Question: One of my favorite shows from around the late '60s to early '70s took place on a deserted island, where a bunch of college-age students were marooned after their airplane crash-landed. Since they were stranded, they decided they were going to build a new civilization and not make any of the same mistakes the "establishment" made back home. I think it was called The New People or something along those lines. I'd love to know more about the series and who starred in it. Thanks a lot! Sue S.
Televisionary: It was indeed called The New People and, though the legendary Rod Serling (The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery) was credited as the creator, it was an Aaron Spelling affair. It enjoyed a very brief run on ABC, from read more
Question: Hi! On the opening of Everybody Loves Raymond a Madylin Sweeten is credited. I can attach all the other names to characters, but not this one. Can you tell me who this person is? Thanks. Susan
Televisionary: That I can, Susan. Wee Madylin plays Ally, eldest daughter (a whopping 10 years old at last count) to sportswriter Ray Barone (Ray Romano) and wife Debra (Patricia Heaton) on the hit CBS comedy.read more
Sure, Sissy Spacek endured hell as a telekinetic teen in Carrie, but at least she got to vent her frustrations! As Ruth Fowler in In the Bedroom opening Nov. 23 in L.A. and New York she's a starchy New Englander burying her woes over the tragic demise of her son (Nick Stahl).
"It was a real different role for me," Spacek says, "because I'm not a repressed person. So it wasn't fun I felt really like I wanted to explode. I gave myself headaches.
"But I loved doing it," she adds. "It was a departure for me, [playing] this ice queen with a warm heart, of course, underneath all the layers of ice! Ruth, not knowing how to deal with her grief and her guilt, felt like hurting [others]. She was really no read more
After donning a plus-size granny suit in the $118 million-grossing smash Big Momma's House, Martin Lawrence realized there was only one thing left for him to do: Go back in time. And in his latest pic, Black Knight (opening Wednesday), he does just that. "I love fish-out-of-water themes," he tells TV Guide Online, "and what's a bigger fish-out-of-water than a brother from modern day going back into medieval England?"
The 36-year-old comic-actor admits he too was a bit out of his element on the set of the comedy particularly during the swordplay sequences. "I didn't know how to work a sword or how you fight with a sword," he confesses. "I'm good with a baseball bat.
"But it was fun to play and showboat a little bit, especially since you know you're not really getting hit out the read more
Before landing the role of wizard's apprentice Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Rupert Grint admits he swam in much smaller ponds. "I'd just been doing, like, school plays and stuff," the 13-year-old sheepishly admits. "One time, I was a fish in 'Noah's Ark,' and now I'm in Harry Potter that's a big step!"
The charming youngster first applied for his part through a BBC news program. But when he didn't hear back, he stepped up his efforts by showing off his raw talent. "I made this videotape [where] I dressed up as my drama teacher, who's a girl, so it was kind of scary," he laughs. "Then, I made this rap song of how much I wanted to be in the film."
While he claims to have forgotten the lyrics to his winning rap, it clearly made an impression on casting directors. Also helpful was his spooky similarity to Ron, who is Harry's best pal in J.K. Rowling's Potter novels. read more
Listeners to Jennifer Lopez's hit song "Love Don't Cost a Thing" often beg the same query: When she says, "If I wanna floss, I got my own" what is the Latina diva talking about? Surely not dental hygiene?
"No," J.Lo laughs to TV Guide Online. "That's kind of a street term. Flossing is like, if I want to go out and ride in a car, wear my nice clothes and hang out with my girlfriends, I don't need somebody to pay for things for me. You know what I mean? 'I don't need you to pay for it' that's what the term 'floss' means." Chuckling, she adds: "It's like if you wear your brand new sneakers, [you say,] 'I'm flossing with my new sneakers.'"
Thus, students of pop culture, to floss is to proudly display one's own finery in public. (Take note for the next vocabulary quiz.) "And it wasn't a term I made up," she humbly points out. "It was a term that was just popular when we were m read more
Add Fox's X-Files to the list of TV shows impacted by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Executive producer Frank Spotnitz confirms to TV Guide Online that the FBI saga's upcoming storylines will inevitably reflect America's new reality.
"I don't think it's going to affect what we do in a literal fashion," he says, "but I do think it can't help but affect the stories we're telling and what we care about, what we're worried about, what's on our minds.
"We're working on a mythology [episode] now and you want to find a way to be thematically relevant and say something true about fighting evil and fanaticism and irrationality," Spotnitz adds. "But you want to do it in a way that is appropriate and doesn't trivialize what's really going on in the world. We've got a certain palette to paint on, which is the paranormal, and it just does not feel at all appropriate to mix that with real-life events."
Though Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is her first film, actress Emma Watson seems to fancy herself a cynical old pro. "[Reporters] all ask exactly the same questions," the 11-year-old huffs. "You can say exactly the same answers, so you don't have to think. You just kind of stand there like a broken microwave."
Yikes! Sounds like the role of know-it-all junior witch Hermione Granger isn't all that much of a stretch for this young lady. During Potter's filming, she boasts: "We changed loads of lines. I mean, it wasn't like massive things, it was just things that I really didn't think would work. Really small things, even as small as taking out an 'if' or 'an' or something like that. It wasn't, like, major."
Felicity's Greg Grunberg who has been juggling his role as madcap inventor Sean on the WB drama with a recurring gig as a wisecracking CIA agent on ABC's Alias insists that Keri Russell and co. are not bitter that he was chosen to make the jump to the acclaimed spy caper and not them.
"So far, they've been really great," Grunberg winks to TV Guide Online. Besides, he adds, "you can't have more than one [Felicity castmember] on Alias. It gets weird."
When actor Daniel Radcliffe learned he'd been cast as the title magician in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (opening Friday), he literally cried. Marvels the chatty 12-year-old: "I was sitting in the bath and my dad came up and told me, and I just sat there for a while. And then, I just started to cry. Then, I woke up at 2 a.m. and thought it was a dream!"
The youngster who made his big-screen debut as Geoffrey Rush's son in The Tailor of Panama also got pretty emotional when he finally screened Potter for the first time. "Again, I was speechless, and again, I cried," he admits, then quickly adds: "But I'm not a wimp! Don't let this mislead you."read more