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HEDGE CLIPPERS

Jim Carrey and Garry Shandling will lend their voices to the upcoming DreamWorks animated feature Over the Hedge, scheduled for release in 2005. Carrey will play a mischievous raccoon and Shandling, a sensitive turtle. Aww.... read more

Question: I was wondering if ...

Question: I was wondering if you remember the children's TV show Zooboolizoo (I don't know how to spell it). If you do, do you have any links on it? — Melissa

Televisionary: You mean Zoobilee Zoo, the 1986 Hallmark syndicated show featuring Ben Vereen and his furry Zooble pals? You can read all about it and buy episodes on tape at the show's official site ZoobileeZoo.com.

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Question: Who played the ...

Question: Who played the roles of the three children in the TV series Something So Right?

Televisionary: Marne Patterson, later credited as Marnette when she appeared in the WB's short-lived Movie Stars, played 16-year-old Nicole in Something So Right, which started life on NBC in September 1996 and jumped to ABC in March 1998 before getting the axe four months later. Billy L. Sullivan portrayed 14-year-old Will and Emily Ann Lloyd played 11-year-old Sarah.

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BOWLING GIG

Actor Daryl "Chill" Mitchell — paralyzed from the waist down last November in a motorcycle accident — has been cast as a series regular on NBC's Ed, Variety reports. He'll play the new manager of Ed's bowling alley. Mitchell, best known for his roles on Veronica's Closet and The John Larroquette Show, can next be seen in Disney's The Country Bears movie, which he shot prior to the accident. It opens July 26. read more

SHORT CUTS

Miramax will release a two-disc DVD set of the Beatles's A Hard Day's Night on Sept. 24... TNT's Door to Door scored one of the best ratings for an original movie in cable history Sunday night... Ving Rhames will have a recurring role on CBS's The District this season. read more

COPPING A NEW ATTITUDE

David Caruso has had nearly a decade to think about his controversial exit from NYPD Blue, and he now confesses that, well, he did a bad, bad thing. "It's been an interesting nine years... I don't think I could have helped but grow up quite a bit," he told reporters today at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., where he was out promoting his role in CBS's fall spinoff series CSI: Miami. "While we all understand that I mishandled the NYPD Blue situation quite handily, I've had a number of opportunities... to grow up and realize what has been provided for me, and it's been a very interesting and very powerful ride. It's been great for me." Tell it to Steven Bochco, buddy. read more

BROOKE SHIELDS ALERT

This is like the poor woman's First Wives Club: Brooke Shields, Rosie Perez and Mercedes Ruehl will co-star in ABC's new "limited-run" series, Widows. It's about gal pals who conspire to avenge their slain art-thief husbands by pulling off a daring art heist. The first of four hour-long episodes debuts Aug. 6 at 10 pm/ET. read more

EVERYBODY LOVES NELLY

Following in the footsteps of Will Smith, rap star Nelly has signed a deal with Paramount Network Television to headline his own sitcom, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The premise of the series is being kept under wraps, but it's safe to assume that it'll be real silly. Nelly's second album, Nellyville, is currently topping the charts. read more

Question: There was a TV show ...

Question: There was a TV show back in the '80s about a bumbling cop or detective whose character's name was the name of the show. It was something like Sledge Hammer. I can't remember the actor's real name, either. Any ideas? — Can't Remember, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Televisionary: You ask for ideas and I give you answers, C.R.

The series in question, which ran on ABC from September 1986 to June 1988, was indeed called Sledge Hammer. A satire of the Dirty Harry movies and various hard-case cop shows, it starred David Rasche as the titular Det. Insp. Sledge Hammer, who believed his .44 Magnum (called "Gun") was the answer to all law-enforcement dilemmas (and many of life's as well).

His oft-repeated tag line was, "Trust me. I know what I'm doing." The truth was, of course, that it was usually his partner Dori ( read more

Question: I've got a question ...

Question: I've got a question about an old TV program. Five or so years ago, there was a TV program that included two guys, one who was a policeman and the other who was a Mountie. The Mountie had a wolf as a pet that was supposed to be really smart. The Mountie was assigned to the embassy staff and always got in trouble trying to help people out and solve crimes. Can you remember the name of this show? — Ruth P.

Televisionary: Man, is ageism becoming more and more of a problem in our society, or what? So now five years old is old? Guess I oughtta head over to the kindergarten next door and see if I can drum up support for my Medicare reform drive. While I'm at it, I best stop by the pre-school and make sure their students' finances are enough to maintain their current lifestyle after retirement.

The show you're thinking of is Due South, which was shot in Toronto and ran on CBS from September 1994 to July 1995 before enjoying second life in first-run s read more

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