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The 30 finalists from American Idol will reunite for a special two-hour concert to air Sept. 23 on Fox (8-10 pm/ET). American Idol in Las Vegas will be taped before a live audience at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino and feature performances from all 30 finalists. Also, the winner — to be crowned Sept. 4 — will sing his/her first single. read more


ABC has given the go-ahead for a two-hour TV movie prequel to the woefully underrated 1997 feature Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Variety reports. Titled Romy and Michele: Behind the Velvet Rope, the pic follows the best friends as they head to Hollywood after graduating from high school. It's not known whether Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow — who starred in the original film — will reprise their roles for the prequel. read more


Fans of MTV's The Osbournes may have to wait a little longer to get their second dose of the reality smash. There's increasing speculation that season two will now kick off in the winter, not this fall. According to Variety, everything from Sharon's cancer diagnosis to the family's busy schedules are behind the probable delay. "The show is them together," says an MTV rep, "and they haven't been together this particular summer yet." read more

Question: Help me, please! I ...

Question: Help me, please! I have a part of a song stuck in my head and would like to know what it is. It's at the end of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode called "Lover's Walk." Spike (James Marsters), is singing it in his car. — Julia S., New York, NY

Televisionary: This is a little more complicated than you'd think. The short answer is that the song is "My Way." However Spike wasn't singing to the classic Frank Sinatra version or the classic Sid Vicious version. He was singing to Gary Oldman's version of Sid's take from the classic Sid and Nancy read more


CD sales dipped 7 percent during the first half of 2002, costing the music industry $284 million in lost sales. The drop is being blamed on those pesky online music sharing sites. In related news, singers still make a ridiculous amount of money. read more


Country music legend Johnny Cash, 70, was hospitalized in Nashville on Monday after suffering an allergic reaction to either food or medicine. Doctors don't believe the problem is serious. read more

Question: A very long time ...

Question: A very long time ago there was a very cool show, Tomfoolery, which I adored as a child. Whatever happened to it? Maybe it was another too-smart-to-live show. What can you tell me about it? Thank you. — Kim, Bellevue, Wash.

Televisionary: I can tell you that it was indeed too smart for TV, but it still managed to run for a year on NBC beginning in September 1970. How smart? Well, it was a literary cartoon based on the poetry of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear (a good part of it was presented in rhyme) and its brainy, zany humor included such characters as the Obsequious Ornamental Ostrich, the Fitzgibbious Fish, Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo, the Umbrageous Umbrella Maker, the Scroobious Snake, and the Enthusiastic Elephant. (Try putting that up against today's action-figure-oriented shows.)

Tomfoolery was produced by Rankin Bass and benefitted from the talents of the late, great Romeo Muller Jr. The name might not be familiar to you, read more

Question: Was Brooke Burns, ...

Question: Was Brooke Burns, the hostess of NBC's Dog Eat Dog, ever on Three's Company?

Televisionary: Nope, which makes sense considering she was still in elementary school in 1984, when the naughty ABC sitcom went off the air. You may, however, have caught Ms. Burns in her Baywatch days, in guest stints on Ally McBeal and Nero Wolfe or on the big screen in Shallow Hal.

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Question: I feel Six Feet ...

Question: I feel Six Feet Under is among the best series that HBO has produced, which is definitely saying something considering the revolutionary, innovative, and award-winning programming HBO offers. Are there any plans to release Six Feet Under on video and DVD (such as HBO has done with Sex And The City and The Sopranos)? — John T., Los Angeles, Cal.

Televisionary: Y'know, John, if I didn't just check and find out that there are no official plans to put the show out on video, I'd have sworn you were an HBO plant looking for a free ad for just such a release. Alas, the company hasn't announced anything, but since the critics' darling starts its third season next year, I'd keep my eyes open. It's getting ripe for a video debut.

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Question: About two years ago ...

Question: About two years ago Gina Galon played on NBC in a P.I. show. Could you please tell me the name of that show? Thank you. — Cheri

Televisionary: I figure you must be talking about Gina Gershon and Snoops, Cheri. If you are, that series actually ran on ABC, launching in September 1999.

Created by David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, The Practice, Boston Public), the series revolved around a group of beauteous private investigators headed by Glenn Hall (Gershon), whose whatever-it-takes methods clashed with those of new recruit and former by-the-book cop Dana Plant ( read more

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