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Question: My brother and I ...

Question: My brother and I need you to clear up a TV question. My brother thinks that the actress (I do not know her name) who has red hair and played on the TV show Radio News is the same redhead on Suddenly Susan. I disagree. Can you let us know who is right? Thank you.

Televisionary: You are. It sounds like your bro is mixing up actress Vicki Lewis, the redhead who portrayed Beth on NBC's NewsRadio, with Kathy Griffin, who portrays redheaded Vicki on Suddenly Susan (also an NBC show).

Same hair, same network and a dual-Vicki thrown in there just to make things confusing — an easy enough error to make, I suppose. In addition, both women have made the TV rounds, with Lewis popping up on such shows as Seinfeld and Caroline in the City and Griffin putting in time on Seinfeld, Mad About You and ER.

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Question: I hope you can ...

Question: I hope you can answer this! Sabrina, the Teenage Witch was sold to, so the rumor goes, to Warner Bros. How do we find out when the new series starts and if there will be any new cast members? Thank you!

Televisionary: It's more than a rumor. This fall the WB will air new episodes of Sabrina in the same time slot the show occupied on ABC, Fridays at 8 pm/ET.

Look for the continuing adventures of your favorite teen spellcaster (Melissa Joan Hart) as she faces college life — a challenge for anyone, magic powers or no. Since the WB promises "new friends," "newfound freedom" and "new relationships" in its press materials, you'll be seeing new faces as well.

And I'll be right there with you, cheering the magical sweetie on and laughing, laughing, laughing!

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Question: Alright, TV guru ? ...

Question: Alright, TV guru — I've been looking for the answer to this question for some time, asking the so-called "experts" for their help and getting none... none! You are my last hope!!! I remember a cartoon called The Herculoids. Who were the characters on this cartoon? The only ones I can remember are Dorno, the father figure, and Zok, the flying dragon who shoots laser beams from his eyes. Sound familiar? Who were the others? Your help and ultimate TV knowledge is greatly appreciated!!! — Stumped in ND

Televisionary: So, I'm your last choice, then, Stumped? Story of my life, pal. Even my wife declared a cooling-off period after I proposed just to make sure she wasn't missing out on a better deal.

Of course, both of you made the right choice. At least I'll do my best to fool you into thinking that (hey, it's worked with her so far).

The Herculoids first aired on CBS in 1967, relating the daily challenges of planet Quasar's Ki read more

Question: Why is The Sopranos ...

Question: Why is The Sopranos only shown on HBO? TV Guide and People have highlighted this show, done articles, etc. Everyone talks about how great it is. TV Guide had the cast on its cover, yet we who don't pay $10.95 a month for HBO can't watch it! — BJGillispie

Televisionary: Well, yeah — that's why it's called pay cable. Never mind that HBO for $10.95 is a righteous deal. Here in L.A. it's nearly $15 and, as I recall, it was $18 when I lived in New York.

						 						But if that bothers you, BJ, take solace in the fact that you are half-loved by the suits at HBO since you are so passionate about missing The Sopranos that you are motivated to complain. The not-love half comes from your unwillingness to pony up the extra bucks for an HBO subscription and a chance to see what is, in my opinion and the view of so many TV critics it read more

MOVIEGOERS GET SHAFTED

Samuel L. Jackson's remake of the 1971 blaxploitation flick Shaft was the No. 1 movie at the weekend box office, grossing an estimated $21.1 million. Action pic Gone in Sixty Seconds dropped to the No. 2 spot with $14.7 million, followed by Big Momma's House ($11.3 million), Mission: Impossible II ($10.9 million), animated pic Titan A.E. ($9.5 million) and Boys and Girls ($7 million). read more

ROBERT WAGNER SUES SPELLING

Actor Robert Wagner is suing Aaron Spelling Productions for $20 million for allegedly cheating him out of the profits on the long-running Fox drama Beverly Hills, 90210. Wagner's suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, charges that Spelling owes him based on a series development agreement dating back to 1973. read more

CYBILL YAKS IT UP

Cybill Shepherd is angling to replace Eleanor Mondale as host of the upcoming syndicated series Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, according to Variety. Meanwhile, brace yourself for more TV talk shows: Caroline Rhea (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch) and nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Tom Leykis are reportedly in discussions to host their own talk shows by 2001. read more

GOV. VENTURA GETS BOOED

Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura turned bad guy at a World Wrestling Federation event in Minneapolis on Saturday night. Our spies tell us the former professional wrestler was booed by angry fans after he sided with Triple H and hurled verbal barbs at The Rock. read more

FOX KIDS ADDS WRESTLING

There appears to be no end in sight to wrestling's popularity: Fox Kids has given a 13-episode order for a new live-action series, Los Luchadores, about a 300-pound masked wrestler named Lobo Solo, according to web site toymania.com. read more

DIETER'S DEAD

Universal Pictures has officially shut down production on Dieter, the big-screen comedy that was to have starred Mike Myers in a role originally created for Saturday Night Live. The studio recently sued the Austin Powers star for failing to live up to his $20 million contract to make the flick. read more

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