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Question: In an episode of ...

Question: In an episode of Home Improvement that was shown around Father's Day, Tim and Al made a "man's bathroom" (special toilet/shower/in-wall television/fridge, etc.). What was the name of the episode? I truly would like my fianc&#233e to see it. I have been checking the listings daily. Thanks!!! — D.G., Raleigh, N.C.

Televisionary: You're looking for an episode called "A Frozen Moment," which actually first aired around Thanksgiving in the show's third season (Nov. 24, 1993, to be exact). The main stories involve Tim's work on the family Christmas card and a visit from Al's girlfriend. However, as you say, the guys present their version of a "man's bathroom" on Tool Time.

My advice would be to keep your eyes on our listings. Even better, click the search field in the top right corner of the listings page, then search on a combination of "home," "improvement," "frozen" an read more

Question: There was a show on ...

Question: There was a show on NBC a couple years back that was about people with special powers. One of the characters was blind, and another was named Satori. What was the name of that show, and is it available on video? — Wanda, Virginia Beach, Va.

Televisionary: You're thinking of NBC's The Others, which had a run of five months or so back in 2000. You can find out more about it on our Others ShowGuide page. To my knowledge, it's not available on video.

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Question: Is the actor who ...

Question: Is the actor who plays Gordon on Sesame Street the same same actor who played Willie Dynamite in a 1970s movie? — Van E., Philadelphia, Pa.

Televisionary: Well, one of the Gordons is, Van, though Roscoe Orman worked an entirely different kind of street in the 1973 blaxploitation film Willie Dynamite. Unless Gordon's been padding his take-home with a second line of work, that is.

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A Moment With Kelly Clarkson

Even Kelly Clarkson — the first American Idol victor — agrees that "A Moment Like This" is an annoying song. (Sometimes it takes a lifetime... for that damnable ditty to end!) This 21-year-old Texan also freely admits "I'm no Sissy Spacek" in From Justin to Kelly (opening Friday). In fact, she's refreshingly candid and down-to-earth, especially for a kid who's had overnight stardom thrust upon her. Here, the platinum-selling Miss Independent talks plainly about her music, her movie — and kissing Justin Guarini!


TV Guide Online: Of your two singles, we like "Miss Independent" better by far.
Clarkson:
Oh, I like "Miss Independent" 100 percent more than "A Moment Like This." It was a great song for the winner of the first American Idol. It fit perfectly for the TV show's purposes, but I would never have pic read more

YOU ASKED FOR IT...

Attention fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and James Marsters! In today's Roush Room, TV Guide critic Matt Roush addresses the burning question you've been pestering us about for weeks: What in hellmouth were we thinking putting Tom Lenk on our Dream Emmy Ballot over James Marsters? Now we can finally put this whole issue to rest, right? Please? read more

Lou Ferrigno: The Real Hulk Speaks

Back in 1977, when Lou Ferrigno first donned green make-up to star in The Hulk, he was just 25 years old, a two-time Mr. Universe with no real acting experience. But except for all the ripped shirts, his TV role turned out to be a perfect fit. He convincingly growled and flexed his way through five seasons and three subsequent TV movies, the last airing in 1990. (Those telefilms and the series pilot episode are now on DVD). Since then, Ferrigno, 51, has stayed in shape, written his autobiography (available at www.louferrigno.com) and landed a recurring role on The King of Queens. And this Friday, he can be seen making a cameo in Ang Lee's big-budget Hulk feature. Here, we catch up with the former (not-so-jolly) green giant.


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BUSTED

Nick Nolte — who pleaded no contest to drunken driving in December — is being investigated for probation violation after Celebrity Justice reported that the actor had been spotted drunk in San Francisco. read more

HOLLYWOOD DEAD-ENDING

Box office titan Harrison Ford can add a new title to his resume: shark bait. Ford's new flick Hollywood Homicide — in which he plays buddy to Josh Hartnett's cop — got eaten alive by the cartoon fish of Finding Nemo over the weekend. Homicide debuted at No. 5 with a lethal $11.7 million while Nemo reclaimed the No. 1 spot with $29.2 million. Last weekend's top movie, 2 Fast 2 Furious, fell to No. 2 with $19.1 million — a steep 62 percent drop. Newcomers Rugrats Go Wild and Dumb and Dumberer, meanwhile, opened at No. 4 (with $12.5 million) and No. 6 ($11.1 million) respectively. read more

Sci-Fi Sexpot Just Wants to Have Fun


Traci Elizabeth Lords is ready to go on the record — literally. The Sci Fi Channel's unofficial poster girl is working on a follow-up to her 1995 techno platter, 1,000 Fires, she reveals to TV Guide Online. "I finally got out of my [exclusive deal with Radioactive, my old] label, so I'm a free agent now. I've got several record companies interested in putting this album out, but I'm not sure where I'm going with it yet."

No matter: What's important, at least to us Lords lovers, is that at last new tracks are in the offing. "Music is absolutely happening at the moment," says the former First Wave leading lady and star of the recent Deathlands: Homeward Bound telepic. "I'll release at least the single this summer."

Intrigued? So are we. Alas, the tight-lipped ex-Melrose Place and Profiler vixen refuses to name that tune! "I can't," she insists. "If I did, then I'd have to kill you." Blimey. Maybe just a hint, then? " read more

GRUESOME TWOSOME

There must have been something about syndication royalties that appealed to sibling filmmakers Peter and Bobby Farrelly. The guys behind There's Something About Mary and Shallow Hal are developing a Fox sitcom about a loser telemarketer who becomes a hot TV producer overnight. read more

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