Departing Frasier star Kelsey Grammer has signed on to headline a musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol for NBC. Slated to air in November, the telepic will be based on the Madison Square Garden stage production of the Dickens classic.
Question: When does NYPD Blue come back? Line of Fire is OK, but it ain't no Blue! Thanks a heap! T.W.S., Asheboro, N.C.
Televisionary: You're welcome a heap. NYPD Blue returns to ABC's schedule next Tuesday (Feb. 10) at 10 pm/ET.
Guess what's on Comedy Central again tonight. For, like the thousandth time. If I'd known they were going to play this cubicle classic at least once a week, I wouldn't have rented it last year then accidentally left the tape on the train and had to pay $100 to replace it. That's all I'm saying. Well, that and "Where's my stapler?"
My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé
OK. I'm just going to put this out there, then I'm gon' change the channel. Steve, the fake fiancé, has nice eyes. (Oooh, yuck. Did I just type that?)
Two and a Half Men
Finally somebody addresses the question of how, since he never seems to actually work or whatever, Charlie the jingle writer can afford to live so well. And I was loving it until Charlie played the mom card. Followed by the wealthy stalker card. Wait, I take that back. Having Rose the Stalker be loaded and ha
Investigators who searched Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch made off with computers, legal documents and videotapes. The heavily edited list of confiscated items was released Monday and also included a digital camera, a note on Jacko's bedroom nightstand, a calendar found in the closet and a piece of the big "C" that crushed Mary McCormick to death on NBC's late, great Santa Barbara.
Question: Why was Cheers cancelled? Martha P., Ridgway, Colo.
Televisionary: It wasn't. Its creators decided to end the show after star Ted Danson, who played Cheers owner Sam Malone, threw in the towel and ended its successful 11-year run on NBC (September 1982 to August 1993).
Your next question, I'm sure: Why did Danson want to quit? Basically, as he told it at the time, he simply wanted to move on to other things. "[O]nce Ted decided not to come back, it was all academic," Cheers executive producer and cocreator Les Charles told TV Guide in 1993. "We would not do the show without Ted."
Since the network and Paramount, which produced the show, wanted to go for another season, as did nearly all of the cast, and making that call meant he was single-handedly putting people out of work and disappointing an audience that wanted more, Danson went to impressive lengths to avoid takin
Barry Manilow was released from a Palm Springs, Calif., hospital Monday following a brief stay for stress-related chest pains. "After a series of tests and procedures, his heart rate returned to normal and doctors allowed the superstar to return home," says his spokesman.
Question: On the TV show I Dream of Jeannie, why did Major Healy have a green Air Force uniform, while everyone else had a blue uniform? Monica, Maywood, Ill.
Televisionary: Roger Healey (Bill Daily) was in the Army Corps of Engineers, and thus wore a green uniform. Anthony Nelson (Larry Hagman) was in the Air Force, so his uniform was blue.
NBC has picked up Foster Hall, a comedy pilot produced by Conan O'Brien that revolves around a brother and a sister who reunite after years of being bumped from foster home to foster home. The WB, meanwhile, has ordered Global Frequency, a drama pilot based on the comic book about a rogue intelligence agency.
Question: There is a series of revolting TV commercials for Hungry Man Frozen Dinners which use grossly overweight men telling each other what they ate for dinner the night before. I wondered if My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé's Steven Bailey is one of the two guys in the locker room (wearing just towels yuck!). He's the one who mentions the "little sprig of parsley." I swear it's him! Bob C., Petaluma, Cal.
Televisionary: That's him, alright, Bob. Good eyes (though I'm sure you cursed them after they burned that particular image into your brain.)
Yes, Mr. Bailey currently appears in ads for both Hungry Man and Dawn Power Dissolver. His guest appearances on other shows include work on Becker, Nash Bridges, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Wil