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Question: Was there ever an ...

Question: Was there ever an ending episode for The Guns of Will Sonnett, which ran from 1967 to 1969? And are there any episodes on video? — Stephen M., Bolingbrook, Ill.

Televisionary: Not officially. At the end of the second season, Will Sonnett (The Real McCoys's Walter Brennan) and his grandson (Dallas's Dack Rambo) finally tracked down the kid's gunfighter dad (Jason Evers) and convinced him to go straight and work with them on the right side of the law. But ABC cancelled the read more

Question: Was there ever a TV ...

Question: Was there ever a TV version of The Thin Man? If so, who played Nick and Nora? Thank you. — Bill D., Hemet, Cal.

Televisionary: That there was, Bill. NBC ran a version for nearly two years beginning in September 1957. Peter Lawford played Nick, Phyllis Kirk was Nora and Jack Albertson (Chico and the Man) was Lt. Evans (second season only).

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Question: I have been trying ...

Question: I have been trying to find a song I heard on a repeat episode of Beverly Hills 90210. It was played in the "Graduation" episode and it was one of the last songs played as they were driving down to look at the "Class of '93" sign they put up on the Hollywood hill. The main chorus went something like, "don't forget, blood is thicker than water." Who sings the song, and where can it be found? — Carrie Anne, Virginia Beach, Va.

Televisionary: The 1993 episode, "Commencement" (a two-parter, actually), included The Triplets' "Blood is Thicker Than Water." You'll find it on the band's album (surprise!) Thicker Than Water.

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Question: In your Aug. 19 ...

Question: In your Aug. 19 column you mentioned the Nathan Laneseries Encore, Encore; but what was that very (and perhaps mercifully) short-lived series about Nathan being a gay congressman? — Randall, Hollister, Cal.

Televisionary: Jeez, Randall. Forgotten already? CBS only pulled the show at the end of June. Then again, judging by Charlie Lawrence's low ratings, it didn't stick with too many other people, either.

Lane, the acclaimed Broadway and film talent, played gay TV star-turned-congressman Charlie on the show, which debuted in mid-June. He was a first-term representative from New Mexico, with Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne, Norm) read more

Revealed: The MVPs of MTV's VMAs


At this point in MTV's illustrious history, we just don't get the point of the network's annual Video Music Awards. Seriously — when's the last time you channel-surfed past Martha Quinn's old stomping ground and saw a real, honest-to-God music video? Or a clip that plays out in its entirety? Or even one that isn't interrupted by cut-aways to caterwauling mall rats or obscured by a crawl of unintelligible e-mail? That's what we figured. Don't feel bad, though; we can't remember the last time we saw a real video, either. But, while the VMAs may have become a joke, we still wouldn't have missed their 20th presentation for the chance to turn back the clock all the way to the era in which Madonna was wearing Gautier, not Gap, and the most offensive statement uttered on VH1's twisted sister station was "Wubba, wubba, wubba." After all, we need a good laugh as much as the next guy. And if we had skipped the streetwise ceremony, which aired live last night, we wouldn' read more

BIG KICKOFF

The Ellen DeGeneres Show launches with a bang on Sept. 8. Jennifer Aniston is the first celeb guest to grace Ellen's couch. Macy Gray will also be on hand to sing something off her new album, The Trouble with Being Myself. The day after that, Ellen does an hour with guest Justin Timberlake. Geez, couldn't she land any names? read more

COMMAND PERFORMANCE

Shakespeare in Love stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes will reunite for more Bard-inspired fun on Monday at London's famed Globe Theater. The duo is doing the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet for a charity show hosted by Prince Charles. Proceeds will go to the Prince's Trust for disadvantaged children. read more

IN THE MONEY

Speaking of Cameron Diaz, did you know she's the best-paid film actress? According to the latest book of Guinness World Records, the Charlie's Angels booty-shaker rakes in the most dough with $40 million a year. Adam Sandler was named the best-paid actor, earning $47 million in 2001 alone. read more

Scoop Uncovered on VMA Red Carpet


Keeping track of who's who on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards can be a tall order for the most diehard music fans — let alone a journalist whose primary beats are television and film. For every Pamela Anderson and Jason Biggs that whizzed by, there were 16 Simple Plans (Who?). So, what's a dazed reporter to do? Focus on the familiar, avoid the obscure, but never — ever — let them see you sweat.

The first act to make its way down the carpet was British female duo Floetry — not the most recognizable artists around. Luckily, their publicist brought along a stack of flyers chock-full of background information. Turns out, Floetry's Natalie Stewart and Marsha Ambrosius are "the breakthrough story of the year," having landed two VMA nominations for their debut album and single Floetic. Who knew?

What wasn't covered in the flyer, however, was the origin of the duo's unusual name. "A read more

SHORT CUTS

Fox News's Greta Van Susteren will be a judge at the Miss America pageant on Sept. 20... Omar Sharif will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival... Alias re-runs could be coming to Spike TV or FX soon, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Both of the male-oriented networks are interested in tapping into Jennifer Garner's fan base. read more

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