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Question: Mr. Televisionary, ...

Question: Mr. Televisionary, I'm confused. After seeing the remake, some friends and I rented the original Ocean's Eleven and we got to talking about Dean Martin and his career. Isn't it true that by the time he got his own TV show, he was barely trying? Basically, was he really drunk the whole time? Thanks. — Paul W., Rockville, Md.

Televisionary: Well, Mr. W., according to Martin himself, who was backed up by many who knew him at the time, the whole point was to act like he was barely trying — and he managed to fool a lot of people by doing just that. What you reportedly saw on his show much of the time was a glass of apple juice. Of course, the man liked his drink and wasn't shy about social imbibing, but according to those who worked with him closely enough to break through the persona and see the real man, he wasn't nearly the hardcore partier he appeared to be — and he never let it get in the way of the read more

Question: Can you tell me the ...

Question: Can you tell me the name of the song from the Feb. 5 episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer ("Dead Things") and who sang it? It played during a scene in which Buffy was walking through the cemetery towards Spike's crypt. Since I couldn't find any information during the credits, I'm hoping you might be able to find out. Also, is there some place where could I go in the future to look up this kind of information? Thanks! — Annie

Televisionary: Now, Annie, if there was a place where you could go in the future to look such things up, do you really think I'd tell you? Like any TV-related being, I need an audience, babe — I'm not handing you over to some unworthy other site, so get used to finding your info right here!

The Buffy song in question is Bush's "Out of This World" and you'll find it on their Golden State album. And when you go to the cash register, tell 'em the Televisionar read more

Question: I just heard that ...

Question: I just heard that Carol Burnett's daughter died tragically. Do you know the story? — Janean T.

Televisionary: Yes, I do, Janean. Carrie Hamilton, the 38-year-old actress, writer and musician whose father was late Carol Burnett Show producer Joe Hamilton, died of cancer-related complications in Los Angeles on Jan. 20.

Of course it's always sad when someone dies young. But Hamilton, who appeared on the TV series Fame during the last season (1986-87) of its first-run syndicated years and did guest work on Murder, She Wrote, thirtysomething, Beverly Hills 90210, The X-Files and other series, had turned her life around after an adolescence spent battling alcohol and drug addictions. She recently finished co-writing the play Hollywood read more

Greg Kinnear's Shocking New Focus


On paper, the plot of Greg Kinnear's upcoming film Auto Focus is just the kind of bizarre tale you'd see mocked on Talk Soup, the E! show he hosted from 1993-95. The pic chronicles the tragic final years of late Hogan's Heroes thesp Bob Crane, whose kinky sexual exploits are the stuff of Hollywood legend.

Despite the sensational subject matter, Kinnear (who stars as Crane) tells TV Guide Online that Auto Focus is slightly more complex than your average installment of Jerry Springer. "If you're looking for a really sexually graphic movie, you'll be wildly disappointed with this," the 38-year-old actor insists. "Yes, those elements are involved in the story [because] you're not talking about read more

Sopranos Canary Sings!


If HBO's mob opera The Sopranos had been called something else, Jamie-Lynn Sigler — who plays headstrong mafia princess Meadow — might have never auditioned for the role. Luckily, the multifaceted singer-actress-dancer misinterpreted the show's tuneful title!

"I thought it was going to be a show about music and musicals!" she tells TV Guide Online, giggling. Sigler's not-so-secret passion for singing caught the eye — or should we say, ear — of Sopranos producers, who decided to let Sigler croon on the show. Sigler's record label, A&#038R, was listening. "They heard me sing in one episode, and that's how I got my record deal," she explains. "So it all turned out great in the end."

Her melodic voice currently can be heard on Sigler's debut album, Here to Heaven. Not only did she belt out the compilation of funky dance tunes and heartfelt ballads, she actually composed a fe read more

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"First Ellen came out, now Rosie. It's in the mainstream. Pretty soon, Anne Heche will be back." — Joy Behar, addressing rumors that Rosie O'Donnell will out herself in an upcoming memoir on Thursday's The View. — Michael Ausiello with Daniel R. Coleridge read more

DE NIRO AT GROUND ZERO

Robert De Niro will host 9/11, a two-hour CBS special about the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center (airing March 10 at 9 pm/ET). The show will feature never-before-seen footage of the two plane crashes, shot by French filmmakers Gedeon and Jule Naudet. Why will De Niro emcee? Says Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, who's a 9/11 co-producer: "Robert De Niro is a quintessential New Yorker who has been instrumental in building up the TriBeCa neighborhood — in the very area of the city that was devastated by the Sept. 11 attacks." read more

BABY FEVER

Johnny Depp and longtime lover Vanessa Paradis expect their second child this summer, People reports. The duo already share a two-year-old daughter, Lily Rose Melody. Meanwhile, pregnant ex-Playmate Jenny McCarthy says she and director-hubby John Asher expect their own "bundle of love" to arrive in June. Last but not least, ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and wife Perla Ferrar also expect their first kid. "The baby was conceived at Ronnie Wood's house in London," he told the New York Daily News. "We're thinking about maybe giving the kid the middle name Woody." (Eww!) read more

GOOD NEWS FOR THE SWEDISH CHEF

Gonzo, Fozzie and co. are headed to NBC. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Peacock net will air an original Muppet holiday telefilm in December titled It's a Wonderful Muppet Christmas Movie. The special will incorporate parodies of classic yuletide films and feature cameos by NBC stars. And here's the really exciting part: Christmas Movie will mark the first "significant smooch" between soulmates Kermit and Miss Piggy! Could Ernie and Bert be next? read more

Greg Kinnear's Shocking New Focus


On paper, the plot of Greg Kinnear's upcoming film Auto Focus is just the kind of bizarre tale you'd see mocked on Talk Soup, the E! show he hosted from 1993-95. The pic chronicles the tragic final years of late Hogan's Heroes thesp Bob Crane, whose kinky sexual exploits are the stuff of Hollywood legend.

Despite the sensational subject matter, Kinnear (who stars as Crane) tells TV Guide Online that Auto Focus is slightly more complex than your average installment of Jerry Springer. "If you're looking for a really sexually graphic movie, you'll be wildly disappointed with this," the 38-year-old actor insists. "Yes, those elements are involved in the story [because] you're not talking about read more

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