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Question: What is the name of ...

Question: What is the name of the actor who plays Dylan Walsh's son on Nip/Tuck? Is he related to any other actors? I keep thinking he looks familiar but I can't place him. — Toni, Bellingham, Wash.

Televisionary: That's relative newcomer John Hensley, who, as far as I know, has no showbiz relatives. But you may well recognize him from some of his previous work.

He played antiques-dealer Gabriel on Witchblade and was Meadow's boyfriend on The Sopranos. He also showed up in Comedy Central's Strangers with Candy and was Gabriel Byrne's teen son on the here-and-gone ABC sitcom Madigan Men, which was but a blip on the schedule in 2000.

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Question: When I was growing ...

Question: When I was growing up I used to love Land of the Lost. For some reason I remember the father making it back home, (with an uncle taking his place somehow?) and Will and Holly remaining stuck in prehistoric times. Is this right and, if so, did they ever get back home? — Christopher K., Suwanee, Ga.

Televisionary: You remember correctly, Christopher. After two seasons, Jack Marshall (Ron Harper), brother to forest ranger Rick Marshall (Spencer Milligan) and uncle to Will (Wesley Eure) and Holly (Kathy Coleman), wandered into a time vortex which transported him to the Land of the Lost and returned Rick to our dimension. (Well, not ours, actually. It was the real-life TV character dimension he lived in before getting lost and... you get me, right?)

Now, why did this alternate universe-hopping phenomenon affect this particular family? Beats me. But it was up to Uncle Jack to try and help Will and Holly get home. Unf read more

Question: In the TV parental ...

Question: In the TV parental ratings, the letters D, S, L, and V are all self explanatory except for D. I have asked at least 50 people what D means. They all know S (sex), L (language) and V (violence), but no one, including myself, can figure out D. — David T.

Televisionary: The D is for suggestive dialogue, which means people are talking about dirty stuff without actually using the words themselves. Nudge-nudge, wink-wink.

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Question: Is the actor who ...

Question: Is the actor who played Sgt. Carter on Gomer Pyle, USMC still alive, and did he do any other work before or after the show? — Charles C., Vidalia, Ga.

Televisionary: Sadly, actor Frank Sutton died in 1974, just five years after the last original episode of Gomer Pyle ran on CBS. He was backstage in a Shreveport, La., theater when he suffered a fatal heart attack.

As for his pre-Gomer work, Sutton had small roles in several movies and appeared in guest roles on a whole host of shows, including such series as The Naked City, The Defenders, Route 66, Have Gun Will Travel, The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, Combat!, The Untouchables and The Fugitive.

He first appeared as Sgt. Vince Carter in May of 1964, when the fourth-season ender of The Andy Griffith Show found Griffith regular Gomer (Jim Nabors) joining the Marines. Gomer quickly beca read more

REMEMBERING JOHN RITTER

ABC will air an hourlong tribute to late TV icon John Ritter on Tuesday (8-9 pm/ET). The special will feature interviews with the cast of Three's Company and 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. Ritter died Thursday of an undiagnosed heart defect. He was 54. read more

7th Heaven's Killer Secret!


Hey, 7th Heaven fans! Still wondering why a grim-faced cop showed up at Rev. Eric Camden's door in last season's cliffhanger finale? You'll get your answer in tonight's season premiere (8 pm/ET on WB). Here's a hint from executive producer Brenda Hampton: A member of the Camden clan is a killer. (No, we're not talking about Jessica Biel, who pretty much killed her career by posing nearly naked in that laddie mag, Gear.)

Who is it and whom did they kill? Hampton won't tell. ("That's the mystery," she teases). Another surprise on tap: Tonight's episode will reveal which Camden is going to have a baby. Is it newlywed Lucy (Beverley Mitchell), who secretly took a home pregnancy test last season? Or Mary (Biel, who will be back for only two episodes)? Let's hope it's not matriarch Annie (Catherine Hicks), who, with seven kids, has enough problems already.

Then again, Annie is losing one from the nest. David Gallagher, read more

GOOD TIME

Once Upon a Time in Mexico, the third and final installment of Robert Rodriguez's gunslinging mariachi trilogy starring Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp, debuted atop the box office over the weekend with $24 million. The Nicolas Cage con artist caper Matchstick Men opened at No. 2 with a so-so $13.3 million, followed by the new spookfest Cabin Fever (No. 3 with $8.5 million). Bill Murray's Lost in Translation, meanwhile, found a huge audience in limited release. The well-reviewed dramedy grossed a spectacular $901,143 in just 23 theaters. read more

ROCK THE VOTE

Ballots are in the mail to voting members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Among the nominees for 2004 honors: The late Beatles guitarist George Harrison, Prince, Jackson Browne and John Mellencamp. read more

AMAZING NEWS

CBS has given the producers of The Amazing Race the green light to begin casting for a fifth installment. Although it's not an official series order, it's a damn good sign. read more

Sara Rue's New Beau Less Than Perfect?


Throughout the first season of Less Than Perfect, ABC's daffy and endearing post-millennial Mary Tyler Moore Show, fans watched and winced as plucky heroine Claude (Sara Rue) made one misstep after another on the road to true love. First there was her unrequited crush on egocentric boss Will. Then her romance with Charlie from Travel went nowhere. But, executive producer Christine Zander tells TV Guide Online, Cupid's aim may be about to improve.

"We have a great episode that we'll be doing where Claude does one of those Classmates.com things," she teases. "She posts what she's been doing [working under a well-respected network anchorman] and she's a little proud of it, so she gets a little flashy and it gets responses.

"One of them," she continues, "is from the most popular guy in her high school."

Easy-on-the-eyes sitcom vet Eddie McClintock — late of A.U.S.A. and Stark Raving Mad — has lande read more

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