Question: I wanted to say first and foremost how much I enjoy reading your column every week. Now I can ask you this: Who is the gorgeous new Gap model? The commercial starts and ends with him in bed, wearing only his Gap jeans! My sister and I have a dinner riding on this. I say he is a completely new, fresh face, but my sister claims that he may be on a soap, though she cannot remember his name. This is a new commercial, but I have complete faith in your abilities! Thanks so much! Julie, Revere, Mass.
Televisionary: Glad to see everyone out there's part of an enthusiastically wagering (and dining) readership, Julie. (And buttering me up? How shameless. Worked, though.)
The hunk in question is Italy's Raoul Bova, who, according to company info, is known as the Italian Brad Pitt. If you and sis like looking at him so much and you're not the kind of Italian-film buffs who might've caught him in, say, La Finestra di Fronte or Francesca e N
Question: Oh, great Televisionary! Your expertise is incomparable! I loved watching the TV movie The Ghosts of Buxley Hall when I was a young girl. My family recorded it on to two different videotapes and, sadly, one of the tapes is missing. I've been looking all over the Internet to see where or if I can get a copy and my searching has done no good. Because you are an expert, I am turning to you in my time of frustration, hoping you can and will help me out. I appreciate your time and effort. Thank you so very much! Tiffany
Televisionary: Don't thank me too much, Tiffany. After all the nice kissing up you did, I regret to inform you that your frustration continues: To the best of my knowledge, the 1980 TV flick isn't available on home video in the U.S. (I was able to find it in PAL format on a zany German site, but I don't see how that would be very helpful unless you send it s
Question: When I was growing up in the '50s there were several cliffhanger serials. One in particular was a Western about Kit Carson. Would you know its name? Louis, New York, NY
Televisionary: That I would, Louis. The creators went out on a limb and named their syndicated kiddie hit The Adventures of Kit Carson.
The half-hour show featured Bill Williams as the scouting Kit and Don Diamond as his Mexican pal El Toro. A robust slate of 104 episodes was produced from 1951-55.
Question: Did Reichen Lehmkuhl, the winner of The Amazing Race 4, appear as Jennifer Lopez's husband in the television series Second Chances? Barby, Vancouver, British Columbia
Televisionary: Nope. That was Justin Lazard playing law student Kevin Cook in the short-lived CBS series. If you're a fan of here-and-gone CBS nighttime soaps, you may also have caught him on Central Park West, which was on the air for a few hours in 1995 and '96.
Isn't it ironic? Girl-on-girl action never fails to get a rise out of
viewers, yet being a lesbian can send a starlet's career spiraling downward. Luckily, the new Mrs. Melissa Etheridge, Tammy Lynn Michaels, doesn't give a damn; the former Popular vixen has her priorities in order. "This industry is fickle," she tells TV Guide Online. "What's most important is who's going to be there with you at the end of the day when people stop taking pictures."
Hallelujah! However, the 28-year-old actress, who recently played a homosexual teenage spy in the spoof D.E.B.S., didn't always have a beautiful mind to match her pretty face; she came by her level head the hard way. "I had a single mother, and coming from a small Catholic town in the '80s... that did not fly well," the Indiana native remembers. "Back then, it was like the scarlet letter... so I know what it's like to be the black sheep of the town. That's why I tend to root for the under
The Rock flexed his box-office biceps over the weekend, as the wrestler-turned-actor's new action comedy The Rundown debuted at No. 1 with $18.5 million. Diane Lane's romance Under the Tuscan Sun opened in second place with a surprisingly strong $9.41 million, edging out last weekend's top flick Underworld (No. 3 with $9.4 million). Further down the chart, Drew Barrymore and Ben Stiller's new black comedy Duplex was (as expected) a big ol' money pit. The film grossed a weak $4.6 million for sixth place.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Elia Kazan, who directed some of the most influential movies of all time, including On the Waterfront, East of Eden and A Streetcar Named Desire, died Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 94. A cause of death was not given. Kazan was also a giant of the theater world, having earned the best director Tony three times. Despite the acclaim, Kazan was assailed for naming names during the Communist witchhunt in the 1950s. Those old wounds were reopened in 1999 when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences decided to bestow upon Kazan an honorary Oscar. At the ceremony, some audience members including Nick Nolte and Ed Harris refused to applaud when his name was announced.
From the moment that unlikely Paradise Hotel guest Dave peeled
off his shirt and cheerfully announced, "I have man-boobs!" we couldn't help
but love the guy. Sure, he was about as reliable an ally as the French, but
come on in a sea of washboard stomachs and bulging biceps, he was like us (and how often have you ever seen a real person on reality TV?). What's more, the pro-level schemer's unrequited adoration of brainy Barbie Charla made us groan in empathy. So, as the first of what we can only hope will be many seasons of Fox's summer skank-o-rama comes to an end (in a two-hour finale, airing Wednesday night at 8 ET), we rang up the big lug to give credit where it is due.
TV Guide Online: Dave, on behalf of the pectorally challenged everywhere,
I salute you!
Dave: Thank you, but I wouldn't necessarily say I'm
pectorally challenged. I'm just more normal.
TVGO: Looking back, how would you characterize your Pa
Talk about losing with grace. Much-nominated CSI star Marg Helgenberger would've loved an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama this year. Back in the '90s, she was thrice-nominated and twice a winner for China Beach. Yet 2003 marks her second CSI nod, with no trophy to take home. Is she sorry Mrs. Tony Soprano trumped her?
"The women that I'm nominated with are just all such terrific actresses," Helgenberger, 45, enthuses to TV Guide Online. "Exceptional company! If I had to lose to somebody, I'd say Edie Falco. She's a great actress. Not that all of 'em aren't. I just like The Sopranos. My favorite scenes are the ones between Carmela and Tony. It's just such a bizarre marriage. Some of those scenes are phenomenal."
Still, Helgenberger does have one criticism for Falco: She dislikes the short haircut Carmela was most recently wearing. "Her current look is too chic!" she laughs. "The long, bi
Turns out, not only is God one of us, he's a Nielsen voter too! The premiere of CBS's spiritual drama Joan of Arcadia pulled in 13.2 million viewers Friday night, trouncing the heavily hyped debut of Alicia Silverstone's NBC romance Miss Match (7.9 million viewers). The rest of CBS's new Friday lineup which includes the relocated JAG and the new Joe Pantoliano drama The Handler also fared well, averaging 13.8 and 12.6 million viewers respectively. ABC's Kelly Ripa-Faith Ford family farce Hope & Faith, meanwhile, got off to a strong start with 11.5 million viewers.