Question: I read an article recently indicating that Mary Steenburgen had never previously worked on television. The lead-in read, "Mary Steenburgen Working on Joan of Arcadia, First Time She's Ever Acted on Television." Didn't she star with husband Ted Danson on a short-lived series set in a newspaper office sometime in the mid-'90s? And hasn't she also made guest appearances on TV? I seem to recall her being on Becker. Thanks for your help. Stephen M., Huntington, N.Y.
Televisionary: That's just an example of bad headline writing, Stephen. Out of curiosity, I went and found the news item you saw. While the headline reads exactly as you say, the story itself never makes such a claim. Rather, it says Steenburgen was nervous about working on a regular TV series because she's never been on any job TV included for more than three or four m
Question: Hi. I don't know for sure if this is the right place to send my question, but I thought I would give it a shot. I was watching TV today and ran across a Ford commercial. It is the newest one I have seen. The voice on the commercial is a woman's. I could swear it sounded like Kate Mulgrew (Capt. Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager). However, I am not sure since I can't seem to find any reference to it on the Internet. Could you please help me out? It is driving me crazy not knowing for sure. Thank you. Mary
Televisionary: But of course, Mary. Anything I can do to restore a little sanity to someone's life.
You're thinking of the Ford Freestar minivan ad, in which a car-talk-show host helps a woman who's disappointed in the new (competing, of course) minivan she bought. The voice in question is indeed that of Ms. Mulgrew.
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TV Guide Online: How was the show initially presented to you?
Jackie: They told me it was going to be a dating show with a big twist.
TVGO: What did you think it might be?
Jackie: Honestly, I thought it might have been that some of the guys were gay.
Jackie: Yeah. They said i
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TV Guide Online: Besides The View, you host Style's The Look for Less.
Hasselbeck: This month, we are asking people to e-mail us their bargain-shopping tips. Once we look 'em over, four finalists will be chosen to go to the world's longest yard sale a