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Brandon Frye
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None other than Bernard Fox as Dr. Bombay appeared on the daytime soap "Passions."

I believe Dr. Bombay also showed up on an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. 

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Gary Coleman appeared on Silver Spoons playing his Arnold character from Different Strokes (I don't think either show was a spin-off of the other). 

At the end of an episode of The Love Boat, it was mentioned that one of the departing passengers was going to Fantasy Island. The same character was then a guest on the next Fantasy Island episode. 

An interesting crossover that should have happened but didn't, Columbo never appeared on Mrs. Columbo despite the fact that the two were married! 
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The premise of that marriage was quickly and permanently dispensed with in both MRS. COLUMBO and the COLUMBO series itself. 

According to the book, "The Columbo Phile" by Mark Dawidziak, the network wanted a cheaper, easier-to-produce version of COLUMBO to continue with following the end of Falk's association with the role in 1978. COLUMBO creators Richard Levinson and William Link were invited to create a show around the detective's oft-mentioned but never seen wife. They told the network it was a bad idea and that it shouldn't be done. The network told them they would go ahead with or without them. Reluctantly, Levinson and Link suggested casting actress Maureen Stapleton in the  role. That was shot down. They tested actresses and suggested Zohla Lampert. Again, their recommendation was rejected by the network who wanted someone young and sexy in the role, so Levinson and Link left the project. 

The show itself lasted only thirteen episodes and under criticism from audiences and critics over the basic "sacrilege" of showing us Columbo's wife, but not Columbo, a reverse of the situation in the COLUMBO movies, underwent a series of title changes from MRS. COLUMBO to KATE COLUMBO to KATE THE DETECTIVE to KATE LOVES A MYSTERY. By the time of that final iteration, the character of "Kate Callahan" was divorced from her policeman husband who was now only referred to as "Phillip." 

When Columbo returned to television in1989, he and his wife were still happily married and she remained unseen thereafter. Levinson has joked that had he the chance to do so, he'd have had the detective mention that someone had been running around impersonating his wife, someone young and attractive. "She's charging things," he'd have had the detective complain. 

Falk himself said of the show, "It was a bad idea. I would have preferred that it was never done. It was disgraceful." 


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It's also worth noting that despite the somewhat popular misconception built around Columbo's first name being cited as "Phillip" in a trivia book and the board game "Trivial Pursuit" (which resulted in a lawsuit when the author of book claimed he planted that in his book as a "copyright trap" for anyone unwary enough to actually source his work,) Columbo's full name is never mentioned aloud in the series itself.

Now that we all have freeze-frame capabilities, we can see that on a couple of occasions when he flashes his badge, the name reads, "Frank Columbo." Even this, however, is not regarded as canon since the show's producers prefer the character remain without a first name.


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For those curious to see Kate Mulgrew in the role, single episodes of the show are included in DVD sets for seasons three, four, and five of COLUMBO.

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The money-laundering housewives of Good Girls bought items with counterfeit bills, then returned them for legitimate cash refunds, at Michigan-area Cloud 9 Superstores. 
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The wife just started Good Girls this past week. 
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Magnum, P.I. and Simon & Simon also crossed over. It was that crossover that boosted Simon & Simon in to being a Top 10 hit.

Same network, both P.I. shows set in sunny climes with ensembles including rich stuffy dudes and Vietnam vets. 

Not exactly oil and water. 

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And they aired back-to-back on the same night. 
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When JOSIE and THE PUSSYCATS crossed over with SCOOBY DOO, we got Alexander Cabot talking directly to Shaggy, an interesting moment since both characters were voiced by Casey Kasem.   The same Kasem duplication occurred when Batman and Robin appeared on SCOOBY DOO and Robin and Shaggy conversed.  I'm confident Kasem got to speak to himself in other Scoobys as he voiced many different sidebar characters in various episodes over the years; I just don't know the show well enough to recall specifics.

In other Hanna-Barbera crossovers, THE JETSONS apparently and improbably met THE FLINTSTONES in 1987 though I never saw it. 
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The Office (US) and The Office (British).
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I wish some channel would pick up both MAGNUM, P.I. and MURDER SHE WROTE and be able to air that crossover. Same for SIMON & SIMON, but I can't even remember the last time it was even syndicated, if at all.

I believe its already been mentioned that NCIS (and all its spinoffs) are a spinoff of JAG. Harm and Mac appeared on NCIS LOS ANGELES last month. So what happened with the coin flip at the end of JAG's finale finally got explained. 

Apparently they're also going to be in the first two episodes of last season, which actually gives me a reason to watch NCIS LOS ANGELES again for a bit. I gave up on it after the first season.I only watch NEW ORLEANS. Gave up on the original after Ziva left.

If they wanted to (doubtful, due to the remake), they could very well use one of the NCIS shows to bring the original Thomas Magnum back.




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Dharma and Greg showing up on 2 and a Half Men to look at potentially purchasing Charlie's beach house.  That still cracks me up.

Both shows were Chuck Lorre shows.
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