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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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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

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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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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


Add homelessness to the list of Mary-Kate Olsen's woes. The New York Post reports that Mary-Kate and sister Ashley — who plan to hit the books this fall at NYU — have lost out on a bid to lease a three-bedroom condo in lower Manhattan. The crib's owner allegedly feared the twins wouldn't pass muster with the building's rigid board, which has been known to discriminate against former stars of overrated '80s sitcoms. read more

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


Max, Niles and the rest of the Nanny gang reconnected at Fran Drescher's Malibu estate on June 16 to tape The Nanny Reunion: A Nosh to Remember, a Lifetime special slated to air October 11. For more on this bit of scoopage, pick up the current issue of TV Guide magazine, turn to page 13, say hello to my picture and read on! read more


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


Price Is Right emcee Bob Barker, Today hostess Katie Couric and CBS newsman Dan Rather were inducted into the Academy of Television and Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Saturday in Los Angeles. read more

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