pimpernel; Harry Flashman; Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis Professor Moriarty (aka Captain Nemo); Phileas Fogg; The Time Traveler; Allan Quatermain; Tarzan and his son Korak; A.J. Raffles; Professor Challenger; Richard Hannay; Bulldog Drummond; the evil Fu Manchu and his adversary, Sir Denis Nayland Smith; G-8; The Shadow; Sam Spade; Doc Savage, his cousin Pat Savage, and one of his five assistants, Monk Mayfair; The Spider; Nero Wolfe; Mr. Moto; The Avenger; Philip Marlowe; James Bond; Lew Archer; and Travis McGee.

As the Curator for the Toobworld Dynamic, I am a great admirer of the work done by Mr. Farmer and Mr. Eckert and Sean Lee Levin and others in detailing the lineage of these great pulp characters.  The Wold Newton Universe was an early influence on the Toobworld Dynamic.

But although there are similarities between the two shared universes, the TwD is NOT the WNU.  The main reason being that the Wold Newton meteorite is not a fixed point in the history of Earth Prime-Time.  At least, not yet.  (I have hopes one day it will be dramatized for TV.)

In the meantime, Toobworld does share many members from the original core of the Wold Newton Family listed above.  They would include:
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Lord Greystoke aka Tarzan
  • Nero Wolfe
  • Fu Manchu
  • Sir Denis Nayland Smith
  • Bulldog Drummond
  • Allan Quatermain
  • Phileas Fogg
  • Professor James Moriarty*
  • Professor George Challenger
  • Richard Hannay
  • Philip Marlowe
  • James Bond
  • Travis McGee
  • Lew Archer
  • Harry Flashman
  • Captain Nemo*

And there are others, some perhaps within the extended family, others from the Wold Newton Universe in general, who also have counterparts in the TV Universe:
  • Arsene Lupin
  • Lord Peter Wimsey
  • Monsieur Lecoq
  • Hercule Poirot
  • Charlie Chan
  • Dracula
  • The Frankenstein Family
  • Ivanhoe
  • Robin Hood
  • Zorro
  • The Lone Ranger
  • The Saint
  • Father Brown
  • Carnacki
  • Dr. Thorndyke
  • Dr. Jeckyll
  • Horatio Hornblower
  • Miss Marple

And plenty more who sprang from the "Glass Furnace" first.

So I'd just like to take this moment to salute my comrades across the dimensional vortex with their continuing adventures on this anniversary.

Here's to that chunk of space debris that made it all possible!


* O’Bservation:
Mr. Farmer’s assertion that for the WNU, Captain Nemo and Professor Moriarty are one and the same is the best indicator that Toobworld is not the Wold Newton Universe.  For Toobworld, Nemo and the Napoleon of Crime are two different men.

Friday, December 11, 2020


The Television Crossover Hall of Fame has inducted many products into the Hall in the past – the New York Chronicle, the New York Ledger, the LA Tribune, Playpen Magazine, Morley Cigarettes, Slush-0 and Smeat among them.  I could be wrong on this, but this may be the first time an actual product from the Trueniverse has been allowed into the TVXOHOF.  But these are strange prime-times we live in….


From Wikipedia:
Purell is an American brand of hand sanitizer invented in 1988, and introduced to the consumer market in 1997, by GOJO Industries. Its primary component is ethyl alcohol (70% v/v), and is used by wetting one's hands thoroughly with the product, then briskly rubbing one's hands together until dry.

Purell was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2006, then reacquired by GOJO in 2010. That year, Purell Green Certified Instant Hand Sanitizer became the first hand sanitizer to meet EcoLogo CCD-170 standards.

In 2020, some of Purell's claims, including that it kills "99.99% of most common germs", have been met with regulatory warnings to desist the claim.

During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, GOJO faced unprecedented demand for Purell products due to its reputation as a leading name-brand for hand sanitizer. Starting immediately as cases began to rise in the United States, Purell products ran out-of-stock and remained largely unavailable to the general public, with new shipments being prioritized to medical and professional customers. Purell's products were still hard to find in July 2020, despite GOJO producing more than twice the amount of hand sanitizer in 2020 than in 2019. GOJO has stated it is currently investing in further strategies to source ingredients and substantially increase manufacturing space for use by mid-2021.

It should be O’Bvious why I’m acknowledging its presence in Toobworld, but the citizens of Earth Prime-Time were using the original instead of a knock-off before the current pandemic.  Sheldon Cooper would probably be in a catatonic state if it didn’t exist; and the hand sanitizer was a major plot point throughout the latest season of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, written and filmed before the pandmic.

Here are the shows which have mentioned it or showed it in use. There are enough references here to make it eligible for the Hall.  But if you know of others, please let me know.

