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Question: There was a Disney ...

Question: There was a Disney Cartoon that was on in the mid-afternoon in the mid- to late '90s called Gargoyles. It was sophisticated and involved quite a lot of Shakespeare and mythology. Is it playing in reruns? Also, who was the actor who voiced the character Goliath? I hear him do so much voice work these days. — Valerie G., Warwick, N.Y.

Televisionary: You'll find it on Toon Disney's schedule, Valerie. Just search our listings for times. And Goliath was voiced by actor Keith David, who's done voice work on such shows as Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Hercules and House of Mouse, and has appeared in far too many features to list here.

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Question: While watching the ...

Question: While watching the season finale of Law and Order: C.I., I thought that the woman who committed all of the murders looked familiar. Was she Kevin's older sister in The Wonder Years? — Evie, Overland Park, Kans.

Televisionary: That she was, Evie. But the villain who vexed Det. Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) so was a far cry from flowery hippie chick Karen Arnold, whom Olivia D'Abo played on the hit ABC sitcom, no? Good eyes on you.

Her performance and the episode as a whole were even enough to merit kind words from TV Guide critic Matt Roush, who certainly has his problems with the series. To read Matt's reaction, see his June 2 Ask Matt column (se read more

Question: I'm not sure if I'm ...

Question: I'm not sure if I'm splitting racial hairs here, but I'm just curious. Wasn't Chico, from Chico and the Man, supposed to be a Chicano since the show takes place in L.A.? A friend of mine says he was Puerto Rican. — Hector R., San Diego, Cal.

Televisionary: Funny you should ask, Hector, since Chico (the late Freddie Prinze) started the show as one, but ended as the other. A little explanation is in order (and I assume you don't mind — why else would you be reading this in the first place?).

When the hit NBC sitcom launched in September 1974, Chico Rodriguez was a Chicano (an American of Mexican descent) who came to work with curmudgeonly garage owner Ed "The Man" Brown (Jack Albertson) and help save his business. The series immediately found a big audience — and just as quickly drew fire from prominent read more

Question: Rick Springfield ...

Question: Rick Springfield was the voice of a cartoon character I watched as kid. I cannot remember what the show was called. It was about a witch who taught a class and would have to take the kids with her. They would go through the chalkboard to get wherever. I seem to remember Rick's character was always involved. I think he used to sing as well. Could you please help me out? — Curtiss N., Seattle, Wash.

Televisionary: That I can. Springfield voiced an animated version of himself on an ABC Saturday-morning cartoon called Mission: Magic, which ran from 1973-75, I believe. On the show, teacher Miss Tickle and her magic cat took the student members of her Adventurers Club through a magic door she drew on the board. Rick and his owl guided them on their adventures, and Springfield also penned and performed original tunes for the show.

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Question: Can you please tell ...

Question: Can you please tell me how to pronounce CSI actor Erik Szmanda's last name? — Em, Jackson, Tenn.

Televisionary: Sure thing. It's zuh-MAN-duh, like the name Amanda, but with a "z" in front.

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Jennifer Lopez is thisclose to signing a deal to star in the New Line Cinema comedy Monster-in-Law. According to The Hollywood Reporter, J.Lo would play a girl who's set to marry the perfect guy until she meets his evil mother. Somewhere, Ben's mom is plotting her revenge. read more


Hairspray brushed past the competition at last night's Tony Awards, picking up eight trophies including best musical, lead actor (Harvey Fierstein) and lead actress (Marissa Jaret Winokur). The gay baseball dramedy Take Me Out was named best play, while Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night and Nine the Musical collected top revival honors. read more

The Return of Tom Green

Who knew sucking on a cow's udder and throwing plastic babies at cars would launch both a career and a national obsession with televised pranks? Well, Tom Green apparently did. The outrageous stunts on his short-lived but influential MTV series The Tom Green Show (1999-2000) literally spawned the shock TV trend. (Think Fear Factor, Jackass, Punk'd and The Jamie Kennedy Experiment). But just as quickly as Green rose to idol status with his teenage male audience, he came crashing down with a series of set backs. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer, he wed (and shed) Drew Barrymore and wrote, directed and starred in a spectacularly horrible movie, Freddy Got Fingered.

Green, now 32, is getting back to his roots with MTV's The New Tom Green Show (debuting at m read more

Brooke Burke Feels The Heat

When Brooke Burke exited E!'s skin-driven Wild On travel series last year, the bikini industry and much of the male population softly wept. But thankfully, you can still catch her on Rank, E!'s pop culture countdown show, as well as Maxim's Hot 100, NBC's TV version of the men's mag's annual female revue (Saturday at 9 pm/ET). We asked Burke, 31, to reflect on this head-turning honor.

TV Guide Online: Congratulations on your three-peat on the Hot 100. You've made the list for three years in a row now.
Thank you. It's pretty cool. I didn't think of it that way. Suddenly [number] 82 doesn't look that bad! (Laughs) I think it's always great to be included, and 100 is a pretty small number when you look at all the women in the world.

TVGO: So what did you think of the rest of the list?
It's really bizarre this year. I'm absolutely shocked at the results. You're looking at some controversy.

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Vin Diesel is no doubt nursing a bruised ego today. The street-racing sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious — which some predicted would tank sans Diesel fuel — sped to No. 1 at the box office with $52.1 million. The original pic grossed $40.1 million in its opening weekend in 2001. That bumped Disney's Finding Nemo to second place with a still-potent $45.8 million. The animated smash's 10-day total stands at $143.3 million. Rounding out the top five: Bruce Almighty (No. 3 with $21.7 million), The Italian Job (No. 4 with $13.3 million) and The Matrix Reloaded (No. 5 with $9.1 million). read more

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