A long time ago, in a galaxy not too far away, Jonathan Jackson was allegedly on George Lucas's short list of actors to take over the role of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. At one point, Newsweek even said the former General Hospital teen idol was a virtual shoo-in to play the boy who would be Darth Vader. In the end, the force turned out to be with up-and-coming thesp Hayden Christensen and Jackson couldn't have been happier.
"I personally wasn't even that excited about doing it, just because I didn't know how comfortable I'd be having my face on Pepsi cans all over the world overnight," Jackson confesses to TV Guide Online. "So, I actually
Look out, Katie Holmes! As the missing college boy in Abandon opening Friday Charlie Hunnam may or may not be stalking the Dawson's Creek star. Either way, he sure has his share of disturbing psychotic outbursts! His evil side is new to those who've only seen Hunnam as the suave theater major in Undeclared or the sexually adventurous gay teen in the U.K. version of Queer As Folk. The blond Brit tells TV Guide Online that his inspiration for madness came from an unlikely source...
"I see my mom in my performance when I get really angry," he reveals. "I just remember her [anger] when, as a child, I'd do something horrible to my brother or something. I've told her this but she probably wouldn't be too thrilled that I was telling you!"
Um, maybe we shouldn't analyze that one too much further. But speaking of seeing red, did Hunnam lose his cool when Fox cancelled
Question: What show is Shemar Moore on now? Mary C., Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Televisionary: It depends on which show you mean, Mary. He hosts Soul Train, but is also a regular on the WB's new comic-book action series, Birds of Prey.
Question: Is there any place on your site where I can view program schedules from the 1980s? S.P., Boca Raton, Fla.
Televisionary: But of course. You can take a look at prime-time and Saturday-morning line-ups from the '50s through today in our 50th anniversary time-capsule section. (Be sure to take a look at some of our classic stories and ads while you're there.)
Popular alumna Sara Rue is one of young Hollywood's nicest up-and-comers. But these days, the 23-year-old star of ABC's Less Than Perfect (airing tonight at 9:30 pm/ET) is wary of interviewers. "If you write that I'm 'plus-sized,'" she warns TV Guide Online, "I'll hunt you down and kill you! [Journalists] have just made up my size. I've gotten everything from size eight to size 14, so that's a big range."
For the record, Rue says she wears a size eight that's hardly overweight. As Perfect's perky "Claude" Casey, she's a naïve fish-out-of-water who works in a shark-infested TV newsroom. "She's sweet, wide-eyed and feels less glamorous than these people," Rue explains. "It's not a weight issue and people have made a huge deal about that. Actually, it pisses me off, to be quite frank with you. It's not why they cast me, so they say. They weren't looking for someone overweigh
Question: Someone help. Whatever happened to the superhero cartoons that used to come on after school in the 1970s (Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, Submariner, Spider-Man, Iron Man)? Is there a way I can still see these cartoons? Thanks a million. Gregory R., Detroit, Mich.
Televisionary: Someone help? By Heimdall's beard, mortal, do you presume to invite others into my hallowed realm?
Sorry to geek out on you there, Gregory. How'd you like the Thor shtick? Not nearly as much as you'll like me telling you The Fantastic Four can be found on Boomerang, The Cartoon Network's classic-cartoon spinoff channel, I'll bet. (That is, of course, if your cable operator carries the channel.)
The other good news is that several '60s animated versions of various Marvel Comics properties are available on home video, though they may not be that easy to find. I don't like to give direct plugs to folks who really should be buying ads on our site (and thus
Question: I am a huge fan of Charmed, but I'm confused. How did Prue die? Did I miss something?
Televisionary: She was killed at the end of season three by the assassin demon Shax and her obituary showed up in a newspaper at the beginning of season four. (In reality, she was killed by Shannen Doherty's exit from the show.) Her death kicked off a sequence of events that brought about the arrival of new sister Paige (Rose McGowan).
Question: During the promos for American Dreams, there is a song with the lyrics "I want to show you..." What is the title of this song? It's really pretty.
Televisionary: Sounds like you're thinking of Scarlet's "Independent Love Song," which can be found on the band's album Naked or on the Bed of Roses soundtrack. You may also have heard Martha and the Vandellas doing "Heatwave" or Michelle Branch's version of Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me." In addition, the network used the cuts "So Was Red," from the Shawshank Redemption soundtrack, and "Victory At Ed Parker's," from the Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story soundtrack.
And just to head off the next question from you American Dreams fans, the show's theme song is performed by Tonic's Emerson Hart.
Question: I've been catching CHiPs reruns on TBS and was wondering if Erik Estrada, who played Ponch, was as much of a pain in the butt as I heard when that show was on. Was he? Kim B., Lihue, Hawaii
Televisionary: Touch of insomnia, Kim? According to our lovable listings, TBS is running CHiPs in the wee, small hours of the morning.
Anyway, "pain in the butt" is a relative term, but the heartthrob (whose voice can currently be heard on The Cartoon Network's hilarious Sealab 2021) certainly took a hot temper along for the ride while straddling a California Highway Patrol cycle from September 1977 to July 1983 on the hit NBC show. Brought up poor in New York's tough East Harlem, the
Jason Statham star of the just-released thrill ride The Transporter isn't surprised that people are comparing him to another recently-discovered action hero: Vin Diesel. But the British toughie is hard-pressed to draw a parallel that's anything but skin deep. "It's probably the short haircut and the rough voice," he tells TV Guide Online of his similarities to the XXX hunk. "[But] I think that's where it ends."
One major difference between the two well-muscled butt-kickers: Statham doesn't like to parade around naked in his films. Of course, the 35-year-old hottie will make an exception if the flesh baring is integral to a particular scene as it was for The Transporter's spectacularly inventive oil slick sequence. To take on a