Question: Wasn't Chyler Leigh on That '80s show? Why was that show canceled?
Televisionary: For the same reason her new one, girls club has just followed in its footsteps: It stunk and got lousy ratings. (I should point out that I'm not laying the blame at her feet for either series, though; she does as well as she can, given the roles she's landed.)
Question: Please help prove me right. Maybe it's my age (I'm only 22), but as far as I'm concerned, Dallas was the first prime-time soap on TV. My sister says Dynasty. Who's right? Vicki M., Parkman, Wyo.
Televisionary: Neither of you, though you're in a little better shape since Dallas debuted in 1978 and Dynasty didn't come on the scene until three years later. The progenitor of both, the one that demonstrated the public appetite for nighttime soaps, was ABC's Peyton Place, which hit the air more than 15 years before anyone even thought of shooting J.R.
Of course, Peyton executive producer
Question: What happened to the program That Was Then? Did ABC cancel it? If so, why? Jodi G., Los Angeles, Cal.
Televisionary: Read between the colon and the first period in the previous answer. Sorry.
Question: My husband and I have noticed an almost comical connection between actors from the HBO series Oz appearing in roles on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (as well as the other Law & Order shows). We realize that two of the major characters in SVU are from Oz, but several of the other Oz characters have appeared in minor roles. Is there some kind of contract agreement between these two shows? Or are these just fellow actors helping one another out? Carol B., Monterey, Cal.
Televisionary: It goes a lot higher than the actors, Carol. It's actually Oz creator Tom Fontana and Dick Wolf helping themselves to each other's
Eddie Murphy probably isn't feeling the Christmas spirit today. The debut of the actor's new action comedy I-Spy was trounced over the weekend by The Santa Clause 2. Spy grossed a paltry $14 million and opened at No. 3, behind Santa (No. 1 with $29 million) and the horror smash The Ring (No. 2 with $18.5 million). Last weekend's top flick, Jackass: The Movie, fell to No. 4 with $13.1 million. Ghost Ship rounded out the top five with $6.6 million.
Fox has ordered a sitcom pilot based on the hit Hugh Grant comedy About a Boy targeted for fall 2003, Variety reports. The TV version will differ from the movie in two ways: The action will shift from the U.K. to New York and Grant will not be the star.
At just 14, pop star Aaron Carter already has sold over 10 million records. The junior achiever just shot the video for his new single "Do You Remember," from his fourth album Another Earthquake. Yes, it's more of that tween dream fare that stirs the hearts of middle-school girls and more than a few guilty grown-ups!
"It's got some similarities to my other albums, but it's a lot different," he tells TV Guide Online. "The ballads are different and my voice has gotten a little more mature. I'm not braggin' or anything, but I finally learned how to sing!"
At least the little bro of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter is honest. "Believe it or not," he says, "my voice changed probably about a year ago, and I'm just working around it." When we tell Aaron it sounds like he's had a Peter Brady experience, he shrugs yeah, 'cause he's too young to remember The Brady Bunch! This makes us feel
Another divine creature is descending upon 7th Heaven. Former Party of Five hunk Jeremy London joins the cast tonight (8 pm/ET on the WB) as an associate pastor hired to temporarily replace an on-the-mend Eric (Stephen Collins). "We have the best looking cast on television, and it's just getting better," exec producer Brenda Hampton gushes to TV Guide Online. "[Jeremy]'s perfect for the show.
"I had no idea he would do another series," Hampton adds of the actor, who played Neve Campbell's brooding boyfriend Griffin on PO5. "I just think he's spectacular."
London's Heaven alter ego Chandler arrives in Glen Oak this evening and gets an unusually icy
Back in 1969, Barbra Streisand debuted in the poorly received big screen version of Hello Dolly! A fact that still smarts Carol Channing, who created the role of matchmaker Dolly Levi on Broadway. "Barbra and I were good friends once," she tells TV Guide Online. "Then I got mad. I got on my high horse when she did the movie because I just felt she was kidnapping my baby."
Channing had coveted the movie musical's lead part for herself, and says she "felt sorry for Thornton Wilder," who wrote The Matchmaker, the play on which Dolly was based. "[The movie] wasn't funny," she scoffs. "He's one of our great American playwrights and he thought he wrote a comedy. Now, Barbra is probably the greatest creative musical force of the entire last century, and she reached more people than anyone but a barrel of laughs, she ain't."
At 81, Channing is full of such colorful showbiz anecdotes, which she chattily share