Question: What ever happened to Caroline Rhea taking over for Rosie O'Donnell? Howie W., Fords, N.J.
Televisionary: She did. Search your local listings for the syndicated talk show to find out when and where it's on in your area.
Question: When is The Shield starting its second season? Wilbert C., Endwell, N.Y.
Televisionary: Look for Det. Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) and the boys to make life miserable for the bad guys (and, well... a lot of the good guys and everyone else they come in contact with, too) once again in January, Wilbert.
Question: What are the names of the three other actresses who co-starred with Queen Latifah in the 1990s black sitcom Living Single?
Televisionary: Not a problem. Characters played by Kim Coles (In Living Color), Kim Fields Freeman (The Facts of Life) and Erika Alexander (The Cosby Show) all roomed with Khadijah James (Latifah, née Dana Owens) in the Fox comedy, which ran from August 1993 to January 1998.
As fans remember, Latifah's Khadijah may have been single, but she certainly didn't spend much time alone. She was the editor of Flavor magazine and lived in a Brooklyn pad with
The mob has regained control of Sunday night. The fourth season premiere of HBO's The Sopranos attracted a record 13.4 million viewers, beating all the broadcast networks. Mediaweek's Marc Berman calls the show's Nielsen performance "amazing." Despite the huge tune-in, viewers remain split as to whether the episode was worth the 16-month wait. According to a TV Guide Online poll conducted Monday, nearly half of those surveyed found Sunday night's installment yikes! boring. On the plus side, next week's episode is business as usual (read: it's really good.)
Question: Who played Peter Gunn in the late '50s or early '60s? Thank you. Lorenzo
Televisionary: Actor Craig Stevens played the titular lady-magnet P.I. on Peter Gunn, which ran for two years on NBC beginning in September 1958 before jumping to ABC for another year and moving to the big screen for a movie version. And while you struggled to remember the star's name, I'm betting you have no trouble recalling the familiar Henry Mancini theme, a tune even those who've never seen a Gunn episode have heard, even if they're not aware of its origin. (Sorry, I can't do any better th
Question: I have the song from the Levi's commercial in my head and I don't know what the name is. Please help me. It's the one with the French dictionary. Marie, Houston, Tex.
Televisionary: Why am I such a sucker for these name-that-tune questions? The song you seek, featured in the Levi's "French Dictionary" campaign, is "Playground Love," by the French electronica band Air. You'll find it on the soundtrack from The Virgin Suicides, but you can also buy it as a CD single on the Astralwerks label.
Question: No one believes me. I remember a short-lived game show, hosted by Don Adams, where he would have two contestants act out a movie scene. Then the studio audience would vote for the winner. What there ever such a show? Robert B.
Televisionary: That there was, Robert. On the syndicated Don Adams' Screen Test, 26 episodes of which were produced from 1974-75, contestants appeared in staged scenes from classic films such as Lifeboat, The African Queen, On the Waterfront and From Here to Eternity, putting up with the intentionally schlocky production values in hopes of being chosen by a participating director for a tiny role in a real production.
Helping the former Get Smart
Stop us if you've heard this one before: A struggling screenwriter spots a famous actor/indie filmmaker in a New York coffee shop and musters up the courage to present a copy of his script. Though hesitant, the star agrees to give it the once-over with the promise/threat of an honest critique. Three weeks later, the thespian calls and says he's not only interested in executive producing the project, but wants to star in it as well!
It sounds like Hollywood hooey, but that's the story behind Roger Dodger, a sharp coming-of-age comedy written and directed by first-time filmmaker Dylan Kidd and starring Campbell Scott. Recalling his coffee klatch with Kidd, Scott says, "Dylan approached me and said, 'I never do this, but can I give you this script?' I think I surprised him by saying, 'Yeah, sure.'"
Scott known for starring in films such as Sin
Moulin Rouge boosted the star wattage of all involved, including those sassy songbirds from the "Lady Marmalade" video. Consider R&B diva Mya, who's still doing can-can kicks over her Grammy-winning collaboration with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Missy Elliott and Pink. "Oh, definitely," she tells TV Guide Online. "I did think it contributed as far as my audience recognition goes. I'm just very thankful for it. Really thankful!"
The up-and-comer hardly is resting on her laurels. She snagged a small role in the much-ballyhooed film version of Broadway's Chicago, opening Christmas Day. "I play Mona the murderess," Mya laughs. "She belongs to a group called the Cell Block Girls, who are in jail. Their men have driven them to where they feel they have to murder for their personal safety or their sanity or just straight up, point-bla
Think real-life politics are hard to follow? Just try keeping track of the comings and goings of the CIA operatives that keep the revolving door spinning on CBS's sophomore series The Agency. Luckily, TV Guide Online wouldn't dream of letting you turn on the Sept. 28 season premiere without first updating your scorecards and neither would the show's executive producer, '70s teen idol-turned-Joss Whedon wannabe Shaun Cassidy. Here, the former pop star reveals the changes in personnel and direction that he hopes will make sure the sleeper still rocks 'n' rolls for us.
Good-bye, Gil Bellows. "[It's] no reflection on Gil," says Cassidy of the Ally McBeal casualty who played Matt Callan. "Gil's terrific. But it's sort of l