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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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
Actress Rachael Leigh Cook (She's All That, Dawson's Creek) has a confession to make: She's got a thing for Sinbad.
"I'm obsessed with him," Cook tells Bikini of her fondness for the stand-up
comic and former late-night talk show host. "I don't know why. I just think he is the nicest man ever. I saw him in the Gap. I couldn't believe it. I wanted to say all these things and I get up there and all that comes out is, 'Hi. You're Sinbad.' To which he said something to the effect of, 'Yeah, I think so....'"
Twenty-year-old Cook also admits to the magazine that she's a big-time worrier. She certainly doesn't need to worry about getting work ? the hot young actress has upcoming roles in the movie version of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey
Margot Kidder is brutally honest about her public battle with mental illness but she still refuses to reveal the horrors that she believes have been the main cause of her problems.
"A lot of it has to do with certain traumas in childhood, which I prefer not to talk about," the actress, who suffers from bipolar disorder, tells Natural Health. "But really it was a combination of everything: not eating properly, not sleeping, certain genetic things. There were others in my family who had perhaps some mild symptoms of it."
The 51-year-old actress, who made headlines back in 1996 when she was discovered suffering from delusions in the backyard of a stranger's home, says she now keeps herself under control with a combination of stress-reduction techniques, improved eating and lifestyle habits, acupuncture and a focus on vitamins and minerals known as orthomolecula
Hunky Vin Diesel says dressing up like a superhero in the new sci-fi thriller Pitch Black was a childhood dream come true ? except for the painful costume contact lenses and occasional punch from co-star Cole Hauser.
"They found a 1960 Plymouth, took the hubcaps off it, painted them blue, stuck them in my eyes, and said 'Deal with it,'" Diesel jokes about the lenses he had to wear during shooting. "The contacts were prototypes. At the end of the day, we had to fly out an optometrist from three hours away to take them out because no one could take them out. And we kept the optometrist there the whole shoot so that I wouldn't damage my eyes too much."
Diesel also tells TV Guide Online that he tried to "center" himself and prepare for the movie's intricate fight scenes by practicing yoga and pilates, but the buff actor still wasn't quite prepared for a real h