Brainwashed, the album former Beatle George Harrison was recording before his death last year will be released in November. The CD which features 11 new songs is Harrison's first release of new material since 1987's Cloud Nine.
Things are looking up for Christopher Reeve. Seven years after a horseback-riding accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, the 49-year-old actor has regained some movement and sensation in his hands and feet. "To be able to feel just the lightest touch is really a gift," Reeve tells People. Also, the Superman star can breathe on his own for 90 minutes at a time. An upcoming ABC special, Christopher Reeve: Courageous Steps, reportedly will document Reeve's progress.
Question: Please help settle a battle of memories. I say Cathy Lee Crosby played Wonder Woman before Lynda Carter did, but a colleague of mine says she was a superpowered girl on a different show. Who's right? Tim M., Cicero, N.Y.
Televisionary: You are, of course, though the ABC 1974 TV movie Crosby starred in had her wearing an odd '70s getup that bore so little resemblance to the comic-book version that your friend almost has a point.
In that adaptation of the classic comic heroine, Crosby (That's Incredible) played a contemporary Wonder Woman. However, she didn't fit the part because, as TV Guide writer Bill Davidson quipped in 1977, she was "an ethereal blonde who looked more suited modeling chemises at Bergdorf Goodman than hurling 200-pound men through the air like Frisbees."
That she did. After all, as all comics fans could have t
Question: My husband and I have been arguing over this for a week. I say that when Enterprise first started the opening song was by a group called The Calling, and then it changed to the current song. My husband says that it's been the same song since the show debuted. Could you please settle this? Natasha, Chicago, Ill.
Televisionary: Sure sort of. The Calling's "Wherever You Will Go" was used in promotional clips for the UPN series before it launched, but the series' theme song has always been Russell Watson singing "Faith of the Heart." For more on that, see the the third answer of my Nov. 13, 2001 column.
Question: I have spent this whole summer wondering what happened on the last two episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's sixth season. I have seen every episode of the show except these two. Can you please tell me when they might possibly rerun at least one of the two episodes? I thank you tremendously! Brittany, Calvert City, Ky.
Televisionary: Tell you what, Brittany, mangling the line about angling and self-reliance, I'll give you a little fish and then teach you to catch it for yourself. The first half of the two-part episode you're looking for, "Two To Go," airs tonight at 8 pm/ET on WQTV in your hometown. I'm not sure about "Grave," the last episode of the season, but you can search our listings to check for yourself.
Which brings me to my next little lesson, which involves the TV Guide Online resources all of you can use to answer such questions for yourselves so you don't have
Question: On 7th Heaven, what state is Glen Oak in? Keida, Seymour, Ind.
Televisionary: The fictional Glen Oak Community Church, where Minister Eric Camden (Stephen Collins) tends to the flock on the WB drama, is located in the fictional town of Glen Oak, a suburb of the fictional city of Los Angeles. (Okay, so L.A. technically exists, but many who live here will concede that few things are real.)
Struggling ABC is partnering with McDonald's to promote its new fall lineup specifically its "Happy Hour" programming block... Tom Berenger will play legendary college football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant in ESPN's original movie The Junction Boys... Frasier star David Hyde Pierce is doing well after falling and hitting his head while rehearsing a scene Friday on the sitcom's set... NBC has ordered three episodes of Adrenaline X, a reality show in which extreme-sports champions compete against each other.
Question: I distinctly remember William Shatner starring in a short-lived TV series (I even remember the theme song) called The Barbary Coast. I think he played a pirate. I am, however, the only person who seems to remember this series. Could you confirm its existence for me? Patrick S., Middletown, Conn.
Televisionary: That I could, Patrick, and I shall. Shatner (Star Trek and T.J. Hooker, as if I need to tell anyone that) starred as government agent and master of disguise Jeff Cable in the series, which was set in the 1870s in an area of San Francisco known, of course, as the Barbary Coast. The show lasted, as you say, for only a brief time on ABC's schedule, debuting in September 1975 and leaving the air the following January.
Question: Could you please tell me who made the announcements over the P.A. system in M*A*S*H? Thank you very much for solving this 30-year-old mystery. Jay O., Albany, Ga.
Televisionary: Aside from those periodically given by Radar O'Reilly (Gary Burghoff) or Max Klinger (Jamie Farr), P.A. announcements were handled by actors Sal Viscuso or Todd Susman, both of whom appeared in an episode or two themselves.
For a party ghoul who's spent two decades scaring up laughs as Elvira,
Mistress of the Dark, Cassandra Peterson sure does spook easily. In fact, the mere mention of the Rumanian shoot for her blood-curdling new comedy Elvira's Haunted Hills (having its New York premiere Friday) sends a chill down her spine.
"It was really brutal... one of the most difficult things I've ever done in my entire life," she tells TV Guide Online without a hint of the cheekiness that is her stock in trade. "Everyone had to work under unbelievably awful conditions horrible food, horrible rooms... There were moments when you thought you were just going to fall down and cry because you weren't going to make it."
On the rare occasions when day-to-day hardships didn't give Peterson nightmares, Haunted Hills still made her toss and turn she not only stars