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Question: Is the woman who ...

Question: Is the woman who plays Jewel, the physically challenged character on Deadwood, the same woman who played Blair's cousin on Facts of Life? — Kelley, Boulder, Colo.

Televisionary: It is indeed actress and comedienne Geri Jewell, who has cerebral palsy, playing Al Swearengen's employee and frequent target on the HBO Western. And, as you say, she also played Blair's cousin Geri on NBC's The Facts of Life from 1981-84. An accomplished stand-up, Jewell was spotted in a comedy club, which landed her on Facts. You may also have caught her on The Young and the Restless.

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Question: Will there be an ...

Question: Will there be an Angel movie? Nobody loves the broody vampire with a soul more than I do, which is why I ask. &#151 Adrienne D., San Diego, Cal.

Televisionary: It's up in the air and its chances depend on whom you ask. James Marsters (Spike) told our own Shawna Malcom, who interviewed Joss Whedon and his cast for the show's last ride, that he'd "love to come back to the character." David Boreanaz, on the other hand, said he doesn't plan on it.

According to Whedon, there were conversations about that possibility while Angel was still on, but ending the series changed all that. "Since we've been canceled that conversation hasn't come up," he said. "I think it could be very interesting. I think the Buffy universe as a whole has a lot of characters that wo read more

Question: What season did ...

Question: What season did Buffy the Vampire Slayer switch from WB to UPN? My cable company doesn't offer UPN so I had to stop watching when it switched. Now I would like to rent the remaining seasons on DVD but I can't remember when the switch was made. Thanks! — Gina F., Lawrenceville, Ga.

Televisionary: Buffy jumped from WB to UPN for Season 6, in October 2001. You'll have to stop renting after that season, however, since Season 7, the show's last, isn't available yet, but word is it will be out in October.

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ROYAL WEDDING

King of Queens star Kevin James married his longtime girlfriend, model Steffiana De La Cruz, on Saturday in Orange County, Calif. The 200 guests — who included Ray Romano, CBS titan Les Moonves, Queens co-star Jerry Stiller, and Sandy and Kirsten Cohen — received gift baskets filled with Millstone's Colombian Supremo and Cinnamon Hazelnut gourmet whole-bean coffees. I can't be sure, but I think I just scored myself some free coffee. read more

BALL BUSTER

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's airport-based love story, The Terminal, got hit from behind by Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story at the weekend box office. The Ben Stiller-Vince Vaughn farce debuted at No. 1 with $30 million, grounding The Terminal at No. 2 with $18.7 million. And with just $6.8 million, Jackie Chan's Around the World in 80 Days got stuck in traffic at No. 9. read more

Alias: We Spy a Makeover


When Alias kicks off its fourth season in January, fans are going to spy some big-time changes. Coming off a subpar season, which saw viewership decline 9 percent, series creator J.J. Abrams will once again embrace the show's original conceit. Namely, Sydney will go back to juggling her dual roles as an international spy and normal twentysomething.

"We got so deep in the Rimbaldi and Covenant [mysteries] that we lost sight of some of the stuff we fell in love with [in the beginning]," ABC entertainment president Stephen McPherson tells TV Guide Online. "J.J. is talking about getting back to some of the joy that she used to have in her personal life early on... while still living in this crazy world."

Abrams says he had an epiphany about Alias' disappointing third season while he was working on the pilot for his upcoming ABC thriller, Lost. "Going away to do Lost allowed me to look at Alias in a way that I could not read more

SEEING RED

Method Man is angry with Fox for de-ghettoizing his new sitcom, Method & Red. "This is frustrating for me, and it's not turning out for me as expected," he tells the Los Angeles Times. "I'm trying to keep this show ghetto, and there's a way for it to be both ghetto and intelligent. But it's not going that way." To appease the rapper-turned-actor, rumor has it the network is wooing Christina Aguilera to guest star. read more

IN RELATED NEWS...

The Los Angeles Times also reports that Michelle Pfeiffer and überproducer David E. Kelley are planning to put their Brentwood compound on the market at $49 million. Opting for a lifestyle change, the couple are moving to a ranch they bought in California's "horse country." Their new neighbors include Seabiscuit, Mr. Ed and Anna Nicole Smith. read more

AMERICA'S NEXT TOP HOMEOWNER

Tyra Banks has purchased a Mediterranean-style home in Beverly Hills for roughly $3 million, the Los Angeles Times reports. In addition to four bedrooms and ocean views, the crib comes with vaulted ceilings, a spread in Jane magazine and a Sephora catalogue cover. read more

MEGA MINUTES

More than 15 million people caught 60 Minutes' exclusive interview with president-turned-author Bill Clinton last night. Viewership spiked in the second half hour, right around the time Dan Rather said "a--hole." read more

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