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Question: I hope you remember ...

Question: I hope you remember this show. In the early '90s there was a show called Thea. I need to know who played her.

Televisionary: Oh, come now. My memory's fading fast as I get older, but I'm still able to recall 1993.

						 						Thea, which ran on ABC from the fall of '93 through the following February, was yet another casualty of the "give a stand-up a show" machine. Comedian Thea Vidale played Thea Turrell, mother and stern overseer to a four-child brood. Do stand-up vehicles work? For some (Jerry Seinfeld, Drew Carey), sure. For others (Mike O'Malley, Paula Poundstone), not really.

Thea is probably most notable for the youngster who played 12-year-old daughter Danesha. Wee Brandy Norwood usually goes by her first name these days, but her UPN character, remarkably enough, could fit into a poem with her old Thea read more

Question: OK, T-man, I was ...

Question: OK, T-man, I was raised on a steady diet of H.R. Pufnstuf, Lidsville and other Saturday-morning masterpieces from the brothers Krofft. So I think I'm old enough to hear the truth now. Were their shows the result of a lot of drugs? — Big Alice

Televisionary: Well, let's look at the evidence, here, Alice (and don't think I missed the Land of the Lost reference in your name): A main character with a "puff" in its name (sure, he was a dragon, but still...), Charles Nelson Reilly, a land of talking hats and a lovable sea monster with a green and leafy appearance. Survey says?

Survey says I'm not about to go on the record either way, since nobody but the creators know for sure and my momma raised me with enough smarts to stay away from lawsuits.

For what it's worth, I asked Marty Krofft that exact question in an interview a while back and he in no uncertain terms denied that the shows and characters created by he and read more

Question: Hello, ...

Question: Hello, Televisonary. Can you please take Lassie with Corey Sevier off of Animal Planet? It is starting to get boring, and seeing Corey Sevier makes it even more boring. Please have Lassie removed from Animal Planet so I don't see it any more on Animal Planet. — Your friend, TaranNoah

Televisionary: You know, when I was in first grade the guy who slayed all the girls was Bobby Sherman. After Bobby it was David Cassidy. We boys hated them both on principle because... well, because our sworn enemies, the girls, liked them — and it was up to us to scratch up all their Partridge Family records and teach them a hard lesson about how the world works.

It's not really a beef with Lassie, is it, friend TaranNoah? It's a beef with Corey Sevier. After all, you don't like the girls and the girls like Corey, so your enemy's friend is your enemy, right?

I must use my Televisionary powers for good, TaranNoah, read more

Question: My friends and I ...

Question: My friends and I were talking about British humor last night and we all had fond memories of a television show that was on MTV in the late '80s called The Young Ones. Is it available anywhere on tape, and can you give me some more information about the show? Thanks. — Luke C. Rosati

Televisionary: I hate to say anything negative, but no.

						 						OK, I stole that line from the show. Say it with a British accent and it's much funnier.

						 						The Young Ones, as you say, was a British import that ran on MTV back in the days when the network could squeeze in programming that wasn't wall-to-wall jigglevision or "real" angst. The show featured the day-to-day and frequently disgusting doings of short-fused punk Vyvyan (Adrian Edmondson), sad hippie Neil (Ni read more


Rubber-faced funnyman Jim Carrey was tops at the weekend box office, grossing $24.1 million with the gross-out comedy Me, Myself & Irene. Last week's No. 1 pic, Shaft, dropped to the third position with $13.3 million. Other top pics included Chicken Run ($17.5 million), Gone in Sixty Seconds ($9.5 million) and Big Momma's House ($8.7 million). read more


Model Jerry Hall says she pities ex-hubby and aging Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger. "I feel sorry for Mick," she tells Britain's Sunday Times. "Promiscuity just leads to chaos and you have to clear it up. I wish he'd find happiness." She says Jagger was not committed to her and that she tolerated it for way too long. "It was my fault, too." — Rich Brown read more


KISS fans coughed up almost $876,000 at a two-day auction of rock-and-roll memorabilia sold by band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley in Los Angeles last weekend. The biggest-ticket item: a set of four original costumes from the group's 1996-97 Alive reunion world tour. The over-the-top duds went for a cool $189,500. read more


Ultraconservative radio talk-show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger says efforts by gays and lesbians to squash her upcoming TV talk show have been "agonizing," according to Time. "I've cried more at times than I would like to admit," she says. Still, she insists, "Not being able to relate normally to a member of the opposite sex is some kind of error." Her syndicated TV show is scheduled to make its debut on Sept. 11. read more


Garry Shandling has been tapped to host ABC's telecast of the 52nd annual Emmy Awards on Sept. 10. Shandling's no stranger to the Emmys, having won a 1998 writing trophy for his work on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show. read more


Elvis Presley regularly called the White House to chat with President and fellow Southerner Jimmy Carter, according to former chief of staff Hamilton Jordan. "Trouble was, Elvis was usually pretty loaded when he called," he tells AP. "It got to the point that the president would just hand off the phone to me or whoever was around. Elvis never caught on." read more

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