Cher has inked a deal with NBC and believe it or not, it has nothing to do with Will & Grace. The queen diva will tape a two-hour concert special for the Peacock network to air sometime early next year. The special will be taped Nov. 6 and 7 at Miami's American Airlines Arena one of the final stops on her current farewell tour.
Question: I have searched the Internet over and cannot find the answer! Who are the two female artists singing "I'll Take You There" on The Gap's commercial for long and lean jeans? Diane, Fort Worth, Tex.
Televisionary: It depends on which version you're talking about. One features Marianne Faithfull and Taryn Manning, while Manning and Tweet are handling the singing duties in the other. ("I'll Take You There" was originally recorded by The Staples Singers, by the way.)
Question: I remember watching Grape Nuts ads that had Euell Gibbons in them when I was a kid. Who was he, anyway? Tim W., Toledo, Ohio
Televisionary: Gibbons was a wild-foods expert and writer whose best-known works include Stalking the Wild Asparagus and Stalking the Healthful Herbs. Growing up in the dust bowl of New Mexico, Gibbons first learned about living off the land from his mother and then spent years adding to his knowledge by doing research in libraries and interviewing locals as he traveled around the country.
Along the way, he put in time as, among other things, a cowboy, newspaper writer, hobo, carpenter and teacher. In addition to his books, his writing appeared in such publications as National Geographic and National Wildlife.
As you say, he was probably best known for his '70s Post Grape Nuts ads, spots that landed him on such shows as
Question: I just started watching the new medical TV show Presidio Med on Wednesday nights. And the plastic surgeon played by Sasha Alexander is soooo familiar looking to me. I've been racking my brain for weeks now, since I first saw a commercial for the show, trying to place her. Can you please tell me what other things she has been in? Anie, West Dundee, Ill.
Televisionary: Golly, Anie. Dr. Jackie Colette may be a little stiff, but as far as I know the character's meant to be flesh and blood. Anyway, you may have spotted Alexander, who plays the good doctor on the new CBS drama, on the small screen on shows like Dawson's Creek or ABC's short-lived Wasteland. She also picked up checks for guest work on CSI, Friends, The Tracey Ullman Show and
Question: In The West Wing's credits they list a Renee Estevez. I assume this is Martin Sheen's daughter. What character does she play on the show? Thanks. Anthony M., Cleveland, Ohio
Televisionary: She is indeed Sheen's daughter and, thanks to his latest contract, she's reportedly guaranteed more time on the show as Nancy, an office assistant who previously worked for the deceased Mrs. Landingham. You can find out more about her on her website, Renee-Estevez.com.
Question: NYPD Blue has had a constant turnover of actors and it is easy to remember that Dennis Franz was one of the original cast members. However, isn't Gordon Clapp (Medavoy) also one of the original cast members from 1993? Todd C., Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Televisionary: Not quite. Clapp didn't appear on the show until a few episodes in, and even then he wasn't a regular character until the show's second year. Franz is the only original cast member who's still with the series.
Question: A while ago you wrote about Columbo. What was the name of the cowboy cop who used to be on with him? Jane S., Gorham, Maine
Televisionary: That "cowboy cop" was one Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud (Dennis Weaver), who journeyed from his native Taos, N.M., to New York City chasing an escaped prisoner and then decided to stay for a spell. McCloud debuted in 1970 in a series of special movies and then was put into rotation with McMillan and Wife and Columbo
Stirring pots of shrimp gumbo in 1994's Forrest Gump changed Mykelti Williamson's life. The 42-year-old actor who touchingly played Bubba, the slow-witted shrimp cook says the Oscar-winning film "made me legitimate to people [in show business] who had seen me around for years before, but didn't realize it was the same guy. It launched me into features as a legitimate character actor.
"My memories of Forrest Gump are fond," Williamson adds, "because that's when Tom Hanks and Gary Sinise and all of us actually fell in love with each other." He means that in Hollywood's "love ya, babe" way, not romantically, of course! "That film really kicked off my friendship with Tommy and my lifelong golf partnership with Gary."
His acting résumé pumped by Gump, Williamson went on to score roles in other big flicks like Three Kings and Ali. Now, he co-stars with ex-New Kids on the Block
When 7th Heaven's resident hunk Barry Watson broke the news to TV Guide Online last March that he was leaving the show to pursue other endeavors, little did anyone know that one of them would be fighting cancer. Well, the 28-year-old actor who announced in May that he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease has won the battle!
"He got cancer-free about a month ago," Brenda Hampton, Heaven's executive producer, tells TV Guide Online. "He takes the last [chemotherapy] session Wednesday and then hopefully in about a month he'll start looking great."
Although Watson has been MIA from Heaven since last spring, when his alter ego Matt got hitched and moved to New York, the star of Teaching Mrs. Tingle and Sorority Boys has remained a part of
What possesses celebs to do Hollywood Squares? It's simple. The cheesy game show is a guilty pleasure for couch potatoes and great PR for Tinseltown types to plug their projects. "It's one big promotional orgy," admits Brad Garrett, whose Emmy-winning Everybody Loves Raymond role often is "mentioned" on-air. Since Whoopi Goldberg vamoosed reportedly over a money dispute A-list celebs have been subbing in her center square to get maximum exposure.
"You're called on a lot more there," Garrett says. "There's pressure to be funny more often. I enjoyed the top upper left corner, where I was actually able to read a book. But at the end of the day, it's just tic-tac-toe, babe."
"I'm doing a talk show which comes out in a year," Ellen DeGeneres explains, "and this is actually a really good thing for me, to remind people what I do. I think people have [forgotten] that I'm just