Question: My wife and I fondly remember a TV movie from the early '90s that starred Jaclyn Smith and John Spencer. The only problem is that we can't recall its title! We think it was a detective story with the two protagonists in a Tracy-Hepburn kind of relationship. Rob A., Lancaster, Pa.
Televisionary: The film in question is a 1992 TV movie called In the Arms of a Killer, which starred Smith, Spencer and Michael Nouri. The plot, for all of you who who didn't catch it way back when, involved a detective (Smith) whose one and only is her
Question: About 10 years ago I watched a show called Second Chances, starring Connie Sellecca. I don't think it made it past one season. However, I believe there was an attempted comeback as Hotel Malibu the following year. My question is this: Did Jennifer Lopez play a role on both series? Angela J., Houston, Tex.
Televisionary: That she did, Angela, though Sellecca didn't.
Second Chances was a CBS nighttime soap that launched in 1993 with Sellecca playing a public defender whose husband was murdered in the show's first episode. She and her younger sister (Megan Porter Follows) were but two of the suspects investigated in the killing, which was the thrust of the show for its first month. Lopez played a Mexican-American college student named Melinda Lopez on the series, which was canceled because a major earthquake in L.A. destroyed its set
Question: Why did Delta Burke leave Designing Women? Wasn't it because of her weight? Debi L., Oswego, N.Y.
Televisionary: As with many a public spat, Debi, the reasons given for the very public battle between Burke and the show's producers vary according to whom you ask and even more important in this case when you ask.
What I can tell you is that when DW creators Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and husband Harry declined to bring Burke back as the tart-tongued Suzanne Sugarbaker after the hit CBS sitcom's 1990-91 season, they and their producers placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of her husband, Gerald "Major Dad" M
Question: On Star Trek: The Next Generation, what was the name of the song that Picard learned to play on his flute? Linda, Halifax, Novia Scotia, Canada
Televisionary: Grabbed you, did it? That's all right quite a few people have asked about that song, which Picard (Patrick Stewart) learned to play while experiencing the thrill of family life (courtesy of an alien energy beam) in the "Inner Light" episode.
The track, Jay Chattaway
's "Orchestral Suite from the Inner Light," is available on the Best Of Star Trek: 30th Anniversary Special! Original TV Soundtrack
CD. Look for it online or at a retailer near you.
Sounds like somebody needs to enroll in traffic school! Despite his attorney's attempt to get six-year-old traffic charges dismissed, Bobby Brown will stand trial on Jan 21. The scandal-ridden singer was stopped by a cop in 1996 for DUI and speeding (among other charges), and a bench warrant was issued when he failed to appear for his court date. This came back to haunt him two weeks ago, when Whitney Houston's hubby was pulled over and arrested in Atlanta for marijuana possession, speeding and other driving-related faux pas.
Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson will star in an untitled Columbia Pictures comedy written and directed by Father of the Bride scribe Nancy Meyers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film centers on an aging man (Nicholson) who falls for his beautiful young girlfriend's mother (Keaton). Yeah, like that would ever happen.
Question: Was one of the actors on the ABC hit Alias in the movie Never Been Kissed? One of the cast members looks strangely familar. Henry K.
Televisionary: Good eye, Henry. Michael Vartan, who plays CIA operative Michael Vaughn on the show, appeared as a dreamy English teacher in the execrable Drew Barrymore vehicle. You may also have seen him as Launcelot in TNT's Mists of Avalon mini-series or as the head of the family Robin Williams was obsessed with in One Hour Photo.
Claire Danes's so-called life got turned upside down the day she was cast in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Three weeks into filming last spring, producers realized that then-19-year-old Sophia Bush (Van Wilder) was a bit too young for the role of veterinarian Kate Miller. With no time to spare, they sought Danes, 23, to replace her. "I got the script literally that night, read it and had to evaluate it very quickly," recalls the actress, who decided to "take the leap of faith" and join the big-budget sequel. "It was very overwhelming and disorienting."
As the Yale coed quickly discovered, that was nothing compared to her first day on the T3 set. "I'm doing this scene at night with flames all around me," she recalls, "and I'm on the ground when Arnold [Schwarzenegger approaches] in his Terminator garb holding a machine gun. He's looking down on me and I'm thinking, 'This is not happening.' I was like, 'H
Three Charmed sisters have much evil to vanquish, kids. So these witchy women have no more time for Phoebe's triflin' ex-husband, Cole. You know, the "Source of All Evil," as played for two years by Aussie looker Julian McMahon. "The 100th episode [airing Jan. 19 on the WB] is Julian's last episode," exec producer Brad Kern confirms. "It's time to free up Alyssa Milano's [Phoebe] character, and Julian has expressed interest in exploring other creative opportunities. I'll miss him terribly, personally and professionally."
"It is bittersweet to celebrate the fact that I'm dying!" McMahon laughs. "But I need to push my boundaries a bit creatively, so I called up Brad and asked if I could get off the show. He's been wonderful in regard to everything with the exit and demise of my character."
The consensus is that Phoebe and Cole's dysfunctional demon romance has gone too soapy. "We were stretching