Question: I remember seeing a Christmas special when I was a kid that featured Snow Miser and Sun Miser. Can you please tell me the name of the special? It's driving me crazy because no one that I've talked to remembers it. Sherry P., Decatur, Ill.
Televisionary: Then you've gotta hang out with people who are either older or more fun, Sherry. It's actually Snow Miser and Heat Miser you're thinking of, and they're among the more memorable characters in Rankin and Bass's The Year Without A Santa Claus, which featured Mickey Rooney voicing Santa and Hazel's Shirley Booth as his narrating wife. You can buy it on VHS or, if you're among the DVD-enabled, on a disc with Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey and Rudolph's Shin
HBO has axed its sports agent series Arli$$ after seven seasons. However, Robert Wuhl the show's creator, star and executive producer is expected to develop a new series for the cable network.
Question: On My Wife and Kids, the little girl who plays Kady is named Parker McKenna Posey. And an actress in the movie Hell On Heels is named Parker Posey. I was just wondering, are the two related? In Parker McKenna Posey's bio it says her mother is an actress. Are they mother and daughter? Chris T., Shreveport, La.
Televisionary: That they aren't, Chris. The wee Kady lady's mom is actress Heather Stone and she's no relation to the indie actress, though, like that Posey, McKenna Posey is building a fairly sizable credit list at a young age. She landed the Wife and Kids role on her first-ever audition, and you may have caught her in various commercials, in an NYPD Blue episode or in the video for
Question: I was watching the second episode of this season of Law & Order. The girl who played the woman who thought she was a teenager had me puzzled. Can you tell me who she was and what she has played in? She looked so familiar and usually I can place actors by the time a show is up but I could not this time. Your help is appreciated. Melissa, Sheldon, Iowa
Televisionary: The young lady who appeared in the Oct. 9 episode ("Shangri-La") is named Stephi Lineburg and she has played other roles on the series before. You also may have seen her in such big-screen fare as Blown Away, Richie Rich or Mac. Or you may have caught her guest appearances on Law & Order:
Question: Did Patrick Labyorteaux, who plays Bud Roberts on JAG, really lose a leg or is this the magic of TV? Kathy
Televisionary: It's the magic of TV that makes Bud look like he really lost the lower half of his leg to a landmine, Kathy. And since you had to ask, I'd say it's pretty strong stuff, huh?
Question: Growing up in New York in the late '80s and early '90s I watched a show by the name of Degrassi Jr. High on PBS. I believe it originated from Canada. Whatever happened to it and is it available on home video? Vivian, Limerick, Maine
Televisionary: The old show has, as my dad is fond of saying, gone bye-bye, Vivian, but you can read a bit about it (and its availability) in my July 31, 2001 column (third question down).
Now, before my numerous foes and my perpetually cranky boss accuse me of subbing in a link to an old answer for the actual work of banging out a new one, let me just say I'm taking the opportunity to present new information here. If your cable or satellite provider carries the most excellent Noggin channel (and I allow myself to gush over something that's commercial free and educational, so back off), you can watch the all-new Degrassi: The Next Generation, now in its second seaso
Question: Why did Carol Burnett tug her ear at the end of her show? Was it a stage cue or something? Thanks. Ron U., Providence, R.I.
Televisionary: The Burnett ear tug first made famous during the 1967-79 run of CBS's Carol Burnett Show was a message to her grandmother, a way of saying, "Hello, I love you." (And recently, Burnett said that when she performs now it's also a greeting to late daughter Carrie Hamilton, who passed away earlier this year. See the last answer of my March 13 column for more on that.)
Burnett credited Mae White (whom she called "Nanny"), the grandmother who raised her, with teaching her to greet life's difficulties with a sunny outlook. And Burnett had a lot of diffi
Last week, The Bachelor's rose ceremony drove a thorn into
Christi's heart. "I pretty much knew I wasn't getting a rose," the
23-year-old Boise beauty tells TV Guide Online. "So I was prepared, but
rejection especially when you know it's going to be on national TV
is an emotional thing. Leaving the show was challenging."
Two weeks ago, an angst-filled Christi suddenly got weepy in the
wine country. Her drama freaked out Aaron and viewers at
home who labeled her a loon-a-chick. Indeed, he referred to Christi as
"emotionally unstable" and compared her to Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction!
"I was very surprised that he made those comments about me," Christi
says. "I don't think he ever understood why I became upset in Napa Valley. I
think that once it became uncomfortable with me, he wasn't even willing t
Think being an apprentice Scooby on Buffy the Vampire Slayer looks like hard work? Try being a rising starlet, says Michelle Trachtenberg, who plays the Chosen One's kid sis Dawn. Not that the just-turned-17-year-old is complaining, of course, but between hitting the books and dusting blood-suckers, she often winds up feeling drained. "It's very strenuous," she admits to TV Guide Online. "I would never deny that it's a lot of things to have on a plate."
But she's not griping no way, no how. She knows that, in these, her formative years, her future as a college coed is at stake as well as her prospects for a longterm showbiz career. "I guess I'm hungry for it I love to pile a lot of things on," she insists. "I love being in front of the camera, and education is very important to me, too, so I couldn't give either
of them up."
Yo, Britney, if juvie rocker Michelle Branch has her way, moviegoers soon may be saying goodbye to you. Having reached a career crossroads, the chart-topping 19-year-old has begun considering, ahem, branching out and staking a claim to Brit's new turf, the multiplex. "I dabble with the thought," Branch told TV Guide Online at last week's VH1-Vogue Fashion Awards. "One minute, I am very interested in it, and the other minute, I'm like, 'I could never do this.'
"When I was younger, I really wanted to be in musical theater," continues the ambivalently aspiring actress, who played wholesome '60s singer Lesley Gore on last week's episode of American Dreams. "I wanted to be on Broadway more than anything. But as I got older and got more into music, it kind of dissipated. Stil