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Question: I remember seeing ...

Question: I remember seeing an interesting TV-movie 10 years or so ago. It starred 7th Heaven's Catherine Hicks and the premise was that modern-day people used time travel to change the events of Kennedy's assassination. Sorry, but I can't remember the name of the movie or the other actors. Any help? — Rhonda, Nashville, Tenn.

Televisionary: Yup. You're thinking of Running Against Time, which starred Hicks, Robert Hayes and Sam Wanamaker. In it, Hays tried to avert JFK's assassination, hoping that doing so would avoid the Vietnam War and the death of his brother, who was killed in the conflict. It initially aired in 1990 and was released on home video, so if you do some digging online and with your local retailer, you should probably be able to find a copy.

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Question: Do you know the ...

Question: Do you know the name of the firm from the miniseries Wall Street, which ran for a brief period a couple of years ago on Fox? — Robert, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Televisionary: Assuming you mean Darren Star's short-lived The $treet, which lasted only a month beginning in November 2000, the firm was Balmont Stevens.

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Question: Settle a bet for me ...

Question: Settle a bet for me if you can. On the TV show JAG, in an earlier episode called "Impact," did Maury Povich play the part of an attorney? — Sean J., Amarillo, Tex.

Televisionary: If you mean the Season 3 episode, no — not as far as I know.

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Exchange of the evening (courtesy...

Exchange of the evening (courtesy of WE's Single in Vegas):

Mercenary bar dancer Kyshawn: "I like your booty."

Sleeveless-T Mike: "What's up?"

MBD Kyshawn: "I said I like your booty."

S-T Mike: "Well, it is nice."

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Man, this thing's ruff going. Don't try taping it without a paws button. (Sorry for that biting commentary.) Anyway, yeah, these pooches are beautiful, smart and extremely valuable. But I'll bet not one of them can duplicate my late dog's drag-her-butt-across-the-carpet trick, which she invented all on her own.

7th Heaven
Ruthie and Peter wait until the day before their project's due to start their research, so they have to invent all sorts of details on Presidents Washington and Lincoln for their newspaper ("Delaware Sailors Complain: Washington Drank All Our Rum"). Now, read more

Question: Help me win a bet, ...

Question: Help me win a bet, please. Wasn't Heather Locklear in The Fall Guy? — Bruce G., Kokomo, Ind.

Televisionary: Nope. That was Heather Thomas, and it's a common mistake people make when looking back to the time that both Heathers had shows on the air: Fall Guy (November 1981-May 1986, ABC) and Locklear's T.J. Hooker (March 1982-September 1987, ABC and CBS). Considering how they started out, both were in danger of being quickly written off as empty-headed blonde eye candy. Locklear, to her credit, has done a remarkable job of escaping that particular vacuum to launch an admirable career. And it's not like Thomas didn't try.

To see that Thomas had a brain in her head, one need only have looked at the Fall Guy makeup trailer, which sported a Thomas publicity photo taped to a mirror. In it, she wore a tank top and leaned against a street sign and smiled invitingly. On it was scrawled conflicting comments about her hair, read more


The original Star Wars trilogy will at last debut on DVD Sept. 21. The four-disc box set will feature the rereleased special editions of all three films — not the original theatrical versions. Also included: a new documentary about the making of the films and never-seen footage. read more


The sleuths over at have obtained some casting scoop on Matt LeBlanc's upcoming Friends spin-off, Joey. His newest friends will include a hairdressing sister, a nephew described as a socially awkward Seth Cohen-type and a love interest/next-door neighbor named Allison. As previously reported, Joey will be set in Los Angeles, where Tribbs moves to pursue his acting career. Man, is he gonna be confused when he finds out Days of Our Lives tapes out there and not in New York City. read more

Question: Was there more than ...

Question: Was there more than one Ginger on Gilligan's Island? — Michelle C., Atlanta, Ga.

Televisionary: Not on the regular series, no. Tina Louise played her the whole time.

However, Ms. Louise did not appear in any of the reunion TV-movies. Judith Baldwin stepped into the role for Rescue From Gilligan's Island (1978) and Castaways on Gilligan's Island (1979), then Constance Forslund played it in The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island (1981).

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Question: Can you provide ...

Question: Can you provide information on a spin-off series called Sheriff Lobo? I believe it came from The Dukes of Hazzard. Thank you. — Jeannie M., Riverside, Calif.

Televisionary: Sure thing, only it wasn't spun off from The Dukes; Claude Akins's Sheriff Elroy P. Lobo was originally a character on B.J. and Bear.

When Orly County, Ga.'s Lobo first appeared on his own NBC show in September 1979, the vehicle was called The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo. In it, Lobo, a man with Bilko-esque aspirations, was always trying to take advantage of his position to fatten his bank account, but succeeded merely in doing his job and actually enforcing the law. Perkins (Mills Watson), Lobo's brother-in-law, and Birdie (Brian Kerwin) were his deputies; Margaret Ellen (Janet Lynn Curtis) was the obligatory eye candy (a waitress, actua read more

Bertolucci's Naked Truth

"I don't consider the naked body obscene," says acclaimed Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, when asked about the frank sexuality that permeates his latest movie, The Dreamers. "When you go and cover part of the naked body — that's when it [becomes] titillating and maybe obscene." As the backlash from Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" indicates, however, there are many who disagree with him.

That's why it's a bold move for Fox Searchlight — the studio overseeing the U.S. release of The Dreamers — to release Bertolucci's original NC-17 cut, instead of the R-rated version they initially planned on shipping to theaters. It's the first studio film since 1998's Orgazmo to be released with an NC-17 — a rating with a history of scaring away advertisers and theater owners read more

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