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Question: My husband and I ...

Question: My husband and I really enjoy Tony Shalhoub's Monk. We were wondering if and when it will be back with a new season. I did look (a little) on the Web but couldn't find any info. Can you help us? — Donna, Latham, N.Y.

Televisionary: That I can. Tune into USA at 10 pm/ET on June 18, when the show's new season kicks off.

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Question: You know HBO's Six ...

Question: You know HBO's Six Feet Under advertisement where they are all jazzing about in the supermarket? Who sings that song and what is it called? Think: Nina Simone-esque. Please help. — Jessica W., New York, N.Y.

Televisionary: Think Nina Simone, indeed, Jessica. That's Ms. Simone doing "Feeling Good," and you'll find it on a number of different Simone collections, including the recently released Verve Unmixed.

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Question: Please tell me I am ...

Question: Please tell me I am not insane. I fondly recall a children's show in the '70s that starred chimpanzees as spies and was called Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp. No one I have ever asked remembers this show. Did my overactive imagination make this up? — Beth H., Concord, Cal.

Televisionary: If so, it's a communal hallucination since I share it, too. Matter of fact, it's so powerful I even hallucinated about having a Lancelot Link lunchbox in second grade. (I also busted the glass thermos liner in that made-up memory twice, I think.)

Yes, Lancelot Link was a real show. So real, in fact, that the producers used real chimps as actors in the spoof, which pitted good-guy spy Lance and the agents of A.P.E. (Agency to Prevent Evil) against the evil-doers of C.H.U.M.P. (Criminal Headquarters for Underworld Master Plan). Lance's simian version of Maxwell Smart's Agent 99 was a sidekick named Marta Hairi, wh read more

Question: Please tell me I am ...

Question: Please tell me I am not insane. I fondly recall a children's show in the '70s that starred chimpanzees as spies and was called Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp. No one I have ever asked remembers this show. Did my overactive imagination make this up? — Beth H., Concord, Cal.

Televisionary: If so, it's a communal hallucination since I share it, too. Matter of fact, it's so powerful I even hallucinated about having a Lancelot Link lunchbox in second grade. (I also busted the glass thermos liner in that made-up memory twice, I think.)

Yes, Lancelot Link was a real show. So real, in fact, that the producers used real chimps as actors in the spoof, which pitted good-guy spy Lance and the agents of A.P.E. (Agency to Prevent Evil) against the evil-doers of C.H.U.M.P. (Criminal Headquarters for Underworld Master Plan). Lance's simian version of Maxwell Smart's Agent 99 was a sidekick named Marta Hairi, wh read more

LORD STILL KING

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was crowned Best Film at the 2004 MTV Movie Awards, which were doled out Saturday in Los Angeles. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 picked up three popcorn buckets, including Best Female Performance for Uma Thurman and Best Villain for Lucy Liu. The night's top honor — Best Kiss — went to Amy Smart, Carmen Electra and Owen Wilson for their three-way smooch in Starsky & Hutch. Electra, who accepted solo, celebrated her big win by planting wet ones on presenters Snoop Dogg and Paris Hilton — and I'm not talking ab read more

MARTHA UPDATE

Martha Stewart's sentencing has been pushed back three weeks until July 8 to give the judge time to consider the domestic diva's request for a new trial. Stewart's lawyers contend that their client was wrongfully convicted because a government witness lied on the stand. What, did he say she was nice? read more

Matthew Broderick: Swan Addict


Matthew Broderick has earned big kudos (including a Tony Award) for his role in Broadway's The Producers, which he'll soon do on the big screen. But lately, he's mostly been thought of as Mr. Sarah Jessica Parker. On Friday, he debuts in The Stepford Wives, wherein his character tries to turn his high-powered executive spouse (Nicole Kidman) into a '50s-style robo-blonde who'll cater to his every whim. Has Broderick ever wished he could do that to SJP in real life?

"[Sarah's] extremely successful and mega-powerful," he laughed at the recent Stepford press junket in Manhattan. "She could destroy this whole hotel just by looking at it! But so far, I feel perfectly safe around her."

So, no brainwashing necessary, Matt? "There is nothing that I would change about her," he insists. "She is not very Stepford-like, but she is old-fashioned in some ways. She likes cooking and homemaking — when read more

No Swan Song for Nina Diva!

We felt bad when Superstar USA gave the boot to kicky contestant Nina Diva last week. Although we'd sooner buy a CD of fingernails on a chalkboard than ever again hear her maul "Roxanne," the Orlando-based Korean-American entertainer truly believed she'd just blown her shot at being the next Britney. And when we thought about her reaction upon learning that the show (continuing on WB tonight at 9 pm/ET) was an American Idol parody designed to unearth the next William Hung, not the next Ruben Studdard, we felt even worse. So we checked out ninadiva.com to hear whether her confidence in her abilities was completely unfounded. (It isn't; Christina, she ain't, but after a few cocktails, she could get us out on the dance floor.) Then we rang up the former NFL cheerleader to let her get in a few more kicks — this time aimed at the reality competition that had invited us to delight in her humiliation.

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EMERGENCY!

ER star Alex Kingston — she plays Dr. Corday — claims she was fired from NBC's long-running hospital drama for being too old. In an interview with London's Radio Times magazine, the 41-year-old actress said her contract wasn't renewed because "according to the producers and the writers, [I] am part of the old fogies who are no longer interesting." Let's hope CBS can find something for this old fogie to do. read more

SPEAKING OF THE TONYS...

If you TiVo'd Sunday's Sopranos finale for viewing at a later date, stop reading now because a mini recap is coming. Okay, here it goes: The show's fifth season ended on a hopeful note as Tony's rival kingpin, Johnny Sack, was busted by the FBI during the episode's final minutes. But it was too late for Steve Buscemi's Tony B, who got whacked in the left temple by Tony S. himself. (To quote the six merry murderesses of the Crookem County Jail, "He had it comin'.") Elsewhere, that Benny dude got his face busted in by that old grump Phil; Adriana's death was all but confirmed; and Tony and Carmela questioned son AJ's sexuality after he showed interest in event planning. And Clay Aiken music. (C'mon, you know that's what he was secretly downloading on his iBook.) read more

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