Newcomer Donovan Patton has been tapped to replace Steve Burns (Steve) as the human star of Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues. Patton will play Joe, the younger brother of Steve. The switcheroo will take place during a three-episode arc beginning April 22. Burns whose alter ego is going off to college is leaving to pursue other interests.
How's this for irony: Where was CNN American Morning host Paula Zahn when she first saw the cable network's now-infamous TV spot touting her as "just a little sexy?" "I was working out on my Stairmaster," the 20-year news vet tells Access Hollywood. Still, Zahn insists that she wasn't flattered by the ad even though it implied that her cardio workouts were paying off big time! "It was offensive. I've worked in this business for more than 20 years proving my credibility and what you want to hear promoted is the strength of your journalism." (Or your quadriceps.) For his part, Fox News Channel troublemaker Bill O'Reilly isn't buying Zahn's politically correct reaction to the ruckus, saying: "If Paula Zahn doesn't think she's there partially because she's a good-looking babe, then she's in never-never land." Hey Bill, jealous much?
"I always thought I would never do Survivor in America, but maybe from a patriotic point-of-view post 9/11 it might not be a bad idea." Survivor producer Mark Burnett in an interview with Extra. Michael Ausiello with Daniel R. Coleridge and Delaina Dixon
Robert Downey Jr. is in talks to star in the heist flick Six Bullets from Now. According to Variety, the film is inspired by the events of New Year's Day 1972, when five gunmen stole more than $10 million in cash and jewels from the Pierre Hotel in New York City. It was the biggest hotel heist in history.
Question: I know most of the world remembers Alfred Hitchcock as a master filmmaker, but I've always been a big fan of his TV show, too. Recently a friend was telling me he just put his name on it and didn't really work on it much. True or false? (Please say false!) Thank you. Nicole B., Greensboro, N.C.
Televisionary: That depends on your definition of the word "work," Nicole. Let's face it: If you do any job long enough it becomes toil, but I guarantee you the people who performed the day-to-day functions on Alfred Hitchcock Presents during its initial 1955-65 run on CBS and NBC would have told you that they were the ones doing the heavy lifting. Matter of fact, one of the major players did just that. "He contributes nothing except script supervision," Hitchcock protégée and series producer Joan Harrison
Question: A strange subject came up at work the other day. Who was the actor on the Paul Masson wine commercial of several years ago who said, "Drink no wine before its time?" Thank you. Chris M.
Televisionary: Actually, Chris, that's sell no wine, as in, "We will sell no wine before its time." And that was no mere actor, mind you. That was the late, great Orson Welles, who together with writer Howard Koch scared the bejeesus out of the entire country, convincing listeners nationwide with the too-real radio production of War of the Worlds that we were being invaded by aliens in 1938.
Welles, who was overweight and being treated for a heart condition and diabetes at the time of his death in 1985, was an actor, producer, writer and director who worked on 60 movies in his lifetime after kicking off his long showbiz career on the stage. He shilled for Masson and other companies for what he termed "grocery money," but he's probably best know
Question: I am having an intense debate with a friend of mine, so please settle this! I say that the only one who ever saw Mr. Snuffleupagus on Sesame Street was Big Bird. I think this was changed at least 10 or 15 years ago because Sesame Street didn't want kids to think adults wouldn't believe them if they told them about something like child abuse that the parents didn't see, just as no one believed Big Bird. He thinks I am crazy! Thanks! Ilyse P.
Televisionary: Y'know, if you think about it, you're Big Bird in this situation, Ilyse. How's the view from up there?
Rest easy, my feathered friend your sanity is no longer in question. From the time he was introduced in 1971, Snuffleupagus was visible only to Big Bird. But in late 1985, the creative forces behind the thoroughly wonderful Street
did indeed reveal Snuffy, as his pals call him, to all on the show. To be honest, my own Television powers didn't reveal the set-up to me, but a s
Question: Please help me. I seem to remember a show on TV called something like Chase. I think it was a police show. All I can remember is a German shepherd police dog and a Plymouth police car. I am not exactly sure of the year. I think maybe 1970? Did such a show ever exist? Was it a series? Of course, I was only a little kid back then, so maybe my mother spiked my Bosco and it never existed. Thanks. Vincent M., Staten Island, N.Y.
Televisionary: If your mom was spiking your Bosco with anything, it was plain old milk, as it should have been, Vincent. The police drama did indeed exist, albeit rather briefly, on NBC's schedule from September 1973 to August 1974.
Mitchell Ryan (Dharma & Greg) starred as Capt. Chase Reddick, a cop whose unit tackled cases others in the L.A. Police Department couldn't handle. Under him was a team of specialists that included Officer Norm Hamilton (Reid Smit
John Turturro had a hunch. The actor was playing Howard Cosell in the TNT movie Monday Night Mayhem (airing tonight at 9 pm/ET), and it wasn't just the legendary sportscaster's nasally voice that he would use as a shorthand way of keying into the character it was his hunched-over posture.
"I had these jackets made a little too small to push my shoulders in, because if you buttoned them, it would just pull me right over," Turturro tells TV Guide Online. "I told the designer, 'Listen, this jacket's too small, but it's perfect for my shoulders because my shoulders are bigger than his.'"
Mayhem chronicles the early years of ABC's Monday Night Football, including the fragile beginnings of Frank Gifford
Richard Gere may have a future as a comedian at least according to his No. 1 fan, two-year-old son Homer. "I can just raise an eyebrow and send him into hysterical laughter," he tells TV Guide Online. "We [also] have this game where I growl and then threaten to chew on his belly. That just tickles him to no end... My son makes me get goofy, but I guess children make fools of all of us."
Homer is the 52-year-old actor's first child with actress Carey Lowell (Law & Order), whom he refers to as his "wife" although the pair aren't formally married. "I've proposed to her," he explains, "but we just haven't gotten around to making it official yet.
"We're both very protective parents," he continues. "I would love to carpet the world so my son wouldn't get any bruises.