In a major overhaul, the cable network TNN is dropping most of its country
content and changing its name from The Nashville Network to The National
Network, Variety reports. "We want to create a balanced programming
schedule that will appeal to adults 18 to 49," said Tom Freston, chairman of MTV Networks, which owns TNN. The network which will move its headquarters from Nashville to New York will adapt its new format over the next couple of years. Fans of TNN's country programming need not worry: some of the shows will be siphoned off to sister network CMT (Country Music TV).
Question: I loved the show St. Elsewhere. Is there any station that carries it? Also, didn't a younger Helen Hunt play on it at one time as one of the doctor's girlfriends or wives?
Televisionary: Yes and yes.
You can catch St. Elsewhere reruns on the heaven-sent TV Land (and I say that without a hint of sarcasm I love that network). There's just one catch: unless you're nocturnal you'll have to set your VCR. The classic drama is on every day, but at 4 am/ET.
Ms. Hunt played recurring character Clancy Williams, the love interest of Dr. Jack Morrison (David Morse) on the show. Also of note in the cast were a young(er) Denzel Washington and ace actor and Screen Actors Guild President William Daniels, whom you'll be seeing a lot more of should that looming SAG strike happen next year.
As for how mu
Court TV has bowed to public pressure and pulled the plug on its controversial Confessions series, which features actual videotaped confessions of criminals. Since premiering on Sept. 10, the show has generated good ratings but has been widely criticized for being exploitive and insensitive to crime victims and their families.
Question: Nearly everyone at the Emmys was wearing a yellow ribbon with some sort of pin. I kept waiting for someone to speak up and mention what they were for, but no one did. Do you know what they were for? Thanks! Michelle
Televisionary: The gold ribbons most stressed they were gold since yellow reminds too many people of that old Tony Orlando song, I guess were worn by a large number of attending actors and actresses to show support for striking members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) unions. In what's become Hollywood's longest strike ever — it began May 1 commercial actors who belong to the unions are walking the picket line over residuals paid by the advertising industry.
Essentially, every time you see a commercial on a broadcast network, the talent appearing in it get paid a certain amount. Advertisers want to roll back the residuals and pay tale
Question: What was the name of the blind kung-fu master who called Caine "Grasshopper"?
Televisionary: You seek knowledge, questioner without a name? Snatch the pebble from my hand.
The name which eludes as the hare outruns the fox is that of Keye Luke, who portrayed blind Master Po in the ABC series Kung Fu.
Say, wouldn't it be really annoying if I wrote the entire answer in faux-enlightened philosophy-speak? Fear not I'd never do such a thing to my loyal readers.
Anyway, Keye Luke portrayed the teacher of young Kwai Chang Caine (David Carradine) in the show, which, based upon an earlier TV movie, ran from the fall of 1972 to the summer of 1975. Up until that point, the actor was best known for his work in a slew of big-picture efforts, particularly as Number One Son Lee Chan in a series of Charlie Chan flicks. Master Po and colleague Master
Question: When does the new live-action The Tick start on Fox? Joe Gilligan
Televisionary: The live-action version of The Tick starring Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld's Puddy) is a mid-season replacement and thus doesn't have a slot on the schedule yet.
I'm a huge fan of the animated original, so I hope the producers know what they're doing in "fleshing" this one out. It's a good sign that Tick creator Ben Edlund is at the helm and that Maximum Bob's Liz Vassey is on board (I thought she was great in that underappreciated series).
However, I'm bummed that they changed the name of her character from American Maid to Captain Liberty and am equally depressed that Die Fledermaus has apparently become Bat Manuel. But that's the business. You have to make these changes to get a show on the air.
Here's hoping for the best.
What's the best perk of working on a cable series? Getting to curse like a
truck driver, natch. Just ask Charlotte Ross, who stars as trash-talking
viper Lori Volpone on Showtime's biting showbiz satire Beggars and
"Having the freedom to swear is great because it frees me up to ad-lib," Ross
tells TV Guide Online. "My character's angry a lot and as an actor you're
usually like, 'Oh god, I can't let it really go because I might slip a
damn in there or a f--- in there.'
"If I had to tailor-make Lori for NBC it would be hard for me," she
continues. "I would have to be really careful because without that freedom it
would probably really throw me."
But the star of such short-lived TV fare as The Heights, Pauly,
Trinity and The Five Mrs. Buchanans admits that she draws the racy
content line at nudity. In fact, Ross has a clause in her contract restricting
what can and cannot be shown. "It's just not somethi
Paula Yates, the British TV personality and ex-wife of rocker Bob Geldof, was found dead in her London home on Sunday. A cause of death was not released. Yates, 40, had left Geldof for late INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence, who hanged himself in 1997... Access Hollywood is reporting that Jack Nicholson and Lara Flynn Boyle have ended their year-long romance... Lady wrestler Nicole Bass was arrested in New York City last night for biting a police officer during a brawl... The Sunday Times of London reported that Helen Fielding, the British author behind Bridget Jones' Diary, has no interest in writing more novels about the popular character. Michael Ausiello
Former Hart to Hart star Robert Wagner says he's pondering a
return to series TV some day, possibly in a remake of the late '60's action
drama It Takes a Thief.
"I'd like very much doing another series," the veteran actor tells the TV
Guide Channel. "I like working in television very much because it's an ensemble
cast, usually, and that's very nice."
The actor's plenty busy with movie roles these days (Austin Powers: The
Spy Who Shagged Me, Wild Things) but he says he'd return to the small
screen in a heartbeat in order to take part in a Thief revival. Wagner,
who played suave cat burglar Alexander Mundy in the original series, says this
time he'd like to come back in the patriarchal role originally played by late
co-star Fred Astaire.
Ironically, Wagner says he didn't want to star in Thief when it was
first offered to him back in 1968. At the time, the former child star was
reluctant to give up his care
Former Who's the Boss? child star Danny Pintauro admits that
when it comes to finding work in Hollywood, being openly gay is the least of his
problems. The now 24-year-old actor reveals that he's paid a bigger price for
his eight years on the hit ABC sitcom.
"There have been more consequences with being Jonathan Bower than there have
been for being gay," Pintauro says in the new issue of The Advocate.
"Casting directors still think of me as that kid on Who's the Boss? I'll
hear that 100 times before I'll here 'You're too gay' or 'You're too out.'"
Well, Pintauro who three years ago was forced out of the closet by The
National Enquirer is taking great pains to show people that he's much more
than Judith Light's TV offspring. Later this month, he'll reprise his
off-off-Broadway role of a teen male hustler for a mini-tour of the play The
Velocity of Gary (Not His Real Name).
"If I'm going to have an a