Question: How long was Sonny and Cher's show on the air and why was it canceled? Thanks. Sue P., Ocean City, Md.
Televisionary: Well, that answer's not quite so simple since we have to talk about the pre- and post-divorce incarnations. What most people think of when they mention the hit show is The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, which launched on CBS in August 1971 as a summer tryout and met with enough enthusiasm to land a regular slot on the schedule.
When Salvatore and Cherilyn (née La Piere) Bono first hit the air, they'd already enjoyed success in the music field, recording such hits as "I Got You, Babe" and "The Beat Goes On." But that was the mid-'60s, and in between
Question: What is the name of the girl Mary on 7th Heaven? Josh W., Williamsport, Pa.
Televisionary: Uh, that would be Mary, Josh. Or maybe you'd like the name of the actress? 'Tis Jessica Biel who plays the wayward Mary Camden on the WB family drama.
Question: I was wondering if the actress that plays A.J.'s new girlfriend on The Sopranos also plays the role of Alison on As The World Turns? If not, they look very similar to each other. Melissa F., San Diego, Cal.
Televisionary: That she does. Devin Pillsbury, A.J.'s new flame on HBO's mob drama, is played by Jessica Dunphy, who also pulls down a check playing ATWT's conniving Alison Stewart for CBS. You may also have spotted her doing guest work on ABC's All My Children.
Question: What was the theme song to the show Joanie loves Chachi, and where can I find it? Brenda H., Batavia, N.Y.
Televisionary: The theme song to the Happy Days spin-off, which ran from March 1982 to September 1983 on ABC, was called "You Look at Me." Written by Pamela Phillips and James P. Dunne, it was sung by stars Erin Moran and Scott Baio. As far as I know, it's not available for purchase anywhere, but, as always, if someone wants to correct me, I'm game.
Question: Sometime in September there was a program on either the Food Network, Discovery, or The History Channel featuring the lavish and sumptuous menus of King Henry VIII, his dining habits and cooking staff. Frequently the features on these channels are aired more than once. I would be most interested in the title of that program and if or when it may air again. If not, is it available on video? I've exhausted my search and would appreciate your help. Thank you. Julia, Oakland, Cal.
Televisionary: Sorry to say, Julia, that the The Food Network has no immediate plans to rerun its Eat Like a King special or make it available on home video. However, a network spokesperson tells me they could always decide to air it again sometime next year. In the meantime, you can read a little more about it on the network's site, FoodTV.com. And if you're into other Food Network fare, episodes o
Well, Mariah Carey he wasn't. Buoyed by strong reviews, Eminem's semi-autobiographical movie debut 8 Mile grossed a staggering $54.5 million at the box office over the weekend easily claiming the No. 1 spot. Ironically, the rapper-turned-thesp's biggest fans were women: More than 50 percent of the audience was made up of females. Slim Shady bumped last week's champ, The Santa Clause 2, into second place with $24.8 million. Rounding out the top five: The Ring (No. 3 with $16 million), I-Spy (No. 4 with $9 million) and Jackass: The Movie (No. 5 with $7.2 million). In limited release, Todd Haynes's 1950s-era melodrama
Business is about to pick up at ABC Standards and Practices. Word has it that NYPD Blue's flesh-baring sweethearts Baldwin (Henry Simmons) and Valerie (Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon) who split up last season may soon rekindle their passionate affair. And that can only mean one thing: More sizzling shower scenes!
"I have a feeling we're going to get together again," Simmons tells TV Guide Online. "That's what we both want. Our favorite scenes on the entire show are when we work together, because we play off each other well, we know each other very well, and, when the characters are together, the [writers] bring us to another level. It's not just cop work, there's a depth to it. They take a different kind of route."
Still, with these two, all paths inevitably lead right back to the bedroom especially if it's a sweeps month. A reunion seems even more likely now that one major road block h
Back in the '80s, TV critics called Fred Dryer "the poor man's Clint Eastwood" for his Dirty Harry-ish acting on NBC's Hunter. The sexy cop show featured ex-football pro Dryer and actress Stepfanie Kramer as L.A.P.D. detectives Rick Hunter and Dee Dee McCall. This Sunday at 9 pm/ET, they reunite for NBC's two-hour Hunter: Return to Justice. But first, TV Guide Online interrogates the duo with seven questions even sillier than Dee Dee's nickname, "The Brass Cupcake." And that's awfully silly.
TVGO: Your show was so sex saturated. Did Hunter and McCall ever hook up?
Kramer: Sex saturated? Gee. There was one episode where we did a flashback to a romantic interlude. I don't know what year it was. Fred remembers everything...
Dryer: I remember you smoked a lot of cigarettes after that wonderful moment of bliss. Anyway, doing it as a flashback worked out because otherwise, it would've turned into a marriag
While Star Wars fans view the Dark Side as a bad place, Daniel Radcliffe the title wizard in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets really digs plumbing the murky depths of his character. "I think everybody has a dark side really," the 13-year-old says. "However much you either like to show it or you're afraid to show it, everybody has it."
Those expecting a light, fluffy movie should beware: Chamber of Secrets opening Friday is much darker in tone than Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Harry has a vicious magical duel with rival Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) and also faces an identity crisis over his mysterious similarities to the evil Lord Voldemort.
"I think it was great to be able to show Harry's dark side," Radcliffe notes. "To show that he's not flawless and that he's not a perfect person."
He adds that this spookier subject matter is no excuse to keep young Potter fans fr