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TWO MORE DAYS

OK, Chloe — you can relax: Fox has renewed 24 for two more seasons, ending speculation that the real-time thriller may be headed to NBC. read more

PROJECT REDLIGHT

Just doesn't sound right, does it? But Project Greenlight's cranky cocreator, Chris Moore (the one who's neither Matt nor Ben), reveals in his Bravotv.com blog that the backstage-on-a-backlot docu series is likely done for. Which frankly sucks: I, for one, can't wait to check out this season's horror flick, Feast, if only to see if I can tell which parts Krista Allen filmed while tanked. — Additional reporting by Ben Katner read more

CSI'S RIDE PIMPED

Soon, Scooby-Doo's Mystery Machine will be eating Marg Helgenberger's dust! In CSI's Quentin Tarantino-directed season finale, viewers will get their first gander at the Mobile Analysis Unit, a new forensics vehicle designed by show sponsor GMC. "We're treating [it] like a new character," explains CBS' David Katz (who's previewing the hot wheels on the network's website). And better yet, a new character that won't call in sick during contract negotiations... read more

Question: I recall a show ...

Question: I recall a show called Midnight Caller. If I remember correctly, the main star was a radio talk-show host who was also a detective or something like that. Am I just dreaming, or was it really a show? If it was real, who was the guy and where could I watch it again? Thanks. — T.R., Allentown, Pa.

Televisionary: You didn't dream it — Midnight Caller ran on NBC from October 1988 to August 1991.

Gary Cole (American Gothic) starred as Jack Killian, a drunken former San Francisco cop who was recruited by a radio station owner to become "The Nighthawk," the host of an overnight show who doled out advice, took on issues and helped those in need when he could. Others in the cast included Peter Boyle (Everybody Loves Raymond) as Jack's con-man dad, who'd abandoned him as a kid, and Mykelti Williamson as news read more

Question: Thanks for ...

Question: Thanks for including a question and answer about The Dick Van Dyke Show, one of the best — if not the best — sitcom of all time! A couple of additional thoughts: Composer Earle Hagen did not remember ever scoring the original opening — the one with bongos, that is. In fact, Earle hates bongos! Second, the film editor, Bud Molin, was the guy who decided, along with Carl Reiner, which opening segment would be used for a particular new episode. And last, Larry Mathews played Ritchie (not Richie). Thumbs up! — David Van Deusen, Editor of The Walnut Times, the Dick Van Dyke Show newsletter, Delmar, N.Y.

Televisionary: No, no, David — thank you for that additional info. But jeez, another correction? It is Ritchie, which I misspelled in my original a read more

Question: I never get enough ...

Question: I never get enough of stars fighting on shows. Didn't Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd fight a lot on Moonlighting? — Lindsay F., Deadwood, S.D.

Televisionary: Did they ever — with each other, and with series creator Glenn Gordon Caron, who was ousted from his own show before its last season. In terms of whose fault it was, though, it's tough to tell. The interesting thing is that while many a finger pointed at Shepherd — and she had her defenders, it must be noted — she also happened to be the one most willing to go on the record about the problems.

After Caron sold the idea for the show — a smart, romantic-detective comedy that made heavy use of the dynamic from the classic His Girl Friday — to ABC and convinced Shepherd to sign on, he and the network brought in actor after actor to test for the role of wiseacre David Add read more

Question: I watched the ...

Question: I watched the series finale of JAG, and I really liked the song used at the very end when they were meeting everyone at the bar. Do you know what song it was? — Tricia

Televisionary: That I do. It was Five for Fighting's "100 Years," and you'll find it on their 2004 release The Battle for Everything (Sony).

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Everybody Loves Raymond Nobody...

Everybody Loves Raymond
Nobody died. Or announced a pregnancy. Or a divorce. Or any other sort of life-changing event that typifies so many long-running series' contrived grand finales. What happened in Everybody Loves Raymond's sweet and touching and very funny final episode was a typically small but powerfully resonant moment — a medical scare for Ray — triggering reactions that veered from heart-wrenching emotion to rollicking comedy with breathtaking agility and impact.

The setup: Ray goes into the hospital to have his adenoids out. Finally! (Frank figures they're close to those other 'oids on his backside.) Everyone mocks neurotic Ray for being such a big baby over such minor surgery — everyone but smothering Marie, who thinks breathing in the fumes from her minestrone can cure all ills (including Debra's cooking). But at the hospital, when a nurse comes into the waiting room read more

Question: Check Amazon and ...

Question: Check Amazon and you'll find three VHS Are You Afraid of the Dark videos. Nickclassics.com also advertises a DVD set with all the episodes in one package. — Dave, Memphis

Televisionary: That they do, Dave. As I was just saying, whenever I get it wrong, somebody lets me know. (And no, I'm not sure how I missed that when I was discussing the show.) To make up for it, though, here's a link to the set.

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LOVEFEST

Talk about going out on top. Last night's Everybody Loves Raymond series finale drew more than 32 million viewers, the show's largest audience in its nine-year history. read more

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