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Question: I heard something ...

Question: I heard something about ultra-gorgeous actor Freddie Prinze Jr. guesting on Friends on October 31st — something involving a male nanny. Can you give me any information about that? — Allison, Little Egg Harbor, N.J.

Televisionary: But of course, though it's not scheduled for Oct. 31, however ultra-terrifying an F.P. Jr. appearance would be to anyone who's had to sit through one of his movies. It's Nov. 7.

Prinze Jr. will indeed play a male nanny Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) hires to take care of her baby in the hit sitcom's 200th episode. Because it's a sweeps event, Paul Rudd, who co-starred with Aniston in The Obje read more

Question: I love State of ...

Question: I love State of Grace. Is Tommy going to show up again? And when is State of Grace coming back? — Lauren, Willingboro, N.J.

Televisionary: Unfortunately, Grace isn't returning, so neither is Tommy. ABC Family decided against renewing the critical darling due to low ratings, so unless the producers can convince another network to back it and pick it up, Grace is a goner. (And believe me, you've got good company in your heartbreak. My mom lived for that show.)

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Question: What happened to ...

Question: What happened to the program That Was Then? Did ABC cancel it? If so, why? — Jodi G., Los Angeles, Cal.

Televisionary: Read between the colon and the first period in the previous answer. Sorry.

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Question: My husband and I ...

Question: My husband and I have noticed an almost comical connection between actors from the HBO series Oz appearing in roles on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (as well as the other Law &#038 Order shows). We realize that two of the major characters in SVU are from Oz, but several of the other Oz characters have appeared in minor roles. Is there some kind of contract agreement between these two shows? Or are these just fellow actors helping one another out? — Carol B., Monterey, Cal.

Televisionary: It goes a lot higher than the actors, Carol. It's actually Oz creator Tom Fontana and Dick Wolf helping themselves to each other's read more

Question: Please help prove ...

Question: Please help prove me right. Maybe it's my age (I'm only 22), but as far as I'm concerned, Dallas was the first prime-time soap on TV. My sister says Dynasty. Who's right? — Vicki M., Parkman, Wyo.

Televisionary: Neither of you, though you're in a little better shape since Dallas debuted in 1978 and Dynasty didn't come on the scene until three years later. The progenitor of both, the one that demonstrated the public appetite for nighttime soaps, was ABC's Peyton Place, which hit the air more than 15 years before anyone even thought of shooting J.R.

Of course, Peyton executive producer read more

ALL SEXED OUT?

First The Osbournes, and now this: In an interview with Fox News Channel on Monday, Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon said the show's upcoming sixth season would be its last. HBO insiders, however, insist no decision has been made. Series star Sarah Jessica Parker recently gave birth to her first child, son James Wilke Broderick. Nixon's second child is due next month. read more

Question: Wasn't Chyler Leigh ...

Question: Wasn't Chyler Leigh on That '80s show? Why was that show canceled?

Televisionary: For the same reason her new one, girls club has just followed in its footsteps: It stunk and got lousy ratings. (I should point out that I'm not laying the blame at her feet for either series, though; she does as well as she can, given the roles she's landed.)

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GRADUATION DAY

Sopranos shrink Lorraine Bracco will make her Broadway debut when she replaces Kathleen Turner as Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate beginning Nov. 19. read more

Heaven Can't Wait for Jeremy London


Another divine creature is descending upon 7th Heaven. Former Party of Five hunk Jeremy London joins the cast tonight (8 pm/ET on the WB) as an associate pastor hired to temporarily replace an on-the-mend Eric (Stephen Collins). "We have the best looking cast on television, and it's just getting better," exec producer Brenda Hampton gushes to TV Guide Online. "[Jeremy]'s perfect for the show.

"I had no idea he would do another series," Hampton adds of the actor, who played Neve Campbell's brooding boyfriend Griffin on PO5. "I just think he's spectacular."

London's Heaven alter ego — Chandler — arrives in Glen Oak this evening and gets an unusually icy read more

I-SPY A FLOP

Eddie Murphy probably isn't feeling the Christmas spirit today. The debut of the actor's new action comedy I-Spy was trounced over the weekend by The Santa Clause 2. Spy grossed a paltry $14 million and opened at No. 3, behind Santa (No. 1 with $29 million) and the horror smash The Ring (No. 2 with $18.5 million). Last weekend's top flick, Jackass: The Movie, fell to No. 4 with $13.1 million. Ghost Ship rounded out the top five with $6.6 million. read more

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