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SIBLING STUNT

WB's Everwood has tapped Douglas Smith — the real-life brother of series lead Gregory Smith — to play a high school wrestling champ battling bulimia in the Jan. 26 episode. read more

Question: Is Billy Crystal ...

Question: Is Billy Crystal gay, or am I thinking of a part he played on TV? — Todd M., Grafton, Vt.

Televisionary: I'm not in the business of defining anyone's sexuality for them, Todd, but I can tell you Crystal's married with kids. So I'd say the signs point to "no." Or, to put it another way: He's not a gay man, but he played one on TV.

Most likely you are thinking of Jodie Dallas, who, introduced when ABC's Soap debuted amid a storm of controversy in September 1977, was one of TV's first openly gay characters. When the show hit the air, plenty of people assumed the same thing you did and, unfortunately, caused a lot of trouble for Crystal. (Keep in mind that nearly 30 years ago gay TV figures weren't the much-loved hipsters of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy or Will &#038 Grace — they were alien and threatening to a lot of previously sheltere read more

GAY 24-7

MTV is quietly reviving the idea of creating a gay cable network, the New York Post reports. Well, I guess it's not so quiet anymore. read more

INCOMING THREAT

X2 badass Kelly Hu has signed on to do at least five episodes of ABC's Threat Matrix beginning in February. She'll play a headstrong former CIA agent who joins the team. read more

Question: I recently ...

Question: I recently purchased five seasons of Friends and am trying to remember the name of the episode where Phoebe dates a guy who appears to be hanging out of his shorts while teaching her how to shoot a three-pointer. I also can't remember what season it is. — Kevin S., Great Falls, Mont.

Televisionary: You're thinking of the season-three episode "The One where Monica and Richard are Just Friends," which first aired Jan. 30, 1997. For information on all Friends episodes, see our ShowGuide.

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DHARMA'S BACK

Actress Jenna Elfman will guest-star on two February sweeps episodes of CBS' Two and a Half Men playing a "smart, sexy, possibly crazy, but definitely mysterious woman" who comes between Charlie and Alan. read more

Question: Could you please ...

Question: Could you please tell me the character name of the original lieutenant on NYPD Blue? Thank you. — Charlie, Nashville, Tenn.

Televisionary: That I could, Charlie. Lt. Arthur Fancy (James McDaniel) was on the show from its September 1993 debut until 2001, when he was made a captain and shifted to his next job.

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OK, y'all. I'm just going to put...

OK, y'all. I'm just going to put it out there. There is nothing on tonight. I know in TV Guide-land saying that is a sacrilege, but it's the truth. The only reason I'm channel surfing is because I have to watch something while I wrap gifts. (That, and well, it's my how-cool-is-this? job.) With that said, here goes...

King of the Jungle Winner's Special
Tonight, Animal Planet's newly crowned Queen of the Jungle Kelly Diedring gets her just reward: To host a prime-time special about the American alligator and the Nile crocodile. Kelly beat 11 other animal lovers to win this Survivor-esque competition. And having caught a few of the entertaining episodes of King of the Jungle, I say, more power to her.

But (and there always is one) though making this special was a prize for Kelly, it's punishment for us. Hate to knock a girl. Especially a 23-year-old zookeeper who waded in alligator-filled mudpits, ming read more

OK, y'all. I'm just going to put...

OK, y'all. I'm just going to put it out there. There is nothing on tonight. I know in TV Guide-land saying that is a sacrilege, but it's the truth. The only reason I'm channel surfing is because I have to watch something while I wrap gifts. (That, and well, it's my how-cool-is-this? job.) With that said, here goes...

King of the Jungle Winner's Special
Tonight, Animal Planet's newly crowned Queen of the Jungle Kelly Diedring gets her just reward: To host a prime-time special about the American alligator and the Nile crocodile. Kelly beat 11 other animal lovers to win this Survivor-esque competition. And having caught a few of the entertaining episodes of King of the Jungle, I say, more power to her.

But (and there always is one) though making this special was a prize for Kelly, it's punishment for us. Hate to knock a girl, especially a 23-year-old zookeeper who waded in alligator-filled mudpits, ming read more

Question: Could you tell me ...

Question: Could you tell me more about the actress who plays Summer on The O.C.? — Sasha

Televisionary: Not a whole lot, but I'll happily give you what I've got.

Rachel Bilson, 22, was born in L.A. and lives here still. Before landing a steady gig on The O.C. ("ew!"), she appeared on such shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 8 Simple Rules and Human Target. You may also have been among the few who caught her on the big screen in The Wrong Guys.

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