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Oprah After the Show
Oprah Quote of the Night: "I forgot what it's like to be treated like a regular person." Ain't that the truth.

Trading Spouses
I wish some spoiled-butt doctor's wife would sit up in my house talking about "I need my coffee" or "Where's my lunch?" Shoot. Some of us don't believe in letting our 72-year-old mother-in-law wait on us hand and foot — as if she were the maid. That woman knows she ought to be ashamed of herself. But, of course she's not. And now that that blond Mrs. Yakamura has worked my last nerve, I've got to watch this tomorrow to find out what happens. And you know I need to watch another reality show like I need another hole in my head. Darn repeats. Why'd they have to show this tonight?

The T-Mobile Commercial
"You want some of this, monkey boy?!" Hmmm. Now how can I work that line into casual conversation?

The Casino
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Question: The first season of ...

Question: The first season of the comedy series Ed had a different song playing during the opening credits than the next seasons. Do you know why they switched? I liked the first one better. And can you tell me the names of the songs and who sang them? Thanks so much! — Steve S., Bayonne, N.J.

Televisionary: The first theme used was the Foo Fighters' "Next Year," which can be found on their disc There Is Nothing Left to Lose. The producers then switched to Clem Snide's "Moment in the Sun," from The Ghost of Fashion. Apparently you aren't alone in your opinion, however, because they switched back to "Next Year." Why? I don't know. (I don't know everything. There, I said it.)

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Question: All the hullaballo ...

Question: All the hullaballo about Fahrenheit 9/11 got me thinking. Didn't Michael Moore have some kind of show on Fox? This would be when Fox was still in its infancy (years before Fox News Channel, whose commentators lambaste Moore's ideology). And Moore was hot off his success of Roger and Me. — Kelby, Pittsfield, Mass.

Televisionary: You're thinking of Moore's TV Nation, which ran on NBC for a couple months beginning in July 1994, then jumped to Fox for a few more episodes in July of the following year. A sort of wacky, irreverent newsmagazine, it was hosted by Moore and included work from correspondents such as Merrill Markoe, Karen "Duff" Duffy, Janeane Garofalo, Jonathan Katz and Jeff Stilson.

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Question: Who is the woman ...

Question: Who is the woman who played Christie Love, a detective on a '70s TV show? I have a bet with my wife that she is the same woman who played Cleopatra Jones in the '70s. Please make me a winner. — Darren D., Atlanta, Ga.

Televisionary: Can't do that, Darren. The late Teresa Graves, who in 2002 died at 54 from injuries suffered from a fire in her L.A. home, played Det. Christie Love on the ABC show, which ran from September 1974 to July 1975. Tamara Dobson played Cleopatra Jones in both Cleopatra Jones and Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold.

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Question: In the '90s (early ...

Question: In the '90s (early on, I believe) my husband and I religiously watched a TV drama called Counterstrike. Can you give me any help in finding copies of the show or anything? Tell me I'm not crazy. Google only turns up links to the action-adventure video game. But I know it was a show at one time. Thank you so much! — Kim K., Millersville, Md.

Televisionary: I'll throw in my old disclaimer here, Kim. I know nothing of your mental state, but I can tell you Counterstrike was indeed a USA Network show produced from 1990 to '93.

Christopher Plummer was a Canadian billionaire whose wife was killed by terrorists. So he put together an antiterror group to try and help people caught up in similar situations. The team, led by former Scotland Yarder Peter (Simon MacCorkindale), initially consisted of Nikki (Cyrielle Claire) and Luke (Stephen Shellen). But after Nikki got hitched and Luke got killed, Gabrielle (Soph read more

Question: Christopher Lloyd ...

Question: Christopher Lloyd played Uncle Martin in the movie version of My Favorite Martian. But wasn't Ray Walston the first to play the character? A friend of mine insists someone played an earlier version, but can't find anything to back that up. Thank you. — Cathy L., Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

Televisionary: Walston did indeed play the character first, Cathy, and certainly worked hard enough at it for fans to remember he was the original Uncle Martin from September 1963 to September 1966 on the CBS comedy. (Lloyd, who was so brilliant on Taxi and in other efforts, wasn't able to make himself the new face of the character in the average TV fan's mind, certainly.)

"Ray can play a gangster, a psycho, an angel or the neighbor next door equally well. He'll work till he does it," one Hollywood friend told TV Guide o read more


Fox has finally revealed the results of its short-lived reality romp Playing It Straight, which was yanked off the air last spring after just a handful of episodes. In the end, Jackie got lucky and picked a straight dude named Banks. As a result, they were awarded $500,000 each. And get this: A year after Straight completed production, Fox says Jackie and Banks "are still together and going strong." Now, what's the deal with Forever Eden and Cruz? Did they ever get off that island? read more

Amazing Race's Sports Injury

The Amazing Race's father/daughter duo, Jim and Marsha, got off to the roughest start of any team. After Jim took a tumble on the Santa Monica boardwalk and ripped up his knee, they were forced to go to the hospital, and nearly missed the first airline flight of the race. But they never gave up, battling their way into third place on the second leg. Their luck gave out Tuesday night though, as plane problems grounded them for good.

TV Guide Online: So Jim, how's the leg?
Oh, it's fine now. The stitches actually popped out five minutes after we were on the airplane. At that point, I was just concerned about infection, so I was taking antibiotics. Eventually, it went away and now I've got a nice souvenir scar.
Marsha: He doesn't have feeling in the top of his kneecap though. He never mentions that part. But that's my dad, I guess.

TVGO: I'm still impressed that they were able to sew your wound up so quickly.
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Turns out I'm not the biggest Santa Barbara geek on the planet. A group of SB-obsessed fans has launched an Internet campaign to pressure SoapNet into acquiring the late, great '80s sudser — which would have celebrated its 20th anniversary on the air this Friday. Coincidentally, Friday also marks the 20th anniversary of me not having a life. read more

Andy Dick Uncensored!

When Andy Dick's name is mentioned, perhaps you think of his off-the-wall antics on NewsRadio or his old, self-titled MTV show. Or maybe you associate him with the Machiavellian psycho he's playing on his new MTV show, the reality spoof The Assistant (airing Mondays at 10:30 pm/ET), or his scene-stealing as a pencil-necked office grunt on ABC's "late, lamented" workplace laffer, Less than Perfect. Then again, you might know him best as the rogue male who's had so many brushes with the law that Cops could make him a regular. Whatever your impression of the kooky actor is, it doesn't matter; it's going to change once you've read this TV Guide Online article, a Q&A so candid that you may be moved to tears (or something). Heck, by the time we had said our goodbyes, both the funnyman and his interviewer had learned something new. Could be that you will, too.

TV Guide Online: Why did you want to do The Assistant? Were you jealous read more

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