Question: Is the actor who played Sgt. Carter on Gomer Pyle, USMC still alive, and did he do any other work before or after the show? Charles C., Vidalia, Ga.
Televisionary: Sadly, actor Frank Sutton died in 1974, just five years after the last original episode of Gomer Pyle ran on CBS. He was backstage in a Shreveport, La., theater when he suffered a fatal heart attack.
As for his pre-Gomer work, Sutton had small roles in several movies and appeared in guest roles on a whole host of shows, including such series as The Naked City, The Defenders, Route 66, Have Gun Will Travel, The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, Combat!, The Untouchables and The Fugitive.
He first appeared as Sgt. Vince Carter in May of 1964, when the fourth-season ender of The Andy Griffith Show found Griffith regular Gomer (Jim Nabors) joining the Marines. Gomer quickly beca
Hey, 7th Heaven fans! Still wondering why a grim-faced cop showed up at Rev. Eric Camden's door in last season's cliffhanger finale? You'll get your answer in tonight's season premiere (8 pm/ET on WB). Here's a hint from executive producer Brenda Hampton: A member of the Camden clan is a killer. (No, we're not talking about Jessica Biel, who pretty much killed her career by posing nearly naked in that laddie mag, Gear.)
Who is it and whom did they kill? Hampton won't tell. ("That's the mystery," she teases). Another surprise on tap: Tonight's episode will reveal which Camden is going to have a baby. Is it newlywed Lucy (Beverley Mitchell), who secretly took a home pregnancy test last season? Or Mary (Biel, who will be back for only two episodes)? Let's hope it's not matriarch Annie (Catherine Hicks), who, with seven kids, has enough problems already.
Then again, Annie is losing one from the nest. David Gallagher,
Here's some "TV News" scoop from the current issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale now): Less Than Perfect producers have tapped Pamela Anderson to play a GNB temp who uses Claude (Sara Rue) to exact revenge against her nemesis, Ramona (Sherri Shepherd). The episode will air during November sweeps.
ABC will air an hourlong tribute to late TV icon John Ritter on Tuesday (8-9 pm/ET). The special will feature interviews with the cast of Three's Company and 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. Ritter died Thursday of an undiagnosed heart defect. He was 54.
Ballots are in the mail to voting members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Among the nominees for 2004 honors: The late Beatles guitarist George Harrison, Prince, Jackson Browne and John Mellencamp.
Once Upon a Time in Mexico, the third and final installment of Robert Rodriguez's gunslinging mariachi trilogy starring Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp, debuted atop the box office over the weekend with $24 million. The Nicolas Cage con artist caper Matchstick Men opened at No. 2 with a so-so $13.3 million, followed by the new spookfest Cabin Fever (No. 3 with $8.5 million). Bill Murray's Lost in Translation, meanwhile, found a huge audience in limited release. The well-reviewed dramedy grossed a spectacular $901,143 in just 23 theaters.
Britney Spears's new album originally scheduled to hit stores Nov. 25 has been postponed indefinitely, according to a vaguely worded statement posted on the singer's website. "The release date previously reported on this site and elsewhere was incorrect, and we apologize for any confusion," the message reads. "We will let you know when a revised date is announced. Thanks for your understanding." (But I don't understand!)
Throughout the first season of Less Than Perfect, ABC's daffy and endearing post-millennial Mary Tyler Moore Show, fans watched and winced as plucky heroine Claude (Sara Rue) made one misstep after another on the road to true love. First there was her unrequited crush on egocentric boss Will. Then her romance with Charlie from Travel went nowhere. But, executive producer Christine Zander tells TV Guide Online, Cupid's aim may be about to improve.
"We have a great episode that we'll be doing where Claude does one of those Classmates.com things," she teases. "She posts what she's been doing [working under a well-respected network anchorman] and she's a little proud of it, so she gets a little flashy and it gets responses.
"One of them," she continues, "is from the most popular guy in her high school."
Easy-on-the-eyes sitcom vet Eddie McClintock late of A.U.S.A. and Stark Raving Mad has lande
CBS has given the producers of The Amazing Race the green light to begin casting for a fifth installment. Although it's not an official series order, it's a damn good sign.
Remember Meredith Monroe from Dawson's Creek? She spent two-and-a-half years on the teen soap as neurotic good girl Andie McPhee. This year, ABC sent TV journalists the pilot for its new fall sitcom Married to the Kellys, starring Monroe as Breckin Meyer's new bride, who drags her New Yorker hubby home to Kansas to live near her tight-knit family. Later, ABC gave her role to Kiele Sanchez from That Was Then, a sitcom it axed last year. But why?
"Yes, I got replaced," Monroe tells TV Guide Online. "I don't know why. We heard so many different things. Ultimately, they said they weren't 100 percent sure that Breckin and I were the right match. One of the things I heard was that I seemed more like the New Yorker and he seemed more like the Midwesterner, and it's supposed to be the reverse. I'm from the Midwest, so who knows?
"But I heard lots of other people [at ABC and 20th Century Fox] loved us together," the 25-ye