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SOUNDS SKETCHY

CBS is fuming over a recent New York Times article that basically accused the Eye network of using unethical means to score an exclusive interview with former POW Jessica Lynch. The Times piece suggested that CBS told Lynch that other divisions of Viacom — including MTV and Simon & Schuster — would likely offer to do separate projects with her if she agreed to the CBS sit-down. In a statement, the network responded: "CBS News does not pay for interviews and it maintains a well-established separation from other parts of Viacom." For its part, the Times stands by its story. read more

Question: I expected Monk to ...

Question: I expected Monk to continue this season. There have been many commercials advertising the return, but it always seems to be a repeat of a show from last season. Are they not going to continue the series after all? — Pat F., Port Charlotte, Fla.

Televisionary: With the ratings and attention the series got, USA Networks certainly will, Pat. Monk's second season kicks off at 10 pm/ET on Friday, June 20.

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SALLY, I HAVE SOME BIG NEWS...

Felicity grad Keri Russell has been cast as the lead in the British indie flick Cabbages & Queens, her rep confirms to TV Guide Online. She'll play Holly, a TV producer's assistant who sniffs out a jewel heist plot while working undercover as a theater stage manager in London. Nathan Lane co-stars in the screwball comedy, which starts filming later this month. Felicity reruns make me cry. There, I said it. read more

Question: In an episode of ...

Question: In an episode of Home Improvement that was shown around Father's Day, Tim and Al made a "man's bathroom" (special toilet/shower/in-wall television/fridge, etc.). What was the name of the episode? I truly would like my fianc&#233e to see it. I have been checking the listings daily. Thanks!!! — D.G., Raleigh, N.C.

Televisionary: You're looking for an episode called "A Frozen Moment," which actually first aired around Thanksgiving in the show's third season (Nov. 24, 1993, to be exact). The main stories involve Tim's work on the family Christmas card and a visit from Al's girlfriend. However, as you say, the guys present their version of a "man's bathroom" on Tool Time.

My advice would be to keep your eyes on our listings. Even better, click the search field in the top right corner of the listings page, then search on a combination of "home," "improvement," "frozen" an read more

JUST MARRIED

CSI star William Petersen married longtime girlfriend, ex-schoolteacher Gina Cirrone, Saturday in Italy. Details about the ceremony were not made available, but this we can be sure of: No one from CSI: Miami was invited. read more

FAREWELL ATTICUS

Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart, Anjelica Huston, Louise Fletcher and Tony Danza were among 3,000 celebrities and fans who attended Monday's memorial service for Hollywood legend Gregory Peck, who died Thursday at age 87. In delivering the eulogy at Los Angeles's Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, Peck's friend and To Kill a Mockingbird co-star Brock Peters said, "In art there is compassion, in compassion there is humanity, with humanity there is generosity and love. Gre read more

IT'S ALIVE!

CBS is bringing Becker back from the dead. The Ted Danson comedy, which failed to earn a spot on CBS's fall schedule, has received a 13-episode midseason order from the network. read more

Question: I'm trying ...

Question: I'm trying desperately to remember the name of this TV show we believe is from the '80s and was short lived. It was based on an aircraft carrier that went in out out of port. — Julia T., Lawrenceville, Ga.

Televisionary: You're thinking of ABC's Supercarrier, a drama that revolved around the doings of the U.S.S. Georgetown crew.

Based on a George C. Wilson (no, I don't believe he knew a kid named Dennis) book of the same name, the show featured Dale Dye as the ship's commander, Robert Hooks as the overseer of the pilots and a supporting crew that included Ken Olandt, John David Bland, read more

SAD DAY IN HOLLYWOOD

Veteran stage and screen star Hume Cronyn, best known to modern-day audiences for his role in Cocoon and his on and off-screen love affair with late wife Jessica Tandy, died of prostate cancer Sunday at his home in Fairfield, Conn. He was 91. Cronyn — whose career spanned six decades and included Broadway, film and TV — won an Emmy in 1994 for the CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame movie To Dance with the White Dog. He was nominated for an Oscar in 1944 for his performance in The Seventh Cross and picked up a Tony in 1964 for playing Polonius in Hamlet. In addition to three children, Cronyn is survived by wife Susan Cooper Cronyn, whom he married in 1996. read more

Question: I used to watch ...

Question: I used to watch reruns of the old Dennis the Menace show when I was a kid and was always scared of the Mr. Wilson who wore glasses. But then there was another one, too. Why did they recast that part? — Lynn F., Saint Bonifacius, Minn.

Televisionary: Because actor Joseph Kearns, the bespectacled George Wilson who shook you up so with his stern demeanor (me, too, by the way) died in his sleep in early 1962 with six episodes left to shoot for the season, so producers brought in Gale Gordon (The Lucy Show) to finish up and introduced him as the other Mr. Wilson. He was George's brother, John, who was staying with Martha Wilson (read more

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