Friday, May 25, 2018


Well, I made the commitment last week to induct a new member into the Television Crossover Hall of Fame every Friday, so here goes.  And this week’s entry follows last week’s recruitment of the New York Daily Chronicle….


As the editor of the newspaper, it stands to reason that Martin Lane would have his imprimatur on all those editions of the Chronicle as seen in other TV shows, at least into the 1980s.  

And that includes the four editions of the same paper seen in "And When The Sky Was Opened", an episode of 'The Twilight Zone' - even if he doesn't remember the alterations to Earth Prime-Time that day....

So even though he does have two official shows for his official tally, the rest have to fall into the reference category.

Martin Lane won’t be the only character from ‘The Patty Duke Show’ who will eventually enter the TVXOHOF, but there is only one other potential member, not two as you might expect.  I’ll just leave it at that for now.  The situation might change….

Welcome to the Hall, Martin Lane!

Thursday, May 24, 2018


Last Saturday, the big news of the day was the wedding of Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle.  Normally, I wouldn't care but the pageantry at least kept the investigation of Trump's collusion with Russia off the TV screens at least for a few hours.

And their romance was already "immortalized" for Earth Prime-Time with a movie on the Lifetime channel.

Here are a few pictures from that movie:





The multidimensional televersion of Prince Charles will one day be added to the TV Crossover Hall of Fame and this new portrayal will among his collection of qualifications:

I didn't see it, but I can't imagine the producers were so bold as to include the future scenes of the wedding.  Luckily for the couple (if not for the British taxpayer), the wedding ceremony went off without a hitch.  (That's the only reason I watched some of it - as a potential news source.  I'll just leave it at that.)

As I said, I didn't watch the movie but I wonder if at any point did Harry call upon one of his trademark reactions:

I'm sure it was called into service at some point late Saturday night here in the Real World.  Know what I mean?  Nudge nudge wink wink.....


Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Over the years, my enthusiasm for the new Fall TV season has diminished.  I think it began with the loss of the digest-sized TV Guide magazine for the larger format.  There was just something exciting about poring through that magazine to learn everything about the new season.  And I could keep it hidden away from the nuns!

But thanks to my British blogging buddy Rob Buckley, I’ve perused the coming offerings for this year and I have to say I’m less than enthused.  However, there was one entry which did catch my eye.

Here’s the CBS press release:

‘Magnum PI’ is a modern take on the classic series starring Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum, a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. A charming rogue, an American hero, and a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan, Magnum has Juliet Higgins and her Dobermans to keep him in line, as well as his trusted buddies and fellow POW survivors TC and Rick when he needs back-up on a job. With keys to a vintage Ferrari in one hand, aviator sunglasses in the other, and an Old Düsseldorf longneck chilling in the fridge, Thomas Magnum is back on the case! Peter Lenkov, Eric Guggenheim, Justin Lin, John Davis, John Fox and Danielle Woodrow are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with Universal Television. Lin directed the pilot from a script by Lenkov and Guggenheim. Magnum PI stars Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum, Perdita Weeks as Juliet Higgins, Zachary Knighton as Orville “Rick” Wright and Stephen Hill as Theodore “TC” Calvin.

I’m a fan of Knighton, and at least a fan of Perdita’s sister Honeysuckle.  (I’m not familiar with the work of Hill or Hernandez.)  But that admiration was for specific roles; they have not been elevated to the status of “I’ll watch them in anything.”  And I was never that big a fan of the original series.  I’ve probably seen less than twenty episodes.

But the blurb did catch my eye because the show is definitely a remake, not a continuation.  If Magnum was the only character who used the same name, maybe I could pass the show off as being in Earth Prime-Time along with the original: this Thomas Magnum could be the son Tom Selleck’s character never knew he had.  But a new TC, Rick, and a gender-swapped Higgins would make that too much of a coincidence. 

So off it goes to Toobworld2, where it might have a chance to cross over with the remakes of ‘Hawaii Five-0’ and ‘MacGyver’, also on CBS.  (It could also cross over with the new ‘S.W.A.T.’, but I like the idea that it is firmly entrenched in the alternate dimension of Black Toobworld.  Still, it’s a show which could have similar versions on a multitude of Toobworlds.)  And the mention of Five-0 by the detective in the trailer suggests that a crossover could be pozz'ble, just pozz'ble.

