Question: Who played Robert McCall on The Equalizer? My uncle wants to know. Thank you. Eddie
Televisionary: I'll deliver the goods, Eddie, but I'll be honest with you it's a good thing you invoked your uncle. I might not have done it just for you.
Actor Edward Woodward portrayed McCall, a former cloak-and-dagger man seeking to make up for his past misdeeds by helping the desperate folks who answered his newspaper ads. The Equalizer ran on CBS from 1985-89.
Question: I was wondering if Colin Hanks from Roswell and the new movie Whatever It Takes is related to Tom Hanks? I think they look alike.
Televisionary: They certainly do look alike and there's a very good reason for that: Master Hanks is Tom's son by his first wife, actress Samantha Lewes, who parted ways with the lad's father when Hanks the younger was 8.
As you say, Colin plays nerdy Alex on the WB teen drama Roswell and also can be seen on the big screen in Whatever It Takes. His series, though worthy, is struggling in the ratings and his less-worthy movie was a disappointment at the box office, but I'd say his career shows promise.
Hey, his dad started out in a dress and just look at him now.
Question: I have just two words to say about ER's GORGEOUS new doctor, Goran Visnjic: George who? What can you tell me about him?
Televisionary: The bad news first he's married (though I'm sure he and wife Ivana wouldn't quite classify that as bad news).
Other than that disappointing tidbit, I can tell you Visnjic, who portrays recent addition Dr. Kovac on the hit NBC series (Thursdays, 10 pm/ET), hails from a small town in Croatia and counts swimming, diving and fencing among his hobbies.
If you're looking to stage your own Visnjic film fest and wish to concentrate on roles major and minor, you can start with Practical Magic, check out The Peacemaker (which stars that guy whose name you so conveniently forget) and then follow this
Question: What was the name and number of the agent who used to hide in the mailbox on Get Smart? Sandra Corey
Televisionary: Would you believe there's no simple answer to that query, Sandra? Truth is, it was three different men playing two different numbers.
In the show's first season, Victor French (Carter Country, Little House on the Prairie, Highway to Heaven) was agent 44 to star Don Adams's agent 86 and Barbara Feldon's agent 99. Dave Ketchum took over the hiding-in-the-strangest-places duties as agent 13 before Al Molinaro (Happy Days, The Odd Couple) stepped in and revived ol' 44.
Get Smart is on my long, long list of old shows that deserve to be running again somewhere in this age of old-is-new cable networks. It's a classic of the corny-humor form, which comes as no surprise given that most of its gags leapt from the minds of Mel Brooks (
Question: I was talking with some friends who ride Harley-Davidsons about what type of motorcycle the Fonz rode on Happy Days, but nobody could come up with an answer. Did we ever know? Paulette Cohn
Televisionary: You just had to send me a toughie that will most likely get me bombed with mail telling me what an idiot I am, huh, Paulette? (I mean, more than the usual amount.)
The answer to your question is that we sort of know, though I'm sure it won't be to the satisfaction of die-hard Harley aficionados, so let me say up front that I know this answer is a little vague. In my book, it's better to commit that sin than attempt to nail the details and get it wrong. Unless, of course, I can convince everyone I'm dead sure of what I'm talking about, in which case I'll let the false details fly. (Warning: The previous comment was inserted to see if The Televisionary's boss is paying attention.)
Anyway, it seems Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli (Henry Wink
Question: Could you please find out who sings the opening song on Jack and Jill?
Televisionary: Sure thing. "The Truth About Romeo" is by New York City-based duo Pancho's Lament (musicians Jeff Cohen and Pete DeMeo), whose songs have also been included in episodes of Dawson's Creek and Party of Five.
You can find out more about them, check out some of their other tunes and order their CD on their site.
Question: I have a bet with my wife on the stars of the show thirtysomething. She thinks that Sela Ward was married to Ken Olin on the series. I cannot put a name to the actress, but I am certain that Sela Ward was on Sisters, not thirtysomething. I do remember the actress also being on another show with the gentleman that played Kirk on Dear John with Judd Hirsch. What is the actress's name from thirtysomething?
Televisionary: Ah, me. It's getting to the point where nothing works with you people. Not nagging. Not yelling. Not begging. I give and I give and I give. So I'll ask once again before I dive once again into the job I love so: Please tell me what you're betting when you're betting. It makes me happy. And a happy Televisionary is a chock-full-of-facts Televisionary.
That said, the missus is mistaken. Actress and former model Mel Harris played Hope Steadman, wife to ad man Michael (Olin) in the series,
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: 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: 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