Question: My wife and I fondly remember a TV movie from the early '90s that starred Jaclyn Smith and John Spencer. The only problem is that we can't recall its title! We think it was a detective story with the two protagonists in a Tracy-Hepburn kind of relationship. Rob A., Lancaster, Pa.
Televisionary: The film in question is a 1992 TV movie called In the Arms of a Killer, which starred Smith, Spencer and Michael Nouri. The plot, for all of you who who didn't catch it way back when, involved a detective (Smith) whose one and only is her
Three Charmed sisters have much evil to vanquish, kids. So these witchy women have no more time for Phoebe's triflin' ex-husband, Cole. You know, the "Source of All Evil," as played for two years by Aussie looker Julian McMahon. "The 100th episode [airing Jan. 19 on the WB] is Julian's last episode," exec producer Brad Kern confirms. "It's time to free up Alyssa Milano's [Phoebe] character, and Julian has expressed interest in exploring other creative opportunities. I'll miss him terribly, personally and professionally."
"It is bittersweet to celebrate the fact that I'm dying!" McMahon laughs. "But I need to push my boundaries a bit creatively, so I called up Brad and asked if I could get off the show. He's been wonderful in regard to everything with the exit and demise of my character."
The consensus is that Phoebe and Cole's dysfunctional demon romance has gone too soapy. "We were stretching
Sure, their fame and wealth can buy Hollywood celebrities all manner of exciting toys. But nobody ever forgets the simpler stocking stuffers and bigger gift-wrapped goodies they truly yearned for as kids. Now, join TV Guide Online as we take the stars down Santa's snow-covered memory lane to recall their Yuletide jollies. What's the best holiday present you ever got growing up?
Jim Belushi (According to Jim
): "Well, I ask for it every year, and I never get it a TV Guide cover."
Busy Philipps (Dawson's Creek
): "My favorite toy I received growing up was a Barbie dream house when I was 5 years old. My dad stayed up all night putting it together. A piece was missing, so we had to make another piece to replace it."
Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan
): "I remember one Dece
Claire Danes's so-called life got turned upside down the day she was cast in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Three weeks into filming last spring, producers realized that then-19-year-old Sophia Bush (Van Wilder) was a bit too young for the role of veterinarian Kate Miller. With no time to spare, they sought Danes, 23, to replace her. "I got the script literally that night, read it and had to evaluate it very quickly," recalls the actress, who decided to "take the leap of faith" and join the big-budget sequel. "It was very overwhelming and disorienting."
As the Yale coed quickly discovered, that was nothing compared to her first day on the T3 set. "I'm doing this scene at night with flames all around me," she recalls, "and I'm on the ground when Arnold [Schwarzenegger approaches] in his Terminator garb holding a machine gun. He's looking down on me and I'm thinking, 'This is not happening.' I was like, 'H
Thursday's hourlong Will & Grace earned the show its best 18-49 rating of the season and its third best viewer total ever... CBS has given a full-season order to its freshman hospital drama Presidio Med... Phil Donahue's struggling MSNBC talk show will remain on the air at least until the New Year... Sally Struthers (All in the Family) and Debbie Allen will guest star as an interracial lesbian couple on the Jan. 19 episode of Lifetime's The Division.
Liza Minnelli and hubby David Gest are gearing up for a legal fight against VH1 over their failed reality show. The odd couple have hired attorney Michael Sherman "to seek appropriate remedies and take appropriate action." VH1, claiming it wasn't given the cooperation it needed, axed Liza & David before a single episode made it to air.
Sopranos fans are attempting to analyze this today: Did Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) essentially get whacked on last night's episode? In what came as a bit of a shock to viewers, a frustrated Tony (James Gandolfini) suddenly quit therapy leaving the fate of Bracco's therapist up in the air. Is the actress who recently replaced Kathleen Turner in The Graduate on Broadway leaving the mob drama? "We don't discuss plot points," says an HBO rep. Well, we're going to go out on a limb and assume that Tony's days on the couch are far from over.
Richard Grieco, call your agent! Paramount Pictures is developing a big-screen version of Fox's 1980s cop drama 21 Jump Street the series that launched Johnny Depp's career. The film will be written by Jump co-creators Stephen J. Cannell and Patrick Hasburgh.
Did Steven Seagal pay a private eye to threaten a Los Angeles Times reporter who was investigating the action star's alleged ties to the Mafia? Seagal insists he didn't, but according to an FBI informant, the actor hired celeb detective Anthony Pellicano (who in turn hired ex-con Alexander Proctor) to intimidate journalist Anita Busch. "This is part of an unrelenting campaign to disparage Mr. Seagal and reads like a bad screenplay," Seagal's attorney, Martin R. Pollner, told The Associated Press. Pellicano was jailed Thursday on unrelated weapons charges.
Character actress Frances Bay, 83, best known for her role as Adam Sandler's grandmother in Happy Gilmore, remains in critical condition after being struck by a car in Glendale, Calif., on Thursday. Bay's right leg had to be amputated below the knee. Bay also appeared in a memorable Seinfeld playing an elderly woman mugged by Jerry over a loaf of rye bread.