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Question: Is it true that Tom ...

Question: Is it true that Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are going to make a second Band of Brothers series? Thanks. — Ryan S., Ijamsville, Md.

Televisionary: That they are, Ryan. However, the 10-part miniseries, which will also be on HBO, won't share the Band title and will not be based on a book.

Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone is teaming with Spielberg's DreamWorks for the original creation, which will focus on the fight against Japan during World War II. It will be headed up by writer Bruce McKenna, who won a Writers Guild Award for the Band episode he penned.

Also keep your eyes peeled for another Playtone-HBO project, the 13-part John Adams, which will be based on David McCullough's best-selling book.

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Question: I love Adrian ...

Question: I love Adrian Pasdar on Judging Amy. I am surprised there has not been more publicity touting the fact that he is on there since he is married to Dixie Chick Natalie Maines. I remember him having is own series that I liked a lot, but can't remember the name of it. Can you help? It's one of those things that is driving me crazy!

Televisionary: I sure hope so. You must be thinking of either Mysterious Ways or the short-lived but well-regarded Profit, which I wrote about a few years back.

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Question: Please help! At ...

Question: Please help! At least 10 years ago, there was a Hallmark movie or movie of the week about an abused young girl who found solice with an African-American neighbor lady (maybe Oprah Winfrey). The name of it escapes me. I believe the mom was played by Ellen Barkin, but I'm not sure. Sorry for the limited info, but if anyone can figure it out, it's you. Also, do you know if it's available for purchase any where? Thanks! — Christine, Sumner, Wash.

Televisionary: Sounds to me like you're thinking of Ellen Foster, a 1997 Hallmark Hall of Fame movie that starred Jena Malone as the titular Ellen, a young girl trying to escape life with her abusive father (Ted Levine) and grandmother (Julie Harris) after the death of her caring mother (Glynnis O'Connor). The home of her friend Starletta (Allison Jones II) and Starletta's mother (Lynne Moody) proved to be her salvation.

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Question: I just began ...

Question: I just began watching One Tree Hill a month or two ago, and I thought I had everybody straight as far as who they were and how they were connected to each other, only now I am totally confused. I know that Dan is Lucas' real father, and I know (I think) that Keith and Dan are brothers, and I thought that Karen was Lucas' mother, but I am totally confused now about how Dan, Keith, Karen, and Lucas all tie in together. Please help me on this one! Thank you so much! — Brittany, Calvert City, Ky.

Televisionary: Dan (Paul Johansson) got Karen (Moira Kelly) pregnant while they were in high school. He then took off for college, leaving her with Lucas (Chad Michael Murray), their son. While Dan was gone, Karen maintained a friendship with Dan's brother Keith (Craig Sheffer). Then Dan came home with a new wife and new son, Nathan (James Lafferty). Make sense?

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Question: What was the name ...

Question: What was the name of the train on The Wild, Wild West? — Anthony C., Amityville, N.Y.

Televisionary: The gadget-laden train in which undercover agents James West (Robert Conrad) and Artemus Gordon (Ross Martin) tooled around the old West was called the Wanderer, and a beauty it was.

Exteriors were shot using a real antique locomotive and train cars from Nevada's old Virginia and Truckee Railroad. Interiors were shot in CBS sets. The Wanderer's cars were upgraded and changed over the course of the show (The Wild, Wild West ran from 1965-70), but initially they included a bedroom, a parlor, a kitchen and a combination gun room-laboratory, all of which cost only about $35,000 to build.

"People are fascinated by this train," associate producer Len Katzman told TV Guide in 1966. "It has everything from a 75 mm cannon to carrier pigeons.... On a coffee table we had two mounted pistols — decorator pieces read more

Big Fat Secrets Revealed!


Steven Bailey should be sweating bullets. When the harrowing conclusion of Fox's My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé airs tonight (at 9/ET), a place in hell is sure to be reserved in his name. After all, as the most uncouth bridegroom since the Stone Age, he reduced faux sweetheart Randi Coy's unsuspecting family to tears on an almost hourly basis. But, to hear him tell it, he doesn't give a... um, darn.

"We put the Coys through a lot, and I certainly felt guilty at times," he acknowledges, then adds with confidence, "but it is a practical joke!"

Whether said joke was actually practical, it was, beyond a shadow of a doubt, cruel. Not only did Bailey make the Coy clan believe that Randi was marrying someone she hardly knew, he made them think they were inheriting a poor relation whose table manners paled in comparison to those of most house pets. On top of it all, the Coys seemed pretty nice.

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Trump Previews Apprentice 2

Donald Trump recently sealed a deal with NBC for a second edition of his reality smash, The Apprentice. But questions loom: Will the show stay on Thursday nights next fall? Have we seen the last of Sam Solovey? Will the next batch of males get a chance to redeem their gender? Is a second-season makeover in the cards for the show's star-tycoon? Will The Donald agree to talk to TV Guide Online about all of the issues put forth in this introduction? Oh, that last one's easy — you betcha!

TV Guide Online: Did you work it into the negotiations that The Apprentice remain on Thursdays next fall?
Donald Trump:
It's gonna stay in the same slot.

TVGO: You have an assurance from [NBC entertainment president] Jeff Zucker about this?
Trump:
That's what they've told me. (An NBC rep tells TV Guide Online that no decision has been made about where and when The Apprentic read more

HAIR'S YOUR CHANCE!

Getting married or engaged? Have a class reunion coming up? Got a scary-ass hairdo? If you answered yes to any of these questions (especially that last one), you could qualify for a makeover on Blow Out, Bravo's upcoming reality series set inside a new Beverly Hills salon. If interested, head to BravoTV.com/Blow_Out/ for more information. After that, get thee to Super Cuts. Pronto. read more

CASHING IN

Regis Philbin has come to ABC's rescue once again. Last night's debut of Super Millionaire hit the jackpot with 17.5 million viewers — making it the night's top-rated program. The five-night event wraps up Friday. read more

Queer Eye Goes Straight

Move over, Fab Five, there's a new crew of fashionistas in town. Beginning tonight at 10/ET, the Flab Four of Comedy Central's Straight Plan for the Gay Man will help a few lucky gay men discover their inner straight dude. TV Guide Online spoke with two of these heterosexual experts, Billy Merritt and Curtis Gwinn, to get their take on fashion, interior design and their competition.

TV Guide Online: Billy, you're credited as the "Appearance Guy" on the show, and Curtis, you're the "Environment Guy." So what makes you experts in your respective fields?
Billy:
I like to consider myself the Minister of Style, like a defense minister. I'm all about fashion, and since doing this I have become more fashion conscious.
Curtis: Except for today, right?
Billy: What's wrong with today, man? Look, this tie matches this shirt! If I can get my tie to match my shirt and my belt, I win. Basically, my style is: Does it fit? If I can get my cloth read more

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