It might even share a Toobworld with another Tom Selleck show, 'Blue Bloods'.  That's not a remake, but it's in a dimension where the political landscape is different from that in the Real World and the main Toobworld.  This version of 'Magnum PI' might have a doppelganger there.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018


We finally have a way to link ‘Ironside’ and ‘McMillan and Wife’ with more than just the fact that both shows take place in San Francisco.


Chief Robert T. Ironside and “former” second-story thief Lou Karns appeared on a public affairs program hosted by John Barbour who would later host NBC’s ‘Real People’.


Sandy King was a sportscaster who covered the Hawks’ football games and got caught up in a betting scandal involving quarterback Billy Benton.

As you can see in the pictures, what connects both of these episodes is KHRZ-TV, Channel 16.

One more O’Bservation – “16” is one of the Numbers in the Valenzetti Equation from ‘Lost’.


Monday, May 21, 2018


Some time ago, Skeeter Ullman shared this on Facebook:

The same character in 'Night Gallery' - Mrs. Mount who ran the employment agency in "The Housekeeper" and in "Satisfaction Guaranteed!'

'Night Gallery' was an anthology series, with several stories told in each episode and no prequels or sequels to be found.  The only character we saw each episode was host Rod Serling.  (And I do mean "character".  Although he played himself, he never guided tours through bizarre art galleries in the real world.  Add to this his fictional televersions in 'The Twilight Zone', 'The Jack Benny Program', and mentioned in an episode of 'Perry Mason' as a friend to the lawyer, and you can see why he was inducted into the TV Crossover Hall of Fame.)

But if Cathleen Cordell played the same character in both segments, then she was the only other recurring character on the show.  I looked into this and Mr. Ullman is right, not that the Powers That Be would agree with him....

According to the IMDb, which I derisively call "Ol' Reliable", Ms. Cordell was known as "Miss Beamish" in the first segment, "The Housekeeper" which was broadcast in 1970.  It was in 1972's "Satisfaction Guaranteed" in which she was identified as "Mrs. Mount".

But there's no Zonk in this.

During that gap of two years, this "woman of a certain age" got married.  We're never going to find out for certain who her husband was, so it's time for a bit o' televisiological fun in order to fill in the blanks.

Mr. Mount was an Englishman living in the United States in the early 1970s.  We don't know his first name, but he was born in London around 1915 and he was probably either an older brother or at least a cousin to Nurse Patsy Mount (born circa 1922) who worked as a midwife in the East End of London.

As always, this is conjecture.

He may have been in America as a businessman, a government official, or perhaps as a journalist; and in the course of his duties he met Miss Beamish.  Perhaps he needed clerical work done and he visited her business in order to secure the services of a secretary.  And there he found love instead.....

So that's why she underwent a name change, and as the curator for Toobworld I can reconcile those two characters as being one and the same.

As to the difference in the look of her office?  At some point in those two years she either renovated or moved.

My thanks to Skeeter Ullman and Jeff Alexander for bringing this TV tidbit to my attention.

By the way, today marks the 103rd anniversary of the birth of Cathleen Cordell.

  • 'Night Gallery'
  • 'Call The Midwife'
  • 'The Twilight Zone'
  • 'The Jack Benny Program'
  • 'Perry Mason'

Sunday, May 20, 2018


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Saturday, May 19, 2018


As many in Team Toobworld know, I'm more focused on the characters of Toobworld rather than the actors who played them.  But for me, David Burns was always a man of mystery - nearly fifty years in the business, but mostly on stage. He was in a lot of movies since his film debut in "De-Luxe Annie" on this date 100 years ago.

He won two Tony Awards, one for "The Music Man" and the other for "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum".  That last one really impressed me - with so many other characters of acclaim in that show (Hysterium, Marcus Lycus, Milos Gloriousus), Burns must have been incredible in a smaller role like that.

I only know him from 'The Trials Of O'Brien' as The Great McGonagle, a rather bookish low-life of a private investigator (who looked more like an accountant with the eyesight of Henry Bemish.)  Had he lived, I think Mr. Burns would have been a perfect fit for 'Barney Miller' as one of the repertory players to visit the Ol' One-Two.

From Wikipedia:
[David Burns] won two Tony Awards for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, for his performances as "Mayor Shinn" in The Music Man and as "Senex" in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum".  Burns introduced the hit song "It Takes a Woman" from "Hello, Dolly" as the original "Horace Vandergelder".

David Burns also won an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor – Drama Series for his role of Mr Solomon in the 1971 TV episode (Hallmark Hall of Fame) "The Price" by Arthur Miller.

