Televisionary: You're most likely thinking of her work as Nikki Faber, the office accountant on Spin City, but you might be trying to come up with The Fighting Fitzgeralds, the ill-fated NBC sitcom. You may also have spotted her on the big screen in a couple films from Fitzgeralds creator Edward Burns The Brothers McMullen and No Looking Back.read more
Televisionary: Actually, your friend's thinking of The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., an ill-fated NBC Man spin-off featuring Powers as an American agent teamed with a British operative (Noel Harrison). It lasted less than a year, debuting in September 1966 and going off duty the following A read more
Comedian Rodney Dangerfield was released from UCLA Medical Center Monday, some two weeks after undergoing brain surgery in preparation for his upcoming heart valve replacement. In a statement, the 81-year-old respect-challenged funnyman said, "I truly feel like a new man." read more
ABC has finally given the green light to the long-delayed Stephen King miniseries Kingdom Hospital. The 15-hour haunted hospital saga originally targeted for this season will now premiere in January as a two-hour movie, followed by 13 weekly episodes. read more
Question: I watched a repeat of a Charmed episode this morning on TNT entitled "Déjà Vu All Over Again." When Prue was bending down next to Andy as she cried over his death, they were playing a song. I want to know the name of this song and who sings it. I think the name is called "Calling All Angels" but I'm not sure. Please let me know. I'm going crazy trying to find it! Thanks! Cary, Edwardsville, Ill.
Televisionary: Then stop this instant, Cary. The song is indeed "Calling All Angels," a beautiful duet performed by Jane Siberry and k.d. lang. You'll find it on Siberry's 1993 album, When I Was a Boy and on the soundtrack from Wim Wenders's Until the End of the World.read more
Question: I seem to remember a late-'70s or early-'80s Saturday-morning television series that none of my friends remember. It was playing off the Star Wars popularity. It had a teenage boy (who, remarkably, resembled Luke Skywalker) who befriended a Bigfoot (who resembled Chewbacca). They did good deeds and, if I remember correctly, the Bigfoot could jump really high, like over small trees and such. Am I mistaken? Darryl P., Jacksonville, Fla.
Televisionary: You're thinking of Bigfoot and Wildboy, which ran as a series of shorts for a year on ABC's Krofft Supershow beginning in 1978 and then became a series for a few months in 1979.
Question: Am I the only one who remembers a show called Johnny Bago, which was about a fugitive from the law who, chased by his ex-wife detective, traveled the country in a Winnebego doing good deeds? I remember it being on one summer and it had excellent scripts. John, Flemington, N.J.
Televisionary: Of course you aren't John. If you were, this answer wouldn't be here, now would it?
Johnny Bago, which ran on CBS for but two months in 1993, revolved around a bush-league con man (Peter Dobson) set up by his cousin for the killing of a Staten Island mobster's son. Skipping town, he caught a ride with an old codger driving across the country in a Winnebago and took the wheel when the guy died. Thus Johnny Tenuti became Johnny Bago (think about it) and went on the lam, trying to stay away from the mob, the cops and, as you say, his parole officer/ex-wife ( read more
Has America forgiven Dixie Chick Natalie Maines for bashing President Bush last month? Well, if ticket sales for the group's summer arena tour are any indication, the answer is yes. Of the 59 shows on the tour, only six have seats left, and those are 85-90 percent sold out. read more
Question: I know this is a trivial trivia question, but it has driven me crazy for years. Back in the late '50s or '60s, Tom Tryon, better known as a writer, acted and starred in a Western program. Do you know the name of that Western? It drives me crazy, as I said. Please help!
Televisionary: Sounds to me like you're thinking of Texas John Slaughter, a Walt Disney serial produced from 1958-61 in an attempt to recreate the success enjoyed by Davy Crockett. Tryon, who did indeed become an author (he wrote as Thomas Tryon) after giving up the acting game, played the real-life marshal.read more
As precinct lieutenant Anita Van Buren on Law & Order, S. Epatha Merkerson delivers what little dialogue she gets with enough 'tude to make the most hardened criminal soil his orange jumpsuit. But if we were to someday follow Van Buren home a concept unthinkable in the all-work/no-play L&O universe Merkerson believes viewers would see her alter ego's smart-ass quotient quadruple!
"I think Van Buren has a sassy side that we don't know yet," the 50-year-old actress tells TV Guide Online. "I think that there would be some very colorful things happening if we were able to see that side of her. There is this whole other person that you only get a glimpse of."
That's true in the physical sense as well. Although Merkerson concedes that L&O producers have made some strides in livening up her drab wardrobe, the artist formerly known as Pee-wee's Mail Lady is anx read more