Question: In your column, you stated "the late" Glen Quinn. Is the actor dead or just the character? Kathleen P., Hopewell Junction, N.Y.
Televisionary: Both, sadly.
Quinn, who had a recurring role as son-in-law Mark (Becky's husband) on Roseanne and also appeared on Covington Cross, saw his Angel character, Doyle, written out in 2000 after just nine episodes. The actor died on Dec. 3, 2002, reportedly of an apparent drug overdose, at a friend's house in North Hollywood, Calif.
Question: I know you get a lot of song questions, but I have to know: What is the song played on the Mitsubishi ad with the two cars trying to dodge debris on the road? I figured if anyone knew, it would be the great Televisionary. Mitch G., Richmond, Va.
Televisionary: Why, thanks, Mitch. Yeah, I get a lot, but I keep answering them because I love 'em. The song in question is glam-rock band Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz," which you can find on The Best of Sweet (Capitol). Pick that up and get "Little Willy," "Fox on the Run" and "Love is Like Oxygen" thrown in for good measure. Familiarize yourself with the tune and you, too, will be prepared next time you're tooling down I-95 and someone in a truck tosses a barbecue at you.
Question: I'm assuming you wouldn't have any problem publishing and blithely answering any of these questions, either:
There is a series of revolting TV commercials for Black Man Frozen Dinners that use grossly dark-skinned men telling each other what they ate for dinner the night before. I wondered if Big Time's Steve Harvey is one of the two guys in the locker room (wearing just towels yuck!).
There is a series of revolting TV commercials for Jewish Man Frozen Dinners that use grossly Semitic men telling each other what they ate for dinner the night before. I wondered if Seinfeld's Jason Alexander is one of the two guys in the locker room (wearing just towels yuck!).
I assume by now even you get the idea. By the way, did you know that most of America is overweight? As in most of your readers? In the future, keep your bigotry private. Thanks. Kurt, Ne
Question: Can you tell me when the next version of Amazing Race will be airing? I can't seem to find any information about it. Has it been canceled? Brad, Buffalo, N.Y.
Televisionary: No, it hasn't, Brad. In fact, the show is in production on its next season. Though no date's been set, it will air this year and CBS is eyeing a possible summer kickoff, according to a spokeswoman.
Question: Two questions. Did Donald Hollinger ever marry Ann Marie on That Girl? And is it true Marlo Thomas created the show? Thank you. Alison F., Oxford, Miss.
Televisionary: No, and sort of, Alison. Though since Donald Hollinger (the late Ted Bessell) was seen getting engaged to gal pal Ann Marie (Thomas) and attending his bachelor party, I think it's safe to be optimistic and assume the two made it to the altar.
As for the creation of the series, which ran on ABC for five years beginning in September 1966 and focused on a struggling actress trying to make it on her own in New York, it grew out of two things: Thomas' desire to distinguish herself from megastar dad Danny Thomas, and her frustration with the TV work coming her way earlier in her career. (And though Thomas said she came up with the idea, an early TV Guide story attributed it to
Question: I was wondering if The O.C. does actually film in Orange County (either full time or at select times)? If not, where does the show film? Thanks. Burch, Irvine, Calif.
Televisionary: The show's soundstages are in Manhattan Beach, which is in Los Angeles County, Burch. However, I know they have shot exteriors in Huntington Beach, which is in Orange County. So, if you're a fan, you've seen some actual parts of the real O.C.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was crowned best film Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards aka the BAFTAs. The U.K.'s version of the Oscars, however, denied Rings helmer Peter Jackson the best director prize in favor of Master and Commander's Peter Weir. Lost in Translation's Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson took top acting honors, while Renee Zellweger (Cold Mountain) and Bill Nighy (Love Actually) were named best supporting actress and actor.
Considering that Miracle depicts one of the most memorable sporting events in history — the U.S. hockey team's historic 1980 gold-medal victory over the Soviet Union — it's no surprise that nearly 4,000 young men turned out at auditions. But producers were no doubt taken aback when they learned the identity of one of the actors at the cattle call: Billy Schneider, the son of original team member Buzz Schneider who ended up getting cast as his dad.
"It was something special," Billy tells TV Guide Online of his Miracle experience. "I always looked up to [my father] when I was younger. I wanted to be in the gold medal games just like him. And I wanted to play pro hockey. But things didn't work out [due to an injury]. But, because of this movie, I got to experience one of his dreams. [So, in a way] it did work out. God acts in mysterious ways."
The elder Schneider admits he had "m
She's a half-Cuban, half-Aruban spitfire, but Xiomara Frans was no match for those catty judges on America's Next Top Model. Y'all better recognize: Though the 25-year-old barmaid stands at a slinky 5-foot-11, no wannabe mannequin is too tall for Tyra Banks and Co. to cut down! Even so, Xiomara — pronounced She-oh-mara — tells TV Guide Online she's been scouted by modeling bookers since before and after the show aired. And, like the other Model castoffs, she hopes to act. But really, we'd much prefer to dish about what went wrong, right?
TV Guide Online: What's with all the odd names on this show? You don't meet too many Xiomaras, Jenascias and Shandis.
Xiomara: It's true! We hadn't thought about it. Of course, everyone slaughtered my name for the first half of the show, but they got it, after awhile. Either the X is silent or they pronounce it "X-o-mara."
Sex and the City has only one episode left! Will Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big soon be reunited and feelin' so good? "I've got a sniper pointing a gun at me," Chris Noth tells TV Guide Online. "I can't say anything!"
Mr. Big's wisecracking portrayer will allow this much: "I am in the last episode. We did shoot in Paris. I was there, and it was great. We shot three different endings — rare, medium rare and well done — so I don't know what's going to happen in the end."
If Carrie doesn't stay single, many fans hope she ends up with Big, instead of artist Aleksandr Petrovsky, who's played by ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov — aka the guy Sarah Jessica Parker has zero ch