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Meet the Parents star Teri Polo will guest star on the Nov. 28 episode of Frasier as an attractive attorney who woos Frasier (Kelsey Grammer)... On tonight's Geena Davis Show, Extra host Leeza Gibbons appears in a cameo that pokes fun at Davis's see-through Emmy dress... ABC Radio has dropped Internet gossiper Matt Drudge's syndicated Sunday talk show. — Michael Ausiello read more

Question: Mr. Visionary, I am ...

Question: Mr. Visionary, I am normally not a believer in mystics, soothsayers, or anyone mixed up with the dark forces of the occult. However, I have a question that needs answering: What was the name of the magazine for which Mariel Hemingway supposedly worked on Darren Star's failed soap Central Park West (aka CPW)? I need help. The answer to the question is crucial to my future at work. Thanks. — Jeremy

Televisionary: Oh, Jeremy. What do I address first — a detail from a lousy nighttime soap determining your professional future, your belief that I am informed by the dark arts, or your question?

Rest assured my abilities draw upon white magic (well, a little gray here and there, really) — that plus a whole lotta pretzels and soda. I'm definitely more Samantha than Serena.

The fictional magazine in question is Communiqué, a troubled New York glossy which, when the CBS soap debuted in the fall of 1995, brought editori read more


Adam Sandler's satanic comedy Little Nicky did worse at the box office than first thought. Initial studio estimates had the film grossing $18.1 million over the weekend, but final numbers show that it pulled in $15.26 million. The pic still held onto the No. 2 position, behind Charlie's Angels. read more


Britney Spears has pulled out of a planned guest appearance on Buffy the Vampire Slayer due to scheduling conflicts. "It's not happening," co-executive producer Marti Noxon tells TV Guide Online. "It's off the plate completely." However, the character Spears would have played will live on, Noxon adds. "We're still going to do the episode, we're just going to do it with someone else," she says, declining to reveal the specifics. "The [story] idea is still valid, and we're going to go ahead and run with it. But now that [Britney's] not available, we're going to push that episode to a little bit later." The pop princess — who is friends with Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar — isn't ruling out the possibility of a future appearance. "Britney loves the show, and she'll probably do it one day," says her rep, "but right now, they just can't schedule anything." read more

Question: Can you tell me who ...

Question: Can you tell me who played the lead role of Dr. Kimble in the original version of the TV series The Fugitive a number of years ago? Thanks very much.

Televisionary: That would be the very intense David Janssen, who ran from the dogged Lt. Philip Gerard (Barry Morse) from September, 1963 to August, 1967 on ABC.

By now, just about anyone who hasn't been living in an isolation chamber knows the set-up. In a man-on-the-run story inspired by Victor Hugo's Les Miserables and the real-life murder trial of Dr. Sam Sheppard, Dr. Richard Kimble was wrongly convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of his wife. When the train taking him to prison derailed, knocking out police escort Gerard, Kimble went on the lam. He tried to track down the one-armed man he saw leaving his house the night of the killing, all the while staying one step ahead of the tireless Gerard and helping those he encountered each week in his cross-country read more


Faith Hill led the field of nominees for the 28th annual American Music Awards, announced yesterday. The country diva captured four nods, including Favorite Female Artist (pop/rock and country), Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist and Favorite Country Album (Breathe). Hubby Tim McGraw received just one nomination, for Favorite Male Country Artist. Other multiple nominees include Marc Anthony, rock band Creed, Celine Dion, 'N Sync and Britney Spears, who will host the Jan. 8 event. read more


Dawson's Creek hottie Joshua Jackson will star in the big screen comedy Lone Star State of Mind. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jackson will juggle both his WB series and the film when shooting begins in January. Dave Semel — who has directed Jackson during Creek's first two seasons — will make his feature directorial debut with Lone Star. read more


Two retail chains are balking at the cover art of shock rocker Marilyn Manson's latest album, Holy Wood: In the Valley of the Shadow of Death, MTV News reports. The cover features Manson in a crucifixion pose with his jaw missing and his eyes rolled back in his head. Circuit City is using alternate cover art (an equally frightening close-up of Manson's mug) in its stores, and Best Buy — while stocking the album with its original art — has chosen to go with a "less offensive" cover image in its advertising campaign. "The irony is that my point of the photo on the album was to show people that the crucifixion of Christ is, indeed, a violent image," Manson said in a message posted on his Web site. "My jaw is missing as a symbol of this very kind of censorship. This doesn't piss me off as much as it pleases me, because those offended by my album cover have successfully proven my point." All together now... Hu read more


Rupert Everett and Judi Dench are this close to inking a deal to star in the film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, Variety reports. Everett would play Algernon, one of the two male leads, and Dench is slated to appear as the disapproving Lady Bracknell. read more

Question: Am I crazy, was I ...

Question: Am I crazy, was I dreaming, or is it just my memory failing? Wasn't there a television series about 10 years ago where there were two cops (can't remember the city, but I think it was set in California), one of whom was slightly older? The younger one had long hair, a long trench coat and a motorcycle. I believe the older cop went on to play opposite Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop. I remember really liking the show, especially the younger cop (who I think played the bad guy in Kindergarten Cop) and being very disappointed when it went off the air several months later. Do you remember the names of the actors and the title of the show? It's driving me crazy that I can't remember the name of it. Thanks. — Ann

Televisionary: Now, settle down there, you. Repeat after me: It's only TV. It's only TV....

However, since TV is my lif read more

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