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Columbia Pictures has tapped Kate Hudson to headline a remake of the 1954 comedy It Should Happen to You, which starred Judy Holliday and Jack Lemmon... Felicity's Scott Speedman has joined the cast of the upcoming XXX sequel. As reported, Ice Cube will replace Vin Diesel as the pic's star. read more

IT'S CONTAGIOUS

Rick Hilton is following in his daughter's reality-show footsteps. According to Variety, 777 will shadow seven high rollers as they live together in a Las Vegas suite and fight over a $7 million pot. The project is being shopped to the networks this week. As previously reported, Hilton matriarch Kathy is also breaking into the reality biz with NBC's The Good Life, an eight-episode series in which Paris's mama teaches 10 young women how to fit into high society. read more

Question: I really enjoy the ...

Question: I really enjoy the show 1-800-Missing. Will it be returning? — Charlene R., Hinton, Alberta, Canada

Televisionary: That it will, Charlene, only its title is now merely Missing and Vivica A. Fox is stepping in for the departed Gloria Reuben. Look for the first episode of the new season July 10 at 10 pm/ET on Lifetime.

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A Quick Confession I just spent...

A Quick Confession
I just spent a reality-TV-free week with my mama, and it was sweet. Truly. Although, I've gotta admit I didn't replace those shows with quality television. And I'm blaming my mother for that. Every night she said one of three things: "Let's see what's on Lifetime," "Find me a movie" or "Oh, Walker, Texas Ranger!" And I'm so not kidding on that last one. I had to relearn that Chuck Norris is my mama's man. And you better not say anything bad about Chuck Norris. So I'm just going to leave the Walker, Texas episode where Walker takes an AIDS-stricken Haley Joel Osment on a vision quest alone. But what am I doing getting off the subject? North Shore is on.

North Shore
This is Brooke Burns acting shocked that her fellow "Gotham Goddess" is serious about making a move on her ex man. ______.
This is Brooke Burns showing concern for her drunk rich friend. ______.
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Question: I know Ronald ...

Question: I know Ronald Reagan was a movie actor, but did he ever star in a TV show of any sort before he became President? — Rocky S.

Televisionary: He never starred in anything, Rocky, but he had many appearances in other capacities in the '50s, mainly working as a host or acting in dramatic presentations of one sort or another. His first professional work with wife Nancy, for example, was on Ford Theatre in 1953 (in a production called First Born).

In 1954 he hosted a TV version of A Place in the Sun on Lux Video Theatre, which was on CBS at the time before it jumped to NBC. He also acted in a CBS Medallion Theater presentation, hosted ABC's musical-variety show The Orchid Award and was featured in a CBS Star Time Playhouse production around that time.

Reagan's longest TV stint was as host of CBS's General Electric Theater, which he appeared on from 1954-62, also acting in som read more

Question: I remember you ...

Question: I remember you writing about how Kate Jackson caused friction on the Charlie's Angel set by being strong-willed. Was she cured of that by the time she did The Scarecrow and Mrs. King? — Lilah B., Jackson, Wyo.

Televisionary: Asking if she was "cured" implies Ms. Jackson's assertiveness was an affliction to be treated, Lilah. And while an Angels producer or two may have agreed with you, Jackson never apologized for speaking her mind, and the people who worked with her on CBS's The Scarecrow and Mrs. King from October 1983 to September 1987 didn't seem to mind too much, either. (I'll admit, of course, that Jackson owning a piece of the show may have had something to do with that.)

"Yes, I had my say about Charlie's Angels," Jackson, who played housewife-turned-spy Amanda King, told TV Guide in 1984. "Why is that such a big deal? We're not robots, though some people read more

Question: After watching a ...

Question: After watching a rerun of Who's the Boss, I couldn't remember if Tony and Angela ever married on the show. Did they? And if they didn't, why not? — D.S., Collierville, Tenn.

Televisionary: They didn't actually marry on the show, but they appeared to be on their way. In the last episode, Tony and Angela had separated and Angela was looking for a new housekeeper. Tony showed up to try out for the job, the implication being that he wanted to give their relationship another shot, too. I answered this question at length a couple years back. You can read that answer by doing an archives search.

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Question: I read in a TV ...

Question: I read in a TV Guide article that Family Guy is coming, with new episodes, to Cartoon Network. But I saw on TV Guide Channel it was going to Fox. Which is it? — Chris, Millville, Mass.

Televisionary: The latter. It's because of The Family Guy's success in Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim" reruns and in its DVD release that Fox is producing new episodes. Look for them as early as summer 2005.

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L&O Boss Stands Trial


It would be a crime to confuse Fox's new legal drama, The Jury, with NBC's midseason contender, Law & Order: Trial by Jury — or at least so says Dick Wolf, the creator of L&O and its umpteen spin-offs. Rumors that the latest addition to the franchise will be set entirely in the deliberation room are "absolutely incorrect," the executive producer tells TV Guide Online. "There will be one or two scenes in the fourth act every week in the jury room, but you couldn't set a [whole] show in the jury room, I don't think."

However, Wolf concedes that TBJ — potentially an all-star affair featuring Jerry Orbach, Candice Bergen and Frasier dad John Mahoney — will not adhere as strictly to the time-tested L&O format as, say, SVU. "The cops are not as big as they are on L&O because it's set in the courthouse," he explains. "It's not law... it's order. The setup is a l read more

WASH, RINSE, REPEAT

With ABC's upcoming Wife Swap generating positive buzz, the network has ordered two companion reality shows: Boss Swap and Husband Swap. And if this franchise tanks, look for ABC to put feelers out to NBC, CBS and Fox for Network Swap. read more

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