Question: I have been trying to find a song I heard on a repeat episode of Beverly Hills 90210. It was played in the "Graduation" episode and it was one of the last songs played as they were driving down to look at the "Class of '93" sign they put up on the Hollywood hill. The main chorus went something like, "don't forget, blood is thicker than water." Who sings the song, and where can it be found? ? Carrie Anne, Virginia Beach, Va.
Televisionary: The 1993 episode, "Commencement" (a two-parter, actually), included the Triplets' "Blood is Thicker Than Water." You'll find it on the band's album (surprise!) Thicker Than Water.
Question: Help! I've been trying to figure out the lyrics to the theme from Here Come the Brides. While we're at it, what's the history of this theme song? I know Perry Como sang a version with similar lyrics. He never sang the theme, did he? Also, I'd appreciate any of your brilliant insight into this show. Thanks for any info! ? Barry
Televisionary: Don't thank me yet I can only get you part of the way there, to be perfectly honest. When the ABC series launched in September 1968, it boasted only an instrumental version of Hugo Montenegro, Ernie Sheldon and Jack Keller's "Seattle." In October, Como did indeed record a version with lyrics and made out quite well with it; the single made it all the way to No. 38 (No.
Question: Was there ever a TV version of The Thin Man? If so, who played Nick and Nora? Thank you. ? Bill D., Hemet, Cal.
Televisionary: That there was, Bill. NBC ran a version for nearly two years beginning in September 1957. Peter Lawford played Nick, Phyllis Kirk was Nora and Jack Albertson (Chico and the Man) was Lt. Evans (second season only).
Question: A few years ago there was a police series with a main character who was a Chinese police officer on loan from Hong Kong. TV Guide described him as a man who "looks like Humpty Dumpty and moves like Spider-Man." What was the name of the series, who was the actor and what other parts has he played? I really enjoyed the series and was sorry it was not renewed. ? Bernice, Port Allegany, Pa.
Televisionary: You're thinking of CBS's Martial Law, which starred the roly-poly but lethal Sammo Hung as a Chinese cop working with the L.A.P.D. His English wasn't so hot (no stretch there neither is Hung's), but he kicked butt with ease. Along for the ride were Kelly Hu as fellow cop Chen Pei Pei (later known as Grace Chen), and
Question: In your Aug. 19 column you mentioned the Nathan Laneseries Encore, Encore; but what was that very (and perhaps mercifully) short-lived series about Nathan being a gay congressman? ? Randall, Hollister, Cal.
Televisionary: Jeez, Randall. Forgotten already? CBS only pulled the show at the end of June. Then again, judging by Charlie Lawrence's low ratings, it didn't stick with too many other people, either.
Lane, the acclaimed Broadway and film talent, played gay TV star-turned-congressman Charlie on the show, which debuted in mid-June. He was a first-term representative from New Mexico, with Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne, Norm) as his biggest fan-turned-office manager and
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers earned a record $23 million during its first five days on rental store shelves, Video Store magazine reports. That surpasses the previous rental record set by The Bourne Identity, which last January grossed $22.8 million during its first five days in stores.
On Tuesday, Bravo hosted a screening party for the finale episode of Boy Meets Boy. At Here Lounge a popular West Hollywood gay bar partygoers gossiped like mad about the all-male dating show. The biggest question: Is James really hot for his chosen one, Wes? Or was this reality TV romance over before it even began? More dish on that sketchy scenario tomorrow. Today, TV Guide Online concerns itself with Franklin, the curly-tressed straight imposter who played gay all the way to the final two. Guarded and very politically correct, the 23-year-old wine steward claims no sour grapes about losing out on the $25,000 prize. So why did he do this show? Read on...
TV Guide Online: Some of the straights were clearly in this for cash and TV exposure. But you seemed like a really good guy. Why stoop to such deception?
Franklin: It was really to help educate Middle America, which I came from. Six months after I
Hollywood has-beens are plentiful in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (opening tomorrow). Writer/star David Spade corraled a long list of yesteryear talent, including both Coreys Feldman and Haim Leif Garrett, and most of the Brady Bunch clan. Was there any C-list celeb on Spade's wish list who wasn't eager and available?
"Fonzie," Spade tells TV Guide Online. "Love him. [Henry Winkler] was my favorite 35-year-old
If this music-acting stuff doesn't pan out, Hilary Duff may have a future as a fortune teller. At last week's MTV VMAs, the erstwhile Lizzie McGuire predicted that her first solo album Metamorphosis would debut at No. 2 behind Mary J. Blige's Love & Life. And guess what? Duff was right! Blige's latest CD entered Billboard's album chart at No. 1 with sales of 286,000 copies. Duff's Metamorphosis, meanwhile, finished a close second with 204,000 copies.
Look out, Ripley, the original bitch is back! This Halloween, a new generation will have the chance to be scared silly by Alien when a new director's cut of the 1979 sci-fi screamer gets released in theaters. Oscar-nominated helmer Ridley Scott says he jumped at the chance to retool his landmark spooker.
"Fox [asked], 'Do you think we've got an audience there again?'" recalls the British auteur, whose con-artist comedy Matchstick Men opens Sept. 12. "I said, 'Absolutely!' I regard a generation as 10 years. The kid who couldn't see Alien at 15 years old, never saw it until it was on video. Tape fades and it varies tremendously... It can be anything from what it should be to absolutely dreadful. That is not the film I made."
Though the running time of the extra-terrestrial thriller will remain about the same, Scott says he trimmed some slow bits and added about five minutes of unseen footage. "As the 24 years have past, I think,