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Robert Smigel, the man behind Late Night With Conan O'Brien's potty-mouthed puppet Triumph the Insult Dog, will write and produce a new half-hour show for Comedy Central set to debut later this year. The Hollywood Reporter says the as-yet-unnamed show will feature animated shorts, puppets and animals, possibly including Triumph and Smigel's Saturday Night Live creations "Ambiguously Gay Duo" and "Fun With Real Audio." read more


ABC plans to add a Buzz Lightyear adventure series and a show about a boy and his dog to its Saturday morning lineup this fall, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Toy Story prequel will feature the voices of former Seinfelders Patrick Warburton as Buzz and Wayne Knight as the Evil Emperor Zurg. — Rich Brown read more


Titanic star Kate Winslet and hubby Jim Threapleton have formed London-based film production company Telltale Films. No details yet on any projects but the couple expects to shoot its first movie by 2001. read more


Julie Stoffer, the 20-year-old Mormon resident of MTV's Real World New Orleans, might get thrown out of Brigham Young University for living in a house with members of the opposite sex. "Our concern is what happened in that environment," BYU spokeswoman Carrie Jenkins told USA Today. "What were the male-female interactions, and what was the appropriateness of those interactions?" read more


Comedy Central is developing a new animated series, Urbania, centering around a 4-foot 10-inch breakdancer named Squatty and a phone-sex operator named Juisto. Series creator Justin Bua is a classically trained painter and former graffiti artist who spent 12 years as a professional breakdancer, according to Variety. — Rich Brown read more


George Clooney boat drama The Perfect Storm was the No. 1 pic over the holiday weekend, grossing a whopping $64 million for the five days ending July 4. Mel Gibson's Revolutionary War drama The Patriot opened in the No. 2 spot with $35.2 million, followed by returning pics Chicken Run ($21 million) and Me, Myself & Irene ($19.5 million). The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle opened in the fifth spot with a disappointing $11 million for the five days. read more


Actor Sean Connery was knighted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth on Wednesday despite his passionate Scottish nationalism. "It's one of the proudest days of my life," the 69-year-old original James Bond told Reuters after the hour-long ceremony at Edinburgh's Holyrood Palace. "It means a great deal for it to happen in Scotland." read more


A guest on last Thursday's The Early Show is calling for an apology from Bryant Gumbel after the host of the CBS morning show appeared to be making a profane comment about him on the air, according to AP. An unexpected camera shift supposedly caught Gumbel mouthing "What a [expletive] idiot" following the tense interview with Family Research Council spokesman Robert Knight. A CBS spokeswoman said Gumbel was "making a casual remark of some sort" but that it was unclear what he said. read more


The Mar-T Cafe, the North Bend, WA, restaurant made famous on Twin Peaks, suffered $250,000 in damages after a robber broke in and set the building on fire early Sunday morning. The building's owner told AP he hopes to be back in business in time for the third annual Twin Peaks Festival in August. read more

Question: In the '60s, I ...

Question: In the '60s, I think, there was a TV series about a blind detective. What was his name, the name of the show and the actor who played him?

Televisionary: Close enough. It was actually the early '70s, but there are certainly plenty of people, given the free-wheeling antics of the time, for whom a good chunk of those years remains one big blur.

The show you're thinking of is Longstreet, a sleuth drama that aired on ABC from the fall of 1971 through the following summer. James Franciscus played insurance investigator Mike Longstreet — these being the days of law and order-oriented shows bearing the last name of the main character — who fell victim to some baddies when they tried to take him out but instead blinded him and killed his wife.

Longstreet carried on despite his losses, using a white german shepherd, a special cane, his smarts, his friends and the self-defense instruction of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, who a read more

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