Question: I am a big Alice Cooper fan. There is a back-to-school ad running for some office-supply store that features Alice Cooper buying supplies with some little girl while his "School's Out" song plays in the background. Is that his daughter in the commercial? Ronnie R., Atlanta, Ga.
Televisionary: "Some office-supply store"? Oy, Ronnie. You're killing the Staples ad people. But no, a Staples spokesperson told me the girl is an 11-year-old actress, though Cooper does have a daughter that age. Matter of fact, she said, the singer's real daughter asked him to take her shopping there after seeing the commercial, which leaves me wondering if the poor girl worried about being replaced. No word on whether Cooper actually took her or not, but he got a chuckle out of the whole thing.
Question: I recently saw an episode of Bonanza and Patricia Blair was in it. I know she starred on a TV show, but cannot remember what it was. Rusty
Televisionary: Well, you've got your choice, actually. From 1962 to '63, she was innkeeper and con woman Lou Mallory on ABC's The Rifleman, and from 1964 to '70 she played Rebecca Boone, Daniel's wife on Daniel Boone.
Shannen Doherty arrives at the Grand Waimea and wastes no time paying homage to the network and series that made her infamous. When her character, Alexandra, is asked how she likes Hawaii, she smirkingly replies, "Beats the hell out of Beverly Hills." That's right, baby, the bitch is back! (Her second-best line came when some obnoxious kids were running around her table: "Do something or I will." Admit it, you know you've wanted to say that to inattentive parents at least once in your life.) And I knew, knew, knew that she was in cahoots with Tessa. That single tear running down her cheek when she was baring her soul to newfound half sister (or is she?) Nicole was a dead giveaway.
Over on CBS, another familiar face pops up, with far less satisfying results. Jason Alexander's back in this painfully unfunny comedy about a sports talk-show host who begins writing a newspaper column about life and end
Question: What year did Groucho Marx die, what did he die from and was Groucho Marx his real name? Ingamara
Televisionary: Groucho died in 1977 in Los Angeles at the age of 86. He was born Julius Henry Marx in New York City, and his official cause of death was pneumonia.
Question: There's no bet here, just an argument. Didn't that foxy Don Johnson help create Miami Vice? I thought it was supposed to be a vehicle for him. Thank you. Kris E., Somerville, Mass.
Televisionary: You mean the foxy one as opposed to... the unfoxy one?
Assuming we're talking about the same Don Johnson, Miami Vice was most definitely not created by or for him, Kris. It was spawned by a two-word memo from late NBC Entertainment president Brandon Tartikoff, who was said to have jotted "MTV cops" on an executive pad, thus launching the whole idea. And the casting process involved going through many an actor before the producers were able to persuade reluctant network execs to sign Johnson for the series, which debuted in September 1984.
"They looked at every actor from New York to Los Angeles," Johnson told TV Guide in 1984. Not only that, but even after his screen tes
Question: I remember a television show that was probably on in the mid-1960s that featured Peggy Cass as a mother with chimpanzees for children. (I can't remember who portrayed the father.) Just wanted to find out if my memories are accurate; thank you for any information. Beth D.
Televisionary: Well, they weren't actually her children, Beth the '60s weren't that far out, after all though The Hathaways' Elinore Hathaway did treat them as such. Cindy, Charlie and Enoch were the Marquis Chimps, an entertainment act booking agent Elinor represented on the sitcom, which ran on ABC from October 1961 to August 1962.
Jack Weston was Elinore's put-upon real-estate-agent husband, Jack, while Harvey Lembeck was the chimps' talent agent, Jerry. The chimps were just like precocious, smart-aleck kids on a contemporary sitcom, only they were a lot hairier, a heck of a lot stronger and threw their feces when provoked.
Kudrow's Friends costar Courteney Cox is also reportedly talking to HBO about a series project. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Cox would play an actress on a comeback trail (I'm sensing a trend here) and adjusting to life as a recovering alcoholic.
In order for this year's Primetime Emmy Awards to be considered a success, I decided early on that one of three things must happen. The first one is obvious: To hell with the restraining order, I gotta finally meet Mariska Hargitay. Next, I must observe at least one uncomfortable moment between Sex and the City-movie killer Kim Cattrall and her resentful costars, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis. And lastly, and this is a big one, the Academy has to end what's arguably become one of the most egregious snubs in awards show history and hand Scrubs the statuette for best comedy series. What? It wasn't even nominated? Great, I'm 0 and 1 and I haven't even put on my tux yet. Mariska, here I come!
1:15 pm/PST I arrive at the security check-in and there's a homeless man at the front of the line trying to gain access. Ah, Hollywood.
1:16 Wait, that's not a homeless man — it's Garr
You folks at home may've watched the 56th Annual Emmy Awards while guzzling beer in old wifebeaters and sweatpants, but we here at TV Guide Online screened it in style! Backstage at L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium, Michael Ausiello and I sat side by side in our natty tuxedos — he interviewed the newly minted winners while I caught the live feed of the telecast. That meant spending a wacky night of cheering for our faves (The Sopranos!), giggling at celebrity gaffes and sizing up Garry Shandling's latest turn as host. Read on for our sassy rundown of the show's most memorable highlights....
C'mon, The Larry Sanders Show ended in 1998! Shouldn't Garry Shandling have squeezed in all those self-referential winks to Sanders during his first gig as Emmys emcee? That said, the best one was David Duchovny showing up on his imaginary reality show — What's in Front of Garry's Door? — with a Ping-Pong pa
As any true fan of the Emmys knows, the arrivals are almost holier than the show itself. It's our first look at who's wearing what, who's had some work done — and who needs to — not to mention where we find proof that certain former costars aren't so cozy anymore. And for years, the keepers of that sacred land have been the mom-daughter mess of Joan and Melissa Rivers. Tacky, tough and maybe a little tanked, the red-carpet commandos made every mistake in the book. And we loved them for it. So much so that we hired them away to the TV Guide Channel. Unfortunately, due to a few legal loopholes, our picky pair had to sit out this season's kudosfest, leaving Payless queen Star Jones to fill their shoes for Live from the Red Carpet, E!'s annual parade of pretty people piling into L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium. And while she probably won't win a statue for cloying her way down the carpet, there were a few bits leading up to TV's 56th annual p