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TERMINATRIX FIGHTS BACK

One of the women who accused California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of groping her on a movie set is suing the former cyborg and his campaign staff, claiming they smeared her as a convicted felon when she went public with her allegations. In court papers, Rhonda Miller said Schwarzenegger's actions amounted to "a calculated act of character assassination." read more

FIFTEEN FOR 10-8

ABC may have jumped the gun on 10-8. Risking the wrath of producer Aaron Spelling, the network has cut the cop drama's full season order from 22 to 15 episodes. read more

Question: There was a sitcom ...

Question: There was a sitcom starring Jason Bateman and David Garrison where the premise was David's character was dating Jason's mother and Jason, who was a teenage con artist/manipulator, tried different pranks and practical jokes to get them to break up. There was also a character named Eli (the lovable fat kid). Do you know the name of the show I'm thinking of? — Adam B., Bedminster, N.J.

Televisionary: But of course. You're thinking of It's Your Move, which debuted on NBC in September 1984.

As you say, Garrison's Norman Lamb was a writer who dated teenager Matthew Burton's mom (Caren Kaye) after moving into the apartment across the hall. Matthew (Bateman) immediately began scheming and pulling different scams and jokes to try and break them up. But for everything he tried, the resourceful Norman had a counter-move.

Jason's buddy Eli (Adam Sadowsky) was a portly lad with a crush on Jason's sister Julie (Tricia Cast read more

IT'S RUBEN'S TURN

American Idol champ Ruben Studdard's debut album, Soulful, arrives in stores today, and let's hope the media doesn't rush to compare his CD's sales to that of runner-up Clay Aiken. Speaking of which, Soulful needs to move more than 613,000 copies in its first week to beat Aiken's Measure Of A Man. Studdard's fans better get shopping!! read more

STYLE OVER SUBSTANCE

Average Joes apparently do finish last. How else to explain last night's utterly depressing finale of NBC's Average Joe, in which Melana chose a pretty boy (Jason) over an ordinary-looking one (Adam). Her loss. Nielsen, meanwhile, estimates that 17.4 million viewers tuned in for the two-hour climax. In related news, words cannot express how excited I am about Average Joe 2. read more

LOOK OUT, CAROL

Caroline in the City alum Lea Thompson has been cast in a three-episode story arc on Ed, set to air in January. Thompson will play Ed's philandering ex-wife. Is there any other kind? read more

Question: You recently ...

Question: You recently answered a question regarding Aunt Bee's relationship to Andy on The Andy Griffith Show. My question is, what was Barney's relationship to Andy? There are two episodes in which Barney calls Andy "cousin Andy." How were they related? — Roper, Des Moines, Iowa

Televisionary: That's not completely clear, but bear with me here as I try not to confuse myself.

We know Aunt Bee, who's Andy's aunt on his father's side, is not Barney's aunt because Barney says so in a couple of episodes, which rules out that connection. Other times, Barney tells Andy about his mom's family, and Andy doesn't appear to know about these people. That leaves Barney's dad's side and Andy's mom's side. So if they're first cousins, Barney's dad and Andy's mom are brother and sister.

If they're anything other than first cousins — and the show never specified — I'm lost.

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Question: Who did the Bonanza ...

Question: Who did the Bonanza theme song? — Donald C., San Diego

Televisionary: The famous theme was written by the Oscar-winning team of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, whose other work included the Mister Ed theme and the Christmas standard "Silver Bells." A version sung by show stars Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts and Michael Landon exists, but most people are familiar with the instrumental version used throughout the show's run.

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Fear Factor Whoa. Brian Smith,...

Fear Factor
Whoa. Brian Smith, the dog walker from St. Louis, almost took Joe Rogan out. Dude spent 20 minutes and 30 seconds eating a large cod sac covered with live ants. And, apparently, that was 30 seconds too long. "You had to have it swallowed by the time it was over," Rogan said. "I'm sorry. You've been eliminated." Dogwalker stood up, smacked the table and said, "No way. I'm not leaving. I just ate that bleep-bleep-bleep!" Ah, man. It was about to be ON. Of course, thanks in part to editing, it didn't happen tonight. But it's coming. Rogan, watch out.

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Is that Gilmore Girls's Jess Mariano? Dayuum. Guess that's what happens when you leave Stars Hollow — you get tied to a cell phone number and tossed over a wall.

The Hebrew Hammer
Quote of the night: "Shabbat Shalom, muthaf----a!"
OK. So, Andy Dick plays Santa's mobbed-up son Damien, who g read more

Question: Who starred with ...

Question: Who starred with James Brolin (Mr. Barbra Streisand) in a medical show in the '70s? And what was the show? — Jane G., Newark, Del.

Televisionary: You're thinking of late TV legend Robert Young and his hit drama Marcus Welby, M.D., which ran on ABC from September 1969 to May 1976, Jane. In it he played the eponymous, Santa Monica-based general practitioner and Brolin played the dashing Steve Kiley, a neurologist in training who assisted Welby.

Why do I call him a legend? Well, first there was the long-running Father Knows Best, in which Young was America's pa (even though years later Young himself dismissed the notion of Dad having all the answers as "just r read more

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