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Question: How old is James ...

Question: How old is James Marsters (aka Spike of Buffy and Angel fame)? The Watercooler discussion of the Angel finale gives his age as 42. However, I have read Internet biographies that list his age as young as 31. What's the deal here? How come there seems to be so much confusion concerning his age? (For the record, his official website doesn't give a birth year.) — Carla, Bristol, Va.

Televisionary: And for good reason, Carla. This industry's brutal for anyone who dares to age, even someone as well-preserved as Mr. Marsters. I have it on good faith — said faith being good because I just yelled over the cubicle wall to the person who recently wrote about the Angel finale for TV Guide magazine — that the actor is indeed 42. Why the confusion? As I said, he looks darned good for 42. As for the conflicting ages, don't you know not to bel read more

Question: Being an old-timer, ...

Question: Being an old-timer, I loved your column about Red Skelton. So here's a question about another entertainer from my era, Danny Kaye. I seem to remember him not getting along with Lucille Ball. Was that for real? — Carl P., Fargo, N.D.

Televisionary: Yes, it was, Carl, though the two of them then made a show of telling the press it was all in fun.

Kaye, who was a legendary live performer before launching a CBS musical-variety TV show in September 1963, was also a temperamental one, turning on a dime and letting fly when angered. And as the story goes, TV's beloved Lucy (who was no shrinking violet herself, remember) got on his nerves. It first became evident to the public when the two co-hosted the 1964 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. When time grew short, Ball reportedly told Kaye to read the citations faster, whereupon he started reading so fast he couldn' read more

Question: Being an old-timer, ...

Question: Being an old-timer, I loved your column about Red Skelton. So here's a question about another entertainer from my era, Danny Kaye. I seem to remember him not getting along with Lucille Ball. Was that for real? — Carl P., Fargo, N.D.

Televisionary: Yes, it was, Carl, though the two of them then made a show of telling the press it was all in fun.

Kaye, who was a legendary live performer before launching a CBS musical-variety TV show in September 1963, was also a temperamental one, turning on a dime and letting fly when angered. And as the story goes, TV's beloved Lucy (who was no shrinking violet herself, remember) got on his nerves. It first became evident to the public when the two co-hosted the 1964 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. When time grew short, Ball reportedly told Kaye to read the citations faster, whereupon he started reading so fast he couldn' read more

Question: Please tell me I am ...

Question: Please tell me I am not insane. I fondly recall a children's show in the '70s that starred chimpanzees as spies and was called Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp. No one I have ever asked remembers this show. Did my overactive imagination make this up? — Beth H., Concord, Cal.

Televisionary: If so, it's a communal hallucination since I share it, too. Matter of fact, it's so powerful I even hallucinated about having a Lancelot Link lunchbox in second grade. (I also busted the glass thermos liner in that made-up memory twice, I think.)

Yes, Lancelot Link was a real show. So real, in fact, that the producers used real chimps as actors in the spoof, which pitted good-guy spy Lance and the agents of A.P.E. (Agency to Prevent Evil) against the evil-doers of C.H.U.M.P. (Criminal Headquarters for Underworld Master Plan). Lance's simian version of Maxwell Smart's Agent 99 was a sidekick named Marta Hairi, wh read more

Question: You know HBO's Six ...

Question: You know HBO's Six Feet Under advertisement where they are all jazzing about in the supermarket? Who sings that song and what is it called? Think: Nina Simone-esque. Please help. — Jessica W., New York, N.Y.

Televisionary: Think Nina Simone, indeed, Jessica. That's Ms. Simone doing "Feeling Good," and you'll find it on a number of different Simone collections, including the recently released Verve Unmixed.

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Question: My husband and I ...

Question: My husband and I really enjoy Tony Shalhoub's Monk. We were wondering if and when it will be back with a new season. I did look (a little) on the Web but couldn't find any info. Can you help us? — Donna, Latham, N.Y.

Televisionary: That I can. Tune into USA at 10 pm/ET on June 18, when the show's new season kicks off.

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Question: Please tell me I am ...

Question: Please tell me I am not insane. I fondly recall a children's show in the '70s that starred chimpanzees as spies and was called Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp. No one I have ever asked remembers this show. Did my overactive imagination make this up? — Beth H., Concord, Cal.

Televisionary: If so, it's a communal hallucination since I share it, too. Matter of fact, it's so powerful I even hallucinated about having a Lancelot Link lunchbox in second grade. (I also busted the glass thermos liner in that made-up memory twice, I think.)

Yes, Lancelot Link was a real show. So real, in fact, that the producers used real chimps as actors in the spoof, which pitted good-guy spy Lance and the agents of A.P.E. (Agency to Prevent Evil) against the evil-doers of C.H.U.M.P. (Criminal Headquarters for Underworld Master Plan). Lance's simian version of Maxwell Smart's Agent 99 was a sidekick named Marta Hairi, wh read more

Question: How old is James ...

Question: How old is James Marsters (aka Spike of Buffy and Angel fame)? The Watercooler discussion of the Angel finale gives his age as 42. However, I have read Internet biographies that list his age as young as 31. What's the deal here? How come there seems to be so much confusion concerning his age? (For the record, his official website doesn't give a birth year.) — Carla, Bristol, Va.

Televisionary: And for good reason, Carla. This industry's brutal for anyone who dares to age, even someone as well-preserved as Mr. Marsters. I have it on good faith — said faith being good because I just yelled over the cubicle wall to the person who recently wrote about the Angel finale for TV Guide magazine — that the actor is indeed 42. Why the confusion? As I said, he looks darned good for 42. As for the conflicting ages, don't you know not to bel read more

No Swan Song for Nina Diva!

We felt bad when Superstar USA gave the boot to kicky contestant Nina Diva last week. Although we'd sooner buy a CD of fingernails on a chalkboard than ever again hear her maul "Roxanne," the Orlando-based Korean-American entertainer truly believed she'd just blown her shot at being the next Britney. And when we thought about her reaction upon learning that the show (continuing on WB tonight at 9 pm/ET) was an American Idol parody designed to unearth the next William Hung, not the next Ruben Studdard, we felt even worse. So we checked out ninadiva.com to hear whether her confidence in her abilities was completely unfounded. (It isn't; Christina, she ain't, but after a few cocktails, she could get us out on the dance floor.) Then we rang up the former NFL cheerleader to let her get in a few more kicks — this time aimed at the reality competition that had invited us to delight in her humiliation.

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Matthew Broderick: Swan Addict


Matthew Broderick has earned big kudos (including a Tony Award) for his role in Broadway's The Producers, which he'll soon do on the big screen. But lately, he's mostly been thought of as Mr. Sarah Jessica Parker. On Friday, he debuts in The Stepford Wives, wherein his character tries to turn his high-powered executive spouse (Nicole Kidman) into a '50s-style robo-blonde who'll cater to his every whim. Has Broderick ever wished he could do that to SJP in real life?

"[Sarah's] extremely successful and mega-powerful," he laughed at the recent Stepford press junket in Manhattan. "She could destroy this whole hotel just by looking at it! But so far, I feel perfectly safe around her."

So, no brainwashing necessary, Matt? "There is nothing that I would change about her," he insists. "She is not very Stepford-like, but she is old-fashioned in some ways. She likes cooking and homemaking — when read more

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