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Question: Who is the actor ...

Question: Who is the actor who plays Adam on Joan of Arcadia? — Rich H.

Televisionary: Good, isn't he? That's Christopher Marquette, who appeared regularly on Lifetime's Strong Medicine and has also showed up on such shows as Judging Amy ER, Even Stevens and Boston Public. And assuming you're a fan, you oughtta get a kick of this little teaser: I can't reveal details, but a source tells me we can look for Adam to become a bigger part of Joan's life as their relationship takes "a very interesting turn."

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Question: I know the new ...

Question: I know the new Dragnet's been cancelled, but since it revived the Joe Friday character I got to thinking. Wasn't there already a Joe Friday comeback in the late '60s or early '70s? — Denise H., Mandan, N.D.

Televisionary: That there was, Denise. And it was with Jack Webb, the original model, in the same role, too, doing the same sort of show he'd done in the series' initial run.

Webb, a Santa Monica, Cal, native and former World War II B-26 pilot, launched Friday and Dragnet as a radio show in 1949, and it almost didn't make it past its first broadcast. Network execs hated the slow pacing, flat delivery and lack of violence and were screaming for changes — until New York Herald Tribune critic John Crosby weighed in with a column that listed everything the suits hated as the show's strong points.

Dragnet stayed, and in January 1952 it launched on NBC's TV sc read more

Question: In the opening and ...

Question: In the opening and closing moments of Everwood, there is someone who talks over what is going on. Who is the actor who does this? — David L., Howell, N.J.

Televisionary: John Beasley handles the voice-over narration duties. He also plays bus driver Irv Harper on the show, and has appeared on such series as Brewster Place, CSI and Judging Amy.

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Question: When will new ...

Question: When will new episodes of Nip/Tuck return? Thanks! — Anitalyn, San Diego, Cal.

Televisionary: FX hasn't announced the second season's debut, but I can tell you the network has ordered 15 more episodes and production begins in Feb. Keep your eyes peeled (and tucked) for more info.

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Question: I remember being ...

Question: I remember being scared out of my wits by a TV movie I happened across one boring Saturday afternoon when I was a kid. It would have aired in the late '70s or early '80s, and I was hoping you could tell me the name of it and whether it's available on video. From what I remember, it was about a teenage boy who was kind of a loser and an outcast at school. He lived alone with his weird, controlling mother in a rickety old house. Then his mother died suddenly and he so desperately wanted to stay in the house that he created a room within the walls of the house and secretly lived there even after the house was sold to a new family. He was such a loser that no one at school or in the neighborhood even noticed that he wasn't around anymore. Anyway, the new family had several attractive and popular teenage daughters that he then spied on and terrorized. I think he even killed a few of them eventually. As a military brat who moved into new houses every few years, I was thoroughly read more

Question: The version of ...

Question: The version of Rudolph I adored (and memorized) as a child contained a different song: During Hermey and Rudolph's first romp together (when they're now singing "We're a Couple of Misfits," they sang a song called "Fame &#038 Fortune". When and why was this changed? — Maryanne F., Short Hills, N.J.

Televisionary: Good question, Maryanne. And since I didn't know myself, I got in touch with someone who did. Rick Goldschmidt, author of The Making of a Rankin/Bass Holiday Classic: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Miser Bros Press) and co-creator of the Rankin/Bass website, provided the following answer:

"There are many changes between the original special that aired in 1964 and the 1965-98 version of the special. Hermey and Rudolph originally sang 'We're a Couple Of Misfits' in the 1964 broadcast, but sponsor General Electric decided to make changes in the 1965 broadcast. A G.E. exec thought 'We're a Couple Of Misfits' was too much o read more

Dinner for Five It's dinner. Really...

Dinner for Five
It's dinner. Really nice chow. Yet the guests (tonight's A-list diners include Katie Holmes and Sean Hayes) never talk about the food. That worries me.

Yes, Dear
Greg and Jimmy turn Speed Dating sessions into a competition to see who could, possibly, maybe, if they weren't both very married, get the most "yes" votes from single women. Married men using singles functions for ego-boosting sport. Riiiight. Now even lame CBS shows are making fun of the reality that is my life. Thanks.

Eve
Now we know what J. Lo's ex Cris Judd is doing — moonlighting as a salsa teacher on Eve.

Girlfriends
Brock offered to drop his highest profile client for Joan. (Oh... That's so sweet.) Ellis took only one night to get over Joan. Damn. That's ridiculously unbelievable. And terribly convenient. I mean, the woman just told him she's read more

Sean Astin: From Hobbit to He-Man


A funny thing happened after Sean Astin wrapped his grueling two-year Lord of the Rings tour of duty: He lightened up — mentally and physically — for his role in the Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore's comedy 50 First Dates (due out in February).

"I lost a lot of weight and am in much better shape," he tells TV Guide Online of his Dates gig, which has him playing Barrymore's gym-rat brother. "[My character's] doing splits all the time and push-ups and jumping jacks and lifting things. He's supposed to be this incredibly muscle-bound guy, but I'm not really that muscle-bound, so it is a joke on that level, too."

After spending so much time wearing dusty cloaks and donning hairy foot prosthetics for Rings, read more

Seven Silly Questions for Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse is now three quarters of a century old, but whatever you do, don't tell him that. As animated as ever, the adorable rodent has filled up his schedule with more photo ops and marketing meetings than the cast of Friends. But, even as he looks forward to the summer '04 video release of The Three Musketeers — believe it or not, his first full-length feature with Donald, Goofy, et al — he kindly allowed TV Guide Online to bend his ear long enough to ask him Seven Silly Questions.

TV Guide Online: Mickey, how is it that after 75 years, you still look as young and spry as you did when we first met you — or rather, when our parents did? Plastic surgery? Botox? Clean living? What's your secret?
Mickey Mouse:
Aw, gee, thanks, pal. Let's see... I try to eat right, and I mousercise. Oh, and for the occasional wrinkle? A good read more

Sean Astin: From Hobbit to He-Man


A funny thing happened after Sean Astin wrapped his grueling two-year Lord of the Rings tour of duty: He lightened up — mentally and physically — for his role in the Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore comedy 50 First Dates (due out in February).

"I lost a lot of weight and am in much better shape," he tells TV Guide Online of his Dates gig, which has him playing Barrymore's gym-rat brother. "[My character's] doing splits all the time and push-ups and jumping jacks and lifting things. He's supposed to be this incredibly muscle-bound guy, but I'm not really that muscle-bound, so it is a joke on that level, too."

After spending so much time wearing dusty cloaks and donning hairy foot prosthetics for Rings, Astin also relished the opportunity to go completely over-the-top with his character's look. "He wears workout clothes with silly parachute pants," the 32-year-old says with a laugh. "And the tan that [ read more

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