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ISN'T IT ROMANTIC?

Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer are spending their first days as husband and wife seeing how the other half lives. The newlyweds have embarked on a "self-drive honeymoon" around Australia, Brisbane's Courier-Mail newspaper reports. Over the weekend, the couple traveled to the eastern city of Rockhampton, where they stayed at a low-budget motel and feasted on take-out fried chicken. Crowe capped the fairytale evening off by punching someone. I kid. I kid. read more

TONGUES WILL WAG

Daytime soaps are targeting a new demo: horny teenage boys. On April 22, ABC's All My Children will broadcast daytime's first lesbian kiss — between Eden Riegel (Bianca) and Olga Sosnovska (Lena). Even more shocking: The same-sex smooch airs before the start of May sweeps on April 24 — which means someone at ABC probably just got their dates mixed up. read more

Question: Are the Mastersons ...

Question: Are the Mastersons on Malcolm in the Middle and That '70s Show related? — La Trecha L., Cleveland, Ohio

Televisionary: That they are. Danny Masterson (That '70s Show's Hyde) is the older brother of Chris (Malcolm's Francis).

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Question: My daughter is ...

Question: My daughter is getting married, and I saw the Friends episode where Monica is walking down the aisle to a Beatles song. I can't remember what the song was. Please help me ASAP because I think my daughter would like to use that song in her upcoming May wedding. — Angela L., Edgartown, Mass.

Televisionary: Fair enough, Angela, but I expect a slice of cake. You'll want to dig up a copy of Paul McCartney's "My Love," which he recorded with Wings rather than the Fab Four. You can find it on several of his greatest-hits collections. And if you're really a Friends fan, you can have the groom walk down the aisle to Phil Collins's "A Groovy Kind of Love," read more

Question: When is the new ...

Question: When is the new season of Mind of the Married Man starting? — Jess, Tulsa, Okla.

Televisionary: It ain't. HBO canceled the comedy after Curb Your Enthusiasm showed one can deliver more laughs and viewers on a smaller budget. If you like that sort of thing, though, cruise on over to BBC America and take a look at Manchild for a funnier, more intelligent Brit take on it. Or wait and see if CBS schedules the American version it's said to be developing.

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Question: When I was a ...

Question: When I was a youngster way back in a time known as the 1980s, I watched a Saturday-morning kids show called Hot Hero Sandwich. It was kind of like Kids Are People Too, but it featured a psychologist who talked with kids and celebrities. Can you tell me more about it and prove to my friends that I'm not crazy? Thanks! — Tim W.

Televisionary: As I always say, only a qualified professional can prove you're sane, Tim, but I can back you up on the show's existence.

Hot Hero Sandwich was one of those good (and good for you!) shows. A variety show for the kids-to-teens market, it launched on NBC's Saturday-afternoon schedule in November 1979 and featured comedy, music, skits and celeb guest-stars (Joe Jackson, KISS, Erik Estrada, read more

Question: Who is the ...

Question: Who is the announcer in the old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons? It sound a lot like David Hyde Pierce of Frasier, but my husband says no. — P. Bell

Televisionary: That's because your husband's right. (Pierce was probably, at the oldest, a toddler in 1959, when Rocky and His Friends debuted on ABC, and still couldn't have managed that voice two years later when it became The Bullwinkle Show on NBC.)

The narrator for the Rocky and Bullwinkle segments was William Conrad, who was probably best known as CBS's detective Frank Cannon on (what else?) read more

THE OSCARS, THEY'RE NOT

Nominations for the 2003 MTV Movie Awards were announced Monday, and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Spider-Man led the field with five nods apiece. They'll compete for best picture with 8 Mile, Barbershop and The Ring. Nominees for the top award — best on-screen smooch — include Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man), Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner (Daredevil), Nick Cannon and Zoe Saldana (Drumline) Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz (Gangs of New York) and Adam Sandler and Emily Watson in (Punch-Drunk Love). Duking it out in the newly-created virtual performance category are Yoda, Scooby-Doo, Gollum (from LOTR), Dobby (from Harry Potter) and Kangaroo Jack. Fans can vote via phone (900-407-4688) or online (www.mtv.com) through May 16. The ceremony airs June 5 on MTV. read more

Question: After reading your ...

Question: After reading your answer about Donna Reed's name, I don't want to bog you down with another real-name question. But I want to know. What was the real name of Chad Everett, the star of Medical Center? (I'll admit I already know. I just want to see if you do.) — Ann F., Kellogg, Idaho

Televisionary: Oh, Ann. Don't you realize that I only allow myself to be baited when I know I can give you far more on the given topic than you already know — and maybe far more than you want to know?

Everett, who co-starred with James Daly on the hit CBS doc drama for seven years beginning in September 1969, was born Ray Cr read more

Remembering NBC News's David Bloom


Late NBC newsman David Bloom — who died April 6 of a pulmonary embolism while in Iraq covering the war — made quite an impression on his superiors when he first went to work at the network in 1993. "It was apparent to us from the start that there was something very special about this guy," says NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker, who was a producer at the Today show during Bloom's early days at the Peacock. "He was only 28 years-old at the time, and there was something very magnetic about him. He was a terrific reporter, and he grew to become the best reporter of his generation."

To say that the 39-year-old Bloom was enthusiastic about his job would be an understatement, laughs Zucker. "I remember when he was White House correspondent, and I was producing the Today show, he did a report live from the front lawn and just went on and on and on, and wouldn't shut up. I told him afterwards, 'David, if I wanted a soliloquy, I would read more

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