TV-loving brothers and sisters, before we get started this evening, I'd like to have a moment of silence for the Fox show Skin. A slick soap with a Midas touch, it took Shakespearean drama to new heights. Made you love a porn king who was just trying to provide for his family. Made you realize that once you play a redhead skank, you're always a redhead skank. (Hello, Sydney Andrews Mancini Field!) Skin died a premature death last week. Was taken from us before its time. It will be sorely missed. And the remote-hogging congregation says: Amen.
"Man. She. Is. Really. Bad." Ashlee Simpson said about Lucy Camden's batting skills. Man, that's the pot calling the kettle black. With robotic line delivery like that, I've only got two words for you, Ashlee: Acting. Lessons. Study your craft, girl. It can never hurt.
OK. Y'all know this is my show. But I'm going to take
Question: I used to watch Square One a lot when I was a child. I remember "Mathnet" and "Mathman" and my question is, what was the name of Mathman's archnemesis that kept trying to prevent him from reaching his mathematical goals? A.J., Flagstaff, Ariz.
Televisionary: The evil character who waited to eat the Pac-Man-like Mathman when he chose a wrong number on the Children's Television Workshop show (produced from 1987-92) was named Mr. Glitch.
Question: On One on One, we often see the barbershop owned by Flex's father and the two barbers, Malik and Walt, who work there. I know that Omar Gooding plays the character of Malik, but I was wondering if perhaps you knew the name of the actor who plays Walt. Thank you. Dina, New York, N.Y.
Televisionary: Sure thing. That's Rashaan Nall, whom you may also have spotted in guest appearances on such shows as Nash Bridges, NYPD Blue, Touched by an Angel and ER.
Sunday night's much-hyped TV movie showdown between CBS's The Elizabeth Smart Story and NBC's Saving Jessica Lynch ended in a virtual dead heat. While the Smart pic prevailed among total viewers (15.5 million vs. 15 million), Lynch tied Smart in key demographics, including adults 18-49.
Question: Where is Rod Roddy of The Price Is Right? We miss him. Thank you. Morris M., Brainerd, Minn.
Televisionary: Sadly, The Price Is Right's "come on down!" man, who'd suffered from cancer for the past two years, died in Los Angeles on Oct. 27 at the age of 66. He taped his last show about two months ago.
A Texas disc jockey before getting into commercial voiceover work in L.A., Roddy's first TV work was as the narrator of the classic sitcom Soap. You may also have seen and heard him on the game shows Love Connection and Press Your Luck.
Question: I remember you writing about how the stars of The Dukes of Hazzard fought their bosses for more money. If memory serves, didn't the stars of Emergency! do the same thing? David G., Asbury Park, N.J.
Televisionary: That they did, David. After their show, seen as a risky mid-season replacement at first, launched on NBC in January 1972 and developed a loyal following over the next two years, co-stars Kevin Tighe (paramedic Roy DeSoto) and Randolph Mantooth (his partner, John Gage) demanded producer Jack Webb (Dragnet) and company pony up a 600-percent increase, to $7500 an episode (laughable by today's standards, but real money back then). And frankly, I think they made a pretty good case for a sizable raise.
From Webb's point of view, of course, he'd made
Question: A few summers ago, my friend and I watched a show presented by Coca-Cola about kids in a boarding school. One of the characters was a girl who attended the guys' school and another moved to Dawson's Creek in the fall. We can't remember what the show was called; can you please help us? Dafna, West Hempstead, N.Y.
Televisionary: You're thinking of the WB's Young Americans, which aired in the summer of 2000 and focused on the lives and loves of, well... young Americans attending a boarding school and the townies who lived near it. Rodney Scott's Will Krudski moved from Dawson's Creek to this short-lived hour-long drama, appearing alongside Kate Bosworth (Blue Crush) and Katherine Moennig, who played Jacqueline/Jake, the young lady who attended the school as a young man.
Question: I was wondering if you could tell me what the fourth show on ABC's "TGIF" was. It was the early to mid '90s and the other shows on with it were Full House, Step by Step and Family Matters. I have been trying to think of the fourth show, and it's driving me crazy. By the way, I read TV Guide every week and don't know what my life would be like without it. If you could please help me think of this show I would really appreciate it. Crystal, Minneapolis, Minn.
Televisionary: Well, I know what my life would be without it, Crystal. I wouldn't be writing this, so thanks for reading.
To answer your question, as far as I know, Full House, Step by Step and Family Matters were never in ABC's "TGIF" lineup at the same time. The combos of half-hour shows that included
NBC's latest dating show, Average Joe (Mondays at 10 pm/ET), appeals to the social misfit in all of us. Here's their angle to suck us in: In last week's premiere, ex-NFL cheerleader Melana Scantlin who thought she was in for a Trista-esque fairy tale discovered that her 16 eligible bachelors are a gaggle of geeks, shorties, husky guys and other less-than-model-perfect types. She's a dream come true for most of them, but they're a crashing disappointment to her, at least at first. How did Average Joe lure self-respecting males to volunteer themselves for this unflattering scenario?
"We cast them saying we were looking for people who were 'the life of the party,'" exec producer Stuart Krasnow tells TV Guide Online. "We then chose who we thought matched the description that we wanted physically. When we put them in that house together, that's the first time they realized