Question: I've been wanting to pick your brain I remember a TV show from the '70s with a character named Bennu. I remember that he had a necklace and it had special powers (I think it was able to see the future). My husband thinks I'm nuts and people keep telling me I must be thinking of Shazam!, but I know it's not that. Also, this guy had bleached-blonde hair with high cheekbones and piercing blue eyes. Am I crazy, or was there such a show? Please help! Thanks so much.
Televisionary: If you're going to talk about him you must use his full name, which is Bennu of the Golden Light. On ABC's short-lived The Phoenix (Bennu was another name for a phoenix in Egyptian mythology), which started as a 1981 TV movie before a March-September 1982 series run, Bennu (Judson Scott) was an alien who came to earth 1,500 years before the show took place. A messenger from a dying planet, he was found in a tomb in Peru and woken up by present-day, fumble-fingere
Question: When and why did Moira Kelly leave the cast of The West Wing? Thanks. Susan L.
Televisionary: The word bandied about in the biz (try saying that three times really fast) was that Kelly left the show after its first season because her character, political strategist Madeline "Mandy" Hampton, wasn't given enough to do.
Of course, more recent West Wing
cast issues have made the papers as Warner Bros. comes to terms with four of its main actors giving the studio a money-related bellyache. Allison Janney
(White House press secretary C.J. Cregg), Richard Schiff
(communications director Toby Ziegler), Bradley Whitford
(deputy chief of staff Josh Lyman) and John Spencer
(chief of staff Leo McGarry) are bucking for bigger raises. Accord
There's very little difference between director Larry Clark's world of six years ago and today. Both then (with Kids) and now (with the just-released Bully), he brought to the public a film depicting in harrowing reality the sordid life of an isolated group of teens. And both times, the Motion Picture Association of America compelled him to release his work unrated.
"There's always a battle with my films," Clark admits with a slightly exasperated yet accepting laugh. "If we were a big studio with a lot of money and big stars, Bully would get an R-rating. But since this is a small independent film, and since we're trying to reflect reality whatever "reality" is the board said 'No.'"
In fact, the MPAA issued back an unusually colorful denial. "When we asked them what we could o
Question: Please help settle a bet (there's a bottle of champagne riding on this one). I say Laverne & Shirley was a spinoff of Happy Days, but my know-it-all brother insists only Mork and Mindy was. Who's right? Thanks. Denise P., Wayne, N.J.
Televisionary: Get ready for some free bubbly courtesy of your humble sibling, Denise. Right you are.
As you say, those lovable blue-collar gals Laverne De Fazio (Penny Marshall) and Shirley Feeney (Cindy Williams) initially appeared as dates for Fonzie (Henry Winkler) and Richie (Ron Howard
Question: Who is the good-looking African-American man on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation? He also used to be on Showtime's Soul Food.
Televisionary: That's Philadelphia native Gary Dourdan, whom you may also recognize from another Showtime series, Beggars and Choosers, or such big-screen fare as Alien Resurrection and Playing God.
Sadly, the actor has a real-life mystery to solve that of an older brother who was pushed from a motel balcony in Haiti and he says in interviews that he hopes to one day dig up some answers on that crime himself. In the meantime, however, he produces jazz music in his Venice, Calif., home recording studio and helps raise his young daughter, whom he fathered with a former girlfriend. And you're not alone in your appreciation for the man, mind you: He's got a sizable female fan following an
As the new teacher on Boston Public, onetime Star Trek: Voyager bombshell Jeri Ryan has just one small request for her boss, David E. Kelley: Please, no math or science.
"I don't know what I'm teaching, but I think I've had enough of the technical stuff," laments the actress, who spent four years spewing facts and figures as Voyager's crack engineer, Seven of Nine. "English would be a nice subject to teach, perhaps history. Social studies maybe."
This much Ryan does know about schoolmistress Ronnie Cooke, who first appears during Public's second season premiere Oct. 22: She's an old friend of Harry Senate (Nicky Katt), and she's trouble. "Her teaching methods are somewhat unorthodox, and that puts her at odds with some of the administration," explains the former Army brat. "She's a corporate attorney who is very wealthy and not a c
Have actress Regina Hall's onscreen antics in Scary Movie 2 offended the star of her new series, Ally McBeal? Only time will tell. If you haven't yet seen director Keenen Ivory Wayans's gross-out flick, here's the sitch: One scene finds Hall being chased by a skeleton she derisively compares to Calista Flockhart. Then, she proceeds to tear the gaunt ghoul limb from limb!
"I know!" winces Hall, who is now an Ally regular. "I'm blaming that one on Keenen. Can somebody put that in quotes? 'I'm sad and I didn't write it.'" Turning slightly more serious, the actress adds: "Hopefully, she'll know it's all in fun."
Ah well, what's a little more fuel added to the fire that Hall leapt into on her first day at Ally
In one of this year's few Emmy surprises, Once and Again's TV siblings Sela Ward and Patrick Dempsey both received nods: She as the drama's leading lady, Lily; he for his recurring guest role as her schizophrenic brother, Aaron. "You imagine these things to happen and when they do, it's a bit surreal," Dempsey tells TV Guide Online. "I got a call from my publicist at 5:45 am, saying that I'd been nominated. It's an incredible feeling. And at that point, I'd been trying to sleep, but I had to be peeled off the roof because I was so excited!"
"I haven't spoken to Sela yet," he says. "But I've had a great time working with her. The whole process was magical and continues to be so. There was a lot of goodwill coming to me from the cast... Because of Aaron's vulnerability, I was constantly in that [off-kilter] state, since that's what I was working on. You stay focused in the cha
CSI star Marg Helgenberger blushes at the memory of chatting with us last February at the TV Guide Awards, just after she'd collected her show's trophy for New Series of the Year. Why? "I had pink hair!" she laughs to TV Guide Online. "I don't now. You know what? That shade was known as 'PMS Pink.' I was totally PMS-ing that day I was crazy! What did I think, I was gonna get away with pink hair on CSI?
"Now I'm sans pink, back to my regular shade," Helgenberger quips though she couldn't undo her follicular faux pas without taking a bit of razzing first. "It's funny because I wore a punk outfit with a Burberry coat thrown over it," she recalls of her ensemble that evening. "Then I got picked for one of those magazines' 'What Were They Thinking?' shots. One expert said, 'Burberry called and he's p----d!'"
Six years have passed since former Saved by the Bell starlet Elizabeth Berkley lapdanced her way into the middle of a critical maelstrom with Showgirls, and judging by her recent film coups (Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday, Woody Allen's upcoming Curse of the Jade Scorpion), Hollywood seems willing to forgive and forget. However, the 28-year-old actress insists that she has nothing to apologize for not even the now-infamous sequence in which her hotheaded alter ego assaults a poor, defenseless ketchup bottle in the middle of a restaurant.
"I see it as the