The Big Bang Theory
The Launch Acceleration

[Sheldon runs outside]
Uh, where is he going?
Leonard Hofstadter:
He keeps emergency Purell in the car.

The Big Bang Theory
The Meteorite Manifestation

The Big Bang Theory
The Sibling Realignment

Amy Farrah Fowler:
Okay, so each welcome bag gets a schedule of events, a map, and chocolate from me. And from Sheldon, a bottle of Purell, the number for Poison Control in case someone accidentally drinks the Purell, and a laminated table of elements because the American school system is a failure.

[Amy shuts the laptop; as she leaves, Penny takes the bottle of Purell from her gift bag]

Penny Hofstadter: [pouring it on her computer]
Oh, well... turns out this is gonna come in handy after all.

Better Things

The Good Fight

Diane Lockhart:
“Guard!  Where are the Handi-Wipes?  I need my Purell.”
“Do you have any idea how hard it is to get blood out of Egyptian cotton?  And now, no Purell.”

Curb Your Enthusiasm
All of Season Ten

From IndieWire
by Ryan Lattanzio:
(One of the signatures of the Latte Larry experience was a bottle of hand sanitizer at every table, along with the “no defecation” rule.)

At the end of Season 10, Latte Larry’s tragically burns to the ground after one of his employees mishandles his self-warming coffee mug devices, and one of the most harrowing images, in hindsight, is a closeup on a stockpile of Purell melting in the flames.

“All anyone thought when they saw the final episode was, ‘Oh my god, you burned all that Purell!'” Schaffer said. “It wasn’t really what we were thinking about in 2019,” which was when they were writing and filming the 10th season.

And then came the denouement, the burning-down of Latte Larry’s. The fire happens for a number of reasons, but it gets worse because of Larry’s Purell obsession. As his vast stores of Purell bottles, which he provides at every table, ignites, the entire block turns into an inferno. And when that happens, he accidentally says “fuck you” to the world, pre- and post-coronavirus.

Welcome to the Hall, Purell.  I would shake your hand, but of course you don’t have any.  

And besides, that would defeat your purpose.

Just a quick programming note – We’re coming up to the end of the year and even in lockdown, things are going to be off-kilter for Yours Viewly here at Toobworld Central.  We still have the Christmas Honors entry to the TVXOHOF to be presented on Christmas Day, but this entry marks the last of the Friday Hall of Famers, not only for the year but forever.

I’ll still be doing the monthly showcases, plus the Birthday and Christmas Honors List, and sadly, also the memorial tributes.  (Hopefully we won’t have that many.  Actually, considering it’s 2020 and we're in a pandemic, I thought there would have been many more, thanks to COVID-19.)

I may continue inducting the Toobworld televersions of real TV shows; I enjoyed those.  But I may save those for the Birthday Honors entry.  We’ll see….

Friday, December 4, 2020


As Time goes by (We miss you, Geoffrey Palmer!), it gets more difficult to find someone to represent the full month of December as the showcase inductee into the Television Crossover Hall of Fame.  Anyone who is Christmas-centric is saved for the actual day and those are quickly running out.  (December will probably phase into being the Multiverse Month totally, a classification which has been used on occasion in the past.  In fact, I think I may have at least one this month to wrap up the Friday Hall of Famers feature.)

Our showcase inductee this month was an accident.  I basically e-stumbled over him while looking for something else.  But when I looked at his qualifications, I was surprised to see how many appearances he made as a member of the League of Themselves.


From Wikipedia:
Robert Gérard Goulet (November 26, 1933 – October 30, 2007) was an American singer and actor of French-Canadian ancestry. Goulet was born and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Cast as Sir Lancelot and originating the role in the 1960 Broadway musical “Camelot” starring opposite established Broadway stars Richard Burton and Julie Andrews, he achieved instant recognition with his performance and interpretation of the song "If Ever I Would Leave You", which became his signature song.

His debut in “Camelot” marked the beginning of a stage, screen, and recording career. A Grammy Award and Tony Award winner, his career spanned almost six decades.

With fellow Hall member Ed Sullivan

We’ve had League of Themselves members inducted into the TVXOHOF in the past who had strong ties to the holiday spirit due to Christmas specials – Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Andy Williams….  I thought Bob Goulet also had a lengthy history with such TV specials, but I guess my memory was influenced by his appearance as himself over in the Cineverse, in the movie “Scrooged”.

Otherwise, he only appeared in one explicit Christmas special:

Bing Crosby And The Sounds of Christmas
(December 14, 1971)

But he did appear in several talk shows and variety programs during December over the years.  I’m sure he was probably called upon to sing a Christmas tune or partake in a holiday sketch.  Among these would be the talk shows of Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas, Johnny Carson, and Dinah Shore; plus variety shows with Bob Hope, Andy Williams, Carol Burnett, ‘The Hollywood Palace’, and ‘Val Parnell’s Sunday Nights At The London Palladium’….

