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Question: What is the name of ...

Question: What is the name of the song that Macy Gray sang for the opening of Alicia Silverstone's Miss Match? — Michelle, Baltimore, Md.

Televisionary: It's called "Love Is Gonna Get You" and was written for the show. Unfortunately, I don't believe it's available anywhere.

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Question: Is the woman who ...

Question: Is the woman who plays Jewel, the physically challenged character on Deadwood, the same woman who played Blair's cousin on Facts of Life? — Kelley, Boulder, Colo.

Televisionary: It is indeed actress and comedienne Geri Jewell, who has cerebral palsy, playing Al Swearengen's employee and frequent target on the HBO Western. And, as you say, she also played Blair's cousin Geri on NBC's The Facts of Life from 1981-84. An accomplished stand-up, Jewell was spotted in a comedy club, which landed her on Facts. You may also have caught her on The Young and the Restless.

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Question: I saw you answer a ...

Question: I saw you answer a question about whether John Houseman was a real law professor or not, so here's a more sporting question. Wasn't Ken Howard, the lead on The White Shadow, a real NBA star who had that nickname when he was a player? Thank you. — Justin M., Wolfeboro, N.H.

Televisionary: Two questions, two answers, Justin: No, and sort of.

Howard, who starred as ex-Chicago Bull-turned-high-school-coach at L.A.'s Carver High School during the show's November 1978-August 1981 run on ABC, was never a pro player. However, reaching 6-feet-5 before turning 15, he was a star high-school player and started as Amherst's center for three years. (OK, so it was Amherst, but what do you want? It was still college ball and the guy valued academics over athletics.)

Matter of fact, Howard mined that past when he came up with the idea for the show and called executive producer Bruce Paltrow, who read more

BABY NEWS

Lord of the Rings star Liv Tyler and her rocker hubby, Royston Langdon, are reportedly expecting their first child in early '05. German supermodel Claudia Schiffer, meanwhile, is said to be pregnant with her second child. Daddy is British movie producer Matthew Vaughn. read more

Question: Will there be an ...

Question: Will there be an Angel movie? Nobody loves the broody vampire with a soul more than I do, which is why I ask. &#151 Adrienne D., San Diego, Cal.

Televisionary: It's up in the air and its chances depend on whom you ask. James Marsters (Spike) told our own Shawna Malcom, who interviewed Joss Whedon and his cast for the show's last ride, that he'd "love to come back to the character." David Boreanaz, on the other hand, said he doesn't plan on it.

According to Whedon, there were conversations about that possibility while Angel was still on, but ending the series changed all that. "Since we've been canceled that conversation hasn't come up," he said. "I think it could be very interesting. I think the Buffy universe as a whole has a lot of characters that wo read more

North Shore To borrow a line from...

North Shore
To borrow a line from that glorious — and Tony-minted! — musical Avenue Q, there's a fine, fine line between an addictive prime-time soap and a waste of your time. I don't think I can improve on our esteemed Matt Roush's evisceration of this series, but I will say that Brooke Burns rivals Captain Oats — aka Seth Cohen's plastic horsey — for the title of Least Expressive Performer on Television. Speaking of The O.C., why are they pretending that Newport Beach refugee Amanda Righetti is playing a character other than Hailey? She may suffer from rage blackouts now and is apparently involved in vaguely illegal activities with a Baldwinesque beach bum, but c'mon that's still everyone's favorite slutty younger sis up there onscreen. Besides, just think of all the crossover opportunities if Hailey actually had hightailed it off to Hawaii. Peter Gallagher could show up to give James Remar his read more

Question: What season did ...

Question: What season did Buffy the Vampire Slayer switch from WB to UPN? My cable company doesn't offer UPN so I had to stop watching when it switched. Now I would like to rent the remaining seasons on DVD but I can't remember when the switch was made. Thanks! — Gina F., Lawrenceville, Ga.

Televisionary: Buffy jumped from WB to UPN for Season 6, in October 2001. You'll have to stop renting after that season, however, since Season 7, the show's last, isn't available yet, but word is it will be out in October.

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ROYAL WEDDING

King of Queens star Kevin James married his longtime girlfriend, model Steffiana De La Cruz, on Saturday in Orange County, Calif. The 200 guests — who included Ray Romano, CBS titan Les Moonves, Queens co-star Jerry Stiller, and Sandy and Kirsten Cohen — received gift baskets filled with Millstone's Colombian Supremo and Cinnamon Hazelnut gourmet whole-bean coffees. I can't be sure, but I think I just scored myself some free coffee. read more

Alias: We Spy a Makeover


When Alias kicks off its fourth season in January, fans are going to spy some big-time changes. Coming off a subpar season, which saw viewership decline 9 percent, series creator J.J. Abrams will once again embrace the show's original conceit. Namely, Sydney will go back to juggling her dual roles as an international spy and normal twentysomething.

"We got so deep in the Rimbaldi and Covenant [mysteries] that we lost sight of some of the stuff we fell in love with [in the beginning]," ABC entertainment president Stephen McPherson tells TV Guide Online. "J.J. is talking about getting back to some of the joy that she used to have in her personal life early on... while still living in this crazy world."

Abrams says he had an epiphany about Alias' disappointing third season while he was working on the pilot for his upcoming ABC thriller, Lost. "Going away to do Lost allowed me to look at Alias in a way that I could not read more

SEEING RED

Method Man is angry with Fox for de-ghettoizing his new sitcom, Method & Red. "This is frustrating for me, and it's not turning out for me as expected," he tells the Los Angeles Times. "I'm trying to keep this show ghetto, and there's a way for it to be both ghetto and intelligent. But it's not going that way." To appease the rapper-turned-actor, rumor has it the network is wooing Christina Aguilera to guest star. read more

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