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Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times? Shame on... um, er — just plain shame! Fox entertainment president Gail Berman has once again broken her promise to 24 fans to refrain from airing promos that give away pivotal plot twists. Her latest act of defiance came at the end of last Tuesday's episode, when (warning: spoiler alert!) the commercial teasing tonight's installment showed the contaminated cocaine getting flushed down the toilet, prompting Jack ( Kiefer Sutherland) to announce, "The virus is out!" A network rep insists that it's not Fox's goal to "reveal key plot points," but adds that "determining how to tease the next episode is always a challenge." Naturally, viewers are fuming. "What is the matter with Fox?" asks Kerry via e-mail. "Apparently, you need to harass [Gail Berman] about this some more!" I read more


Sunday night's much-hyped TV movie showdown between CBS's The Elizabeth Smart Story and NBC's Saving Jessica Lynch ended in a virtual dead heat. While the Smart pic prevailed among total viewers (15.5 million vs. 15 million), Lynch tied Smart in key demographics, including adults 18-49. read more

Question: I remember you ...

Question: I remember you writing about how the stars of The Dukes of Hazzard fought their bosses for more money. If memory serves, didn't the stars of Emergency! do the same thing? — David G., Asbury Park, N.J.

Televisionary: That they did, David. After their show, seen as a risky mid-season replacement at first, launched on NBC in January 1972 and developed a loyal following over the next two years, co-stars Kevin Tighe (paramedic Roy DeSoto) and Randolph Mantooth (his partner, John Gage) demanded producer Jack Webb (Dragnet) and company pony up a 600-percent increase, to $7500 an episode (laughable by today's standards, but real money back then). And frankly, I think they made a pretty good case for a sizable raise.

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Question: A few summers ago, ...

Question: A few summers ago, my friend and I watched a show presented by Coca-Cola about kids in a boarding school. One of the characters was a girl who attended the guys' school and another moved to Dawson's Creek in the fall. We can't remember what the show was called; can you please help us? — Dafna, West Hempstead, N.Y.

Televisionary: You're thinking of the WB's Young Americans, which aired in the summer of 2000 and focused on the lives and loves of, well... young Americans attending a boarding school and the townies who lived near it. Rodney Scott's Will Krudski moved from Dawson's Creek to this short-lived hour-long drama, appearing alongside Kate Bosworth (Blue Crush) and Katherine Moennig, who played Jacqueline/Jake, the young lady who attended the school as a young man.

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Question: I was wondering if ...

Question: I was wondering if you could tell me what the fourth show on ABC's "TGIF" was. It was the early to mid '90s and the other shows on with it were Full House, Step by Step and Family Matters. I have been trying to think of the fourth show, and it's driving me crazy. By the way, I read TV Guide every week and don't know what my life would be like without it. If you could please help me think of this show I would really appreciate it. — Crystal, Minneapolis, Minn.

Televisionary: Well, I know what my life would be without it, Crystal. I wouldn't be writing this, so thanks for reading.

To answer your question, as far as I know, Full House, Step by Step and Family Matters were never in ABC's "TGIF" lineup at the same time. The combos of half-hour shows that included read more


David Spade has been tapped to host Spike TV's first annual Video Game Awards on Dec. 4... The WB has extended full season orders (that's 22 episodes) to freshman comedies Like Family and Run of the House. All About the Andersons and Steve Harvey's Big Time, meanwhile, received three-episode pick-ups. read more

Question: Where is Rod Roddy ...

Question: Where is Rod Roddy of The Price Is Right? We miss him. Thank you. — Morris M., Brainerd, Minn.

Televisionary: Sadly, The Price Is Right's "come on down!" man, who'd suffered from cancer for the past two years, died in Los Angeles on Oct. 27 at the age of 66. He taped his last show about two months ago.

A Texas disc jockey before getting into commercial voiceover work in L.A., Roddy's first TV work was as the narrator of the classic sitcom Soap. You may also have seen and heard him on the game shows Love Connection and Press Your Luck.

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Monday Night TV-loving brothers...

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TV-loving brothers and sisters, before we get started this evening, I'd like to have a moment of silence for the Fox show Skin. A slick soap with a Midas touch, it took Shakespearean drama to new heights. Made you love a porn king who was just trying to provide for his family. Made you realize that once you play a redhead skank, you're always a redhead skank. (Hello, Sydney Andrews Mancini Field!) Skin died a premature death last week. Was taken from us before its time. It will be sorely missed. And the remote-hogging congregation says: Amen.

7th Heaven
"Man. She. Is. Really. Bad." Ashlee Simpson said about Lucy Camden's batting skills. Man, that's the pot calling the kettle black. With robotic line delivery like that, I've only got two words for you, Ashlee: Acting. Lessons. Study your craft, girl. It can never hurt.

OK. Y'all know this is my show. But I'm going to take read more

Question: I used to watch ...

Question: I used to watch Square One a lot when I was a child. I remember "Mathnet" and "Mathman" and my question is, what was the name of Mathman's archnemesis that kept trying to prevent him from reaching his mathematical goals? — A.J., Flagstaff, Ariz.

Televisionary: The evil character who waited to eat the Pac-Man-like Mathman when he chose a wrong number on the Children's Television Workshop show (produced from 1987-92) was named Mr. Glitch.

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Question: On One on One, we ...

Question: On One on One, we often see the barbershop owned by Flex's father and the two barbers, Malik and Walt, who work there. I know that Omar Gooding plays the character of Malik, but I was wondering if perhaps you knew the name of the actor who plays Walt. Thank you. — Dina, New York, N.Y.

Televisionary: Sure thing. That's Rashaan Nall, whom you may also have spotted in guest appearances on such shows as Nash Bridges, NYPD Blue, Touched by an Angel and ER.

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