And not that it is any kind of qualification, but he did have a few Christmas albums to his credit.

Here are the shows in which Robert Goulet interacted with fictional characters, thus making him a “televersion” not only in Toobworld, but also in the Tooniverse:

The Jack Benny Program
- The Robert Goulet Show

The Joey Bishop Show
- Andy Williams Visits Joey

- Too Many Robert Goulets

O’Bservation – I couldn’t find a picture of Goulet from this episode, but here’s Linda Lavin disguised as him and I'm sure she was not the only one… hence the title.

Mr. Belvedere
- Debut
- The Trip: Part 2
- The Field
- Mr. Belvedere's Wedding: Part 2

Get Smart
- Casino Evil

O’Bservation – Actually, he was playing Agent 0 who was disguised as Robert Goulet. So at least the existence of Robert Goulet was acknowledged.

Boy Meets World
- The Thrilla' in Phila'

George & Leo
- The Gift


Just Shoot Me!
- Toy Story

Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place
- Out with the Old
- El Matrimonio Loco

TV Funhouse
- Astronaut Day
- Safari Day

(Both in 2001)

Las Vegas
- Bold, Beautiful & Blue


The King of Queens
- Sold-Y Locks

Many televersions differ from the real world originals in more than just dealing with fictional characters and living puppets.  And Robert Goulet is no exception.

Emerald Nuts
3 PM Goulet

O'Bservation - Like Santa Claus and Rod Serling, Robert Goulet must have entered the chronosynclastic infundibulum so that he can be everywhere at once, but only at 3 PM in any particular time zone. That power has put Goulet into the Dark Side as he uses that downtime in people’s lives to wreak havoc in the office. (We’ve seen that play out in the Emerald Nuts commercial.)

Goulet also has a pen-and-ink presence in the Tooniverse.  Unfortunately, he just misses enough animated credits to qualify for a separate entry as a Tooniversion.

Robert Goulet’s televersion has another marked difference from his reality in the Trueniverse.


The Simpsons
- $pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)

Gary the Rat
- Manrattan

O'Bservation - I found the episode online but this guy doesn't seem to show up in it.  When I do a Google search for an image of Gouet in connection to that episode, this is all that comes up.  So I don't know what to tell ya.

Welcome to the TV Crossover Hall of Fame, Mr. Goulet.  Good night and may God bless….

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Friday, November 27, 2020


For the final week of every month this year, we’ve been inducting the televersions of real TV shows which also exist in Toobworld as that last Friday Hall of Famer.

With November having a heavy political aura, a political series seemed to be the O’Bvious choice.  So we’re walking and talking the perfect candidate into the TVXOHOF:


Within the main Toobworld, Earth Prime-Time, there is no problem of a Zonk because ‘The West Wing’ takes place in an alternate Toobworld (which is also the home for ‘Smallville’, ‘Mr. Sterling’, ‘Minority Report’, ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip’, and the miniseries ‘Pine Gap’.)  This is because Earth Prime-Time must always have the same President of the United States as in the Trueniverse.  (You never know when a TV series might reference the POTUS.)

This list is of shows which refer to ‘The West Wing’ as a TV series within the main Toobworld.  We’re excluding shows from other Toobworlds and from Skitlandia and the Tooniverse.

And since this week’s Hall of Famer is also “Black Friday”, kicking off the holiday season, we’ve “decorated” the list with a few Christmassy pictures of ‘The West Wing’ on TV which I found on IMGUR.

3rd Rock from the Sun:
Dick'll Take Manhattan: Parts 1 & 2

Seen on the NBC lineup calendar

Are You There God? It's Me Ann-Margret


Nicole mentions the show.

Primetime Glick:
Rob Lowe/Billy Crystal


Referenced during Rob Lowe's interview.

Gilmore Girls:
Haunted Leg


Francie says, "I'll make her so ineffectual, she'll make Jimmy Carter look like Martin Sheen."

The Price of Fame


When Andy and Brenda start running lines at a fast pace, Brenda complains that people don't talk that fast on "The West Wing"

Joan of Arcadia:
Only Connect

Father Ken has been watching reruns of the series.

The Dame Edna Treatment:
Episode #1.2


The Thick of It:
Episode #3.3


Ollie mentions the show.

Over There: Part 1


In the alternate universe, Olivia sees a billboard promoting Season 11 of the show

The Office:
Viewing Party


The scene following the cold open mimics The West Wing's trademark "walk-and-talk" format and rapid-fire dialogue, while Michael imitates the gruff mannerisms of John Spencer's Leo McGarry.

