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Police in Huntington Beach, Calif., have shown Nick Carter the meaning of being busted. The 25-year-old ex-Backstreet Boy was arrested Saturday night for allegedly driving under the influence after officers spotted him committing a traffic violation. Carter's rep claims Paris' onetime boy toy (click here to see what you're missing, honey) was taking doctor-prescribed medication and "was unaware of its interaction possibilities." Ah, the old "I thought I had two stomachs — one for pills and one for booze" defense. read more

Question: At the end of the ...

Question: At the end of the last episode of FX's Rescue Me, what is the song? If you know, please let me know. — Amanda

Televisionary: If you're talking about the "Sanctuary" episode, I believe the song you're looking for is Rubyhorse's "Fell on Bad Days," which you'll find on their 2004 release Goodbye to All That (Warner).

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Question: I'm doing a ...

Question: I'm doing a research paper on cheating, and my librarian said that there was a show on last week that related to cheating. It had something to do with the kids cheating in class and being called into the principal's office. Please help me find out what the show was. — Catherine

Televisionary: I'm sorry, Catherine, but no. And if you can't see why, let's just say you've given me fuel for the research paper I'm doing on irony.

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American Idol So let's forget...

American Idol
So let's forget the whole zodiac sign semitheme being pushed here, since nobody really cares who's a Scorpio or that nearly every guy on the chopping block is a Taurus. All I wanna know is who needs to go. And tonight, like last week, it's not so clear. In fact, the only sure thing is that Paula's lobotomy finally took, and that she had Quote of the Night with "Your voice is definitely your instrument... and it's an orchestra." What the hell is in that Coca-Cola cup?! While we wait for the toxicology report, let's check out the eight boys still standing:

Scott Savol: Great voice, no doubt. But I'm not buying this dude crooning about his "Sugar Pie Honey Bunch." He's just so thugalicious, you know?

Bo Bice: Well, I'll be. Finally, someone found a way to handle that Edwin McCain song without causing me full-on colonic collapse. Nice work, dude. Now go get a cream r read more

Question: I caught Alias ...

Question: Question: I caught Alias Smith and Jones on the Western Channel and once more enjoyed a great show. Was it ever determined why Pete Deuel committed suicide? — Barbara, Oklahoma City

Televisionary: If there were any concrete reasons — and it often isn't just one issue in such cases — I'm not aware of them, Barbara. However, from what I've read, it's pretty clear that Duel (who for professional reasons changed the spelling of his name from the version you supply) was a pretty intense guy who was, to say the least, dubious about the television game and fame in general.

During a TV Guide interview in 1971, after his series launched on ABC in January of that year, Duel readily admitted he wasn't comfortable with doing press. "This is a part of the business I find amusing and also frightening," he said. "There's a kind of reality to all this press-personality myth, but fame in s read more

Question: Wow. I am totally ...

Question: Wow. I am totally impressed with your knowledge. I hope you can help me with this question. If you can, I will constantly bow to your unbeatable intelligence. When I was a little girl in the '70s, there was a TV-movie on at Christmas about a girl who was anywhere from 12-16 named Abby (or Addy), and she was living with her cold and remote father since her mom passed away. The show took place in the 1930s, and I believe there was more than one movie on this girl. I just remember waiting and waiting for Christmastime to come to see it again. I would love for my own daughters to see it as well, but I have no idea of the title and have never heard of it since. Please say you can help! Thank you so much! — Andrea, Lynchburg, Va.

Televisionary: Thanks for the kind words and the pledge, Andrea, but you'll be bowing to the unbeatable intelligence of my colleague FlickChick, who answe read more

Question: What was the name ...

Question: What was the name of a short-lived comedy series about Pilgrims and what were the names of the actors on the show? It aired in the late '90s. — Gary, Columbus, Ohio

Televisionary: You're thinking of the much-maligned (and deservedly so) CBS "comedy" Thanks, which focused on the Winthrops, a family coming off their first winter in the New World. (Whose bright idea that was, I don't know, but I can't help but think of my second-grade teacher yelling at us for some idiotic stunt or another, saying, "Didn't any of you, at some point, stop to think that maybe this wasn't something you should go and do? Anyone?")

Tim Dutton played Plymouth store owner James Winthrop and Kirsten Nelson was Polly, his wife. Their three Pilgrim kids were Abigail (Erika Christenson), Elizabeth (Amy Centner) and William (Andrew Ducote), and Cloris Leachman, who certainly deserved better, played randy Grammy. The townspeople included read more

Survivor's Casting Chaos


Every year, thousands of Survivor fanatics film themselves doing outrageous things for the audition tapes they submit to the show. But do any of them really have a chance of landing on a desert isle?

Survivor: Palau's first ousted contestant, Wanda Shirk, told TVGuide.com that out of this season's original 20 players, seven people were cut and replaced with models from an agency who had not submitted audition tapes. Was the songbird of Palau blowing the whistle on a big cover-up? Or is she merely misinformed?

CBS casting director Lynne Spillman — who helps pick contestants for Survivor and The Amazing Race — insists it's the latter case. "[Shirk's assertion] is a completely false statement," she says. "Completely false. There was never an orig read more

Race's Lonely Loser Seeks Wife

Someone always has to be the first last team to the pit stop on The Amazing Race. In the show's seventh edition (Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET on CBS), that ignoble honor has fallen to Ryan Phillips and Chuck Horton. The good buddies from South Carolina more than kept up with the pack, but could never seem to get ahead. Here, the duo discusses their downfall — and Ryan relays a special message to the ladies out there, on Chuck's behalf.

TVGuide.com: So how does it feel to be the first team Philiminated from TAR 7?
Chuck Horton:
We decided that we weren't going to say any bad stuff, so I can't answer that question. [Laughs]

TVG: How exactly did you fall behind Ron and Kelly anyway? It looked like you were ahead of them when you first got out of the taxi.
Ryan Phillips:
Well, what happened was our taxis stopped right in front of where we were supposed to go in, but the ta read more

GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL

Police in Huntington Beach, Calif., have shown Nick Carter the meaning of being busted. The 25-year-old ex-Backstreet Boy was arrested Saturday night for allegedly driving under the influence after officers spotted him committing a traffic violation. Carter's rep claims Paris' onetime boy toy (click here to see what you're missing, honey) was taking doctor-prescribed medication and "was unaware of its interaction possibilities." Ah, the old "I thought I had two stomachs — one for pills and one for booze" defense. read more

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