Former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Jason Priestley narrowly escaped injury on Sunday after a boat the actor was driving at the Fountain Miami Super Boat Grand Prix accidentally bumped another during a turn. One member of Priestley's team suffered cracked ribs, but no one else was hurt.
Question: I remember a show from the early '70s that starred Adam Arkin as a kid who was on his own for the first time. His apartment had wallpaper with ducks on it and Barbara Rhoades played the neighbor who lived across the hall from him. No one else seems to remember this show. Please help. If it helps, I think it was on Monday night on CBS. Chet, Rochester, N.Y.
Televisionary: No one else remembers because you seem to have vacuumed up all the spare facts about the show, Chet. Impressive work; you make my job easy.
The CBS sitcom was called Busting Loose
. It debuted on a Monday in January 1977 and did indeed star young Mr. Arkin (Baby Bob
, Chicago Hope
) as an engineering school grad who moved away from the smothering love of Mom (Pat Carroll
) and Dad (Jack Kruschen
) and into his own dum
Question: Dear wise Televisionary: We are going bonkers trying to get to the bottom of this. When Eddie Murphy was on Saturday Night Live, he did a sketch called "Buckwheat Sings" where he sang several songs as Buckwheat (i.e., virtually incomprehensible). We recognized most of the songs ("Three Times a Lady", "Bette Davis Eyes"), but there is one that we just can't figure out "Oona Panoona Bonka." This has caused a major disagreement: My friend says that it is a song that Murphy made up, and I say that it is a real song from the '50s, but I just can't put my finger on it. Can you enlighten us? We have resorted to "The Bet": The prize is a tasty adult beverage at our favorite watering hole. Please, Televisionary, quench my thirst for knowledge so that I may be rewarded with a tasty beverage. Mike, San Diego, Calif.
Televisionary: Alright, everybody. At the risk of turning poor Mike into the kid who was sing
Sylvester Stallone will gain the honor of being "action star of the millennium" at the Video Software Dealers Association Convention this summer... Jennifer Lopez's sister Lynda will join the NBC news team next month. Lynda is currently an entertainment reporter for The WB Morning News in New York... The parents of Dream Street band members have filed a suit on behalf of their sons against the boy band's record producers, reports the New York Post. They allege the boys have been ripped off as well as encouraged to drink alcohol and partake in drugs, sex and pornography... Variety reports DreamWorks has bought the rights to make the classic CBS cop series Hawaii Five-O into a feature film.
CBS has tapped reality TV's No. 1 fan, Rosie O'Donnell, to host Survivor: Marquesas – The Reunion. The special airs live from New York's Central Park on Sunday, May 19, immediately following the two-hour finale. So much for boring Bryant Gumbel.
A police officer testified during a pretrial that Robert Iler, who plays pot-smoking troublemaker Anthony Jr. on HBO's The Sopranos, had a bag of marijuana and a hot pot-pipe in his pockets when he was arrested last summer, reports The Associated Press. The 17-year-old and two of his friends are currently charged with second-degree robbery.
Question: What did the B.A. in B.A. Barakus, aka Mr. T, stand for? Jonus, Plainfield, N.J.
Televisionary: Officially, the A-Team master mechanic's initials stood for "bad attitude," but most fans hold to the belief that they were really for "badass." Depending on which day you caught him, either could be accurate. If you'd asked the show's producers or the reporters who interviewed the mercurial star at a bad time, however, my guess is that the consensus would lean toward the former.
The first time TV Guide sent a reporter to spend six days on the set of the hit action show, which ran on NBC from January 1983 to June 1987, the writer was stonewalled by T's equally formidable brothers, who explained that an interview wouldn't happen unless it was a matter of life or death. Asked if another time was more appropriate, perhaps lunchtime or later in the afternoon, the brother explained that the star "don
Question: Please settle a bet between my friend and me. I am positive that I remember the actor Morgan Freeman on the kids' show The Electric Company in the mid-'70s. My friend says no way. Who is right? I have a bottle of very good wine riding on this!!! Jessica U., Talent, Ore.
Televisionary: Well, this oughtta pop your cork, then, Jessica. (And, at the risk of beating this horse to death, all you Goofuses who hold back on the details of your betting should take note of Jessica's Gallant-like move of telling me what she and her pal have at stake in their bet.)
Freeman did indeed play Easy Reader, the afro-wearing character who helped a generation of children learn to read on the brilliant Electric Company, from 1971-76. That role followed acclaimed work on stage and represented the actor's first break in television, but his feelings about the job seem to depend on when you asked him about it. In 2001, when he served as chair of th
Almost Famous star Billy Crudup isn't the most stand-up guy in World Traveler (opening Friday). He plays a man who leaves his wife and child to go gallivanting in search of his own happiness. Still, Crudup insists the idea of wanting more out of life is something everyone can relate to.
"We have the lottery now," he tells TV Guide Online. "And we have these TV shows where people shove spiders up their butt because they might get some fame."
The 33-year-old actor knows plenty about fame's elusiveness. He's often taken parts in indie films like Jesus' Son and Waking the Dead instead of heading more mainstream. "I tend to think that everybody in the world is going to have the same taste that I do," he jokes. "I always think
Who says June nuptials are best? Every May, wedding bells ring for at least one special TV twosome after all, nothing says "sweeps" like blushing brides and goofy grooms! On 7th Heaven, the happy couple is Sarah and Matt. There's just one hitch to their getting hitched next month: The lovebirds, played by Sarah Danielle Madison and Barry Watson, secretly eloped back in February!
Oh, and did we mention they're from different religious backgrounds? She's Jewish, he's Protestant and their dads are both clergymen. Uh-oh! "It is a battle from the start to the finish between the Rabbi and [Rev. Camden, who's played by Stephen Collins]," exec produc