Weird TV character connections...

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by BradJW, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. BradJW

    BradJW Well-Known Member

    Jun 9, 2008


    So I've been watching Prison Break again. I meant to stop after season 2, but for some reason just kept watching.

    In Season 4, Gretchen & Self are selling Scylla. So here's where the weird connection comes into play.

    An actor by the name of Mark Pellegrino is connecting Gretchen & Self to a buyer. The buyer is played by Titus Welliver.

    Mark Pellegrino is more well known for playing Jacob. And Titus Welliver was the Man in Black.

    So what other TV Character Connections have you seen?
  2. scooterboy

    scooterboy Coney Island Small

    Mar 27, 2001
    Not a "character" connection, but a neat coincidence just the same:

    The Beatles' first Ed Sullivan appearance was in February of 1964. Also on the show with the Fab Four that evening was the cast of Oliver!, the theater musical based on Oliver Twist.

    One of the main characters in Oliver! was the Artful Dodger. The young actor/singer who played the Artful Dodger and sang on Ed Sullivan the same night as the Beatles? None other than Davy Jones who would, two years later, become a member of the "Pre-fab Four" - the Monkees.

  3. loubob57

    loubob57 Cancer sucks! TCF Club

    Mar 19, 2001
    Bedford, TX
    He's also the reason David Bowie came into being. You see David Bowie's real last name is Jones.
  4. Michael S

    Michael S Member

    Jan 12, 2004
    I guess this is a connection. The guy on House who played Cuddy's boyfriend and House's private detective is named Michael Weston. He did a guess spot on Burn Notice. The main character on Burn Notice is named Michael Westen.
  5. TheMerk

    TheMerk Always Bid First

    Feb 26, 2001
    Salt Lake...


    Season 2 of Luther, he asks another cop to contact NYPD about a case. He mentions that Detective Munch would be the one to ask. :D
  6. Craigbob

    Craigbob Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2006
    San Antonio
    Munch has shown up on Homocide of course, Law and Order, X-files, and a whole lot more shows including Sesame street.....
  7. JETarpon

    JETarpon Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2003
    Not necessarily weird, but one of my favorite TV in-jokes of all time:

    William Shatner was in an episode of The Twilight Zone in which he was on an airplane and saw a gremlin out on the wing destroying an engine. They remade that episode as one of the episodes of Twilight Zone: The Movie, with John Lithgow playing the role Shatner had.

    When Lithgow was on 3rd Rock from the Sun, Shatner guest starred as their leader, The Big Giant Head.

    Here is the scene when TBGH arrived:

  8. BradJW

    BradJW Well-Known Member

    Jun 9, 2008
    I loved the big giant head!

    I wasn't necessarily thinking of in-jokes or intentional setups per se, but if we're including them one that immediately pops to mind....

    After John Ritter died, Ed O'Neill guest starred on an episode of 8 simple rules as an old high school boyfriend of Kate Segal's character (a reunion of sorts for Al & Peg Bundy).
  9. aindik

    aindik Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2002
    On the West Wing, Allison Janney played C.J. Cregg, Bradley Whitford played Josh Lyman, and Timothy Busfield played Danny Concannon. At the end of the series, it was clear that C.J. and Danny were married.

    On Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Bradley Whitford played the producer of the sketch comedy show, and Timothy Busfield played the director. Allison Janney played Allison Janney, star of The West Wing and guest host of the comedy show.

    She never did comment on how strikingly similar the resemblance was between the producer and director, and her former co-stars.
  10. Jeeters

    Jeeters Registered Snoozer

    Feb 25, 2003
    "Same thing happened to me!".

    That was great.
  11. sonnik

    sonnik Innovations.

    Jul 7, 2000
    There's a whole subculture out there that somehow links pretty much every show made (mostly by some sort of character crossover) - most of these come via John Munch and Tommy Westphall (St. Elsewhere).

    See [media][/media] for an example.
  12. Allanon

    Allanon Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2005
    Lisa Kudrow played a waitress named Ursula Buffay on Mad About You and she also played Phoebe Buffay on Friends. Phoebe was Ursula's sister and Lisa even played both characters on Friends.

    The weird part is the only connection the two shows shared was that they were on NBC and set in New York. They didn't share a production or distribution company.
  13. pantherman007

    pantherman007 Blah blah blah

    Jan 3, 2003
    Houston, TX
    Season 3 of South Park had an episode about a spelling bee with maladjusted home-schooled kids (and their maladjusted parents). The home-schooled girl was named Rebecca and had an odd habit of speaking into her hands.

    A few weeks later I saw an episode of Cheap Seats on ESPN Classic based on an old Scripps Spelling Bee competition. One of the real-life finalists was Rebecca Sealfon, a maladjusted kid with (based on watching some interviews) maladjusted parents. This Rebecca did the same speak-into-her-hands thing.

    Real-life 'character' connected to a South Park version of herself. More importantly, that's when I realized I watch WAY too much TV...
  14. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

    Jan 30, 2005
    Boston, MA
    I've been a fan of Anna Belknap since she was a regular on Medical Investigation. Now of course, she's on CSI: NY, which also stars Hill Harper...

    Well, a while ago my TiVo recorded a random show as a suggestion: The Handler, a 2003 show that starred both Belknap and Harper...
  15. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    Jul 6, 2002
    Mark Pellegrino and Titus Welliver also both had guest shots in the awesome Big Apple that was gone too soon, I don't remember if they were both in the same episode. (only 8 episodes)
  16. laria

    laria Librocubicularist

    Sep 7, 2000
    Seacoast, NH
    Huh, I just looked up Titus Welliver because for the life of me I couldn't remember what he/The Man in Black looked like, and saw that he's Glen Childs, the ADA on The Good Wife. I had not even recognized him as being the same guy as on Lost!
  17. getreal

    getreal postcrastinator

    Sep 29, 2003
    "Raising Hope" is littered with cameos from the cast of "My Name is Earl" -- especially since it's produced by the same company.
    Jason Lee appears in one episode as an old rock star past his prime.
    Ethan Suplee and Jaime Pressly appear as a married couple. They even referred to Ethan Suplee's character as looking like the skinny version of the fat guy in "Mallrats".
    And the grocery store manager in RH was the gay guy in MNiE.
  18. JETarpon

    JETarpon Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2003
    Here's another good in-joke connection:

  19. debtoine

    debtoine WTTWDC

    May 17, 2001
    A recent one we enjoyed:

  20. cmontyburns

    cmontyburns Excellent. TCF Club

    Nov 14, 2001
    Houston, TX
    Although Hunt and Reiser did do a crossover cameo as the Buchmans on Friends at one point.

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