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Liza Minnelli and David Gest have filed a $23 million breach-of-contract suit against VH1 over the termination of their planned reality series, the New York Post reports. The music channel pulled the plug on Liza & David earlier this fall before a single episode made it to air. Producers complained that Gest was difficult to work with. read more

Question: On the old Ozzie ...

Question: On the old Ozzie and Harriet TV show, Ozzie was always around the house. Did he have a job? What did he do?

Televisionary: His job was hanging around the house, apparently. The show never really revealed what Ozzie's job was, although there was a reference to his having been an orchestra leader (his former vocation in real life) in one episode. For more about the show, see my March 20, 2001 column.

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Question: Who played the ...

Question: Who played the ghost in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir? — Sue H., Redmond, Wash.

Televisionary: That was Edward Mulhare playing the ghostly Capt. Daniel Gregg opposite Hope Lange's Mrs. Muir on the comedy, which ran on NBC for a year beginning in September 1968, then jumped to ABC for another year. (Those roles were originally filled by Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney in the movie version, which was released in 1947.)

If you're a regular small-screen fan, Sue (and I assume you are since you read the column), you may remember the late Mr. Mulhare as the dashing Devon Miles on Knight read more


Former Picket Fences star Lauren Holly has sealed a deal with Lifetime Television to star in and produce the hourlong drama Libby Montana. Holly would play a TV producer-reporter who comes to the aid of women victimized by corporate greed. read more

Question: I recently heard ...

Question: I recently heard that Glenn Quinn passed away at age 32. I have not been able to find out why he died so young. Do you have any information about his passing? I'd appreciate anything you could tell me. — Sandi

Televisionary: Quinn, a former Roseanne player and an original Angel cast member before his character, the half-demon Doyle, was written out of of the series, was found dead of a possible drug overdose in a friend's North Hollywood home, according to reports. At the time of this writing, toxicology tests haven't been completed. Sad news either way.

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Question: Please settle ...

Question: Please settle something that's bugged me since I was a kid. Was there one Lassie or several? Thanks you for your time and for your column, which I enjoy. — Barry W., Joliet, Ill.

Televisionary: Since the first Lassie movie, Lassie Come Home, came out in 1943 and the original series ceased being syndicated in 1974, Barry, I'll assume you know they weren't using a 30-something dog towards the end and are really asking if more than one collie was used at any one time. While I can't tell you the exact number of doggies used over the property's run, I can say for sure that when Lassie debuted on CBS in September 1954, trainer Rudd Weatherwax was using five dogs. And, incidentally, they were all males.

It all started in 1938 when En read more

Question: I love Firefly, and ...

Question: I love Firefly, and am absolutely in love with Adam Baldwin. Can you tell me what else he's been in? Thanks. — R.D., Iowa City, Iowa

Televisionary: That I can. On TV, you've probably spotted him as X-Files soldier Knowle Rohrer or as astronaut Fred Haise in HBO's most excellent From the Earth to the Moon.

On the big screen, his more memorable roles (in my humble opinion) include hulking student hero Ricky Linderman in My Bodyguard and Animal Mother in Full Metal Jacket. You may also have caught him in Independence Day, The Chocolate War or Ordinary People.

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Question: Who sang the theme ...

Question: Who sang the theme song for Cheers? — Lisa R.

Televisionary: The popular Cheers theme, "Where Everybody Knows Your Name," was sung by co-writer Gary Portnoy, who penned the tune with Judy Hart Angelo. If you're looking for it on CD you'll find it on TV Guide's 50 All-Time Favorite TV Themes, which is item TVG1236 in the TV Guide Store. (And no, I don't get a commission for that, smarty.)

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Sean Astin's Fond Fellowship

The Lord of the Rings cast has no complaints about behind-the-scenes tension and diva 'tudes. After spending a year and a half together filming in remote New Zealand, they've formed the kind of friendships we only thought possible in summer camp! In a true test of the fellowship, the hobbits' portrayers stay in touch, even in between the re-shoots and promotional events they've done since Rings's main production wrapped in 2001. In fact, Sean Astin (Sam) says he can hardly get away from these guys!

"Dom [Monaghan, Merry] lives with my brother [Mackenzie] — they're roommates in Los Angeles, and I sold him my car this year, so I see Dom all the time," Astin says. "Elijah [Wood] and I'll go to movies. I saw Ian McKellen when I was up in Toronto shooting [a TV pilot], and he was shooting X-Men II. We went to a play."

Monaghan and Billy Boyd (Pippin) — an inseparable hobbit pair on-screen read more

Sandra Bullock Wants to Retire

Enough already! Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant are sick of fending off rumors of a real-life romance. Still, they clearly adored playing lovebirds in Two Weeks Notice (opening Friday). Their easy banter and offbeat chemistry is reminiscent of classic duos like Astaire and Rogers or Tracy and Hepburn. But unlike those famous twosomes, Bullock tells TV Guide Online, this pair doesn't plan to milk their chemistry by making a slew of films together.

"I've had the best with Hugh," says the actress, who also co-produced Two Weeks. "I would work with Hugh 24-7. So I feel kind of sad that, right now, I don't want to work for a long time. I have no desire to work. And I think it's because this experience has been so fulfilling on levels that I've never had before that I don't want to go on to something else and treat it poorly because the good relationship has already happened [between us]."

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