30 Rock:
Plan B

Aaron Sorkin mentions that he wrote the show



Season 12 ad seen on taxi

Alan Partridge

Mentioned when two characters are 'walking and talking'

The Almighty Johnsons:
And Then on to Norsewood

mentioned in dialogue

The Good Wife:
Dark Money


Alicia instructs her campaign staff to use the West Wing tweets to stop the robocalls

The Good Wife:
Red Meat

Mentioned in dialogue

Please Like Me:
Natural Spring Water


Ella mentions the show by name.

Pure Evil and a Free Piece of Cheesecake


In Bonnie's dream sequence, Allison Janney is joined by her 'The West Wing' co-star, Richard Schiff, a nod to the series.

Never Stop Never Stopping


CMZ reporter says "The guy from The West Wing?" when Martin Sheen is seen fighting Conner.

Please welcome the televersion of ‘The West Wing’ to the Television Crossover Hall of Fame!



From CNN:
David Norman Dinkins, the genteel first and, to date, only Black mayor of New York City who dedicated much of his public life trying to improve race relations in the nation's largest city, has died at age 93.

Dinkins died Monday evening at his residence on Manhattan's Upper East Side, the New York City Police Department told CNN.

From Wikipedia:

David Norman Dinkins (July 10, 1927 – November 23, 2020) was an American politician, lawyer, and author who served as the 106th Mayor of New York City from 1990 to 1993. He was the first and, to date, only African American to hold that office.

As a matter of course with the death of some public officials, I checked tp see if Mayor Dinkins qualified to be into the Television Crossover Hall of Fame.  Not all public officials do, but since Ed Koch was mayor, the New York City mayors have been candidates.

David Dinkins does qualify, with just over the bare minimum, but three appearances in separate TV productions is all that it takes.  And he enters as a multidimensional, with each of his appearances located in alternate Toobworlds.


Sesame Street
- Episode #22.95

O'Bservation - Gordon gets an award from the Mayor.


Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story
(archival footage)

O'Bservation - Rudy Giuliani IS Rudy Giuliani in Earth Prime-Time October 2001, so this TV movie has to go somewhere....

AKA “Toobworld Jed”

Blue Bloods
- Risk Management

O’Bservation – The placement of ‘Blue Bloods’ in ‘The West Wing’ dimension depends on who the POTUS is in the series. But it can’t be in the main Toobworld because it deviated from that timeline at some point after Dinkins’ administration.


‘Saturday Night Live’

O'Bservation - Tim Meadows played Dinkins in several shows, as well as referencing the Mayor while playing his biggest supporter, Lionel Dauber.

Good night and may God bless, Mister Mayor.  I hope this small tribute meets with approval.  I admire your sense of timing, right up until the end.  If you had to pick any month in which to die, November was probably the most appropriate when we induct politicians.  (February would have been a very close second....)


Friday, November 20, 2020


In this month dedicated to the newsmakers and newscasters, the Television Crossover Hall of Fame is continuing with another newscaster and television personality….


From Wikipedia:
Constance Yu-Hwa Chung (born August 20, 1946) is an American journalist. She has been an anchor and reporter for the U.S. television news networks NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and MSNBC. Some of her more famous interview subjects include Claus von Bülow and U.S. Representative Gary Condit, whom Chung interviewed first after the Chandra Levy disappearance, and basketball legend Magic Johnson after he went public about being HIV-positive. In 1993, she became only the second woman to co-anchor a network newscast as part of ‘CBS Evening News’. She was removed in 1995 as ‘CBS Evening News’ co-anchor after a controversial interview with a fireman, during rescue efforts at the Oklahoma City bombing, which seemed inappropriately combative, and her interview tactics to get Newt Gingrich's mother to admit her unguarded thoughts about Hillary Clinton.

Having inducted Julie Chen last week, I’m not going after any particular theme here.  If I was, I would have saved them for the next lunar new year.

Actually, I thought of Ms. Chung (Mrs. Maury Povich) first, remembering her appearance on ‘Murphy Brown’ with several other women in the broadcast news business.  From there, I thought of Ms. Chen in an episode of ‘Yes, Dear’.  And since I needed the fodder to fill out all the Fridays in the month, I decided to feature them both….

I did go with Julie Chen first because she had more credits.  But that could be attributed to being married to Les Moonves, who was head of CBS at the time.  I’m more impressed with the credits Connie Chung has acquired.  After all, I don’t think being Mrs. Povich opened any doors for her in that regard.

Here are the episodes which have gained her access to the TVXOHOF (following the Toobworld timeline):

Fresh Off the Boat
- Ride the Tiger

O’Bservation – Literally, she phoned it in!

Murphy Brown
- TV or Not TV

Documentary Now!
- Batsh*t Valley, Part 1

The Undoing
- See No Evil

And she has a doppelganger in at least one alt-Toobworld….

House of Cards
- Chapter 64
- Chapter 65
(Both 2017)

Welcome to the Hall, Ms. Chung!