Question: Could you enlighten me on a series called Murder One? It has just started on Showtime in the Middle East and I was wondering if it is an ongoing series or a one-time miniseries. The first episode was very entertaining and I just want to know what to expect. Thanks. Nasreen, Oman
Televisionary: Well, I'll give you enough to whet your appetite, Nasreen, but don't expect me to hand you the ending so you can lord it over your pals or anything.
was a noble experiment that failed to pick up an audience. When it debuted on ABC in September 1995, the idea was that it would follow one case over the course of the entire season. As you'll no doubt see by the time you read this, attorney Theodore Hoffman (Daniel Benzali
) and his team of defense lawyers (Michael Hayden
, J.C. MacKenzie
, Mary McCormack
and Grace Phillips
) spent that first season defending an actor (Jason Gedrick
) in a murder case. (And
The brains behind CBS's new reality show The Amazing Race (debuting tomorrow night at 9 pm/ET) have no problem admitting that one of the reasons they hired New Zealander Phil Keoghan to helm the globe-trotting adventure series was because of his undeniable good looks. "He actually is kind of cute," winks producer/co-creator Elise Doganieri. Clarifies her partner, Bertram van Munster: "He's actually gorgeous."
Like any self-respecting TV heartthrob, Keoghan scoffs at the hunk label insisting that Race required much more than chiseled features and a killer smile. "Don't underestimate how difficult this show is to make," asserts the seasoned TV host, whose credits include the internationally distributed Keoghan's Heroes and the now-defunct chatfest Fox After Breakfast. "This was not a gig where you get ready in a trailer and have people running around putting powder on
Question: Hi. I really hope you can help me. My mother died very suddenly recently and my dad has gone through letters she wrote. In one letter, dated November 11, 1963, she tells my dad about a guy who appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and sang a song she called "More." I really hope you can tell me who this was and what the song is so that I might be able to get a copy of it for him. He never heard the song, and now really wants to know what it said. Something about "loving you more" or "love you more." Please help! Thanks. P. Czinka
Televisionary: After a lot of searching and digging, P., I'm pretty sure I've got enough to help you out.
When you hear it, I'm sure you'll recognize the easy-listening staple "More," which is popular in its vocal and instrumental versions. Written by Riz Ortolani
, Nino Oliviero
and Norman Newell
, it was nominated for a Best Music (Song) Academy Award in 1963 as part of the
As Mark Wahlberg's rocker rival in Rock Star opening Friday Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins stirs the pot with snarly gusto. In one scene, the sexy bad boy even gets fresh with Wahlberg's on-screen squeeze, Jennifer Aniston!
So who minded his octopus hands more Aniston's reel-life hubby or her real-life one? "It was hilarious," Jenkins winks to TV Guide Online. "But Brad [Pitt] was there on the set and he was laughing, so it was all good. I think there was a tacitly understood regard and respect about me grabbing his wife's bottom and not letting go."
All his cheek (and hers) aside, Jenkins takes pride in
Question: Who played the first Tarzan? Edith B.
Televisionary: Assuming you mean the first TV Tarzan this column has a strong small-screen bias, after all that'd be actor Ron Ely, who was actually the 15th actor to go ape-man. (Elmo Lincoln was the first to discover jungle love in the 1918 big-screen feature Tarzan of the Apes. For a complete overview of the character's history, see TV Guide Online's handy Tarzan timeline.)
If there's one thing I can say about Ely, he earned his paycheck on the NBC series, which debuted in September 1966 and left the air three years later. The six-foot-four, athletic actor refused to let a stuntman handle the risky shots, so all that beast battling, vine swinging and waterfall diving took a terrible toll on his body. Yet he worked through the pain like a man possessed, w
In today's fast-paced world of showbiz, tastes change so quickly that few performers manage to get dubbed flavors of the moment, much less entertainers of the year. And far rarer than even flashes in the pan like Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts are Hollywood's true icons, the artists who can boast of not only looks, but vision, too. With impeccable style and astounding versatility, they blaze trails for themselves and set high standards for those with the talent (or at least the nerve) to try to follow. Among this caliber of stars, one shines brighter than all the others and we'd say that even if she couldn't render us unconscious with a single karate chop to the head.
Her name? Miss Piggy.
Today, in honor of the rapidly approaching 25th anniversary of The Muppet Show
, the variety program that introduced the a
Question: Will Witchblade continue after this season? I only ask because the last episode in the series had such a shocker ending that it almost seemed as if there was no need to continue. Or maybe they were setting it up that way. And if it is going to continue, when will it premiere? Since TNT's season for this show was so different from the other networks, I'm a little confused (and the show's web page doesn't say). If you could provide any insight on this one, I'd appreciate it. Thank you. Jena B., Anchorage, Alaska
Televisionary: Oh, come now, Jena "no need to continue?" One little time warp and you're ready to throw in the towel on the whole thing? For shame!
Ah, what the heck they did
come up with a puzzler of a season ender, didn't they? Never fear, though. The network recently announced another 13-episode order for the successful series
, so you should see that cliffhanger resolved. Other details ar
Before landing the lead in UPN's father-daughter comedy One on One debuting tonight at 8:30 pm/ET funnyman Flex Alexander had some pretty humbling gigs. "I started out as a hip-hop dancer in the hip-hop community," he says. "Method Man and myself, we sold hotdogs together at the Statue of Liberty in New York. It was really a funny job."
Ironically, one of the comic's first TV gigs was far less funny. Wincing at the memory, he shares: "Years ago, when I was doing Homeboys in Outer Space, I was just like, 'God, will it get better than this, please?'"
It could hardly get worse. Fortunately, One on One finds Alexander in better stead, playing a bachelor dad to an amusingly bratty Kyla Pratt whom he discovered from watching Nike TV ads. "I'm like, 'That girl is just hilarious,'" he chuckles. "It was like not even a question of let's cast [other actress
Annette O'Toole's last-minute casting as Clark Kent's mom Martha on the WB's promising new drama Smallville brings her career full circle: The 47-year-old actress played Kent's high-school crush Lana Lang in 1983's Superman III. Jokes O'Toole to TV Guide Online: "Maybe I'll be Lois Lane's grandmother next."
All kidding aside, the red-haired beauty whose recent small-screen credits include the USA Network series The Huntress and CBS's Nash Bridges admits there are far worse things than being forever linked to such a popular franchise. "I love Superman," she confesses. "As a kid, I read all of the comic books. I was always drawn to it. And when I was Lana Lang, that was a huge thing for me." Still, she adds that one dream remains unfulfilled: "
As a rocker's bride in Rock Star opening Sept. 7 Jennifer Aniston faces a horde of hussies out to bed her heavy-metal man, Mark Wahlberg. Now, considering she's the real-life Mrs. Brad Pitt (and quite a celebrity dish in her own right), we'll wager the Friends belle knows plenty about groupies.
"You know, they're swooning and they don't know who you are at all," Aniston says disdainfully. "They know an image of you. You know you, and you know your crappy sides and good sides that make you you. These men and women who swoon, they're shameless, truly. It's kind of pathetic in a way." Even so, she and Pitt