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Question: I heard that ...

Question: I heard that Gilmore Girls was getting canceled because Lauren Graham got hit by a car and is paralyzed. Is this true? — Sarah

Televisionary: Nope. And Blue's Clues' Steve never overdosed on heroin, and Jared from the Subway ads didn't die, either. (Just figured I'd toss those in for the next time you talk to that person.)

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Yeah, we saw this coming a mile away: CBS has firmed up plans to broadcast Rob and Amber's wedding during May sweeps. The two-hour special will air Tuesday, May 24 and include a behind-the-scenes look at the preparation for the wedding, which took place over the weekend at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, as well as footage of her bridal shower, their bachelor and bachelorette parties, their rehearsal dinner, the wedding ceremony, reception and that scene in Amazing Race when they sped past Brian and Greg's car wreck. Bring tissues! read more


The WB will air an exclusive eight-minute preview of Batman Begins during the 90-minute season finale of Smallville on May 18. read more

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Wow... oh, wait a sec... sniff, sniff... where are my tissues? OK, deep breath. Regained my composure and I think I can continue now. Phew, the return of this show did not disappoint. I'm so thankful for Bright, because without his witty little quips about moldy foods and his "boo-yahs," I think I would have been sobbing for the entire baby mama-drama- filled hour. OK, not the whole 60 minutes, 'cause for a couple of minutes there I really thought that Madison was going to change her mind about telling Ephram about her pregnancy. I was holding up all right until then. After that I was a goner. Sarah "Saved by the Bell: The New Class" Lancaster was astounding as Ephram's former lover, her desperately pleading eyes and calm demeanor coupled with the devastating revelation that she had a baby and gave it away. Truly remarkable, as she always seemed like a fun match for him, but a little bit bland in the emotiona read more

Question: I actually have two ...

Question: I actually have two questions. First, didn't Patricia Heaton play in a comedy that ran for a short time with Delta Burke as a congresswoman filling the seat left open after her husband's death? I think Heaton played one of Burke's advisors. I also wanted to know the name of a short-lived Mel Brooks comedy from the '70s, about a Medieval kingdom. Kind of a Men in Tights thing. — Joyce, New Cumberland, W.V.

Televisionary: Well, I actually have two answers, Joyce.

Yes, Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond) did indeed appear in the short-lived Women of the House, which was a sequel of sorts to Designing Women (more about that here). DW's Suzanne Sugarbaker (Burke) went to Washington to finish out her co read more


Are you ready for some major football news? The NFL has confirmed that NBC will become the exclusive home of Sunday Night Football — as in prime time — beginning in 2006. That same year, ESPN will take over Monday Night Football from its corporate cousin ABC. I told you it was major. read more

Question: I noticed that the ...

Question: I noticed that the infamous "Alan Smithee" is credited with directing the first episode of MacGyver. Was the episode considered that bad? Was the director blacklisted or something? I know it was a long time ago, but I'm curious. Just to make it clear, I'm not asking about the use of the "Alan Smithee" credit in general, but the specifics of this episode. Thanks. — Bill, Richmond

Televisionary: Unfortunately, Bill, I couldn't track down the specifics of that particular episode, but since, as you probably know, the Directors Guild of America used to use that pseudonym whenever a director wanted his or her name taken off a movie or TV show, we can assume that whoever directed the pilot didn't feel what ended up on the screen was what he or she put together. Doesn't mean it was because it was bad, necessarily; it could just be because someone stepped in and reworked things to the point where the director felt it didn' read more

Question: Just out of ...

Question: Just out of curiosity, were Jack Klugman and Tony Randall anything like their Odd Couple characters? I mean, was Klugman that big a slob and was Randall that fussy? Thanks for answering this. — Robbie R., Charlotte, N.C.

Televisionary: I can't say if Klugman was as much of a slob as sportswriter Oscar Madison, who he played on the hit ABC comedy from September 1970 to July 1975, but I can say that at the time, at least, he shared the character's deeply rumpled look. In fact, he said he couldn't shake it if he tried — and try he did.

Take the time he met with the Odd Couple producers to sign his first contract and showed up in a sports coat and slacks. "That's great," they said when they saw him. "We've been looking all over for this kind of sloppy stuff. It's classic. We'll buy it from you." Which would've been fine, except the coat was new and Klugman considered the pants t read more

Question: I remember seeing a ...

Question: I remember seeing a movie in the late '70s/early '80s in which the tenants of an apartment building are terrorized by a gang. I believe that Art Carney was the hero, who created some type of locking bracelets to trap the gang leader. Any idea of the movie title? — Lola, New York

Televisionary: Actually, that was Martin Balsam, Lola. He played a retiree whose apartment building's residents were terrorized by a young hoodlum (Dorian Harewood) and his pals until Balsam, as you say, crafted a pair of locking gauntlets in a machine shop and used them to weigh Harewood down long enough to be caught. The movie, Siege, aired on CBS in 1978, and this is one of those rare times when someone else takes me for a walk down Memory Lane. I watched its original broadcast, too, when I was a kid. Which just goes to show you that watching age-inappropriate, violent and scary content as a child doesn't screw you up that much.

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CSI Honcho Plots TV Invasion

Looks like the man behind all three CSIs, Without a Trace, Cold Case and The Amazing Race wants an even bigger piece of the prime-time pie. Movie producer turned TV-hitmaker Jerry Bruckheimer has five pilots vying for space on the fall schedule.

A military drama called The E-Ring shines as the Bruckheimer series most likely to get picked up. Starring Law & Order alum Benjamin Bratt and Dennis Hopper, the NBC pilot goes inside the Pentagon the way The West Wing went behind the scenes of the White House.

"It's a formula that can be updated for these tenser times of insecurity over homeland security," says John Rash of ad agency Campbell Mithun, who's had a sneak peek at The E-Ring.

CBS is considering American Crime, a drama about a prosecutor who's also a new mom (Jennifer Finnigan could star if NBC cancels her sitcom, Committed).

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