Question: During the final 10 minutes or so of the May 7 West Wing episode a haunting song was played (while the president's daughter was being kidnapped and occasionally cutting back to the White House, too). Who was the artist and what was the song? It was as well chosen a song for the scene and situation as I have ever heard. Please tell. I gotta know!! Mike P.
Televisionary: Sure thing. That was Massive Attack's "Angel" and it can be found on their 1998 album Mezzanine.
I don't know what's more disgraceful that the high point of last night's American Idol pre-show/infomercial was a freakin' coin toss, or that I sat through the entire thing utterly transfixed. (Clay won the toss and opted to let Ruben perform first tonight.) Meanwhile, the Final Two both of whom waited a lifetime for a moment like this will sing three songs apiece, including a track the winner will release as a single.
Martin Scorsese is embarking on what could be the biggest challenge of his career he's going to attempt to make sense of Bob Dylan. The director is helming a
documentary about the singing legend which will feature Dylan's first filmed interview in 20 years. Pray for subtitles, folks.
Weird Al Yankovic will perform his Eminem parody "Couch Potato" on CBS's Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn Wednesday night... 'N Sync's Joey Fatone has been tapped to host NBC's reality version of Fame, which debuts May 28.
Question: I was a little kid I watched My Mother, the Car, and I believe that Jerry Van Dyke played the lead role. His mother returned as a car. What make of car did she return as? Darrell S., Canandaigua, N.Y.
Televisionary: The late mother of Dave Crabtree (Van Dyke) "came back" I don't believe the show ever actually used any variation of the word "reincarnation," perhaps because it was too occult for the times as a 1928 Porter on the series, which ran for about a year on NBC beginning in September 1965. Don't hit your local antique-cars dealer looking to score one, though; no such model ever existed.
My Mother, the Car is a show that has earned its place in TV history... for all the wrong reasons. TV Guide Online made it the No. 1 pick in our "What Were They Thinking?"
Question: What was the name of the plumber who starred on Designing Women for a few episodes, and was the butt of some crack jokes? Nezzie S., Huffman, Tex.
Televisionary: Actually, I believe you mean Rusty the electrician (Michael Goldfinger), who appeared in several episodes and was the subject of cracks (jeez, now you've got me doing it) because his pants didn't adequately cover his posterior. His hairy pal Dave (Clayton Landey) was a plumber who joined in on a double-date when Julia (Dixie Carter) went out with Rusty out of pity and dragged Mary Jo (Annie Potts) along in the 1
Question: Is the main female character on Alias the same actor as the daughter on the TV show Coach? They sure do look alike. Thanks! Shabnam M., San Francisco, Cal.
Televisionary: Nope. Alias star Jennifer Garner's first series work was in Fox's short-lived Significant Others, which came and went in about three weeks in 1998. 'Twas Clare Carey who played Kelly Fox, daughter of coach Hayden (Craig T. Nelson) from 1989-93 on ABC's hit sitcom.
Lisa Marie Presley is going on tour this summer as Chris Isaak's opening act. The 17-city U.S. road trip kicks off July 11 in Boston.
Question: We have a question, What is the name of the Who's the Boss? spinoff show? It was about models in New York. We have tried everything to find the name of the show. The show didn't last long. Jennifer S., West Chester, Ohio
Televisionary: I'll tell you, Jennifer, but only if you promise to work on that unsettling habit of referring to yourself in the plural. Keep that up and Uncle Sam's gonna double your taxes. (And yes, I'll stop mocking my readers now for this week, anyway since I don't want you guys thinking I don't love you.)
The show vexing you so is ABC's Living Dolls, which starred Michael Learned (The Waltons) as the head of a small modeling agency in New York. Living with her were four of her beauteous young mannequins Emily (
Question: Where can I watch Beverly Hills, 90210? Agnes, Clifton, N.J.
Televisionary: Anywhere there's a signal, a power source and a working TV, I'd imagine.
No, seriously once again, I'm happy to point you and others with similar questions to our ever-lovin' listings, which, after a little customization on your part, will tell you which networks and channels carry which shows. Matter of fact, once you've configured the listings, you can click the "search" link in the top right corner of any page on the site and use the search field on the left. I did, and found out I can watch 90210 reruns on both FX and SONY.
Give it a whirl!