Question: Can you tell me who played Lex Luthor's wife last season? Also, if you have a bio on her I would be thankful. Michael D., Waterbury, Conn.
Televisionary: OK, Michael, here's what I got:
Emmanuelle Vaugier, who played the two-faced Dr. Helen Bryce on the WB's Smallville, was born in 1976 in Vancouver, B.C. She speaks fluent French and modeled in Japan before breaking into the entertainment biz. She's appeared on such shows as Highlander, Charmed and Higher Ground, and had a lead on the WB's short-lived My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star. She most recently showed up in USA's TV-movie charting the rise and fall of Heidi Fleiss.
On the big screen, you may have caught her in such offerings as Secondhand Lions and
Question: My roommate and I are arguing over when Jackass premiered on MTV. I say it was 1999 at the latest. He says 2000. Please prove me right! Jeff, Marysville, Pa.
Televisionary: No can do, Jeff. Jackass debuted in October 2000 and went off the air in April 2002.
Veteran actress Anna Lee, best known to modern-day audiences as Quartermaine matriarch Lila on ABC's General Hospital, died Friday of pneumonia. She was 91. Lee, who was paralyzed in a car accident more than two decades ago, appeared in more than 60 films, including The Sound of Music, Fort Apache and King Solomon's Mines. She was slated to receive a lifetime-achievement award at Friday's Daytime Emmy telecast.
ABC doesn't unveil its fall sked until Tuesday, but Variety says that the network will not be renewing bubble shows Life with Bonnie, I'm with Her, Married to the Kellys and thankfully It's All Relative. Meanwhile, Variety also hints that CBS which has its Upfront on Wednesday may not pick up Monday-night staple Yes, Dear. That noise you hear is Atheists everywhere proclaiming, "There is a God after all!"
We'll be the first to admit that, while we can't seem to tear ourselves away from it, we don't feel good about watching The Swan (airing Mondays at 9 pm/ET on Fox). Week after week, plain Janes undergo hours and hours of plastic surgery, only to come out the other end looking like members of a Pamela Anderson cult. But now that we've gotten a look at the gnarly choppers on recent also-ran Dawn, we're going to shut our mouths. By allowing this 33-year-old mother of five to smile without embarrassing herself or frightening anyone, the show actually has performed a public service. If only by ringing up the Indiana resident for a post-op interrogation we could say we were doing the same.
TV Guide Online: Since anger was one of your big issues, I feel obliged to ask — for the sake of my own well-being — um, are you in a good mood today?
Dawn: [Reassuringly] Oh, it's not like that at all. I'm wonderful. Better than I've ever been!
Survivor: All-Stars fans rooted hard for their beloved, bearded pirate Rupert Boneham. So it's no surprise fans cast 38 million votes to award him the $1-million prize on last Thursday's Survivor: America's Tribal Council special. Additionally, viewers named Rupert's shoe-stealing escapade in Pearl Islands as the top Survivor moment of all time. His showdown with best villain Johnny Fairplay was also picked as the reality show's best fight. Here, TV Guide Online reconnects with Rupe, who's reveling in his popularity and making big plans for his windfall.
TVGO: Congrats! You were a shoo-in to win.
Rupert Boneham: I know, but I couldn't let myself believe it. In the back of my head, I kind of knew, but I was not going to let myself hope. I didn't want to walk out disappointed. It almost seemed greedy to even want more.
TVGO: Did you worry about your chances after learning which other players made the fans' final four?
As the new CBS movie Helter Skelter ignites renewed interest in 1969's infamous Tate-LaBianca murders — and in Charles Manson and his so-called "family" — TV Guide Online checked on the status of the real-life cult members. Manson himself did not participate in the ritualistic murders, but he sent his emissaries — Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkle, Tex Watson and Linda Kasabian — to perform the actual crimes. Atkins, Van Houten and Krenwinkle are housed at the California Institution for Women in Corona, Calif. Tex Watson is incarcerated at Mule Creek State Prison. Linda Kasabian, who did not participate in the murders and fled the family immediately afterward, was given immunity for testifying. Here's the rundown on them all...
Susan Atkins, 52, has been denied parole 10 times and is eligible for a hearing in December. Atkins is a gray-haired matron who sings in the
Law & Order has tapped acting vet Dennis Farina (Midnight Run, Get Shorty) to replace Jerry Orbach next season. As previously reported, Orbach is transferring to spinoff No. 3, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, which debuts on NBC at midseason. Although Farina's character is still being fleshed out, exec producer Dick Wolf tells TV Guide Online that the 60-year-old Crime Story star will be playing an "Italian cop who's an iconoclast... and a confirmed bachelor." Adds Farina: "He's going to be a little out of the ordinary."
Weekend Update anchor Jimmy Fallon broke some real news on this weekend's season finale of Saturday Night Live. The 29-year-old comic announced at the end of his Update segment that "This is my last show."
NBC has lost its appetite for The Restaurant at least for now. The network has pulled the low-rated reality soap from its Monday lineup for the remainder of May sweeps. Crossing Jordan repeats will likely air in its place. Rocco will return later this month, when ratings no longer matter.