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Madonna is trying to bring American Life back from the dead. On Nov. 25, the pop singer will release Remixed & Revisited, a seven-song disc featuring remixes of tracks from her poor-selling American Life CD, as well as the previously unreleased song "Your Honesty." read more


Universal Domestic Television has greenlit a new daytime talk show produced by Jennifer Lopez that's being billed as a young woman's version of The View. J.Lo's annoying lil' sis, New York radio/TV personality Lynda Lopez, will serve as one of the four panelists. (J.Lo will make occasional appearances.) The show is slated to debut next September, and that sound you hear is Star Jones not quaking in her Payless pumps. read more


It looks like Fox's Joe Millionaire franchise is heading toward bankruptcy. According to Nielsen figures, the much-hyped second installment debuted last night with a major thud, ranking fifth in its timeslot with 6.6 million viewers. And the news only gets worse for Fox: the series premiere of Skin at 9 pm/ET attracted 6.5 million viewers. On the bright side, The O.C. returns next week! read more


The long-anticipated Indiana Jones DVDs finally arrive in stores today as a four-disc boxed set. Among the special features: A two-hour documentary that combines never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage with new interviews of Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford and George Lucas. read more

Question: Please help me! My ...

Question: Please help me! My daughter was pestering me a few days ago about a show we watched together when she was little. It may have been on Nickelodeon, and it involved a red-haired boy and his family. He may have had brothers, but I specifically remember the mother having a metal plate in her head. Also, the boy usually wore some sort of flannel shirt. He was about 12. Please, I really hope you can help me. — Amy, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Televisionary: You're thinking of the brilliantly odd Adventures of Pete &#038 Pete, which ran from 1993-96 on, as you say, Nickelodeon.

The lad in question was Little Pete Wrigley (Danny Tamberelli), his older brother Big Pete (Michael Maronna), their parents (Hardy Rawls, Judy Grafe) and the weird suburban town of Wellsville. Artie (Toby Huss) was their inventor/superhero neighbor, Nona (Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Michelle Trachtenberg) was the prescient-little-girl neighb read more

Joe Millionaire Cue some '70s...

Joe Millionaire
Cue some '70s pimp music cause butler Paul Hogan's a hustler, baby! And David Smith is his new beyaatch. Poor David. He's so cute, so young, so "na&#239ve." It's almost not fair to send this bonafide, broke, cowboy into the house full of European gold diggers. Seriously. Did you see how the women acted when the host (why does this show need a host anyway?) said David was a "cowboy?" (She might as well have said "bum.") And how they changed their tune when she added that he just inherited $80 million? Some of them literally started singing the theme song to Dallas! Again I say: "Poor David." He's a good-looking man who says "Yes, sir," "No ma'am," and "Mom don't like you to wear spurs at the dinner table" — with no sense of irony. They are going to eat his bareback bull-riding butt alive. Oh, and what a butt it is... God bless America for growing bodies like his.

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Fox Home Entertainment will release the first seasons of Roswell and In Living Color on DVD this February. read more


The Sci Fi Channel wants NASA to come clean about the existence of UFOs in the U.S. According to Reuters, the cable network is part of a group pressuring the federal government to release documents relating to a UFO sighting in Kecksburg, Pa., in 1965. Sci Fi Channel President Bonnie Hammer believes there's tremendous programming material contained in the top-secret documents. "As we grow the channel," she says, "this will become more and more important." read more

Question: Every TV fan who ...

Question: Every TV fan who knows anything knows Dick Sargent replaced Dick York on Bewitched. But why? — Mark F., Overland Park, Kans.

Televisionary: The late York, who played put-upon mortal hubby Darrin Stephens on the ABC hit for the first five years of its 1964-72 run, suffered from serious back problems dating back to an injury he suffered while filming 1959's They Came to Cordura. From that shoot on, he struggled with chronic pain and addiction to painkillers, problems which eventually led to his leaving the show after he collapsed on the set and decided he couldn't continue with the work.

So they brought in Sargent as the new Darrin and figured the audience would just go along with it. After all, poor York, for all his comic ability, always worked in the shadows of star Elizabeth Montgomery, who played witch-wife Samantha Stephens, and Agnes Moore read more

Question: What happened to ...

Question: What happened to the new series Peacemakers, with Tom Berenger? I thought it was supposed to be on Wednesday nights on USA. — Ruth, Port Charlotte, Fla.

Televisionary: The USA Western ended its eight-episode season on Oct. 8, but you can catch reruns on Mondays at midnight. Assuming you're a fan, keep your fingers crossed: The network says there haven't been any discussions about a second season yet.

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