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Question: Where is the girl ...

Question: Where is the girl who played Punky Brewster today? — Bridget, Lincoln, Neb.

Televisionary: Not a Sabrina or Proud Family fan, eh, Bridget? Soleil Moon Frye now plays Roxie, the young witch's roommate on the WB series, and provides the voice of Zoey on The Proud Family.

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Question: I remember a ...

Question: I remember a show/mini-series with David Bowie's theme "Golden Years" as its theme. It was almost sci-fi in content, but I don't remember the storyline completely! My husband thinks I'm nuts. Please don't confirm his suspicions! — Missy, Appleton, Wis.

Televisionary: Perish the thought, Missy. He's the nutty one here, darnit!

You're thinking of Stephen King's Golden Years, which revolved around a senior-citizen janitor who found himself getting younger and younger after an accident at the lab where he worked.

Since this was a King story, of course, the janitor (Keith Szarabajka) was soon experiencing all sorts of weird side effects. After a sympathetic lab security chief ( read more

Question: I remember (and I ...

Question: I remember (and I seem to be the only one) that in the mid to late '70s, there was a Saturday morning cartoon featuring two cats, Waldo and Felicia. My brother and I named our two cats after these characters, but no one I've ever talked to can remember such a show. Help! — Sally

Televisionary: You're thinking of The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty, which was about a wimpy cat (shot in live-action sequences) whose daydreams of grandeur (animated sequences) were the stuff of this show. Most of the fantasies involved Waldo saving himself and his gal-pal Felicia from the bullying bulldog Tyrone, who made their lives miserable in "real" life.

Sound a lot like James Thurber's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? The attorneys thought so, too. Facing a lawsuit, the producers changed the title to The New Adventures of Waldo Kitty. (Big difference, eh?)

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Question: What is the name of ...

Question: What is the name of the other M*A*S*H unit in the TV series? I can never remember the name and it is driving me crazy! Thanks. — Kari, Beaverton, Ore.

Televisionary: The 8063rd.

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Spike Lee has agreed to direct The Game, a two-hour drama pilot for Showtime about San Francisco street gangs... A contestant and two audience members from the UK version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire were found guilty Monday in a London court of using a system of strategic coughs to win the show's jackpot... Nick at Nite is developing an animated series based on Bill Cosby's best-selling 1986 book Fatherhood. read more

Question: What actress played ...

Question: What actress played a secretary aspiring to be a Broadway star on a short-lived sitcom? I don't remember the name of the show or the name of the actress. I believe she does a lot of Broadway acting. Her name may be Katherine or Caroline, but I could be wrong. — Caroline C., Atlanta, Ga.

Televisionary: That was Kristin Chenoweth playing an Oklahoma-born gal trying to make it on the Great White Way on NBC's Kristin, which debuted in June 2001 and was gone in no time flat. As you mention, Chenowith herself does much better on the stage; she won a Tony and a Drama Desk Award, among other honors, as Sally in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown.

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Question: I saw your April 1 ...

Question: I saw your April 1 answer about Larry David's wife on Curb Your Enthusiasm. That got me thinking about Mad About You. Weren't Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt married in real life, or did I hallucinate that? — Debbie S., Annapolis, Md.

Televisionary: I can't say where the notion came from, Debbie, but it's, well... wrong. Reiser's wife is named Paula and for the bulk of Mad About You's 1992-99 run on NBC, Hunt was with Hank Azaria (they eventually married and split up).

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Here's your chance to own a piece of Hollywood history: Winona Ryder wants to auction off for charity the $5,500 worth of already-way-overpriced merchandise she stole from Saks Fifth Avenue in 2001. Ryder's attorney made the offer at today's progress report hearing in Beverly Hills, during which Judge Elden Fox praised the 31-year-old actress for completing her community service ahead of schedule. Fox postponed a decision on the whole charity auction idea. read more


Eddie Griffin's stand-up comedy concert movie DysFunKtional Family — which was DOA at the box office with $1.1 million — is under attack from the Sikh Coalition. The group wants Miramax to remove a scene from the film in which Griffin points to a Sikh man and declares: "Bin Laden, I knew you was around here!" TV Guide Online is also demanding the sequence be deleted because it's just not funny. read more

How Will & Grace Nabbed Madonna

Madonna's April 24 guest shot on NBC's Will & Grace caps a two-year pursuit on the part of the sitcom's coexecutive producer Tim Kaiser — a mission that involved some wishful thinking, a little behind-the-scenes diplomacy and, perhaps most importantly, a bribe no material girl could resist. "I sent a lot of flowers," Kaiser laughs. "Madonna loves English roses, so I began to send these fantastic arrangements."

The floral fawning helped Kaiser penetrate Madonna's inner circle, although, "There wasn't much interest," he notes. "I was informed Madonna didn't own a television, or know Will & Grace existed." But, crazy for the pop icon, the scribe didn't give up. "I sent tapes of appearances by Matt Damon, Michael Douglas and whatnot, and... pitched how wonderful it would be for her to come on the show."

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