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Question: I recently saw a ...

Question: I recently saw a documentary on the TV series Cheers. I was wondering, what other series besides Cheers and M*A*S*H lasted longer than 10 years? Thanks. — Joan, Kawasaki, Japan

Televisionary: A lot more than you think, Joan. It's too long a list to run here in its entirety, but I can give you highlights. Gunsmoke was the longest-running drama or comedy (20 seasons), followed by such shows as: Lassie (17); The Simpsons (15); The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Bonanza, Dallas, Knots Landing, Law & Order (14); various incarnations of read more

The N-Word Trio's repeating its...

The N-Word
Trio's repeating its well-meaning special tonight. And, OK, here's the deal. If you're not black, don't say the N-word. If you are black, don't say it. How about, everybody, just don't say it? Some words deserve to die.

North Shore
Don't make Frankie angry. You won't like him when he's angry. Apparently, in addition to being the Grand Waimea's all-seeing, no-cost counseling bartender extraordinaire, Jason Momoa's character is also the pretty-boy muscle who lends beach cred to "haole" wannabe pro surfers like Gabriel (Corey Sevier). Frankie's only purpose this entire episode was to smooth things over for the lifeguard who got in too deep when he crashed a local's water toy then couldn't pay to have it fixed. That scene where he and Jason went to back Gabe up with the local boys was so West Side Hawaii Story it had me rolling. I mean, the big bad local surfer guy actually had the words "north shore" tattooed pri read more

Question: What is that show ...

Question: What is that show called where they go and help people spy on their partners or spouses to see if they are being cheated on? — Terri, Mich.

Televisionary: Oddly enough, it's called Cheaters, Terri. It's a syndicated show, so if you're looking to watch, check our lovable Listings. If you're looking for help, check their website.

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Spider-Man 2 grossed a record-shattering $180 million in its first six days of release, obliterating just about every box-office benchmark in its path. Among the pic's historic feats: Best six-day debut; biggest opening day; and fastest film to reach $180 million. Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 slipped to No. 2 with $21 million, off just 12 percent. The doc's total stands at an unprecedented $60.1 million. read more

Question: Who is the female ...

Question: Who is the female singing "What a Wonderful World" on the MCI television commercial? I recognize Tony Bennett, but can't put my finger on that beautiful female voice! Help me, please! — Amy, Greenville, N.C.

Televisionary: That's k.d. lang, Amy. And you'll find it on their CD A Wonderful World (Columbia), on which the two offer a host of songs identified with the great Louis Armstrong.

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Question: I know you keep ...

Question: I know you keep getting questions about stars being difficult, but I was a big Star Trek: The Next Generation fan and wanted to know if Patrick Stewart was as poorly behaved on the last episode as I've heard. Thank you for your time and effort. — Bonnie L., Union, N.J.

Televisionary: I'm not sure how bad you heard it was, Bonnie, but it was fairly well-known that as the syndicated Star Trek: The Next Generation, which was produced from 1987-94, wound down, Stewart did exhibit some difficult behavior. The actor himself admitted to that in a 1994 TV Guide interview (albeit while talking about himself in the third person, which is often a worrisome sign).

"There were reports that Patrick was becoming too much of a diva, having hysterics on the set, throwing people off the set. And then, when we went to Star Trek Generations, it was reported read more

Question: The new series of ...

Question: The new series of commercials for Six Flags is causing quite a debate. Just who is portraying the dancing senior citizen? My girlfriend thinks it is Dana Carvey, while I'm leaning towards Jamie Kennedy. Do you have any idea who it is, or can you at least venture a guess? Your opinion is highly valued. — Brian, N.J.

Televisionary: Thanks for the kind words, Brian. I hope you still feel the same way after I tell you that aside from telling you the character's name is Mr. Six, I have no earthly idea who's playing him.

And that's the way the Six Flags folks like it, since it's getting people like you talking and, they hope, going to their parks. "It is a mystery," a company spokeswoman told me. "It's been in just about every paper in the country at this point. There's been speculation that it's Paris Hilton or [Uncle] Junior from The Sopranos. A TV station said they had it on very read more


Ice princess Michelle Kwan and Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp are the first two MVPs to sign up for The Simpsons' post-Super Bowl episode. read more

Buffy Star's Mean Feet

After the cancellation of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Michelle Trachtenberg thought she was done with the small screen. Hoped she was, even. "I'm definitely happy not to be in TV anymore," the ambitious Eurotrip starlet admits to TV Guide Online. Yet when she was invited to parody pop's tarts on Six Feet Under, she eagerly resurrected her tube career. Who can blame 'er? "Celeste is a combination of all the rumors you've ever heard about Britney, Christina and J. Lo all rolled into one," she says of the vixen she debuted in last weekend's episode. "She's just a bitchy little diva!"

Although Trachtenberg's four-episode guest gig has just begun (and continues this Sunday at 9 pm/ET on HBO), she's already back at work on her next feature, Ice Princess, in which she plays a bookworm with secret aspirations to be the next Nancy Kerrigan. "[My character] uses physics to teach people in her community how to skat read more

Money Honey Kisses and Tells

Rule No. 1 of reality-TV dating games: The guy is always going to be a sucker for the girl whom all the other girls hate. Rule No. 2: TV Guide Online is always going to want to dish the dirt with that girl! (Nice chicks may finish first, but they're less likely to gossip than a mime.) And so, gentle readers, it is with great pleasure that we now present our titillating tete-a-tete with For Love or Money mischief-maker Rachel (who, in keeping with her vixenish screen persona, phoned us two hours late!). Our money is on this endearingly forthright 26-year-old flight attendant to emerge from tonight's season finale (9 pm/ET on NBC) with both a huge payday and a big buck by the name of Preston.

TV Guide Online: How do you feel about being portrayed as "the villainess" of the show?
Terrible. Honestly, I'm just really, really upfront, and I just spoke my mind. I really didn't think it was possible for them to make me look as bad as read more

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