Question: Maybe it's my memory going in my old age, but I seem to remember a live-action superhero show from when I was a kid. It was a one-shot show, with characters from the DC comics. Help me out and tell me I'm not crazy. Rodney
Televisionary: You're not crazy, Rodney, though the youthful version of me sure wished Legends of the Superheroes was but a madman's hallucination when I suffered through it in 1978. Alas, it was real, alright.
Now, I have no idea if you were as much of a comic-book geek as I was as a kid, but just imagine how much I looked forward to some of my favorite superheroes appearing on TV. Now picture my steadily falling face as I watched the Hanna-Barbera-produced Legends, which was like a staged version of the execrable Super Friends only much worse. Remember the extreme close-up of young Danny's horror-stricken mug in The Shining? Darned close.
In the accursed f
Question: This isn't a bet or an argument, but I don't believe a friend of mine who told me they shot the pilot of The Love Boat a bunch of times before the network accepted it. Is that true? I can't believe anyone actually tried to make it that bad. Thanks and keep up the good work. Vic J., Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Televisionary: I see what you're getting at, Vic, but keep in mind that The Love Boat's brand of "bad" kept it on ABC's schedule for nine years (1977-86) and made it an unsinkable hit from its very start, despite the many waterline shots it took from critics. ("My idea of hell is to spend eternity watching 1950s films starring Sandra Dee, Gale Storm and
Question: I recently heard a musical group on The Tonight Show, but missed their name. It aired Oct. 7 and James Van Der Beek was also on. Maybe I don't know how to search such things on the computer very well, but I've been on The Tonight Show and TV Guide websites and so far have not come close to finding anything out. Help! Thank you big time. Greg P., San Francisco, Cal.
Televisionary: The band in question is Queens of the Stone Age. You can find out more about them here.
Question: Who was the actress who played opposite George C. Scott in East Side/West Side in the 1960s? Tom R., Berlin, Md.
Televisionary: You're probably thinking of Elizabeth Wilson, who was Scott's boss at the New York welfare agency that served as the setting for the series, which debuted on CBS in 1963. Either that or you mean Cicely Tyson, who played the agency's secretary.
East Side/West Side left the air after only a season, most likely because '60s-era viewers didn't take to realistic (for the time) portrayals of real urban social problems. Learning from the experience, Scott went on to big-screen stardom in such relentlessly upbeat fare as Rage
Question: I have a simple question about who has been on more TV Guide covers. I have a dinner riding on this. My friend says Mary Tyler Moore. I say Lucille Ball. Who is right? Richard, Dallas, Pa.
Televisionary: You are, Mr. Freebie Diner. And if your pal won't take my word for it, humiliate the unlucky lad or lass by going to our wondrous Cover Gallery and searching on both names.
Nearly a dozen people attending a Bow Wow concert Saturday night in Minneapolis were hospitalized with minor injuries after a floor railing gave way. The railing snapped as fans pressed forward when the teen rap star worked his way into the crowd.
As a flight attendant, Heather Cranford is used to fast service. That's why she always got impatient waiting for Aaron to choose his rose recipients on ABC's The Bachelor. As the 30-year-old native of Dallas, Tex., tells TV Guide Online: "At the very first rose ceremony, I was the 15th chosen! Ugh!"
Aaron dubbed this brunette cutie "Heather from Texas" to differentiate her from Heather, the 24-year-old Californian blonde. Now, it's become her permanent moniker. "In Dallas," she laughs, "people came running up to me at the American Idol concert and the Mavericks game, like, 'Oh my god it's Heather from Texas! Did you get a rock?'
"That's what I said in the casting special," she explains. "Other girls said they wanted Prince Charming I said, 'I want a rock!' So my birthday was Oct. 9 and my friends gave me a T-shirt with big diamond ring on it, and this pretty incredible [faux] diamond ring. It's not real, but
Ever since we caught wind of 20th Century Fox's plans to remake Dallas for the big screen, we haven't been able to stop trying to imagine which wannabe Ewings could possibly fill the Stetsons and cowboy boots of the CBS series' original 1978-91 cast. Who, we wondered, really, truly deserves to take a shot at J.R. Ewing er, that is, at the role of J.R.? Well, darlin', why don't you just fire up the barbecue, kick back and read on for a spell? TV Guide Online has picked the perfect performers to play not only the oiliest tycoon this side of Kenneth Lay, but his feudin' family, too.
George Clooney as J.R.: We always thought there was an inappropriately devilish gleam in ER doc Doug Ross's eye. Plus, casting this matinee idol as the two-timing Texa