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DIVORCE COURT

Citing irreconcilable differences, Keenan Ivory Wayans has filed for divorce from his wife of three years, Daphne, Entertainment Tonight reports. The couple have five children ranging in age from 10 months to 11 years old. read more

Question: In the Nov. 28, ...

Question: In the Nov. 28, 2000, episode of Angel, "The Trial," newly human Darla sings a song at Caritas. Could you please tell me the name of this song? Thanks so much! — Aunjanue, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Televisionary: She sang "Ill Wind (You're Blowing Me No Good)," which has been covered by, among others, Billie Holliday, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne. And to my mind, you can't go wrong with any of those versions (other than Darla's, I mean).

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Question: Mr. Televisionary, ...

Question: Mr. Televisionary, please help me. I'm looking for the original title of an American serial shown in Italy in the late '70s. The Italian title sounded like The Wonderful World of Mr. Monroe and the show involved a comics painter living in a nice house with his wife, a dog and a daughter. Sometimes the human characters were presented as comics Mr. Monroe painted. I can't find anyone among my friends who remembers this. I know I wasn't drunk. Can you help me? I can offer you a fine bottle of Chianti if you bring me back this memory. — Luigi, Firenze, Italy

Televisionary: Ah, Luigi — if only I could accept bribes. Answering you gives me an excuse to do the next best thing, however, so at lunch I plan to run out to the corner liquor store, buy myself a nice bottle, drink the entire thing myself and then tell my boss it's your fault. Sound like a plan?

Anyway, your question brings up a common dilemma I face with this column. I'll write about a gi read more

Question: You recently ...

Question: You recently answered a question about the show Homefront and mentioned that Harry O'Reilly's character married an English woman and brought her home. I am almost certain she was not English; in fact, I believe she was Italian. I know she was not English because one of the problems they encountered back in the States was her inability to speak English. — Kathy, Skillman, N.J.

Televisionary: I've made mistakes in this column, Kathy, but this wasn't one of them. You're thinking of Gina (Giuliana Santini), the wife of slain soldier Mike Sloan. Gina came home pregnant (with Mike's daughter Emma, who was later born on the show) and, as if that wasn't enough of a complication for her, was tormented by his rich family to boot.

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Question: With the final ...

Question: With the final season of Friends winding down, I have come to realize there are two things missing from the series and I don't believe their absence was ever explained. What happened to the duck and the chick? I don't believe that the writers ever got rid of them like they did the monkey, but instead just phased them out. — Kim, Sacramento, Calif.

Televisionary: As far as I know, the birds' fate has never been explained, Kim. There's a lot of wrapping up to do by the end of the series, but you never know: They just might squeeze that in.

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Question: I was always a big ...

Question: I was always a big Rockford Files fan, but have been looking everywhere for the answer to this question. Was Jim Rockford's dad, Rocky, always played by Noah Beery, or did another actor have the role before him? And as a regular reader of your column, I want to keep the ball of disgruntled actors rolling. I know the show ended with star James Garner suing his studio over money, but were things happy at any time when the show was on? — Boyd F., Sarasota, Fla.

Televisionary: The first part's easy, Boyd. Joseph "Rocky" Rockford, father to ex-con and private eye Jim Rockford, was played by Robert Donley in the show's pilot, and Beery thereafter. (The series ran on NBC from September 1974 to July 1980.) In 1976, Rockford executive producer Meta Rosenberg told TV Guide that Beery was always the first choice for the role, and because I'm not at all cynical despite producers al read more

AILING

CNBC financial anchor Louis Rukeyser, who has been out on medical leave since October, is battling cancer. Docs have advised the money guru not to go back to work for several more months. In a statement, Rukeyser thanked "all of you for your kind thoughts, and as Gen. Douglas MacArthur famously declared as he left the Philippine Islands during World War II, 'I shall return.'" read more

MORE MACKEY

FX has renewed The Shield for a fourth season. The third season — easily the show's best yet — concludes June 15. read more

ROSIE TAKES THE BUS

Rosie O'Donnell is jump-starting her acting career with a lead role in the CBS original movie Riding the Bus with My Sister. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the activist-entertainer will play a mentally challenged woman who spends her days riding city buses. The story is based on the 2002 book by Rachel Simon. read more

7th Heaven You gotta give Heaven...

7th Heaven
You gotta give Heaven writer Paul Perlove credit for trying to draw much-needed attention to the plight of the group of Sudanese civil war orphans known as the Lost Boys. But the way he handles it makes me want to smash his laptop. Seriously. In tonight's very special episode, Ruthie and Peter miss the bus back during a school field trip to the zoo. Rather than just call their parents, they decide to get home on their own and they proceed to take "five wrong buses" to nowhere. After they get off the fifth wrong bus, Ruthie walks up to two African men and says, "Hi, I'm Ruthie and this is my friend Peter. We're from Glen Oak and we're lost." Then one African guy says, "I'm Jacob and this is Nicodemus. We are from Sudan and they call us the Lost Boys." The exchange is so bad it's painful. But that's not even my main beef with this whole scenario.

Problem No. 1: What were the teachers and parent volunteers doing that they didn't read more

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