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GONE AND DEFINITELY FORGOTTEN

The midseason casualties keep piling up: ABC is putting The Court on "broadcast hiatus" after tonight's episode. Next week, Philly reclaims its 10 pm/ET timeslot. CBS, meanwhile, has canceled AFP: American Fighter Pilot. read more

BOOK SMART

Sorry Oprah, but you snooze, you lose. NBC's Today show is starting its own monthly book club in June to profile "undiscovered" authors, USA Today reports. The selections will be chosen by various best-selling authors. read more

Question: Please help! My ...

Question: Please help! My husband and I are having a disagreement. Is the guy who played the father on Married... with Children the same guy who plays the father on That '80s show?

Televisionary: Well, because every question from my readers is a good one, I'll be gentle and respectful and say, well... not on your life. Not even close, really.

Actor Geoff Pierson plays RT, dad to Corey (Glenn Howerton) and Katie (Tinsley Grimes) on Fox's That '80s Show. You may recognize him from his regular gigs on Unhappily Ever After and Grace Under Fire or guest spots on such series as Friends, Party of Five and Law &#038 Order. On the big screen, you ma read more

Question: Seeing the ...

Question: Seeing the commericals for the TV movie Moms on Strike got me thinking (no small feat). Wasn't there an Afterschool Special back in the '80s that dealt with the same subject? If memory serves, Yeardley Smith played the daughter. And while I'm on the subject (figure me for the second question) what happened to all those great Afterschool Specials? Are they just sitting in a vault somewhere? I'd love to see them again! Thanks! — Rhonda, California, Md.

Televisionary: Memory does indeed serve, Rhonda. Matter of fact, that 1984 Afterschool Special was called... Mom's on Strike.

Based on Stephanie S. Tolan's book The Great Skinner Strike, it starred Mary Kay Place (folk singer Loretta on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) as a put-upon housewife whose husband and kids refused to help out around the house. When p read more

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Former Home Improvement star Taran Noah Smith received a nice 18th birthday present on Monday: His $1.5 million trust fund. Smith — who had fought his parents for early access to the money — earned the dough while playing Tim Allen's youngest son for eight years. The actor reportedly plans to start a production company with his 33-year-old wife. read more

Question: Mr. Televisionary, ...

Question: Mr. Televisionary, you're my only hope! I know that once before you answered a question about a song played during a show. (See? I do read your column avidly!) But you wouldn't give up your sources for finding out this info, so here I am asking for your help! I loved the song that played during the closing credits of Six Feet Under in "Driving Mr. Mossback," the episode that aired on March 24. Please put me out of my misery! Thank you. — Lynne D., New York, N.Y.

Televisionary: Oh, Lynne — once before? Surely, an avid reader such as yourself knows that I'm a sucker for these "what was that song?" questions and that I answer them quite frequently. But who am I to doubt you? Thanks for your readership just the same.

I believe the song that's making you so darned miserable is Joe 90's "Drive," which is on their album Dream This. It played while Nate (Peter Krause) and Claire (Lauren Ambrose) drove (get it?) away w read more

LEO OVERLOAD

DreamWorks is releasing Catch Me If You Can, Steven Spielberg's true crime caper starring Leonardo DiCaprio, this Christmas. Problem is, that's the same date Miramax has chosen to unveil Martin Scorsese's epic Gangs of New York, also starring Leo. According to the New York Daily News, Spielberg and Scorsese are taking the first stab at resolving the conflict. read more

HISTORIC WIN

Suzan-Lori Parks won the Pulitzer Prize on Monday for her two-character play, Topdog/Underdog, which made its Broadway debut Sunday night. She's the first black woman to win the drama prize. read more

Question: Help. Many years ...

Question: Help. Many years ago there was a TV program called Maverick, which was about two brothers, Bret and Bart. One was played by James Garner and the other by...? It's driving us nuts. Please try to help. I can see his face, but not his name. Thanks. — Irwin W.

Televisionary: Don't get too down about it, Irwin. The late Jack Kelly, often called "the other Maverick" while the series was on the air, seemed destined to play second banana to one star or another throughout his entertainment career. But to his credit, he had as good an attitude about it as anyone in the business.

Kelly started off his career at the age of two weeks, modeling for an Ivory Soap ad. But his early acting years were spent in the shadow of older sister Nancy, who won an Antoinette Perry Award for The Bad Seed and an Oscar nomination for the movie version. Known at the time as "Na read more

GLADIATOR REUNION

Oscar-winning grump Russell Crowe is in talks to star in the historical drama Tripoli, Variety reports. The film would reunite the actor with Gladiator director Ridley Scott. Tripoli — which is set in the 1800s — tells the true story of William Eaton, an American who helped the heir to the throne of Tripoli overthrow a corrupt ruler. read more

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