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Question: I tried to think of ...

Question: I tried to think of the most diplomatic way to put this, but gave up. So here it is: Who was the fat detective with the mustache in the early to mid-'70s? He was played by William somebody. Thanks. — Keith A., Montpelier, Vt.

Televisionary: That was late radio, movie and TV star William Conrad, who died in 1994, Keith. And while I appreciate your trying not to offend, in this case I'd say the word "fat" is perfectly acceptable because Conrad sure thought so. And, of course, after starring on CBS's Cannon for five years beginning in September 1971, he went on to co-star on that network's Jake and the Fatman for five years beginning in September 1987. So it's not like he had a problem with it.

"There's nothing wrong with the word 'fat,'" Conrad told TV Guide in 1971, when the 5-foot-9 actor tipped the scales at 230. "If you're fat, you're fat. I'm as healthy as I can be; I haven't felt so good in 20 years. We had a stuntman do read more

Question: The song played ...

Question: The song played during the opening credits of NBC's Ed was different in Season 1 than in subsequent seasons. Can you tell me what these songs were, and do you know why they changed (e.g., did they lose the rights to the song, or did they like the second one better)? I liked the first season's song, as well as the first season's shows, better. Thanks! — Steve S., Williamstown, Mass.

Televisionary: Well, Steve, because of your uncanny timing — your mail came in right around the time my first attempt to answer the same question appeared on the site — I now get to finish the job, so thank you.

I explained a couple of weeks ago that the Foo Fighters' "Next Year," from their disc There Is Nothing Left to Lose, was the theme song for the first season. Come Season 2, it was Clem Snide's "Moment in the Sun," from The Ghost of Fashion read more

Question: I was a fan of Dr. ...

Question: I was a fan of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and remember the change in the actress who played Colleen from Erika Flores to Jessica Bowman. Jessica was okay as Colleen but I never got used to her. What prompted Erika's leaving the show? I remember reading that some of the cast were very protective of her, and a reason for her leaving was never given. Can you help? This has bugged me for some time. Thanks. — Jo, Philadelphia, Pa.

Televisionary: CBS asked all the Quinn cast members to sign a five-year contract. Flores didn't want to commit to that length of time, so she moved on and they replaced her. As I understand it, it was as simple as that.

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Question: On Full House, why ...

Question: On Full House, why did Uncle Jesse's last name change from Cochran to Katsopolis after the first season? Was any explanation given for this in the show? — Tim, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Televisionary: Jesse (John Stamos) and his parents (John Aprea, Yvonne Wilder) changed their names in the beginning of the 1990-91 season after Jesse's Greek grandparents came to visit. They wanted to honor their heritage, and Stamos himself is Greek.

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Question: I thought for sure ...

Question: I thought for sure that Patty Duke had a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame already, but I just read that her sons Sean and Mackenzie Astin will dedicate her first star on Aug. 17. Can you confirm? — Pam M., Dallas, Tex.

Televisionary: That I can, Pam. Ms. Duke will indeed receive a star on Aug. 17, and to the best of my knowledge she doesn't already have one. (Just to make sure, I went outside during lunch and covered the entire Walk in the afternoon sun. Didn't see a Duke star, but I can confirm a Billy Barty, an Olive Borden, a Zasu Pitts and a Cantinflas.)

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Where were you after 9 pm/PT last Wednesday? Police have confirmed that sometime that night, Paris and Nikki Hilton's Hollywood home was burglarized. Among the items stolen were jewelry, watches, a laptop and enough peroxide to bleach a woolly mammoth. read more

Jimmy Kimmel Rocks After Dark

Competing with late-night TV's heavyweights is no mean feat, but wise guy Jimmy Kimmel is giving it his all. Here, ABC's midnight talker tells TV Guide Online his big plans for more musical guests, his revamped concert stage and why all his guests should maintain their hygiene.

TV Guide Online: Tonight, you're bringing back your show's outdoor concert stage. Why did it disappear?
Jimmy Kimmel:
We lost it for a while because it was too expensive to do, but I'm happy it's back. It's something that sets us apart from the other celebrity chat shows. It should be good; we've got Lenny Kravitz performing.

TVGO: Any downside to having bands on the show?
Well, we ask all our guests to bathe before they come on, and with bands, they only do it about 50 percent of the time. We had Slipknot on the other night — sounded good, didn't smell good.

TVGO: Who have been some of the past musical acts you liked?
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Seth Green: Animated Guy

Seth Green is best known as Buffy the Vampire Slayer's werewolf Oz and Dr. Evil's son in the Austin Powers movies. But he's thrilled to be reprising his role as dimwitted teenager Chris Griffin on the short-lived (but much-loved) Family Guy. After abruptly canceling it a few years back, Fox has decided to resurrect the animated comedy series. New episodes start in 2005, but to catch you up, a mini-marathon of old episodes will air on Aug. 18 and 25 at 8 pm/ET. Green's glad the cartoon is getting a second life.

"We've already done like six episodes," Green says excitedly. "It is directly as a result of the fan support because everybody bought the DVDs. It is the only time a corporation like Fox had to say, 'Maybe we didn't understand this show, but it is undeniable that it is popular and it makes money.'"

Since he's heading back into the world of cartoon characters, will he also do the upcoming animated version of Buffy? "Nobody read more


"I told him I could whittle him a set of teeth that would fool practically anyone. Same brown color as real teeth and everything!" That's multitalented Dixie, star of Dixie's Tupperware Party, the L.A. cult phenom that's coming to the way off-Broadway stage this Saturday as part of the New York International Fringe Festival — just in time for the Republican National Convention! read more

Scott Wolf: Life After Bailey

If you're an Everwood fan, you've probably heard that Party of Five's Scott Wolf is joining the cast this fall as Dr. Jake Hartman, a hotshot physician who makes a play for Dr. Brown's (Treat Williams) clients. Well, before you could say, "You're a thief and a liar and a drunk!" TV Guide Online rang up the artist forever immortalized as Bailey to get the scoop on his Everwood character, married life and those baby rumors that started, well, just this second!
TV Guide Online: Congrats on the new gig. What have they told you about the character?
Scott Wolf:
Not a ton. I do know that I'm going to be playing a doctor who comes to town and sets up shop in the now-abandoned medical practice across the way. The tension that got relieved by [Abbott and Andy] partnering up takes a new shape when this new guy comes to town and starts to draw a bunch of their business away.

TVGO: It's those dimples — they're hypnotic!
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