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Elvis Presley has topped Forbes magazine's list of top-earning dead celebrities for the second year in a row. Sales of all things King totaled $37 million from June 2001 to June 2002. Peanuts creator Charles Schulz ranked No. 2 with $28 million. Newcomers to the list include race car driver Dale Earnhardt ($20 million), former Beatle George Harrison ($17 million) and rapper Tupac Shakur ($7 million). read more


Bantam Books will release an official companion to Fox's American Idol Aug. 27. Also, Simon and Schuster will pay Ellen DeGeneres $1 million to pen a book of comic essays. read more

Question: I like to think of ...

Question: I like to think of myself as a die-hard Seinfeld fan. The only problem is, I cannot seem to figure out what Newman's full name is. Was it ever revealed? This has been killing me, and I would love to find out. Thanks. — Jack K., Cincinnati, Ohio

Televisionary: Newman's first name was never given on the show, though some fans insist it was Norman.

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Question: Please help me on this one. I have been searching and searching for the animated show Daria, which used to be on MTV, but I can't find any airtimes. Please tell me it's still on! — Jennifer, Concord, Calif.

Televisionary: Alas, Daria is no more and it is sadly missed since it was funnier, smarter and often more poignant than most of what passes for TV comedy these days. The good news is it was given the opportunity to wrap up rather than simply disappear, which is more than you can say for plenty of other decent and dearly departed shows. And you can enjoy the exploits of the Lawndale crew via reruns on Noggin if your cable or satellite system offers that channel. (Stop by our listings section to find out.)

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Question: What was the name ...

Question: What was the name of the black and white cartoon that had what looked like human lips talking inside the characters? I believe it was about either ships or submarines and I think one of the characters was named Scotty. Thanks. — Paulie, Williamsport, Pa.

Televisionary: You're thinking of Space Angel, a series of four-minute shorts produced and syndicated in 1962. With character designs by comics and cartoon legend Alex Toth (Space Ghost), Space Angel related the adventures of the titular, eyepatch-wearing rocket-man hero (real name Scott McCloud) , who helped guard the universe from various villains (the evil Queen Zora in particular) in his vessel, the Evening Star. Along for the ride were cohorts Taurus, a mechanic; Crystal Mace, a scientist/navigator; and Professor Mace, Crystal's genius dad.

The show isn't quite a cartoon since it involved Cambria Studios's patented Synchro-Vox system, which involved camera movement and the read more

Question: On last night's ...

Question: On last night's episode of The Guardian ("Paternity"), there was a subplot involving a proxy fight at a company that Simon's firm represented. The daughter who was attempting the takeover had a voice that seemed so familiar, but her wild mane of black hair was so distracting I couldn't place her. Help me please, oh Televisionary. Identify this lady. — Donna, Wakefield, Mass.

Televisionary: Happy to, oh Donna. The Guardian lady in question is Justine Miceli, whom you may have seen in various appearances on commercials, in daytime soaps and on Law &#038 Order. Most likely, though, you remember her from her 1995-96 stint as Det. Adrienne Lesniak on NYPD Blue.

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Question: I loved a summer ...

Question: I loved a summer replacement series called Wish You Were Here (I think), which was about a young man who traveled through Europe with a video camera. I believe it was in the '80s or early '90s and it was cute and funny. Do you have any information on it? — Kathy, Omaha, Nebr.

Televisionary: Need you ask? Wish You Were Here launched in July 1990, at the same time as fellow CBS fish-out-of-water show Northern Exposure.

Starring Lew Schneider, the show focused on the travels of Wall Street escapee Danny Cogswell, who fled the nine-to-five world to wander around Europe. Since it was before the advent of the Web and certainly well before blogs came into vogue, the best technology available to Danny was the camcorder, which he brought along and used to tape video greetings for the folks at home (and, obviously, the viewers).

The show was quirky, different and showed promise, which read more

Question: Please help me shut ...

Question: Please help me shut my sister up. I say we never saw Carlton the doorman on Rhoda, but she says he was seen in the final episode. Who's right? Whoever loses this one has to host the family Christmas dinner this year. Thank you. — Drew A., Dunwoody, Ga.

Televisionary: Jeez, Drew, don't you worry family members might find out how you guys feel about hosting the annual holiday get-together? Or do you figure so few people read my column there's little chance of that happening? Oh, well — if I just keep writing, I won't have time to feel insulted.

No, we never saw Carlton, Rhoda Morganstern Gerard's slacker (before there was such a term) doorman on the hit Mary Tyler Moore Show spin-off, which ran on CBS from September 1974 to December 1978. He was heard only through Rhoda's intercom. Things might have been different if late comedian read more

Will Pasadena Be Put Back on the Map?

Now that Fox has officially pulled the plug on Pasadena, series creator Mike White is determined to find a home for the show's remaining nine hour-long episodes. "We are looking to get it on FX or some kind of cable outlet," he tells TV Guide Online, adding that releasing all 13 installments on DVD is another option being considered. "I'm really proud of the rest of the episodes. It's a mystery and it all gets resolved [in the end]."

Despite talk that White might edit the show's entire run into a Mulholland Dr.-esque feature film, the acclaimed scribe behind Chuck & Buck and The Good Girl says that idea is pretty much dead. "Unlike Mulholland Dr., this [would have to be] a 13-hour movie," he points out. "So, it's ha read more

Seven Silly Questions for Kermit the Frog

In a showbiz career that spans a quarter of a century and includes television (The Muppet Show), film (The Muppet Movie) and theater (Muppets on Ice), Kermit the Frog has never given a performance that was less than, uh, ribbeting. Now, at last, the consummate professional is being given his due: Come fall, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will award him a star on the Walk of Fame, and almost as exciting, today TV Guide Online is asking him seven questions that are so silly, they just might get us hired as a gag writer for his pal Fozzie Bear.

TV Guide Online: Congratulations on your star. But tell the truth — aren't you relieved that receiving the honor won't involve making webbed handprints in cement?
Kermit the Frog:
I'm thrilled about being the first amphibian to be honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Frogs aren't usually that comfortable being so close to a busy road, but in read more