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Question: Has anyone ...

Question: Has anyone determined in which state the Simpsons' Springfield is supposed to be? — Salvatore A. Fattoross

Televisionary: Um, disrepair?

						 						In all seriousness, Salvatore (well, not all), your question is one of the most commonly asked when it comes to The Simpsons. Creator Matt Groening has gone on the record saying he chose the name of the town because it was where the Anderson clan in Father Knows Best resided and because it's the most common town name in the U.S.

In addition, die-hard Simpsons fans quote show producer and director David Silverman as stating the family's town is in the fictional state of North Takoma. However, most don't consider that an "official" answer.

Most likely there will never be any official answer, either. Groening and the powers that be on the show delight in tweaking both the med read more

Question: Sorry, but I'm ...

Question: Sorry, but I'm bugging you with another song question. What can you tell me about the VW ad with the kids who drive to a party, take a look and then leave? Thanks. — Laurel

Televisionary: Only that it's just the latest example of how commercials are often more innovative and interesting than many of the laugh-starved comedies and tepid dramas that separate them. I don't know about you, but when I find a 30-second ad more satisfying a viewing experience than 90 percent of what I see on the air these days, something's up.

And Volkswagen, I must say, has a track record for creating memorable spots. The one you're taken with, the "Milky Way" commercial for the automaker's Cabrio, is an absolutely beautiful piece of work. Featuring the haunting song "Pink Moon," from late British singer-songwriter Nick Drake's 1972 album of the same name, the ad tracks the nighttime progress of a quartet of twentysomethings driving their convertible under a sky dot read more

Question: Alright, Mr. ...

Question: Alright, Mr. Know-It-All. I'm getting very impatient with you! You have yet to answer any of the questions I have sent you, thus delaying an unsettled bet that I know I will win. So, I'm only going to ask you one more time before I give up on you and stop visiting your site. My roommate and I have a bet about Debra Messing from Will & Grace. The loser has to clean the kitchen for two weeks and go out on a blind date that the winner chooses. I say that she was in a similar sitcom called (straight guy for roommate instead) Ned & Stacy with that guy who used to be on Wings. My roommate says she's never acted before this show. Help me prove her wrong so I can send my sore-loser friend on a blind date with another loser! — Sherry

Televisionary: OK, Sherry. I'll congratulate you for working in the two most popular gambits readers use when trying to get a question answered — the "wacky bet" ploy and the "how dare you ign read more

Question: I am a fan of UPN's ...

Question: I am a fan of UPN's The Beat and was wondering what happened to it. I only saw six episodes. Has it been canceled? Many thanks for your attention in this matter.

Televisionary: OK, here's where I clear up another round of cancellation questions. I regret to inform you that yes, UPN has decreed that The Beat go off. Fox declared that the Time of Your Life has ended and, for the people who are too busy pummeling me with missives to notice that their favorite show has been gone for some time, Turks is no longer being produced.

Now, to be fair, CBS did give the once-ousted Grapevine a second chance years after the fact, so anything seems possible. Then again, that bombed the second time around, too.

On a more positive note, in a column mourning the loss of his series on industry biz site Inside.com, Beat creator Tom Fontana hinted at the possibility of another network picking up the show. Stay tuned.

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TOM CRUISE LEADS THE BOX OFFICE AGAIN

Tom Cruise and Mission: Impossible II held onto the top spot at the box office, narrowly defeating the raucous comedy Big Momma's House. Dinosaur, Shanghai Noon and Gladiator rounded out the top five. read more

KEANU, GELLAR TOP MTV MOVIE AWARDS

Speaking of awards, Keanu Reeves and The Matrix won big at the MTV Movie Awards on Saturday; the show will air Thursday night on MTV. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Cruel Intentions won two awards each, including ones for Best Kiss (between Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair) and Female Performance (Gellar). read more

CBS MAKES MIDSEASON PLANS

Is it too soon to start talking about midseason replacement series? According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS has put in midseason orders for Kiss Me Guido and the Alfred Molina/Sharon Lawrence series Ladies Man. Hey, what happened to Falcone? — Jonathan Reiner read more

PETS.COM PUPPET FOR SALE — FOR REAL!

If you're like us you probably love the sarcastic but cute Pets.com Sock Puppet, so you'll be thrilled to learn that replicas of the sardonic sock are now available for purchase exclusively at Pets.com. And that's just the beginning: Look for a whole line of Sock Puppet merchandise beginning in July. Hmmm... will there be a Pets.com Sock Puppet pooper-scooper?

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CONTACT, KATE WIN AT TONYS

Contact, the dance musical with no live or original music, won four awards at Sunday night's Tony awards, including the prize for best new musical. The acclaimed revival of Kiss Me, Kate took home five trophies, including one for best musical revival. Copenhagen was named best new play, and Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing won the award for best revival of a play. Elton John and Tim Rice, who didn't attend the ceremony, won the award for best original score for Aida, which took home three additional awards despite being denied a nomination for best new musical. read more

WHO WILL GET ANNIE'S GUN ON BROADWAY?

So long, Jasmine? Broadway.com reports that the latest gossip on the Rialto is that Broadway baby Bebe Neuwirth (also of Cheers and Frasier fame), not Jasmine Guy, could replace Bernadette Peters in the Broadway production of Annie Get Your Gun before Reba McEntire possibly joins the show next year. Before you order your expensive tickets, be forewarned that Baywatch himbo David Hasselhoff is being sought for the role of Frank Butler. read more

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