The Rock wants to follow up his title role in The Scorpion King by playing a real-life warrior-king Hawaii's late Kamehameha the Great. The wrestling hunk says he's working on a deal to star in Sony's in-the-works feature about King Kamehameha, who ruled from 1795 to 1819. read more
Britney Spears has set her sights on a new boy Hugh Grant. The broken-hearted diva told London's Sun tabloid that she thinks "Hugh Grant is so cute." This follows Grant's earlier disclosure that he thinks Spears was "special." Oh, get a room already! read more
Question: Who was the culprit behind the ping-pong balls falling on top of Captain Kangaroo's head? Pete B., Uncasville, Conn.
Televisionary: That was Mr. Moose, who set the good Captain up with a knock-knock joke or some other gag before dumping a light load of plastic on his noggin.read more
ABC is now confirming that George Stephanopoulos the ex-Clinton advisor turned journalist will take over as host of political gabfest This Week in September. In this changing of the old guard, the 41-year-old TV talker replaces Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts, who began co-anchoring the show in 1996. Both, however, will remain at ABC News. read more
Question: It's argument time again. My sister says the guy who played Mel was the only cast member to make the jump from the movie Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore to the TV version. I say some of the other waitresses were in the movie, too. Am I right? Thank you much for your time. Paul W., Durham, N.C.
Televisionary: You're correct, Paul. However, it's worth noting that for the first three seasons of the CBS sitcom Alice, which ran from August 1976 to July 1985, your sister was.
Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst said that security problems led to the death of 15-year-old fan Jessica Michalik during a concert last year in Sydney. "It was so overwhelming that a young girl came to see her favorite band and left in a coma and died," Durst said at Monday's inquest, which he attended via video link from Los Angeles. "I'm very emotional right now talking about it. It's taken me a long time to talk about this." Michalik suffered a heart attack during a crowd crush. read more
The wife of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin has reportedly accused her wrestling star-hubby of beating her after a weekend argument at their home in San Antonio. However, Debra Williams, also a pro wrestler, has not filed charges. read more
News flash: Amy Fisher can write. The so-called Long Island Lolita has been hired by a Long Island newspaper to pen her own biweekly column. "She's a natural writer," Robbie Woliver, editor-in-chief of The New Island Ear, tells The Associated Press. "If she wasn't able to write, we wouldn't have her do this." Fisher's column which will cover topics from cyberdating to celebrity interviews debuts on July 3. read more
Question: I've been catching reruns of Little House on the Prairie on TBS and there's a character on that show, Mr. Edwards, played by Victor French, who disappeared from the show around the third season. A friend of mine claims it's because they tried to spin him off into his own show, but I don't recall any other Little House spinoffs that didn't involve the Ingalls. Can you shed some light on this? Lucy, San Jose, Cal.
Televisionary: That I can, Lucy. French did indeed leave Walnut Grove at the end of the show's third season to star in his own series he was replaced by former Los Angeles Ram Merlin Olsen as Charles Ingalls's pal Jonathan Garvey but it wasn't a Little House spinoff.
French left for Carter Country read more
Question: Did Christopher George star in The Immortal? Michelle S., Detroit, Mich.
Televisionary: Yes, he did, Michelle. The series, which debuted on ABC in September 1970, featured George (The Rat Patrol) as race-car driver Ben Richards, who was immune to disease and the aging process (hence the name) due to the unique characteristics of his blood. Evil rich guy Arthur Maitland (David Brian) was always after Richards in order to obtain said immortality for himself, so Richards was constantly on the run between races. Also in the cast: Carol Lynley as Richards's fiancée.
Unfortunately for all involved, the show was unable to live up to its title read more