The Television Crossover Hall Of Fame continues its tribute to the Queens of May with this week’s Friday Hall of Famer….
MISS JANE HATHAWAY
There are certain Toobworld characters that just need to have a form of address in connection to their names: Lt. Columbo, Dr. Kildare, Sister Bertrille….
I’ve always felt that should apply with Miss Jane, but as a sign of respect. Unfortunately, it also highlights her single status.
Some might think it odd that Miss Jane would be considered among the “Queens”. But Nancy Kulp was the archetype for the man-hungry spinster and it’s a position she will hold for tele-eternity.
In 1962, [Nancy] Kulp landed her breakout role as Jane Hathaway, the love-starved, bird-watching, perennial spinster, on the CBS television series ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’. In 1967, she received an Emmy Award nomination for her role, and she remained with the show until its cancellation in 1971.
From The Beverly Hillbillies Wiki:
Jane Hathaway (played by Nancy Kulp in 246 episodes), whom the Clampetts address as "Miss Jane", is Drysdale's loyal and efficient secretary. Though she reluctantly carries out his wishes, she is genuinely fond of the family and tries to shield them from her boss's greed. Miss Hathaway frequently has to "rescue" Mr. Drysdale from his schemes, receiving little or no thanks for her efforts. The Clampetts consider her family; even Granny, the one most dead-set against living in California, likes her very much. Jane harbors something of a crush on Jethro for most of the series' run.
Here are the appearances of Miss Jane Hathaway in Toobworld which garner her a place within the TVXOHOF.
1962-1971 The Beverly Hillbillies 246 episodes
Petticoat Junction - A Cake from Granny (1968)
(O'Bservations:In addition to this episode, she interacted with the characters of 'Petticoat Junction' and 'Green Acres' within the framework of 'The Beverly Hillbillies' in several episodes.
This photo of Lori Saunders with Nancy Kulp in an episode of 'The Beverly Hillbillies is of a different character she played after 'Petticoat Junction' had been cancelled. For now, 'twill serve as an example.)
1981 The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies (TV Movie)
For extra enjoyment of Miss Jane Hathaway’s lengthy career working for Mr. Drysdale, click here.
Welcome to the Hall, Miss Jane!
(Don’t worry, Ms. Kulp. Miss Jane’s showcase Is located on a different floor from Jed Clampett’s, so that she doesn’t have to run into him. I’ll make sure the same holds true for Barnaby Jones when the time comes….)
Every so often, the Television Crossover Hall of Fame has the sad duty of conducting an induction ceremony in the memory of a Toobworld character who has passed away before the Hall was ready to welcome them.
For the most part they have met the qualifications, although there are those times in which the rules are tweaked because the character and/or actor held special meaning for Yours Viewly.
But this is a case in which the new member has met those requirements; sadly, we just kept putting his membership on a back burner.
I am speaking of…
Sam Lloyd Jr. (November 12, 1963 – April 30, 2020) was an American actor, singer, and musician, best known for his portrayal of lawyer Ted Buckland on the comedy-drama series ‘Scrubs’ and the sitcom ‘Cougar Town’.
Lloyd was born in Weston, Vermont, on November 12, 1963. He was the nephew of “Back to the Future” star Christopher Lloyd, and his father, Sam Lloyd, was also an actor.
Lloyd was an accomplished singer with the a cappella group The Blanks, who made many appearances on ‘Scrubs’ under the name The Worthless Peons (also known as Ted's Band).
In January 2019, Lloyd was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, which was subsequently revealed to be metastatic lung cancer that had spread to his liver, spine, and jaw.
He died on April 30, 2020, in Los Angeles at the age of 56.
Here are the qualifications for Ted Buckland’s membership in the TVXOHOF:
2001-2009 Scrubs 95 episodes
2009 Scrubs: Interns - Legal Custodians Outakes (2009) - Our Meeting with the Brain Trust (2009) - Screw You with Ted and the Gooch (2009)
2011-2012 Cougar Town - A One Story Town (2012) - Something Good Coming: Part 1 (2011) - Something Good Coming: Part 2 (2011)
Good night and may God bless, Sam Lloyd. May your son Weston grow up hearing only good memories about you, and that all those hours of your acting immortalized in film and television give him some sense of how talented you were.
In the meantime, welcome to the Hall, Ted Buckland. Oddly enough, you may be the only member of the ‘Scrubs’ dramatis personae who ever makes into the TVXOHOF.
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