He died on stage, of a heart attack, in Philadelphia during the out-of-town tryout of Kander and Ebb's musical "70, Girls, 70".


Friday, May 18, 2018


You may have noticed there was a gap of about two weeks in the blog before I picked up again this past Monday.  I was in the hospital, and while I might be considered now on my third life, I'm home again.

But it got me thinking that Life is indeed short.  And along those lines, maybe inducting new members into the Television Crossover Hall of Fame more often than just once a month.  

So until it burns me out, I'm aiming to induct a new TVXOHOF member every Friday.

And we're kicking it off with the first of five in a series - the New York Chronicle newspaper.

The Chronicle is perhaps most famous as being the newspaper which kept a roof over the heads of the Lane Family in Brooklyn Heights.  (Martin Lane was the editor of the paper while his twin brother Kenneth was a foreign correspondent.)

So here are examples of the paper as seen in 'The Patty Duke Show' and other TV series.






[As of this year, the New York Chronicle transformed into a tabloid newspaper.]


[This series began in Earth Prime-Time, but once Hiro traveled back in Time, he altered the Future and so the show created a new Toobworld.]

And from Toobworld-MOTW:


And here are a few of the blog posts I've written about the New York Chronicle:

Next week, we'll have the logical extension of this inductee....

Thursday, May 17, 2018


Warren Berlinger has always been a fun character actor for me to watch.  I can’t remember when he first stood out for me – might have been in the TV movie “The Girl Most Likely To….” (written by Joan Rivers) or ‘A Touch of Grace’, a sitcom in which he played Shirley Booth’s son-in-law.  (Personally I think he looked like her son.)

He was lucky enough to join the ‘Columbo’ alumni late in the series’ run, during its ABC years.  And even better, he got to be a member of that corps of LAPD detectives who assisted Lt. Columbo.


As Detective Jack Stroller, he helped Columbo bring Leon Lamarr and his nephew’s wife to justice for killing his nephew.

It was his only appearance in the series, but that doesn’t mean his existence Is limited to just that murder investigation.  He had a life before the ‘Columbo’ episode and it continues to this day.  God willing, may he continue for many more years.

As to that previous life, this is where the Inner Toob feature “Fanficcer’s Friend” comes in.  Publicity photos for actors are perfect in expanding the lives of the characters they played.

So here we have an early publicity picture of Berlinger. 

But we can also claim that it’s a photo of Jack Stroller, a fresh graduate of the police academy, ready to start his career in the Los Angeles police department.

As for this next picture, I don’t know its source.  But I’m fairly certain it’s from a movie, the Cineverse, and therefore fair game to be used for different purposes in Toobworld.  Therefore, why not consider it a picture of Stroller in the locker room when he was still a patrolman.

So now we’ve given a backstory for Detective Jack Stroller in Toobworld which will never be seen on your TV screen.

Oh!  Just one more thing....

We have a theory of "relateeveety" for Detective Jack Stroller.  He has a brother, older by five years, and considered far more handsome (even by Jack.)  But they were estranged - and by more than just the fact that Jack's brother had emigrated to Great Britain.

Albert Stroller sought his life's fortunes on the other side of the Law.  He was a grifter, looking to make a 'Hustle' in all manner of con games.  And he enjoyed doing so, working the long game with Mickey Stone's crew....



Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Actress Margot Kidder, best known for her portrayal of Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve's Superman, has died. She was 69.

As expected, many of the tributes to Ms. Kidder will focus on her role as Lois Lane.  But for Toobworld, we're going in a different direction.

In 1971, she played Ruth the barmaid in the town of 'Nichols', opposite James Garner as Sheriff Nichols.  Two decades later, she played a cameo role as Margaret Mary in the movie continuation of Garner's star-making role of 'Maverick'.  

But that's the order in which they occurred in the Real World timeline.  In Toobworld, the order is reversed.  'Nichols' is clearly established as beginning at the beginning of World War I, 1914.  As for "Maverick", I think it has to be circa 1906.  I believe Bret Maverick had sired a son out of wedlock back in the late 1860s.  This would be Mel Gibson's character of Bret Maverick Jr. in the movie.  

So Ms. Kidder's character of Margaret Mary showed up first in the Toobworld timeline.  And being older, and resembling Ruth so closely, it is my contention that Margaret Mary is Ruth's mother - widowed and estranged from her daughter.

Good night and may God bless, Ms. Kidder......