Question: Please settle a dispute for me. Was Brad Pitt ever on the television show Growing Pains? I say no but my boyfriend insists that he was. Thank you. Sarah Hesketh
Televisionary: Ah, love and arguments the world could turn on those elements alone.
I was all prepared to tell you how wrong your beau is and point out that he's probably thinking of fellow hunky guy Leonardo DiCaprio, who joined the show's cast in its last season. As it turns out, though, he's right.
Mr. Pitt put in a guest appearance on the show in 1985 and it wasn't his only series TV work. He also showed up in Dallas, 21 Jump Street, Head of the Class and thirtysomething, which brings this column full circle and allows me to stop annoying my neighbors with this damnable keyboard tapping of mine.
Question: Last year I read that David Lynch (Twin Peaks) was once again going to come to television. This time it would be a series with a more well-worked-out storyline to be called Mulholland Drive. Whatever happened to that? Jim Leatherman
Televisionary: For a while, that was a question Mr. Lynch was asking as well, Jim.
In fact, the whole experience with ABC, which decided not to go with the series after its executives freaked over the length and strangeness of the pilot the director turned in, had Lynch vowing in The New Yorker that he'd never go near TV again.
That would be a shame, really, since to my mind the first season of Twin Peaks, which also ran on ABC, represents some of the medium's finest moments, and I'm a big fan of the filmmaker (Blue Velvet, Lost Highway,
Question: On The Practice, what is the name of the African-American actor who plays lawyer Eugene Young?
Televisionary: Counselor and father Eugene Young is portrayed by Steve Harris, who first hit the small screen with an appearance on NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street.
On the big screen, he's appeared in The Rock and The Mod Squad and plays a detective in The Skulls, which just opened last weekend.
Question: Please help me with this trivia question: On I Dream of Jeannie, what was Jeannie's evil twin sister's name? Thank you! Iris McCorry
Televisionary: Ah, the ever-present "evil Jeannie" question, which is nearly as common as the "evil Samantha"/Bewitched query (to be answered at a later date, I promise).
As disappointing as it may seem, Jeannie's troublesome sibling was named... Jeannie (and was also played by star Barbara Eden, for anyone who was fooled by the dark hair). Apparently, the character was referred to as "Jeannie II" in scripts for the show so the actors wouldn't be confused.
She first showed up during the third season in the episode "Jeannie or the Tiger," blinking astronaut Anthony Nelson (Larry Hagman) all over the planet in an attempt to win (or pilfer) his affections. As is typical with many such opponents, the writers squeezed all they could out of the character, who made eight subsequent appearances
Question: Please settle a bet for me. I say that Marisa Tomei of My Cousin Vinny starred in the first season of A Different World, a short-lived series that ran just after The Cosby Show in the 1980s. I've been debating this with my husband for years and I'd love to settle this once and for all! Respectfully, Michelle Leclerc
Televisionary: Then settle it we shall, Michelle. And you, like Christina above, may thumb your nose at hubby over your morning java.
As you say, Ms. Tomei, who picked up a Best Supporting Actress statue for her work in Vinny, played sunny-outlook Hillman College coed Maggie Lauten in the series's first season (1987-88). Interestingly enough, series star Lisa Bonet, whose Denise Huxtable was the link to the high-flying Cosby Show and the reason for World's existence, left at the same time.
What should have been a death bl
Question: My husband and I are having a disagreement and my question is a little complicated. There is a new show on called Daddio. The dad in the show is the same man that use to play The Commish. Now here is where it gets confusing. On Growing Pains, Mike Seaver dated many girls. He had a few dates with the daughter of his basketball coach, who went on to star in his own spinoff. My husband thinks that coach is the man from Daddio and The Commish, but I don't agree. Please, can you tell me if I am right? Thank you. Christina Guillot
Televisionary: But of course you are, Christina, which is why you joined the ranks of Televisionary seekers motivated to write in by the desire to look your life-partner directly in the eye and gloat with the satisfaction that only comes from being so darned correct.
Actor Michael Chiklis, who heads up NBC's Daddio (Thursdays, 8:30 pm/ET) and starred as ABC's Commish
Question: Who played Artemus Gordon opposite Robert Conrad in the original Wild Wild West?
Televisionary: Secret Service agent Artemus Gordon was played by the late Ross Martin in the series, which ran on CBS from September 1965 to September 1970, before being yanked from the schedule to appease the politicos during a particularly down-on-violence period.
Born in Poland, the multitalented Martin he spoke Russian, Italian, Spanish, French, English, Polish and Yiddish and had degrees in law and psychometrics was twice nominated for an Emmy for his efforts on the show, but his Wild work wasn't all smooth going. He suffered a near-fatal heart attack late in the show's run and had to take a break from shooting it.
Not that the series was much easier on star Conrad, who played fast-fisted ladies' man James West. The actors performed many of their own stunts and took the bumps and bruises one might expect from such work: In one of th
Question: Can you tell us who played the commissioner in the TV series Ironside? We think his first name was Don. JR and BG
Televisionary: Actually, Commissioner Dennis Randall, who allowed San Francisco detective Robert Ironside (Perry Mason's Raymond Burr) to stay on the job after a bullet put Ironside in a wheelchair, was played by actor Gene Lyons.
Don Mitchell portrayed Ironside's bodyguard, Mark Sanger, on the series, which ran on NBC from 1967-75.
Question: Was there another Iron Giant on Saturday morning years ago? I remember when I was younger, in the late '60s or early '70s, there was a cartoon on about a large robot with a young friend who would ride on his shoulder. Is the current Iron Giant born from this cartoon? Do you remember this cartoon? If so, what was the name of it? Thanks for any help. Robby Gann
Televisionary: Sounds to me like you're thinking of Frankenstein Jr., who filled half of the Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles show on CBS's Saturday morning schedule starting in September, 1966. It was axed in September of '68, but popped up again in reruns from 1976-77.
While similar in appearance little kid with huge, robotic friend the two properties have nothing to do with each other. Frank Jr. was a product of the Hanna-Barbera factory (not that I'm trashing their high output, you understand I grew up with them, too).
Question: Who has made the decision to have African-Americans on every program on TV? Blacks make up less than 14 percent of the population, yet it is impossible to see a sitcom or adventure program without a lot of blacks on it. And at least 70 percent of the commercials are either mostly African-Americans, or all African-Americans. What is going on?
Don't really care what anyone thinks. I am not racist. But I am white, and would like to see all-white programs, just like the blacks have all-black programs. I am just waiting to see how long it takes for JAG to get a black admiral in charge, or have the Marine colonel have a love affair with a black lawyer. It has to happen sooner or later. Bill Hoover
Televisionary: Man, oh man, Bill where do I start? I suppose a couple of assumptions are in order: first, that you're responding to last week's column, where I said it's shameful that it took