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Question: I used to watch ...

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.

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Question: On One on One, we ...

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.

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Question: I remember you ...

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 read more

Question: A few summers ago, ...

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.

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Question: I was wondering if ...

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 read more

Question: Where is Rod Roddy ...

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.

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The Office Comes to America

The breakup of Coupling has done nothing to bolster optimism for The Office, the latest U.K. comedy hit to get Americanized by NBC. Slated to debut next fall, the U.S. branch is being headed by King of the Hill exec Greg Daniels. And although the show's original creator and star, Ricky Gervais (a.k.a. bossman David Brent), has agreed to play an "advisory and support" role, skeptics predict something's bound to get lost in the translation.

TV Guide Online: The idea of an American Office scares us.
Ricky Gervais:
Yes, because you've seen the English version. And hopefully, there are 249 million Americans that haven't.

TVGO: So, it's inevitable that Office fans will hate the U.S. version?
You're bound to be disappointed if you keep comparing it. I don't think they should be the same. And for as many nightmare stories of remakes, you have one that [worked]. I'm sure Americans d read more

Average Joe Crushes Male Ego

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 read more

Zooey Deschanel Sings for Santa

The weather outside is frightful, but Zooey Deschanel helps make the climate inside movie theaters delightful in Elf (opening today). But it wasn't all cheery holiday fun. The 23-year-old co-star of The Good Girl was required to lighten her brunette hair to play Will Ferrell's love interest, and she insists blondes don't have more fun.

"It is all a lie," Deschanel says emphatically. "I'm never going to be blonde again. I'd much rather be a brunette."

Even if she disliked her makeover, the starlet enjoyed heating up Elf with a toasty rendition of the classic tune, "Baby, It's Cold Outside." And hey, this girl can actually sing! "I started out doing a lot of musicals," she reminds us. "So it was cool that I got to sing in a movie."

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Will Smith has signed on to play a "date doctor" who runs a matchmaking service in the romantic comedy Last First Kiss. Eva Mendes is in talks to play the female lead, a journalist who enrolls in the program intent on exposing Smith as a fraud. read more

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