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Question: Please help me. I ...

Question: Please help me. I seem to remember a show on TV called something like Chase. I think it was a police show. All I can remember is a German shepherd police dog and a Plymouth police car. I am not exactly sure of the year. I think maybe 1970? Did such a show ever exist? Was it a series? Of course, I was only a little kid back then, so maybe my mother spiked my Bosco and it never existed. Thanks. — Vincent M., Staten Island, N.Y.

Televisionary: If your mom was spiking your Bosco with anything, it was plain old milk, as it should have been, Vincent. The police drama did indeed exist, albeit rather briefly, on NBC's schedule from September 1973 to August 1974.

Mitchell Ryan (Dharma &#038 Greg) starred as Capt. Chase Reddick, a cop whose unit tackled cases others in the L.A. Police Department couldn't handle. Under him was a team of specialists that included Officer Norm Hamilton (Reid Smit read more

Question: A strange subject ...

Question: A strange subject came up at work the other day. Who was the actor on the Paul Masson wine commercial of several years ago who said, "Drink no wine before its time?" Thank you. — Chris M.

Televisionary: Actually, Chris, that's sell no wine, as in, "We will sell no wine before its time." And that was no mere actor, mind you. That was the late, great Orson Welles, who together with writer Howard Koch scared the bejeesus out of the entire country, convincing listeners nationwide with the too-real radio production of War of the Worlds that we were being invaded by aliens in 1938.

Welles, who was overweight and being treated for a heart condition and diabetes at the time of his death in 1985, was an actor, producer, writer and director who worked on 60 movies in his lifetime after kicking off his long showbiz career on the stage. He shilled for Masson and other companies for what he termed "grocery money," but he's probably best know read more

SHORT CUTS

The off-off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks — dubbed the longest-running musical on the planet — ended its nearly 42-year run Sunday... In addition to pick-ups for Alias and My Wife and Kids (see above), ABC has renewed freshman comedy According to Jim for a second season... Thursday's Survivor: Africa finale was seen by 27.3 million viewers, down from 36.4 million for last May's conclusion of Survivor: The Australian Outback... Author Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, Sphere) has filed for divorce from his fourth wife, Anne-Marie Martin... With CBS chief Leslie Moonves now running sister network UPN as well, UPN's president, Dean Valentine has, as exp read more

Gere's Odyssey with Homer


Richard Gere may have a future as a comedian — at least according to his No. 1 fan, two-year-old son Homer. "I can just raise an eyebrow and send him into hysterical laughter," he tells TV Guide Online. "We [also] have this game where I growl and then threaten to chew on his belly. That just tickles him to no end... My son makes me get goofy, but I guess children make fools of all of us."

Homer is the 52-year-old actor's first child with actress Carey Lowell (Law & Order), whom he refers to as his "wife" although the pair aren't formally married. "I've proposed to her," he explains, "but we just haven't gotten around to making it official yet.

"We're both very protective parents," he continues. "I would love to carpet the world so my son wouldn't get any bruises. read more

LORDS OF THE RINGS

Hollywood lovebirds Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have settled their $50 million lawsuit against Italian jewelry designer Silvia Damiani. The couple accused Damiani of breaking an agreement to never duplicate their wedding rings; Damiani allegedly sold the rings over the Internet and at several jewelry stores. Now here's where things get strange: Under the agreement, Pitt reportedly will design an exclusive jewelry collection for Damiani and Aniston will appear in Damiani ads outside the U.S. All together now: Huh? read more

John Turturro's No Slouch


John Turturro had a hunch. The actor was playing Howard Cosell in the TNT movie Monday Night Mayhem (airing tonight at 9 pm/ET), and it wasn't just the legendary sportscaster's nasally voice that he would use as a shorthand way of keying into the character — it was his hunched-over posture.

"I had these jackets made a little too small to push my shoulders in, because if you buttoned them, it would just pull me right over," Turturro tells TV Guide Online. "I told the designer, 'Listen, this jacket's too small, but it's perfect for my shoulders because my shoulders are bigger than his.'"

Mayhem chronicles the early years of ABC's Monday Night Football, including the fragile beginnings of Frank Gifford read more

Alias Star's Fighting Spirit


Think you've got a tough job? Try playing an action hero every week on TV. But you won't catch Alias badass Jennifer Garner complaining about her heavy workload. "It's not like I'm the only person in the country working 16- or 17-hour days," she tells TV Guide Online of her physically demanding role as double agent Sydney Bristow. "Yeah, it's exhausting, but it's also exhilarating.

"The physicality of the role actually gets me pumped up," continues the 29-year-old Golden Globe nominee, who's married in real life to Felicity dreamboat Scott Foley. "It just seems to happen that the big fight scenes are shot in the middle of the night, a read more

ANT HARM

Eighties pop star Adam Ant, 47, has been charged with assault and possession of a firearm after an alleged incident in a London pub Saturday night. Ant — who's out on bail — is due in court on Jan. 18. read more

MIND MATTERS

A Beautiful Mind was named the best film of 2001 on Friday by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The film's stars, Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly, and director Ron Howard also picked up awards. read more

CHOICE RESULTS

There were few surprises at Sunday night's People's Choice Awards, with NBC's ER and Friends being named favorite TV drama and comedy series. Friends star Jennifer Aniston nabbed fave female TV performer honors and Frasier's Kelsey Grammer and Everybody Loves Raymond's Ray Romano tied for fave male TV star. ABC got a much-needed boost with My Wife and Kids and Alias winning for most popular new comedy and drama. (Both shows were renewed over the weekend for next season.) Film victors, meanwhile, included Shrek read more

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