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Question: Please answer these ...

Question: Please answer these questions on closed captioning. Why are so many words misspelled or left out entirely? Instead of letters, why are there sometimes black boxes? Why does the close captioning not always match the words being spoken? Don't get me wrong; it is a wonderful device for those of us who are deaf, hard of hearing, unable to understand what is being said or who just need to mute the sound at times. But if closed captioning is not done accurately, what's the point? — Chris, Dayton, Ohio

Televisionary: The answers to all those questions, as is often the case with technical questions I get, aren't so simple, Chris. But I'll do the best I can.

Basically, it depends on what kind of TV or external decoder you're using (and how old it is), the quality of your reception, which captioning house is handling the captioning for your show, and whether the program you're watching is live or not.

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Question: What show had the ...

Question: What show had the maid named Hazel? — dyehard39, Reno, Nev.

Televisionary: You know, I realize I've proven myself to be up for just about any TV trivia-related challenge (well, the ones I can answer, anyway), but sometimes you people ask too much. Like the guy who wanted to know who the lead in The Bob Newhart Show was. Or the lady who asked where Miami Vice was set. Now this.

Ah, but I kid. Of course, the show with the maid named Hazel was called... Hazel. And it was based on Ted Key's Saturday Evening Post cartoons starring a maid named... Hazel. The series ran on NBC for four years beginning in September 1961 before jumping to CBS for a final year. In it, Shirley Booth played the strong-willed maid, who, though she worked for successful corporate lawyer Ge read more

Question: Please tell me what ...

Question: Please tell me what song was on the episode of ER when Dr. Greene passed away in the beach house. What is the name of the band and the name of the song? It moved me emotionally listening to it. Please respond. Thank you. — Constantine C., Columbia, Md.

Televisionary: I answered this a while back when the song was featured in an Etoys ad, but late Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo'ole sang that version of "Over the Rainbow." You'll find it on his album Alone in IZ World and on the Meet Joe Black soundtrack.

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Question: Will Dark Angel be ...

Question: Will Dark Angel be on next season? — Betsy, Chicago, Ill.

Televisionary: Nope. And you can read James Cameron's thoughts on that on the May 16 edition of our Entertainment News page.

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Question: What freshman shows ...

Question: What freshman shows did CBS renew for the 2002-2003 TV year?

Televisionary: Oh, sure — I could list them here, but our nifty Fall 2002 grid already does that for me.

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Question: I enjoy your witty ...

Question: I enjoy your witty writing. It [censored by uncanny, family-friendly Televisionary powers] me. Please give me your home address so that I may display my [yup, again] to you in person. I'm a vixen who knows how to show men a good time. P.S. What was Dr. Bellows's wife's name on I Dream of Jeannie? — Fannie, Lincoln, Neb.

Televisionary: Jeez, Fannie — isn't a simple "please" sufficient there in Lincoln? My wife reads this column, y'know. Amanda! Amanda! Okay? (I'm almost afraid to throw an extra one in and tell you she was played by Emmaline Henry.)

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Is Survivor's New Winner Anti-Gay?


Now it's starting to make sense. If you detected a little tension between emcee Rosie O'Donnell and Survivor: Marquesas winner Vecepia "Vee" Towery on Sunday night's post-finale reunion show, there may be good reason. While Towery — a fundamentalist Christian — may think God is great, it seems she has a different opinion when it comes to gays.

As the 36-year-old office manager explains to TV Guide Online, she and openly gay contestant John Carroll had a sexual orientation showdown of sorts while playing Survivor. "John told me, 'You realize that I'm openly gay.' And I said, 'Yeah, I kind of figured that. But I have to be honest, based on my spiritual beliefs, I don't agree with the lifestyle. But you, as a person, I have nothing against.'"

Towery — who confesses to having a stepsister who is read more

REUNITED?

P. Diddy's take on ex-lover J.Lo proves there's no bad blood between the initialed ones — and hints that a musical collaboration may be forthcoming. "That's my home girl — we're friends," the hip-hopper tells tonight's Access Hollywood. "We just used to go out back in the day; it's that simple. You know, we're going to always work together, we're going to always be cool. She called me and congratulated me on being number one." read more

Is Survivor's New Winner Anti-Gay?


Now it's starting to make sense. If you detected a little tension between emcee Rosie O'Donnell and Survivor: Marquesas winner Vecepia "Vee" Towery on Sunday night's post-finale reunion show, there may be good reason. While Towery — a fundamentalist Christian — may think God is great, it seems she has a different opinion when it comes to gays.

As the 36-year-old office manager explains to TV Guide Online, she and openly gay contestant John Carroll had a sexual orientation showdown of sorts while playing Survivor. "John told me, 'You realize that I'm openly gay.' And I said, 'Yeah, I kind of figured that. But I have to be honest, based on my spiritual beliefs, I don't agree with the lifestyle. But you, as a person, I have nothing against.'"

Towery — who confesses to having a stepsister who is read more

THIS BITES

Bad news for fans of Angel. The WB drama — which hit a new creative high this season — may be losing its brilliant leader. According to The Hollywood Reporter, executive producer David Greenwalt is in final negotiations to join the new ABC drama Miracles as showrunner. Greenwalt would remain with Angel as a creative consultant, but that's of little consolation. read more

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