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A former employee of Lizzie Grubman is suing the legendary lead foot for $6 million. Brenda Loughery claims the PR princess reneged on promises to make her a partner in her company and get her a job on PoweR Girls — Grubman's forthcoming MTV reality show. Grubman's lawyer says his client plans to "vigorously defend" herself. If that's not a euphemism for "hit and run," I don't know what is. read more

Question: Could you end this ...

Question: Could you end this fight? I seem to remember a show, which wasn't on too long, that starred Doug Barr (Howie) from The Fall Guy. I think it was When the Whistle Blows. My brother and dad think I'm crazy. Am I? — Jason G., Flat Rock, Ohio

Televisionary: You guys keep asking me that, and I keep telling you I'm not licensed to make that call. However, I can tell you Barr did indeed appear on ABC's When the Whistle Blows, which debuted on ABC in March 1980.

Barr played Buzz Dillard, a construction worker whose colleagues and cohorts included Randy (Philip Brown), Hunk (Tim Rossovich), Norm (Dolph Sweet), Bulldog (Noble Willingham), Hanrahan (Gary Allen) and Lucy (Susan Buckner), the crew's only woman.

Your brother and dad doubt your sanity because the show wasn't on long enough for them to notice it. The whistle blew just five months af read more

Question: Regarding your Feb. ...

Question: Regarding your Feb. 15 column: When you adopt a child, the child becomes yours. There is no reason to refer to someone's child as adopted. Hugh was Carroll's son. That's all you should have said in your answer. — Dawn, Brattleboro, Vt.

Televisionary: I absolutely agree on your first point, but I respectfully disagree on your second. This is a column about information, after all. I received a few pieces of mail saying the same thing you did, but if I'd stated only that he was O'Connor's son, I would've gotten a lot more telling me I'd missed that detail. In providing it, I didn't make any kind of value judgment; nor did I mean to imply one. However, I'm sorry if anyone read it as such.

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Question: Are The Surreal ...

Question: Are The Surreal Life's Christopher Knight and Adrianne Curry still dating, and is it getting serious? Thanks! — Cathy, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Televisionary: They were as of last month. As for how serious it is, see for yourself.

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Question: What was MacGyver's ...

Question: What was MacGyver's first name, and how long was the show on? Thanks. — Wilfred K., Drew, Ga.

Televisionary: Y'know, Wilfred, I've always said that rather than having my senility strike all at once in my later years, I'd prefer to take it in small doses, distributed over my entire life. So thanks for the opportunity to suffer another episode and admit that though I'm certain I've answered this before, I cannot for the life of me find any reference to it in my own archives or past columns on the site.

All of which is a long way of saying: MacGyver's first name was Angus. (You'll see references to Stace out there on the wild Web, but that was only his first name in press kits and promotional materials sent out before the series debuted on ABC in September 1985; Stace was never actually used on the show.)

As for how long MacGyver ran, it enjoyed a seven-year run because its star, Richard Dean Ander read more

TAPE DELAY

Wondering why Robin Williams walked onstage at Sunday's Oscars with duct tape over his mouth? Apparently, the acerbic comic had planned to perform an original song mocking conservative critic James C. Dobson's recent contention that SpongeBob was promoting a "pro-homosexual" agenda in an educational video. However, Williams dropped the act after ABC demanded some of the lyrics be changed — including a line that suggested Casper the Friendly Ghost was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Hey, it's not like he accused the Smurfs of being Nazis. read more

Like most great TV shows and their...

Like most great TV shows and their stars, the Watercooler has had a little work done. Now your favorite columnists will be writing about their favorite shows. So look for their commentary throughout the week, and voice your opinions about last night's TV in our new Watercooler poll.

American Idol
OK, I know what you're thinking and no, you're not crazy. We've shaken up the mix a bit, so now we'll each be covering specific shows instead of specific nights. This way, you get more diversity and I get to weigh-in on every Idol under the sun. (Hey, it beats the 57 Law & Orders, right?) So think of me as the fourth judge, with fewer product placements and less patience for Ryan Seacrest. Just the dirt on who soared, who sucked and who should start packing their bags. Tonight: The boys.

Mario Vazquez: This kid can blow and he's cuter than a box of kittens. But the clap-along-or-die "I read more

Question: Who played Pinky ...

Question: Who played Pinky Tuscadero on Happy Days? — John D., Bridgeport, Conn.

Televisionary: That was Roz Kelly, whom you may also have seen in guest spots on shows like Starsky and Hutch, The Love Boat, The Dukes of Hazzard, Charlie's Angels and Fantasy Island.

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Question: Are The Surreal ...

Question: Are The Surreal Life's Christopher Knight and Adrianne Curry still dating, and is it getting serious? Thanks! — Cathy, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Televisionary: They were as of last month. As for how serious it is, see for yourself.

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Question: What was MacGyver's ...

Question: What was MacGyver's first name, and how long was the show on? Thanks. — Wilfred K., Drew, Ga.

Televisionary: Y'know, Wilfred, I've always said that rather than having my senility strike all at once in my later years, I'd prefer to take it in small doses, distributed over my entire life. So thanks for the opportunity to suffer another episode and admit that though I'm certain I've answered this before, I cannot for the life of me find any reference to it in my own archives or past columns on the site.

All of which is a long way of saying: MacGyver's first name was Angus. (You'll see references to Stace out there on the wild Web, but that was only his first name in press kits and promotional materials sent out before the series debuted on ABC in September 1985; it was never actually used on the show.)

As for how long MacGyver ran, it enjoyed a seven-year run because its star, Richard Dean Anderson read more

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