Producers of Frasier are fuming over a report by the gay media watchdog group GLAAD that claims controversial yakker Dr. Laura Schlessinger successfully pressured Paramount to pull from syndication a repeat of the show that parodied her. (Paramount produces Schlessinger's struggling talk show as well as Frasier). The episode which last aired on Dec. 2, 1999 featured Christine Baranski as Dr. Nora, an obnoxious and outspoken radio host. "Every other episode in that season has aired three or four times [in syndication]," Frasier co-creator/executive producer David Lee told the New York Post. "But 'Dr. Nora' was completely missing each time. My partners and I are royally peeved." Paramount is denying the charge, insisting that the episode will air again in syndication in February. Michael Ausiello read more
Warner Bros. is developing a new Conan the Barbarian flick to be written and directed by John Milius, the helmer behind the original 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger film, Variety reports. WWF champ The Rock was approached to play the title role, but he had already committed to topline The Scorpion King, an action film based on his character in The Mummy 2. Schwarzenegger, meanwhile, reportedly may appear in the update in some capacity. read more
Question: I know people are always asking you to settle bets, and I'm no different. I've got $5,000 riding on this one. Channel 11 here in New York just ran an old Seinfeld episode in which George pretends to be disabled so he can take a job with a manufacturer of playground equipment. They do everything for him, including getting him a motorized wheelchair, because they think he can't walk. During this episode, the song "Morning Train" is played in the background. I say the person singing this particular version is Sheena Easton, my boyfriend says no. Please help! Thank you in advance. Kelly Ganning
Televisionary: Let me get this straight, Kelly. You and your boyfriend have five grand riding on a question about a TV show?
Boy, the economy continues to steam along, eh?
You're in the right. In the "Butter Shave" episode, which revolves around the gimpy George playing the sympathy card for employment, it's Ms. Easto read more
Question: This is another two-parter. First of all, where did the name Monty Python's Flying Circus come from, and what's the real name of the theme song? A guy I work with says it's "Colonel Bogey's March." Thanks, man. Richie
Televisionary: No problem, mate.
The story of the Monty Python name is as tough to nail down and relate as many of the brilliant Python skits themselves. From what I can gather (and I'm sure I'll be buried in corrective mail from fans), the name started with BBC writer/producer Barry Took, who shepherded the show's creative forces (John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle) through The Beeb's development process. Took was often called "Baron Von Took" around the office, and his developing, nameless show was dubbed "Baron Von Took's Flying Circus" (after the legendary Baron von Richtofen's infamous WWI fighter squadron).
The site of Survivor: Australian Outback is reportedly haunted. According to local residents, hundreds of Aboriginals were slaughtered by Europeans a century ago near picturesque Herbert River Gorge the approximate location where the CBS reality show sequel (premiering Jan. 28) is being filmed. One of the residents told The Australian newspaper that cattlemen have heard "cries and screaming" near the gorge at night. Surely, it couldn't be scarier than the sight of naked Rich? read more
Question: In the '70s there was a show about a german shepherd dog that was in the Vietnam war as a guard dog and ended up getting separated from his master. When the dog got back to the States, he tried to find his master. I think the dog's name was Joe, and he might have had amnesia. Please, I hope you can help me.
Televisionary: It sounds to me like you're thinking of NBC's Run, Joe, Run, which ran on Saturday mornings for two years starting in the fall of 1974.
Thing is, though it centered on a shepherd named Joe, the set-up isn't quite what you say. However, I'll admit to my own amnesia. I can't for the life of me remember if Joe had a memory problem or not, but his flashbacks were a regular feature of the show. So I'll throw in the disclaimer that if any reader thinks I'm off, please let me know.
Run, Joe, Run was pretty much The Fugitive or The Incredible Hulk with a canine twist. Joe (played by a dog named Heinrich) was in training read more
Ben Affleck made a surprise Election Day appearance on the politically charged Rosie O'Donnell Show this morning to urge viewers to get out and vote. The star of the upcoming romantic drama Bounce went on to say that he was voting for Democrat Al Gore for president because "I think my Al Gore imitation is better than my George W. Bush imitation." Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is denying reports that it initially balked at O'Donnell's decision to air a clip of Barbra Streisand delivering a pro-Gore speech on yesterday's show. The outspoken Democrat reportedly threatened to quit if the studio pulled the speech. "Warner Bros. and Telepictures have, and always will, support Rosie in her desire to voice her opinion on her show," the studio said in a statement. "Since Barbra Streisand's political comments are in an episode airing the day before the election, we felt we had an obligation to notify our stations of the political material that was in the show read more
Question: Sorry, I know you warned us about repeating questions 'til you answer them, but my computer was acting funny last time and I have no idea if you got the first go-round or not. So, to repeat myself and risk your ire: Was there a short-lived TV sitcom in the early '70s based on The King and I, starring Yul Brynner and Samantha Eggar? I swear I remember an episode in which Anna tries to save a baby through a decoy-scam with some 50 baby-bundles tossed about the palace in an attempt to flummox the King's guards. Also, I believe there was a series, again in the early '70s, starring John Davidson and Sally Field, called The Girl with Something Extra. Sally played the wife with ESP, which, of course, gets her into everybody else's business. Please, please, please answer my letter and put my tired brain to rest. Everyone thinks I've dreamed these two shows because it seems nobody has ever seen them ever read more
Just a week after it was revealed that her character on The Practice was preggers, Camryn Manheim has announced to People Online that she, too, is expecting her first child a boy in April. The Emmy-winning actress's rep tells Reuters that Manheim who reportedly plans to raise the child by herself was "not speaking about the father." read more
Goldie Hawn's production company is developing a TV movie for NBC based on the brutal murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard, Variety reports. The Matthew Shepard Story will chronicle the events surrounding Shepard's 1998 killing from the perspective of his mother, Judy. MTV and HBO are also working on Shepard-related pics, but NBC's project is the only one officially sanctioned by the Shepard family. read more