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Question: I am really diggin' ...

Question: I am really diggin' the music on the new Discovery Channel show Monster House. Who in the world does that music? You are my last hope! — Jod, Duluth, Minn.

Televisionary: Then far be it from me to let you down, Jod. Daniel Mackenzie, a singer/songwriter and actor who grew up in New York and now lives in L.A., is behind the show's music. If you're a big fan of the show, you may have seen him when he appeared as "Cowboy Dan" in the show's Western-flavored episode, and if you're a fan of reality-TV in general, you may have caught him giving a private Hollywood Bowl concert for the For Love or Money 2 contestants.

In addition to scoring a variety of indie films and TV documentaries, Mackenzie has released an album, Shakeytown. And a collection of his Monster House music should be out in time for the holidays.

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Question: Was Robert Stack ...

Question: Was Robert Stack one of the stars of the S.W.A.T. television series in the seventies? — Karen C., Los Angeles, Cal.

Televisionary: Nope. But I bet you're thinking of Steve Forrest and his character, Lt. "Hondo" Harrelson, who, had it been 15 years before the ABC show's 1975-76 run, probably would've been played by Stack. If you're sharp-eyed, you may have spotted Forrest in a cameo in the current S.W.A.T. big-screen feature.

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NBC has made it official, to the...

NBC has made it official, to the surprise of absolutely no one. Friends may be over come May, but the end will mark just another beginning for Joey Tribbiani, aka Matt LeBlanc, who'll headline the most significant TV spinoff since Cheers begat Frasier 11 years ago. When Joey premieres a year from September, no doubt in Friends's current Thursday time period, will it be a repeat of Frasier's unexpected success, or will it launch a "Friends curse" on the order of the sorry track record of Seinfeld alums Michael Richards, Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus? It's way too early to tell, but only a complete curmudgeon would wish Matt or Joey anything but good luck. Spinning off Joey makes perfect sense to me, both creatively and realistically. It will be hard to say goodbye to this show and its phenomenal ensemble, but the bitter will be sweetened by the foreknowledge that Joey will still be around to amuse us. read more

Question: On The O.C., there ...

Question: On The O.C., there was a song playing when Ryan was carrying Marissa into his bedroom. It had the word "today" repeated in it. I really liked it and was hoping you would know it. — Cassandra D.

Televisionary: Judging by the volume of mail I got on that song, you weren't alone. That was Mazzy Star's "Into Dust." You'll find it on their 1993 album So Tonight That I Might See, which also contains the hit "Fade Into You."

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Question: I've been watching ...

Question: I've been watching old McMillan and Wife episodes, and I was wondering if they ever delivered that baby she was carrying. I don't ever remember a baby on the show, just a pregnant wife. — Wendy M., Kannapolis, N.C.

Televisionary: They did indeed deliver the baby, though it was only mentioned briefly. In fact, as far as any substantive story developments, the little tyke pretty much didn't exist until the beginning of the 1976-77 season, when its disappearance was explained.

By that time, Susan Saint James had left amid a contract fight. So when the new season started, Sally McMillan and the baby were said to have died in a plane crash, maid Mildred was also gone (Nancy Walker had left for her own show on ABC) and husband Stewart McMillan (read more

Question: Do you know how ...

Question: Do you know how long the black-and-white Western The Wide Country ran back in the 1960s? The stars were Earl Holliman and Andrew Prine and was about these two brothers on the rodeo circuit. Also, any chance these episodes might be available anywhere?

Televisionary: The NBC series ran for a year, beginning in September 1962. As you say, Mitch Guthrie (Police Woman's Holliman) was a bronco-riding star who wanted a better life for his younger brother Andy (Prine). As far as I know, there are two volumes of episodes available on home video; check with your favorite online or local retailer.

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Question: I would like ...

Question: I would like information about a TV series named Bagdad Caf&#233. I don't remember any particulars at all. — Joe K., Haverhill Mass.

Televisionary: The CBS series, based on the thoroughly wonderful 1987 indie hit movie, starred Whoopi Goldberg and All in the Family's Jean Stapleton in the roles created on the big screen by CCH Pounder (The Shield) and German actress Marianne Sagebrecht.

The set-up was pretty much the same as it was in the film: Stapleton's Jasmine was read more


Love is in the air on the set of CBS's Everybody Loves Raymond, although Brad Garrett still isn't inhaling any of it. Patricia Heaton, Peter Boyle and Doris Roberts — who all suspiciously missed at least one day of work since taping resumed on the new season — have each been granted small stakes in the sitcom's hefty syndication profits. According to trade reports, the coin — which could net them as much as $15 million apiece — came directly out of the pockets of the show's existing profit participants, including series creator Phil Rosenthal and star read more

Amazing Race's Gay Winners Speak Out

By now, the whole world knows that Chip and Reichen won the fourth Amazing Race. The openly gay duo crossed the finish line a full eight minutes ahead of runners-up Jon and Kelly and hours ahead of third-place team David and Jeff. But storm clouds threaten to dampen the couple's victory celebration: Rumors persist that while Chip and Reichen were able to go the distance on the show, the same can't be said for their relationship. In a revealing interview, the stereotype-shattering twosome clear the air about the state of their union, their real feelings about Jon and Kelly and the climactic kiss viewers didn't see.

TV Guide Online: First off, congratulations on your victory. When did you know that you had the race sewn up?
Honestly, I didn't know that we'd won until we ran up to the podium, and I didn't see David and Jeff anywhere. We figured the who read more


Robin Leach is exposing the lifestyles of the rich and famous for ABC. Leach has inked a deal with the network to host Life of Luxury, a potential series that takes an inside look at the lavish lifestyles of the young and wealthy (and obnoxious). The pilot features rap mogul Master P, Virgin tycoon Richard Branson and the world's richest teens. read more

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