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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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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

Grammys a Class Act

Color us shocked. We thought that after Janet Jackson's Super Bowl striptease got her barred from the Grammys, her fellow shock and rollers would pull out all the stops to keep CBS' censors on their toes. But last night's live broadcast of the 46th annual award ceremony was — gasp! — pretty darn classy. (It was so tame, in fact, that we didn't feel right calling it damn classy.) Read on, and see for yourself. There were:

Tasteful musical numbers. In recognition of the 20th anniversary of Purple Rain, Prince — who, we are pleased to report, kept his tush covered — performed three hits from his 1984 movie soundtrack with Beyonce, who, clearly forewarned about the skirt-blowing power of the wind machine, wore panties. Two hours later, the Destiny's Child vamp returned to bring down the house with a tour-de-force performance of "Dangerously read more


Ten years after its theatrical release, Disney's Aladdin will arrive on DVD on Oct. 5... In a four-year deal valued at $30 million, FX has landed syndication rights to NBC's Fear Factor. Reruns will start popping up on the cable network this summer... The champion snowboarder injured Thursday during a taping of Late Show with David Letterman will be a guest on tonight's show. read more


OutKast's double CD, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, was named album of the year at Sunday's 46th annual Grammy Awards. The hip-hop duo also nabbed honors for best rap album and best urban/alternative performance for "Hey Ya!" Coldplay won record of the year for "Clocks," and Luther Vandross' "Dance With My Father" scored song of the year kudos. And although she failed to win in any of the top categories, Beyonce still walked away with a record-tying five awards, including best female R&B performance and best contemporary R&B album for Dangerously in Love. CBS, meanwhile, estimates that an average 26 million people watched the telecast, making it the highest-rated Grammys in three years. For a complete rundown of Grammy winners and losers, click read more


Peter Jackson inched closer to Oscar glory this weekend when the Directors Guild of America honored the filmmaker with its top prize for Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Only six times in the past 56 years has the the DGA victor not gone on to win the best director Oscar. In other kudos news, Finding Nemo picked up nine Annie Awards, which recognize the best in animation. Included in the film's haul: An acting win for Ellen DeGeneres, who voiced the absent-minded Dory. read more

Friends Star's Sports Miracle

The current film Miracle — about the gold-medal winning 1980 U.S. Hockey Team — marks the big-screen debut of Eddie Cahill. You know him best as Felicity junkie James and Rachel's boy toy, Tag, on Friends. Those memorable TV roles allowed him an edge over his hockey-playing cast mates, who were mostly acting rookies.

"I came from less of a hockey background than some of the guys," Cahill tells TV Guide Online. "We never sat down and talked about it, like, 'OK, I don't really know hockey, you don't know [acting].' Instinctively, where somebody was weak, somebody else's strengths would come in and lift that person up."

Despite his talent and good looks, landing the role wasn't all fun and games. Before Cahill was given the opportunity to read more


After more than a decade on the force, NYPD Blue will turn in its badge in '05. ABC has reached a deal to bring back the venerable cop drama this fall for a 12th — and final — year. The network is reportedly planning a big send-off for Blue next season, which can only mean one thing: Dennis Franz is gonna get cheeky again. read more

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