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Question: My husband and I ...

Question: My husband and I really enjoy Tony Shalhoub's Monk. We were wondering if and when it will be back with a new season. I did look (a little) on the Web but couldn't find any info. Can you help us? — Donna, Latham, N.Y.

Televisionary: That I can. Tune into USA at 10 pm/ET on June 18, when the show's new season kicks off.

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Question: My husband and I ...

Question: My husband and I really enjoy Tony Shalhoub's Monk. We were wondering if and when it will be back with a new season. I did look (a little) on the Web but couldn't find any info. Can you help us? — Donna, Latham, N.Y.

Televisionary: That I can. Tune into USA at 10 pm/ET on June 18, when the show's new season kicks off.

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Question: Please tell me I am ...

Question: Please tell me I am not insane. I fondly recall a children's show in the '70s that starred chimpanzees as spies and was called Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp. No one I have ever asked remembers this show. Did my overactive imagination make this up? — Beth H., Concord, Cal.

Televisionary: If so, it's a communal hallucination since I share it, too. Matter of fact, it's so powerful I even hallucinated about having a Lancelot Link lunchbox in second grade. (I also busted the glass thermos liner in that made-up memory twice, I think.)

Yes, Lancelot Link was a real show. So real, in fact, that the producers used real chimps as actors in the spoof, which pitted good-guy spy Lance and the agents of A.P.E. (Agency to Prevent Evil) against the evil-doers of C.H.U.M.P. (Criminal Headquarters for Underworld Master Plan). Lance's simian version of Maxwell Smart's Agent 99 was a sidekick named Marta Hairi, wh read more

Question: Being an old-timer, ...

Question: Being an old-timer, I loved your column about Red Skelton. So here's a question about another entertainer from my era, Danny Kaye. I seem to remember him not getting along with Lucille Ball. Was that for real? — Carl P., Fargo, N.D.

Televisionary: Yes, it was, Carl, though the two of them then made a show of telling the press it was all in fun.

Kaye, who was a legendary live performer before launching a CBS musical-variety TV show in September 1963, was also a temperamental one, turning on a dime and letting fly when angered. And as the story goes, TV's beloved Lucy (who was no shrinking violet herself, remember) got on his nerves. It first became evident to the public when the two co-hosted the 1964 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. When time grew short, Ball reportedly told Kaye to read the citations faster, whereupon he started reading so fast he couldn' read more

Question: How old is James ...

Question: How old is James Marsters (aka Spike of Buffy and Angel fame)? The Watercooler discussion of the Angel finale gives his age as 42. However, I have read Internet biographies that list his age as young as 31. What's the deal here? How come there seems to be so much confusion concerning his age? (For the record, his official website doesn't give a birth year.) — Carla, Bristol, Va.

Televisionary: And for good reason, Carla. This industry's brutal for anyone who dares to age, even someone as well-preserved as Mr. Marsters. I have it on good faith — said faith being good because I just yelled over the cubicle wall to the person who recently wrote about the Angel finale for TV Guide magazine — that the actor is indeed 42. Why the confusion? As I said, he looks darned good for 42. As for the conflicting ages, don't you know not to bel read more

Question: Being an old-timer, ...

Question: Being an old-timer, I loved your column about Red Skelton. So here's a question about another entertainer from my era, Danny Kaye. I seem to remember him not getting along with Lucille Ball. Was that for real? — Carl P., Fargo, N.D.

Televisionary: Yes, it was, Carl, though the two of them then made a show of telling the press it was all in fun.

Kaye, who was a legendary live performer before launching a CBS musical-variety TV show in September 1963, was also a temperamental one, turning on a dime and letting fly when angered. And as the story goes, TV's beloved Lucy (who was no shrinking violet herself, remember) got on his nerves. It first became evident to the public when the two co-hosted the 1964 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. When time grew short, Ball reportedly told Kaye to read the citations faster, whereupon he started reading so fast he couldn' read more

Technically speaking, tonight's...

Technically speaking, tonight's CBS lineup is a repeat. But, hey, it's new to me. So, here goes...

Everybody Loves Raymond
All that trouble over "Thank you" notes? Daaaang. What would Emily Post say? I checked (emilypost.com, people). And technically, she agrees with Marie — sending notes A.S.A.P really is B.E.S.T. She also says, "If you open a gift in the presence of the giver, you need not write a note." So Frank's thank-you Post-It was a bit unnecessary.

Two and a Half Men
Oh, the early days... back when Stalker Rose's stalking of Charlie was still creepy and Alan was in denial about how permanent the separation from his wife really is. Ah... This episode reminds me of where the producers could have gone with Jon Cryer's character. He was almost just another whipped Niles Crane. But they used this ep to start nipping those &#252ber-wuss tendencies in the bud. Thank goodness for small scripted read more

Question: You know HBO's Six ...

Question: You know HBO's Six Feet Under advertisement where they are all jazzing about in the supermarket? Who sings that song and what is it called? Think: Nina Simone-esque. Please help. — Jessica W., New York, N.Y.

Televisionary: Think Nina Simone, indeed, Jessica. That's Ms. Simone doing "Feeling Good," and you'll find it on a number of different Simone collections, including the recently released Verve Unmixed.

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Question: How old is James ...

Question: How old is James Marsters (aka Spike of Buffy and Angel fame)? The Watercooler discussion of the Angel finale gives his age as 42. However, I have read Internet biographies that list his age as young as 31. What's the deal here? How come there seems to be so much confusion concerning his age? (For the record, his official website doesn't give a birth year.) — Carla, Bristol, Va.

Televisionary: And for good reason, Carla. This industry's brutal for anyone who dares to age, even someone as well-preserved as Mr. Marsters. I have it on good faith — said faith being good because I just yelled over the cubicle wall to the person who recently wrote about the Angel finale for TV Guide magazine — that the actor is indeed 42. Why the confusion? As I said, he looks darned good for 42. As for the conflicting ages, don't you know not to bel read more

HE'S AT IT AGAIN

Reality bigwig Mark Burnett is developing a rock 'n' roll version of American Idol, Variety reports. The show, which Burnett plans to pitch to the networks this week, will search for a crooner who could step in as the lead singer of an "existing, internationally known rock group" that no one has ever heard of. read more

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