"I have no understanding of that lifestyle. No understanding whatsoever. No, I ain't into that. Not at all, bro." Rapper Busta Rhymes, claiming no knowledge of so-called "homie-sexuals" slang for men who love men in the hip-hop world in Stuff's July issue.
Question: What was the theme song for Welcome Back, Carter?
Televisionary: Dunno. But the theme song for Welcome Back, Kotter was called, oddly enough, "Welcome Back." It was a number-one hit on the Billboard charts (and the second-best-selling single for the year) in 1976 for former Lovin' Spoonful founding member John Sebastian. Sebastian was also responsible for the show's title, which was called merely Kotter before he came up with his theme-song title, inspiring the producers to change theirs.
Question: Could you tell me the name of Kermit the frog's nephew and the name of Miss Piggy's dog? My wife doesn't believe that Kermit has a nephew and Miss Piggy has a pet. Please let me know their names so that I can tease her. Ricardo B., Reading, Pa.
Televisionary: So this is what my column has come to, Ricardo complicity in your domestic-warfare campaign? Shall I next confirm for your kids that Santa doesn't actually exist?
Aaaaah, who am I to judge? I'm the guy who, despite my claims of adulthood, still insists on squeezing my hands together to make gross bodily-function noises until my wife screams. So tease away, for Kermit did indeed have a nephew named Robin, while Miss Piggy had a pooch named Foo-Foo.
And it was just such minor characters that made the show so brilliant. The Swedish Chef, Statler and Waldorf, Dr. Teeth, Animal, the chickens, the rats those supporting players fleshed out an already robust cast of characters, which i
Question: A few friends of mine were sitting around wondering where else we have seen Allyce Beasley besides Moonlighting. We can't put our finger on it. Help. Tracey H., Philadelphia, Pa.
Televisionary: Well, I won't run the entire list here when our fabulous movie database does it for me, but some of the more recent big-screen highlights include last year's Legally Blonde and 1999's Stuart Little. On the small screen, you may have seen the former Blue Moon Detective Agency receptionist in a variety of TV movies (Stephen King's Tommyknockers among them) or heard her voice in Darkwing Duck. She also did some guest work in such series as Diagnosis Murder,
Question: What was the name of the TV show in the early '80s that featured a superhero who used the word "shazam?" It was on ABC, I think. Bob P., Tucson, Ariz.
Televisionary: Well, hello to my readers in Tucson! (You and Steve A., up the page there, must be neighbors, no?)
Anyway, if you're talking about the early '80s, you're talking about the animated Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam, which ran for a year on NBC beginning in September 1981. Half of the hour was devoted to the adventures of young Billy Batson, who, upon shouting the magic word "shazam," was transformed into the Superman-like Captain Marvel. The good Captain, who first appeared in comic-book form back in the late '30s, boasted powers bestowed on him by Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury (check out the acronym). Staying true to the comics, Captain Marvel was helped out by Captain Marvel Jr. and Mary Marvel.
The other half of the hour was claimed by Hero High,
Question: I saw where the A&E channel will be broadcasting a remake of Ursula K. Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven. I really enjoyed the PBS production of her novel in 1980. Can you tell me anything about the new version and when it will be broadcast? Steve A., Tucson, Ariz.
Televisionary: The new version of The Lathe of Heaven will premiere September 8 on A&E and will star Lukas Haas as George Orr, a man whose power to change the world with his dreams is exploited by the psychiatrist (James Caan) assigned to his case. Lisa Bonet (The Cosby Show) co-stars as George's attorney and
Question: Were the casts of Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer completely snubbed once again during the Emmy nomination process?
Televisionary: We'll have to wait until July 18, when the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announces the nominations, to find out. In the meantime, peruse TV Guide Online's Emmy Wish List to see who our writers think should be nominated. (You'll be happy to see both Angel and Buffy made the list.)
Fans of the Scooby-Doo cartoon always have had their theories about its quirky gang of young detectives. And the big-screen Scooby-Doo opening Friday confirms many of 'em. Fred (Freddie Prinze Jr.) is arrogant and pushy; Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is a snotty poser; and Shaggy (Matthew Lillard) literally sends up smoke signals about his pot-smoking penchant. Jinkies! Only popular speculations about Velma's sexual orientation are skirted.
Linda Cardellini Velma herself admits that an early version of the movie included broad hints that
Actress Jena Malone is best known as the girl with two mommies Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon from 1998's Stepmom. Now 17, she'd like to move past that. "Naturally, without the audience watching, we grow!" she tells TV Guide Online. "I'm changing and I would hope that [my] roles would accommodate themselves to that. It's important to not just be stereotyped as the child, the daughter."
Malone has far meatier material in Jodie Foster's The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (opening Friday). She plays Margie, a Catholic teen whose first love with a schoolmate (Emile Hirsch) is tainted she feels
"I look at real life and I'm going, 'This is like a time warp,'" says Albert Brooks, who watched some of his 1987 film Broadcast News recently. "That scene where they're letting people go and consolidating all that's been happening."
The struggles in Broadcast News aren't just over corporate downsizing, but balancing journalistic ideals with the need for ratings-grabbing news. As Brooks observes: "The news business is still undergoing a transformation, as recently as the Ted Koppel and David Letterman debacle."
Still, the movie didn't get seven Academy Award nominations (including best picture) for presenting a treatise on ethics and business. "It's a real [love] triangle movie," says Brooks.
Indeed, the romantic struggl