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Question: Help. I've been ...

Question: Help. I've been rattling my brain for weeks. What's the title of this TV show from the '80s? It starred a redhead and a Rob Morrow-type, both in their 20s. The plot was, they both worked in this antique shop and a lot of the items were cursed. Unfortunately, the last owner of the store didn't know that and had sold several items already. So in every episode, the two of them, along with the new store owner, some older english gentleman, I think, tried to retrieve one of the cursed items before it killed again. Help! — Alain

Televisionary: Stop rattling the old gray matter, Alain — you need that thing. Besides, the reason you can't think of the title is because it had pretty much nothing to do with the show.

Friday the 13th was a syndicated show, 78 episodes of which were produced from 1987-90. As you say, rather than focusing on the doings of the invincible Jason, it centered on a young woman (Louise Robey) who inherited an anti read more

Jon Favreau's Dinner Dates


At this moment in his career, Jon Favreau is feelin' "so money." The star and scribe of Swingers and Made is the creator, producer and host of his own IFC chatfest, Dinner for Five. He just directed Will Ferrell in Elf (opens Nov. 7). He's also slated to do a slew of other upcoming movies. (Phew!) But despite his busy big-screen life, he still finds time to fret about finding more Dinner guests.

"I just worked with Jack Nicholson [on Something's Gotta Give]. I'd love to get him," Favreau tells TV Guide Online. "But I didn't have the nerve to ask him. He doesn't do any press, so he's gonna do this little IFC show?"

Sometimes, though, he does lean on his newfound friends for favors. "Peter Billingsley was in [Elf]," the 37-year-old gid read more

BELOW-AVERAGE JOE

Joe Millionaire 2's disappointing Nielsens have led Fox to tinker with its Tuesday night lineup. Instead of offering a second helping of Joe, the network will mix repeats of 24, That '70s Show and The Simpsons from 8-9 pm/ET throughout November sweeps. Original episodes of Joe will continue to go unwatched on Mondays at 8 pm/ET. Meanwhile, Fox has delayed the return of The Bernie Mac Show until Nov. 30. read more

MUST-FLEE TV

NBC officially pulled the plug Friday on its much-hyped freshman dud Coupling. Low ratings were to blame. The show's remaining unaired episodes will hopefully be torched. read more

PREGNANT PAUSE

How weird! On Thursday's Will & Grace, Grace (Debra Messing) appeared in only two minor scenes — and she was bed-ridden in both. Then, at episode's end, she decided to follow Leo to freakin' Cambodia! What gives? It turns out, Messing has been feeling under the weather because she's expecting her first child with husband Daniel Zelman. The show's writers hurriedly shipped Grace off to Cambodia in order to explain her absence while Messing's on a reduced work schedule. NBC won't say how long Grace will remain MIA, or whether the pregnancy will be worked into the show. read more

FIRESTORM

News flash: Les Moonves can be intimidated. According to reports, CBS's fearless leader is considering dropping The Reagans, the network's upcoming four-hour miniseries about the former president. Scheduled to air on Nov. 16 and 18, the controversial project has come under fire from conservative groups who claim the movie casts Ronald and Nancy in an unflattering — and inaccurate — light. One scenario has Moonves dumping the telepic on sister pay-cabler Showtime. A decision is expected in the next couple of days. read more

Survivor Outcast Twist Explained


Shiver me timbers! If you skipped last week's Survivor: Pearl Islands, you missed quite possibly the biggest twist in Survivor history. Executive producer Mark Burnett went overboard with the pirate theme: He resurrected the show's six castoffs from Davy Jones's locker, allowing them a chance to swashbuckle their way back into the game!

Here's the sitch: Burton, Lill, Ryan S., Nicole, Michelle and Trish formed the new "Outcast" tribe. During a reward challenge between the remaining Drake and Morgan members, they exacted their revenge. By solving a convoluted puzzle first, they forced the existing tribes to go to tribal council and evict one member each. In their place, the Outcasts will be permitted to vote two castoffs back into the game. Cool! Yet, is it fair to give these losers a second chance?

"The first ever read more

SHORT CUTS

The season finale of Survivor: Pearl Islands will air live from Panama City on Dec. 14... Filmmaker Ed Burns and supermodel Christy Turlington became the proud parents of their first child, a baby girl, late last month... Nickelodeon has tapped Julia Roberts's 12-year-old niece Emma Roberts (daughter of Eric) to play a musically inclined pre-teen in the comedy pilot Unfabulous. read more

DIDDY DID IT

Despite a bum knee, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs finished the New York City Marathon Sunday in 4 hours, 14 minutes, 54 seconds. The rap mogul plans to donate the $2 million in pledges he raised to children's charities. Rumor has it a portion of the proceeds will also be used to install a soda machine in a certain Honduran sweatshop. read more

NELLIE OLESON ALERT!

ABC is breaking ground on a Little House on the Prairie revival. The network is producing a six-hour miniseries based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's classic stories of grassland livin'. The project is slated to air sometime next season. read more

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